7 episodes

Ursula, an AI instructor from the future, encourages listeners to study the turbulent 2020s. Mixing speculative fiction and documentary, leading sci-fi authors bring us three futures that seem like fantasy: animals are people, capitalism is banned from outer space and humans and AI have become kin. We meet the writers who dream of these futures and the activists, scientists and thinkers who are turning fiction into fact.

Show Credits:

The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

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Necessary Tomorrows Al Jazeera Media Network

    • Fiction
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Ursula, an AI instructor from the future, encourages listeners to study the turbulent 2020s. Mixing speculative fiction and documentary, leading sci-fi authors bring us three futures that seem like fantasy: animals are people, capitalism is banned from outer space and humans and AI have become kin. We meet the writers who dream of these futures and the activists, scientists and thinkers who are turning fiction into fact.

Show Credits:

The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

Connect with us:

@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    Episode 6: Indigenous AI

    Episode 6: Indigenous AI

    Musqueam author Quelemia Sparrow uses AI to meet the character of her story. She explores whether artificial intelligence and humans can become kin. We discover the program that the AI is currently running is at odds with the human and non-human world. 

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 33 min
    Episode 5: Almost Real

    Episode 5: Almost Real

    When the Musqueam Nation creates an artificial intelligence trained on their knowledge, she is stolen and forced to perform in a Canadian theme park. But agents from the Confederacy of Unceded Indigenous Nations hatch a plan to bring her home. 

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 26 min
    Episode 4: Sharing the Stars

    Episode 4: Sharing the Stars

    Writer Deji Olukotun examines the connection between space exploration and colonialism while the US gets set to return to the moon. An Indigenous nation sets an example for protecting the stars with its framework for conserving the seas. 

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 38 min
    Episode 3: A Feast For Cobalt

    Episode 3: A Feast For Cobalt

    An asteroid is discovered with enough minerals to transition Earth to green energy completely. When a corporate space company announces it will harvest the minerals, an ecoterrorist group destroys their rocket and demands the minerals be shared with all of humanity. A diverse group must negotiate how.

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 34 min
    Episode 2: The Rights of Nature

    Episode 2: The Rights of Nature

    Sci-fi author Christopher Brown discovers a legal movement known as the Rights of Nature while researching the causes of social injustice. Jack Fiander, attorney for the Sauk-Suiattle tribe, has sued the city of Seattle over hydro dams that threaten Salmon, the plaintiff in their case. 

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 34 min
    Episode 1: The Last Impala

    Episode 1: The Last Impala

    Wanida Chao is a reluctant lawyer whose client is a climate refugee accused of murder. Chao must defend him—not for killing a human, but for killing an ecosystem. Wanida visits the refugee’s homestead in order to convince the AI-powered judge that her client is innocent. What she finds complicates things. 

    Show Credits:

    The Necessary Tomorrows podcast is from Doha Debates and is presented by Al Jazeera Podcasts. It is produced by Imposter Media and Wolf at the Door Studios.

    Connect with us:

    @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Skibbereen16 ,

I’m not even a sci-fi fan, but I love this podcast!

I would not describe myself as a fan of sci-fi, but Necessary Tomorrows is an exception. At a time when the world can feel so hopeless and dark, this podcast brings in the light—but not in a saccharine way. I love how this documentary-meets-science fiction show turns normally dystopian sci-fi tropes on their head and paints us a picture of a hopeful future that actually feels within reach. I will definitely be sharing this podcast with my friends. It's a must-listen!

MoscowBureau ,

Science fiction meets science fact!

What a great way to explore important ideas. This is a must listen.

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