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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

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 1.5K 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.

    What If We Could Shrink Technology?

    What If We Could Shrink Technology?

    Today’s episode is all about making our technologies and medicines tiny. Like, super tiny. 
    Guests:


    Ainissa Ramirez -- scientist, speaker, author of The Alchemy of Us



    Eun Ji Chung -- biomedical engineer at the University of Southern California


    Inge Hermann -- chemical engineer at ETH Zürich


    Raj Bawa -- biotechnologist at Bawa Biotech 


    Richard Handy -- environmental toxicologist at University of Plymouth


    Lisa Yaszek -- professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech


    Voice Actors:

    Harry Purvis -- Brett Tubbs


    Parvis Tech -- Chelsey B. Coombs



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

    Music provided by Jay_You and Ketsa. 
    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    BirdNote Daily: BirdNote Daily is a short, two-minute podcast that answers all of your burning bird-related questions — like, how do birds stay perched in a tree when they’re asleep? What's the difference between a raven and crow? What’s the biggest bird that’s ever lived?



    The World As You'll Know It: a podcast about the forces shaping our future. 



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    • 58 min
    Can You Find This Human?

    Can You Find This Human?

    Today we travel to a future where your face is findable no matter where you go. 
    Guests:

    Scott Myers — former editor of the Perplex City Wiki



    Laura E. Hall — game designer and author of Planning Your Escape



    Tom-Lucas Säger — technologist & Satoshi finder



    Stan Alcorn — senior reporter at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting


    Erin — long lost camp friend


    Dr. Kate Klonick — assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    BirdNote Daily: BirdNote Daily is a short, two-minute podcast that answers all of your burning bird-related questions — like, how do birds stay perched in a tree when they’re asleep? What's the difference between a raven and crow? What’s the biggest bird that’s ever lived?



    The World As You'll Know It: a podcast about the forces shaping our future. 



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    Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd.



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    • 58 min
    What Is The Future Of Gender?

    What Is The Future Of Gender?

    Today we revisit an episode from way back in season one, and ask: what even is gender in the first place? How could it be different? Why does science fiction like playing with gender? And what would happen if we removed it from our legal identities?
    Guests:


    Os Keyes, a PhD student at the University of Washington who studies gender, disability, and technology.


    Dr. Flora Renz, co-director of the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice at Kent Law School.


    Tuck Woodstock, a professional gender detective and host of the podcast Gender Reveal.


    Dr. Oliver Haimson, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.


    Blue Delliquanti, a contributor to the Flash Forward book and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Across A Field Of Starlight.


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Our ads and sponsorships are handled by Multitude.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    Bird Note: Stories about the enduring connections between birds, people and landscapes.


    The World As You'll Know It: Technology is at an inflection point. Can we harness it to make life better...or will it harness us? Join Kurt Andersen as he and a world-class selection of thinkers explore this question as it pertains to our brains, our personal lives, our laws and our government.


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    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 58 min
    Can We Conquer Fire?

    Can We Conquer Fire?

    Today’s episode is all about fire: how does it work? Why is it so dangerous? And could we ever make it safe? And it's an extra special episode because it's hosted by Julia Llinas Goodman!
    Guests:


    John Lentini, a certified fire investigator who has served as an expert witness in over 200 legal cases.


    Dr. Lynn Hulse, a psychologist with the University of Greenwich’s Fire Safety Engineering Group.


    Nisha Baliga, the co-executive director of urban planning nonprofit Hester Street, and Jimena Veloz, a senior project manager at Hester Street.


    Dr. Frank Lake, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service who has family in the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe.


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 
    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


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    Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd.



    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 48 min
    What Could A Better Economy Look Like?

    What Could A Better Economy Look Like?

    Today’s episode is about a future where the economy revolves around gifts, instead of money.
    Guests:


    Ilana Strauss, a journalist and producer at National Geographic’s podcast, “Overheard.”


    Dr. Niels Thygesen, an associate professor at the Copenhagen Business School.


    Dr. James Parisot, a researcher at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley and author of How America Became Capitalist: Imperial Expansion and the Conquest of the West.


    Dr. Anna Grear, a professor of law at Cardiff University and author of The Great Awakening: New Modes of Life Amidst Capitalist Ruins.


    Ricardo Nuñez, the director of economic democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center.


    Dr. Sara Nelson, an economic policy fellow at the University of British Columbia.

    Dean Spade, an activist, professor at Seattle University School of Law, and author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next).


    Dr. Hyunseok Hwang, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Houston.


    Monica Byrne, a novelist, playwright, and author of The Actual Star.


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    Threatened: A new podcast from Bird Note about stories from around the world about people who are taking action on behalf of our fragile ecosystems and the birds that depend on them.



    BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward



    Skillshare: Skillshare is an online learning community where millions come together to take the next step in their creative journey, with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Start with two free months of Premium Membership, and explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/flashforward.



    Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd.



    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 57 min
    Could Humans Become Nocturnal?

    Could Humans Become Nocturnal?

    Today’s episode is about a future where humans get weird with sleep. First, what if we tried to take shifts all day, every day? Second, what if we tried to become nocturnal?
    Guests:


    Dr. Matthew Wolf-Meyer, an associate professor of anthropology at Binghamton University and author of The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life.


    Sarah Kaplan, a science reporter at the Washington Post who’s worked the night shift.


    Dr. Bala Koritala, a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Alexandra Mariani, a listener who works the night shift at a hospital.


    Kelton Minor, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science.


    Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor, a researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.


    Voice Actors:

    Aiya Islam

    Anjali Kunapaneni


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 
    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


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    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

rspecht63 ,

Excellent

Packed full of knowledge, skits, and thought-provoking questions

MunsterDee57 ,

Inner nerdy Child Super happy! 🤩

I love this podcast, it makes my inner child (Denisita) super happy. In a world where almost everything can be googled, it’s refreshing to be able to ponder about the future, how I used when as a kid. I enjoy the layout of each episode. Thank you for the time and energy you put into each episode, quality is chefs kiss 😘 🤌🏽 *Shared with my therapist she loved it too!

Milele ,

One of my favourite podcasts for years now

As well as being a support of Rose Eveleth on Patreon, I eagerly listen to her episodes as soon as they come out. So well-informed and also imaginative!

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