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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
    • 4.8 • 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.

    Can You Be Sued By A River?

    Can You Be Sued By A River?

    Can you be sued by nature? In some places, the answer is already yes. 
    Guests:

    Evelyn Bellanger -- White Earth Band of Ojibwe elder


    Frank Bibeau -- tribal attorney and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe


    Nico Albert -- member of the Cherokee Nation and the executive chef of Burning Cedar Indigneous Foods



    Jacinta Ruru -- professor of Law at the University of Otago in New Zealand


    Thomas Linzey -- Senior Legal Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights


    Teresa Vicente Gimenez — professor of philosophy of law at the University of Murcia.

    Philomena Kebec -- Indian law expert


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    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.
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    • 57 min
    FINAL EPISODE!! ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?

    FINAL EPISODE!! ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?

    Today’s episode is the last of our FOUR PART MINI SEASON SERIES AND SHOW FINALE [airhorn noises]. This week we’re headed to a future where humans share our robotic knowledge with the rest of the animal kingdom—for better, and for worse.
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    Guests:


    Dr. Kate Darling, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots.


    Emma Marris, a journalist and author of a book called Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World.


    Dr. Giovanni Polverino, an animal behavior researcher at The University of Western Australia.


    Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, a wildlife ecologist and host of the podcast Going Wild.


    Voice Actors:

    Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne


    Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly


    Summer: Shara Kirby


    Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni


    Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs


    Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky


    John Dee: Keith Houston


    Dr. Jane de Vaucanson: Jeffrey Nils Gardner



    X Marks the Bot theme song written by Ilan Blanck.

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    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.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    ROBOTS: Would You Date A Robot?

    ROBOTS: Would You Date A Robot?

    Today we travel to a future where we can take a robot home for a good time, or a long time, depending on what you’re into.
    Content note: today’s episode discusses sex and includes explicit language. This one is more “mature” than most episodes, so proceed accordingly. 
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    Guests:


    Tina Horn: author of SFSX (Volume 2 out now) and host of Why Are People Into That? 


    Danielle Blunt: dominatrix and community organizer with Hacking//Hustling



    Samantha Floreani: Program Lead at Digital Rights Watch 


    Ingrid Burrington: journalist and host of RIP Corp



    Dr. Debbie Chachra: professor of engineering at Olin College


    Render Man: hacker & founder of the Internet of Dongs



    Voice Actors:

    Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne


    Brad: Brent Rose


    Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh


    Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly


    Summer: Shara Kirby


    Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni


    Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs


    Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky


    John Dee: Keith Houston


    Dr. Marcia Eckers: Andrea Silenzi



    Original X Marks the Bot theme music by Ilan Blanck.

    → → → 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
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    ROBOTS: Should A Robot Be Allowed To Kill?

    ROBOTS: Should A Robot Be Allowed To Kill?

    Today we travel to a future where militaries employ killer robots. Should a robot be allowed to take a human life? Is the speed of war increasing too quickly? What does a tech worker do when they find out their work is being used for war?
    Guests:


    Kelsey Atherton, a reporter who covers military technology.


    Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington.


    Dr. Ryan Jenkins, an associate professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University.


    Liz O’Sullivan, the CEO of Parity.


    Dr. Lucy Suchman, a professor emerita of sociology at Lancaster University.


    Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, an assistant professor of philosophy at George Mason University.


    Dr. Carlotta Berry, chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


    Kate Conger, a technology reporter at the New York Times.


    Voice Actors:

    Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne


    Chad: Brett Tubbs


    Lina: Ashley Kellem


    Brad: Brent Rose


    Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh


    Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly


    Summer: Shara Kirby


    Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni


    Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs


    Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky


    John Dee: Keith Houston


    Seargent William Walter: Jarrett Sleeper



    → → → 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: 


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    Bird Note Daily: A short, 2-minute daily dose of bird -- from wacky facts, to hard science, and even poetry.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    ROBOTS: Will Robots Ever Defeat Human Athletes?

    ROBOTS: Will Robots Ever Defeat Human Athletes?

    Today’s episode is part one in our FOUR PART MINI SEASON SERIES AND SHOW FINALE [airhorn noises]. We’re going out with a robotic bang: four episodes about four different ways that robots might impact your life in the future, starting with sports. Also, you'll hear a special announcement about the future of the show.
    For more about that go here.
    Guests:


    Joe Choong, gold medalist in the Tokyo Olympic games in modern pentathlon.


    Dr. Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, and president of the International RoboCup Federation.


    Jessica Luther and Dr. Brenda Elsey, two of the co-hosts of sports podcast Burn it All Down.


    Dr. Rayvon Fouché, a professor of American studies at Purdue University.


    Dr. Josh Siegel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University.

    Brent Verdialez, founder and CEO of STRYK.


    Voice Actors:

    Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne


    Alex: Aiya Islam


    Amanda: Emma Bracy


    Chad: Brett Tubbs


    Lina: Ashley Kellem


    Brad: Brent Rose


    Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh


    Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly


    Summer: Shara Kirby


    Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni


    Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs


    Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky


    John Dee: Keith Houston


    Pierre Balck: Jarrett Sleeper



    Music by Ilan Blanck.
    → → → 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
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    What If We Could Shrink Humans?

    What If We Could Shrink Humans?

    Today’s episode is about a future where humans learn how to shrink ourselves. What are the ethics of making someone smaller against their will? Would we keep all our fingers and toes? Would we even be considered humans anymore?
    Guests:


    Dr. Fei Chen, an assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard.


    Dr. Jonathan Payne, a professor of geological sciences at Stanford.


    Dr. Sebastian Alvarado, an assistant professor of biology at Queens College, CUNY.


    Dr. Joyce Lee, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan.


    Silvia Yee, a senior staff attorney at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.


    Micah Perks, an author and director of creative writing at UC Santa Cruz.


    Voice Actors:

    Parvus Employee #1: Henry Alexander Kelly


    Parvus Employee #2: Ashley Kellem


    Harry Purvis — Brett Tubbs


    Parvis Tour Guide — Chelsey B. Coombs



    → → → 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 

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

xjoxhgx ,

Love

I loved this show the moment I found it. To this day the intro music puts a smile on my face. The shows are well thought out and really fun. Seriously, there are so many episodes that you will undoubtedly find something that intrigues you. But be warned, once you listen you will get hooked!

I’m sad that the show is done, but I know that Rose has something incredible up her sleeve so I’m excited for the FUTURE!

Bhoelle1809 ,

Great show, but…

I love the concept behind this show. Using fiction to explore important topics affecting society today is such a useful approach, but I don’t enjoy every episode. Personally, I don’t see much value in exploring the more “crazy,” space-pirate-y episodes. It’s like listening to someone describe their dreams to you. There’s just no point. But overall I do believe this is a valuable show that can shed light on some very important challenges facing humanity in the near future. One major problem I have with the show is the use of purported “experts.” After listening to 3 seasons it’s become clear that many of these “experts” are nothing of the sort, and that they were only chosen because it was convenient. Maybe they wrote a book, or they run an organization, but they are decidedly NOT experts and they’re really just on the show to spread their own opinions. For instance, the episode about mechanized suits was very heavy with “experts” saying how they disagree with the idea that mechanized suits will “fix” the handicap “problem” in the world today. Obviously this entire mindset is terrible and offensive, but the only people I ever hear saying that robotics can “fix” handicaps are the people upset about how robotics can “fix” handicaps. I’d be surprised if any manufacturer, company, marketing firm, agency or group would EVER use such offensive language. In fact, I’m quite sure they go out of their way to make sure they NEVER use such offensive language. So where does this idea come from? I believe it comes from people who assume the worst and create their own battles to fight, even when none exist. That episode is full of “experts” raging against invisible foes of their own creation. Another episode, the one about what if the US funded the arts like FDR did, is also problematic to me. The intro was so fanciful I thought it was a joke. The President on a Saturday morning type talk show? But it seemed to be entirely serious. “Experts” really were saying that the arts are “necessary for our survival.” That’s quite an easy thing to say when you don’t have to worry about paying for life-saving prescriptions each month, or worry about how you’ll feed your children this week, or if you’ll even be able to afford for them to get an education. Art is only “necessary” once all the other truly necessary needs have been met, and we are a long way from being there. Yet this idea was never expanded upon in the episode. The entire episode seemed to be accusatory towards the government for not spending enough on the arts, even mentioning the trillion dollar deficit at one point, but never using that as a reason why our leaders are possibly distracted with more important issues at the moment. I am an artist myself, and I learned a lot from that episode, and I totally agree with Rose’s stance for the most part. But I don’t think the arts are more important than other social programs. And if we can’t even get those right then we certainly shouldn’t be trying to advocate for MORE money to go to the arts. As Rose explained, we already spend more than ever on the arts. Spending even more money is not the answer. But this was never brought up. Never mentioned. Never talked about.

One topic that keeps popping up is obesity. For some reason that I can’t explain Rose believes obesity is not, in fact, a problem in America. I’m sure there are some fringe scientists, or more accurately fringe authors, who are very convincing in their argument that obesity does not negatively impact a persons health. But no matter how convincing this idea is, it is a proven fact that obesity is detrimental to the health of a human being. Obesity kills. Obesity causes numerous medical conditions that can be prevented simply by putting less stress on the body (i.e. losing weight). I am a trained medical professional and am very knowledgeable on this subject. I have read the studies. The peer-reviewed studies. There is no doubt in my mind that obesity leads to premature death. And we are facing an epidemic of obesity in this country today. It may hurt your feelings to be called fat, but that doesn’t mean obesity is healthy. If there is a problem here it is cultural, not medical. I find it sad and quite frankly scary that the host of this podcast can so easily be swayed by fake science. Rose, even if you do believe this in your heart of hearts, you should at least try to sound more critical considering you’re the host of a science-based podcast.

The show has potential, and I really do enjoy it and hope for much success in the future, but it is not always a fair and balanced show. I would like to see more real experts, and fewer social justice warriors pretending to be experts. But that’s just me. Thank you, Rose, for such an amazing show. I hope you’re able to continue to make more episodes!

Luqavi ,

Thought-provoking and fun!

Been listening a long time and the robots miniseries has been one of the best yet. The intros were particularly well done, and super-professional! Looking forward to FF2.0 and the discord (I’m not on FB) ^.^

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