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Flash Forward is a show about possible (and not so possible) future scenarios. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a fecal transplant black market? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) Hosted and produced by award winning science journalist Rose Eveleth, each episode combines audio drama and journalism to go deep on potential tomorrows, and uncovers what those futures might really be like. The future is going to be weird, so let's get ready for it together.

Flash Forward Rose Eveleth

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    • 4.7, 1.2K Ratings

Flash Forward is a show about possible (and not so possible) future scenarios. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a fecal transplant black market? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) Hosted and produced by award winning science journalist Rose Eveleth, each episode combines audio drama and journalism to go deep on potential tomorrows, and uncovers what those futures might really be like. The future is going to be weird, so let's get ready for it together.

    Welcome to Celebrityville

    Welcome to Celebrityville

    Today we travel to a future where celebrities construct their own cities for you and I to live in. 
    Guests:


    Jon Karas — President and Co-Founder at Akoin


    Dr. Katherine P. Antonova — Associate Professor of Russian history at Queens College


    Brittany Spanos — senior writer at Rolling Stone Magazine


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. The Lovechild tour guide was played by Gina Delvac. Episode suggested by Lux Alptraum. 
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
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    • 48 min
    FIVE YEARS OF FLASH FORWARD!

    FIVE YEARS OF FLASH FORWARD!

    Today we celebrate the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the podcast. Whoa. To celebrate, I reached out to every single person who you’ve ever heard on the podcast — every expert, every voice actor, and even a few patrons — and asked them one question: what would you say to someone living 50 years from now? Here’s what they said.
    Guests: Alice Wong, Amy Slaton, Angeli Fitch, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Ashley Shew, Avery Trufelman, Calvin Gimpelevich, Carl Evers, Chris Dancy, Damien Patrick Williams, David Agranoff. Ernesto D. Morales, Gina Tam, Janelle Shane, Janet Stemwedel, Jared Dyer, Jon Christensen, Kathy Randall Bryant, Katie Gordon, Kelly & Zach Weinersmith, Lina Ayenew, Matt Lubchanksy, Meredith Talusan, Michelle Hanlon, Morgan Gorris, Naomi Baron, Natalia Petrzela, Sandeep Ravindran, Queer Futures Collective, Sav Schlauderaff, Shoshana Schlauderaff , Zia Puig, Zoe Schlanger

    → → → Full answers from every person here ← ← ← 

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Additional music this episode from Chad Crouch, Ketsa, Xylo-Ziko, and Loyalty Freak. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
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    • 41 min
    Goodnight Night

    Goodnight Night

    Today we travel to a future where darkness is a thing of the past. No more night, no more stars, no more deep inky black sky. What happens when we light everything up?
    Guests:


    Dr. John Barentine — director of public policy at the International Dark Sky Association



    Rebecca Boyle — science journalist


    Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz — astronomer at the Adler Planetarium


    Dr. Sarah Pritchard — historian at Cornell University


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Special thanks to Thomas, Vera and Isaac Beckett who played the teacher and students in the intro this episode. 
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
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    • 51 min
    Doomsday 2000/2038/2100

    Doomsday 2000/2038/2100

    Today we travel to a future where software engineers didn’t actually fix any of the Y2K bugs. What would have happened if we had ignored the problem? What lessons does Y2K have for us, and why are people worried about 2038 and 2100?  
    Guests:


    Peter de Jager — author of “Doomsday 2000” and Y2K town crier. 


    Dr. Andy Michael — geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center


    John Feminella — software engineer at ThoughtWorks


    Dr. Sara K. McBride — emergency management specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
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    • 51 min
    Flash Back to the Future: Flight Shame, Genetic Genealogy, 2020 Census

    Flash Back to the Future: Flight Shame, Genetic Genealogy, 2020 Census

    Hi again! I’m back with one more of these update episodes. Today we cover the growing “flight shame” movement, some interesting developments in the genetic genealogy space, and what’s going on with the 2020 Census. 
    New official, legit, Flash Forward episodes begin again on April 14th! 
    Sources:


    Susanna Elfors: founder, Tagsemester



    Peter Aldhous: reporter, BuzzFeed News



    Hansi Lo Wang: reporter, NPR 


    Covid-19 Resources

    World Health Organization

    Paywall free articles from The Atlantic 

    Flattening the coronavirus curve

    The Covid Tracking Project


    Take the 2020 Census HERE

    → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music for this episode is by Hussalonia. 
    Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
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    • 44 min
    Flash Back to the Future: Mosquitoes, UBI, Coronavirus

    Flash Back to the Future: Mosquitoes, UBI, Coronavirus

    Today is a very special ~~surprise~~ episode! I’ve been thinking about how to revisit old episodes, and give you folks updates on things that have happened since we covered certain futures. Sometimes things warrant more than a social media post, but not quite a whole new episode. So here’s a little experiment! On this episode, we revisit three futures and you get some juicy, fresh updates. We talk about a mosquito experiment gone wrong, a UBI experiment gone right, and what the heck is going on with coronavirus. 
    If you like this, let me know? There are a few other episodes I think are worth an update (The census is this year! A DNA testing company we covered was bought out by a lab that works with law enforcement! People in Sweden are flying way less!) and if you like this I’ll definitely do another. 
    Sources:


    Dr. Cameron Webb — mosquito expert, University of Sydney


    Dr. Amy Castro Baker — assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Stacia Martin-West — assistant professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    Alexandra Phelan — Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University


    → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←

    Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro & outtro music for this episode are by Hussalonia.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify
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    • 43 min

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Erin Forresr ,

Delightful

So good. I heard Rose when she was a guest on Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, and now I’m obsessed with Flash Forward and am enjoying listening to all the old episodes. Entertaining and thought-provoking.

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👍🏽👍🏽

Engaging format, quality editing (complete yet succinct), and you can tell there are layers of research behind the distilled finished product. Also, I simply enjoy listening to the host.

bringley ,

Highly original and imaginative!

Hands down one of the best and most original podcasts on technology and the future. Wildly imaginative and entertaining with a variety of knowledgeable guests.

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