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Flash Forward

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.

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BODIES: Ghostbot

Today we travel to a future where dying isn?t the end. What if you could live on as a simulation? A bot that knows everything you?ve ever said, and can pretend to be you?

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Guests:
James Vlahos ? journalist & author of Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think
Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad ? research scientist at KenSci, Inc, professor of computer science at University of Washington
Anita Hannig ? professor of anthropology at Brandeis University
Joy Butler ? attorney

? ? ? Further reading on today?s episode can be found here ? ? ?

Actors:Maria ? Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby ? Eler de GreyMarquis ? Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)New Marquis ? Xandra Ibarra John ? Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco)   
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.

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2019-06-11
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BODIES: Switcheroo

Today we travel to a future where we can swap bodies with one another. Would you trade places with someone? Do you own your body? 

Guests:

Calvin Gimpelevich ? writer, author of ?Rent, Don?t Sell?
Sav Schlauderaff ? PhD student, University of Arizona, co-founder Queer Futures Collective
Krizia Puig ? PhD student, UC Santa Cruz, co-founder Queer Futures Collective
Susan Gelman ? professor of psychology, University of Michigan

Actors:Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby -- Eler de GreyNew Marquis -- Xandra Ibarra John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco
? ? ? Further reading on today?s episode can be found 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 Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women?s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season.
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2019-06-04
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BODIES: This Is Not A Test

Today we travel to a future where all animal testing is banned. What are the alternatives? What can we do without using animals, and what can?t we do? 

? ? ? Further reading on today?s episode can be found here ? ? ?

Guests:
Janet D. Stemwedel -- professor of philosophy at San Jose State University
Lawrence Carter Long -- communications director at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Kristie Sullivan -- vice president of research policy at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Deepak Kaushal -- director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center at Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Hunter Rogers -- researcher at Northwestern University on EVATAR project

Actors:
Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio
Gaby -- Eler de Grey
Marquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)
New Marquis -- Xandra Ibarra
John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco)

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 Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women?s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season.

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2019-05-28
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BODIES: InkRx

Today we travel to a future where we can tattoo sensors right onto our skin. What happens when you can get a live readout of everything from glucose to hormones to hydration levels built into a tattoo? What kind of privacy can you expect when your medical data is literally written on your skin? And what does any of this have to do with Inspector Gadget and René Descartes?
 
? ? ? Further reading on today?s episode can be found here ? ? ?

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Guests:
Ali K. Yetisen? researcher at Imperial College London
Ace Ratcliffe ? disability activist, writer, co-founder of Harper?s Promise
Eler de Grey ? interdisciplinary artist & writer
Quinn Grundy ? researcher at the University of Toronto

Actors:
Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio
Gaby -- Eler de Grey
Marquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)
John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco)

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 Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women?s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season.

Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com

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2019-05-21
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BODIES: Enter Night

Today we travel to a future where humans can see at night. What happens when we expand our vision out into the darkness? How does that impact everything from work, to architecture, to poaching to horror movies? And is it even possible?

? ? ? Further reading on today?s episode can be found here ? ? ?

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Guests:

Gang Han -- researcher at UMass Medical School
Gabriel Licina -- researcher and ?sometimes biohacker?
Lynne MacTavish -- operations manager at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve
A. Roger Ekirch -- historian at Virginia Tech and author of At Day?s Close: Night in Times Past
Ernest Freeberg -- historian at the University of Tennessee and author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America
Actors:

Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio
Gaby -- Eler de Grey
Marquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)
John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco)

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 Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women?s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season.

Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com

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2019-05-14
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EARTH: The Ocean Farm

Today we travel to a future where fisheries collapse world wide, and we turn the ocean into a giant farm. 

Guests:Amanda Nickson: director of international fisheries at The Pew Charitable TrustsDaniel Pauly: professor University of British Columbia, principal investigator at Sea Around Us, author of Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global FisheriesBernard Friedman: founder of Santa Barbara MaricultureTyler Sclodnick: senior scientist, InnovaSea Systems Inc.  Patricia Majluf: vice president, Peru of Oceana
Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara KrinskyChristina Amity: Angeli R. Fitch 
? ? ? Further reading, images, 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.
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2019-04-02
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EARTH: The Cement Ban

Today we travel to a future where we try to break up with cement. Can it be done? How did cement because so ubiquitous? And what?s so bad about cement in the first place? Guests:Grady Hillhouse: civil engineer and host of Practical EngineeringRobbie Andrew: senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate ResearchAmy Slaton: historian at Drexel University and author of Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American BuildingDavid Stone: inventor of Ferrock? ? ? Further reading & full transcript ? ? ?

Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow?s World TodayKevin Macklin: Lawrence Carter Long
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.
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2019-03-26
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EARTH: The Desert Creep

Today, we travel to the deserts. Or, actually, the deserts travel to us. What happens if dust swallows up over 30% of the planet?

? ? ? Background reading, source material and other links here ? ? ?

As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born ? My piece on face masks mentioned in the episode! 
Guests:Sumant Nigam: climate researcher at University of MarylandMorgan Gorris: PhD candidate at UC IrvineChristina Xu: freelance technology researcherLindsay C. Stringer: researcher on land use and sustainability at the University of LeedsMatthew Bowker: soil ecologist at Northern Arizona University
Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow?s World TodayAmy Trisol: Ariela Morgenstern 
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.
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2019-03-19
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EARTH: The Polar Flip

Today we travel to a future where the Earth?s magnetic poles reverse.

? ? ? Further reading available here ? ? ?

Guests:Eftyhia Zesta -- Chief of the Geospace Physics Laboratory in the Heliophysics Division at NASAMichael Purucker -- Planetary Magnetosphere Lab chief at NASAAlanna Mitchell -- author of The Spinning Magnet Rory Cottrell -- archaeomagnetism researcher at The University of Rochester Thorsten Ritz -- biophysics researcher at UC Irvine Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow?s World TodayRoberta Peary: Avery Trufelman, host of Articles of InterestRamona Byrd: Andrea Silenzi, host of The Longest Shortest Time 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.

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2019-03-12
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EARTH: The Sunshade

We're back! Did you miss me? Don't answer that please. Today's episode kicks off Season FIVE of Flash Forward. This year, I'm doing things a little bit differently. Instead of doing a new episode every other week, you're getting little mini-seasons. Each little block of five episodes will come out weekly, and center around a theme. This week we're starting our EARTH series. Five episodes, five different future Earths. Buckle up, I hope you're ready for some fun. And some terror. This is Flash Forward after all.

Today we travel to a future where humanity decides to pull the climate emergency break, and spray sulphuric acid into the upper atmosphere.

Guests
Anthony Jones, climate model researcher at University of Exeter
Jane Flegal, climate science and policy advisor, program officer at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
Kate Marvel, climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Romaric Odoulami, climate scientist at the University of Cape Town
Prakash Kashwan, political scientist at the University of Connecticut 

Actors
The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent Rose
Lenny Haywood: Evan Johnson
Farah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh
John Jacob Siwa: Joseph Jones
Juana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky
Thor Surtr: Oliver Blank

Special Thanks
Women's Audio Mission studios, Maryam Qudus, Stephanie Lopez
The Potluck Podcast Collective, The Potluck Podcast studio, Quincy Surasmith

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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Thanks to PNAS for supporting Flash Forward. Listen to Science Sessions on iTunes today. 

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2019-03-05
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Season Five Coming Soon!

In case you think I've been sitting on my butt doing nothing, here's a trailer to let you know that I have been sitting on my butt doing lots of things! Flash Forward returns to your feeds NEXT WEEK, but to get you excited, I wanted to drop in and give you all a little taste of what?s to come.

See you in the future! 





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2019-02-26
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Snip Snip Snip

At long last, we?re doing genetic editing. What?s the deal with the recent news about CRISPR babies? What does a future full of human genetic editing look like? And how might CRISPR change the food we eat? 
Guests:Sarah Zhang, reporter at The AtlanticGreta Johnsen, weekend anchor at WBEZ, co-host of NerdetteAlice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility ProjectAlison Van Eenennaam, researcher at UC Davis??? Further reading and sources HERE ???

Paper mentioned in the Policygenius ad: ?National culture and life insurance consumption?
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.

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2018-12-18
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Water Would Be Nice

What happens when the Rio Grande dries up? The river is often overshadowed, at least in the US, by the Colorado River. But the Rio Grande creates the border between US and Mexico, and the water that flows through it is at the center of a looming geopolitical crisis. So what happens when towns, farms and cities on both sides of the border start to run out of water?

Guests:

Naveena Sadasivam: staff writer at the Texas Observer covering the environment, energy and climate and co-author on the series Shallow Waters
Zoë Schlanger: staff writer at Quartz covering the environment, and co-author on the series Shallow Waters
Flavio Lehner: Climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
J. Alfredo Rodríguez-Pineda: Water program coordinator at the WWF

Sponsors:

Bombas (use code FLASH at checkout)
Papers mentioned in the ad: Deranged Socks, Sock Matching exercise, Sock sorting

? ? ?  Links to sources and further reading available 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.

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2018-12-04
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The Commute From Hell

Getting from one place to another is hard. What if we could just teleport? From the physics of how this would work (it wouldn?t) to the ripple effects it might have on politics, urban development, and tourism, this episode is all about what would happen if we could zip instantly from one place to another.

Guests
Matt Lubchansky, comic artist and associate editor at The Nib
Zeeya Merali, physicist at the Foundational Questions Institute, author of A Big Bang in a Little Room, cohost of the FQXi Podcast
Peter Norton, historian at the University of Virginia, author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

(Paper from the advertisement: Time to End the Use of Genetic Test Results in Life Insurance Underwriting)

? ? ? Sources and more links available here ? ? ?

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth.
The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia.
The teleportation attendant from the future was played by Tamara Krinsky. Tamara is the host of the science & technology show TOMORROW'S WORLD TODAY, which you can watch on Amazon, right now.
The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 

That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one. 





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2018-11-20
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What To Expect When You're Expecting In Space

If humans want to really have a go at leaving Earth and living in space or on other planets, we?re going to have to figure out a lot of things: spaceships, food supplies, fuel, how to keep everybody from killing one another. But one thing seems to be frequently left out of the picture, when it comes to distant space travel research: reproduction. It turns out we know very, very little about what pregnancy in space might look like, or whether it?s even possible at all.


Guests
Maggie Koerth-Baker: senior science writer at FiveThirtyEight
Kim Stanley Robinson: science fiction author of the Mars trilogy, The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312, Aurora and others, including a new book Red Moon.
Anicca Harriot: PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, advocate for STEM outreach

? ? ? Further reading and sources available at flashforwardpod.com ???

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth.
Intro music by Asura
Outtro music by Hussalonia.
Episode art by Matt Lubchansky. Connect with us on: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram 
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If you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email info@flashforwardpod.com. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 

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2018-11-06
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Farm To Tablet

On today?s episode we tackle a future that was once a staple of science fiction: food pills. Instead of shopping and cooking and sitting down to eat meals together, we all simply pop our nutritional pills and move along with our lives. How feasible is this, really? Where did the idea come from? And what does the rise and fall in the popularity of the idea say about our changing relationships to food, culture and politics?

Guests:
Annalee Newitz, science journalist and science fiction author, co-host of Our Opinions Are Correct
Charlie Jane Anders, science fiction author, co-host of Our Opinions Are Correct
Helen Rosner, food correspondent for the New Yorker
Rob McGinley Myers, writer and podcaster
Katie Gordon, associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University and co-host of Jedi Counsel Podcast
Mike Rugnetta, producer of Reasonably Sound
Soleil Ho, food writer, co-host of Racist Sandwich, host of Popaganda

???  For more information about the guests, links, and further reading, go to https://www.flashforwardpod.com/2018/10/21/farm-to-tablet/ ???

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voices from the future for this episode were provided by  Tony Garcia, Fernando Galdino and Ed Yong. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.








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2018-10-23
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Eyes In The Skies

Computers are getting smaller and smaller. But what if we had sensors the size of dust, that could float through the air undetected, talk to one another, gather information, and transmit that information back down to a central place? This is the concept behind smart dust, and it's more plausible than you might think.

Guests:
Amy Webb, quantitative futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute
Faine Greenwood, journalist and drone expert
Stacey Higginbotham, journalist, co-host of the Internet of Things podcast

? ? More information band background reading at flashforwardpod.com ??

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.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one. 








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2018-10-09
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Money For Nothing

What if we just gave everybody money? It sounds simple, but universal basic income is a trendy idea right now and a lot of you have asked for an episode about a future where everybody gets money from the government no matter what. And it turns out that while it sounds simple, just giving everybody money is way more complicated than you might thing.
Guests:Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior editor at The Nation, author of The CosmopolitesShaksam Khosla, graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, author of India?s Basic Income: Bedeviled by the Details Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard to OpportunityCara Rose deFabio, special initiatives director at Economic Security Project  
?? Further Reading Here ??

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The human voice from the future was provided by Daniel Tannenbaum. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky











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2018-09-25
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Fungus Among Us

How much of what you do is actually your choice? What if you were secretly being controlled by a parasite that had infected your brain? What if that infection was spreading? 

Guests:
David Walton, author of The Genius Plague
Tade Thompson, author or Rosewater
Charissa de Bekker, researcher at the University of Central Florida
Sandeep Ravindran, science journalist

For additional reading and resources on this episode, visit flashforwardpod.com. 

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voices from the future this week were provided by Charles Anderson, David Dunsmuir, Anthony Friscia, Andrea Klunder and Brent Rose. Check out Brent?s project Connected States, in which he drives around the US in a big van, at http://www.connectedstates.com/. You can listen to Andrea?s podcast The Creative Imposter wherever you get your podcasts. If you want to be a voice in a future scene for Flash Forward, that is one of the perks of a $10 Patreon pledge! Whenever I need voices I send out a little note to those patrons and people can sign up to do one! 

The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Who is amazing! You should check out their art AND you should go look at the new magazine that they?re creating at the comics website The Nib. Go to membership.thenib.com to learn more about that.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 

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2018-09-11
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Spawn of Sponcon

On today?s episode we travel to the near-future of advertising. Welcome to a future in which you can sign up to be a brand ambassador, and get paid for every time you mention a product in conversation. Simply download the app, and your phone will listen to your every word waiting to hear brand names, and pay you some money every time you mention one. 

Guests:
Deborah Dahl, speech technology expert and principal of Conversational Technologies
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lindsey Webber, writer, editor and cohost of the podcast Who? Weekly
Bobby Finger, writer at Jezebel and cohost of the podcast Who? Weekly
Kristen Strader, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen?s Commerical Alert program

? Further reading and source notes can be found here ?

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2018-08-28
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Dr. Doolittle

Under The Sea

In the 1960's, the United States spent millions of dollars exploring two different realms: outer space, and the deep oceans. But today, only one of those programs is still around. Why do space colonies seem more likely than underwater cities? And what does it take to build a settlement on the sea floor?

Guests:
Ben Hellwarth, journalist and author of SEALAB: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor
Jim Fourqurean, professor of Marine Science at Florida International University and the director of the Center for Coastal Oceans Research
Roger Garcia, operations director at Aquarius Reef Base
Katherine Sammler, assistant professor at California State University Maritime in the department of Global Studies & Maritime Affairs

Further Reading/Watching:
The Silent World
JFK's Moon Shot speech
JFK 1961 remarks on the ocean
JFK Address at the Anniversary Convocation of the National Academy of Sciences, 22 October 1963
SEALAB: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor
To Tell The Truth featuring Bob Barth
I have lived underwater
Medina Aquarius Program
From the Ocean?s Abyss to the Vacuum of Space: Privatization in the Vertical Commons
National Governance Of Ocean Volumes
Subsuming the Submerged: Producing Seabeds as Political Territories.
Knowing the Abyss: Seeking Geographies of Ocean Space.
The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development.
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Credits:
Produced by me, Rose Eveleth.
The intro music: Asura
Outtro music: Hussalonia.
Voices of the future this episode: Stephen Granade and Andrea Klunder.
Episode art: Matt Lubchansky.
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2018-07-31
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Portrait Of The Artist As An Algorithm

In today?s episode I welcome you to the Museum of Non-Human Art, a brand new gallery full of art made entirely by machines, computers, algorithms, robots and other non-human entities. I hope your enjoy your visit!

To see pictures of any of the artworks we talked about on this show head to the website! 

Guests:

Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland
Michael Noll, computer artist, professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California
Ahmed Elgammel, director of the The Art & Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers University
Orit Gat, art critic & writer
Xiaoyu Weng, Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim 

Further Reading:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Bananas?
Machines in the Garden
Automata by Jacquet-Droz
The Story of Jacquet-Droz
When the Machine Made Art
"Incredible Machine" (1968) ? main-title animation sequence for award-winning movie by Owen Murphy Productions for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.
"Patterns by 7090," by Michael Noll
"Computer Generated Ballet" by Michael Noll
Human or Machine: A Subjective Comparison of Piet Mondrian?s ?Composition with Lines? and a Computer?Generated Picture
CAN: Creative Adversarial Networks Generating ?Art? by Learning About Styles andDeviating from Style Norms
Quantifying Creativity in Art NetworksLarge-Scale Classification of Fine-Art Paintings: Learning the Right Metric on the Right Feature
A Computer Vision System for Artistic Influence Mining
Tales of Our Time Exhibit at the Guggenheim
Sun Yuan & Peng Yu: Tales of Our Time

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.

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2018-07-17
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The Very Big Sick

In 1918, the Spanish flu killed four to five percent of the entire global population. Infectious disease experts all agree that another pandemic is coming. It's when, not if. But are we ready for it? Today's episode explores what happens when a pandemic strikes, what the most likely candidates are, and whether or not the world is ready.

Guests:
Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic
Nahid Bhadelia, assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit (SPU) at Boston Medical Center
Laura Spinney, science writer and author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
Nicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and author of a forthcoming book on quarantine

Further Reading:
The Next Plague is Coming. Is America Ready?
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being by Harold Napoleon
Strengthening Health Systems While Responding to a Health Crisis: Lessons Learned by a Nongovernmental Organization During the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Sierra Leone
Medicine?s Long, Thin Supply Chain
What Bill Gates Fears Most
Predicting virus emergence amid evolutionary noise
Nebraska?s Biocontainment Unit
The Terrifying Lessons of a Pandemic Simulation
Clade X Livestream
CDC Director: Why I Don?t Support A Travel Ban To Combat The Ebola Outbreak
Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism
How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not.

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voices from the future this episode were provided by Paul Krueger, Sean Raines, and Sameer Ajmani. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

Get in touch: Twitter, Facebook, info@flashforwardpod.com. 

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2018-07-03
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The Space Roomba

This episode we take on a future where space junk has gotten so bad, that active spacecraft are constantly having to maneuver around it, which wastes fuel and cuts down on operation time. And humans decide to finally do something about it. But what?

Guests:
Loren Grush, science reporter at The Verge
Lisa Ruth Rand, historian of science technology and the environment.
Tiago Soares, systems engineer for ESA?s Clean Space program
Andrew Wolahan, systems engineer for ESA?s e.deorbit program
Alice Gorman, space archaeologist at Flinders University 
Jill Stuart, space policy & law expert at the London School of Economics

Further Reading:
Tracking Space Junk
How can humans clean up our space junk?
The Space Junk Problem is About to get a Whole Lots Gnarlier
Orbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of Earth?s Planetary Borderlands
The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put A Ring Of Copper Around The Earth
Project West Ford, NASA Repository
Japanese mission to clear up space junk ends in failure
This is what happens when a tiny piece of flying space debris hits the ISS
ESA Envisat
ESA Clean Space
ESA e.deorbit
Space Age Archaeology
What is Space Archaeology?
The Outer Space Treaty has been remarkably successful ? but is it fit for the modern age?

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The space dispatcher from the top of the episode was played by Andrew Hackard. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 

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2018-06-19
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We Are Family

With the rise in consumer DNA tests and online genealogy, people might soon have a pretty good idea where their families came from for generations. But are we putting too much faith in DNA? Can our genetic ancestry really tell us anything about ourselves? And what happens when DNA databases become playgrounds for true crime sleuths?

Guests:

Carl Zimmer, science journalist and author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity
Kristen V. Brown, biotechnology reporter at Bloomberg
Kim Tallbear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science
Clan_McCrimmon, moderator of the Lyle Stevik subreddit 
Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press, cofounders of DNA Doe
Kelly Hills, cofounder of Rogue Bioethics

Further Reading:

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity
Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science
The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants
In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?
How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too
DNA testing is like the 'Wild West'; should it be more tightly regulated?
DNA test kits: Consider the privacy implications
The ingenious and ?dystopian? DNA technique police used to hunt the ?Golden State Killer? suspect
The Strange Case of the Man With No Name
Web Sleuths: Lyle Stevik
Reddit: Lyle Stevik
GED Match
Active DNA Doe Cases
DNA Doe Lyle Stevik Press Release 

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2018-06-05
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Federal Project Two

Guests:
Susan Quinn, author of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands  Made High Art out of Desperate Times and other books.
Monet Noelle Marshall, playwright, consultant, artist, director, founder of JOCOAA.
Monica Byrne, novelist, playwright, futurist, activist.

Further Reading:
Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands  Made High Art out of Desperate Times by Susan Quinn
The New Deal Art Projects, An Anthology of Memoirs by Francis V. O?Connor
Engendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood In New Deal Public Art and Theater by Barbara Medosh
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA:When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor
The Subsidized Muse: Public Support for the Arts in the United States by Dick Netzer
The American  Guide to the New Vermont
After the Curtain Calls
Creator of the Week with Monica Byrne
What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?
Global Trends in Art Funding
How the United States Funds the Arts
Culturally Impoverished: US NEA Spends 1/40th of What Germany Doles Out for Arts Per Capita
Why Are Americans So Hostile to State-Funded Art?
Orson Welles? Voodoo Macbeth: A forgotten diversity landmark

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of your future president was played by Andrea Klunder, the Producer & host of The Creative Impostor and Podcast Envy podcasts. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 

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2018-05-22
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Enter the Exos

This episode we talk exoskeletons: what are they being used for now? What might they be used for in the future? And what happens when they?re everywhere?

Guests:
Tim Pote, PhD student at Virginia Tech
Greg Pote, Tim?s brother
Dr. Bill Marras, professor at The Ohio State University & Director of the Spine Research Institute
Larry Jasinksi, CEO, Rewalk
Ashley Shew, assistant professor at Virginia Tech in technology & disability, and author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knoweldge
Kim Sauder, graduate student in Disability Studies, author of Crippled Scholar blog
Bill Peace, anthropologist & bioethicist, author of Bad Cripple blog

Further Reading:
The robotic exoskeleton market is poised to grow to $1.9 billion in 2025, compared to $97 million in 2016, says ABI Research's Dan Kara.
Berkeley BLEEX Exoskeleton
Exoskeletons Won?t Turn Assembly Workers into Iron Man
We Try a New Exoskeleton for Construction Workers
The Exoskeletons Are Coming
ReWalk Testimonials
For heavy lifting, use exoskeletons with caution
Biomechanical evaluation of exoskeleton use on loading of the lumbar spine
Exoskeletons for industrial application and their potential effects on physical work load
The effects of a passive exoskeleton on muscle activity, discomfort and endurance time in forward bending work.
The Exoskeleton?s Hidden Burden
Walking is Over Rated
The Obsession With Walking
Exoskeletons as a Social Problem
You Cannot Kill a Bad Idea: The Exoskeleton Lives
ReWalk: A Plea for Common Sense

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of the future historian from the intro was by Sarah Werner. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

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2018-05-08
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Fitness in a Bottle

Some people love going to the gym. Some people hate it. But what if there was a pill that could replace exercise? Today?s future might actually be closer than you think.

Today?s guests:

Nicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and New Yorker writer
David Eveleth, my dad and biotech expert
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and co-host of Past Present
Sigmund Loland, philosopher of sports at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Casey Johnston, editor at The Outline, author of Ask a Swole Woman
Robert, my boyfriend

Further reading can be found here, including background documents, research papers, suggested books and more.










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2018-04-24
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Fire From the Deep

In this episode, a huge submarine volcano erupts, breaks the surface of the ocean, and forms a new island. What happens next?

Guests:

Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology at the University at Buffalo
Rebecca Carey, senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania
Paraskevi V. Nomiku, assistant professor of geological oceanography at the University of Athens
Gianpierro Orbasano, Tongan photojournalist and explorer
Michael Bates, Prince of Sealand
James Grimmelmann, professor of law at Cornell Tech

Further reading:

The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century
Tsunami hazard risk of a future volcanic eruption of Kolumbo submarine volcano, NE of Santorini Caldera, Greece
Volcanic ash as fertiliser for the surface ocean
The Submarine Volcano Eruption off El Hierro Island: Effects on the Scattering Migrant Biota and the Evolution of the Pelagic Communities
What is law of the sea?
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Principality of Sealand: Nation Building by Individuals
Sealand, Havenco and the Rule of Law
Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island

This episode was suggested by listener and long-time friend of the show Charlie Loyd.

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.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.
And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 

That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one. 












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2018-04-10
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The Grey Dawn

We?re back! After a bit of a break, your regularly scheduled Flash Forward episodes will resume starting today. Every other Tuesday you?ll get a future delivered straight to your listening device. I hope you enjoy!

On this episode, we?re talking about the future of senior care. Namely: what happens when we outsource care for our aging loved ones to robots, apps and devices?

Let?s start by defining the challenge that the technology in today?s episode is trying to solve: in the United States, there are six million people over the age of 85. Experts estimate that, by 2050, that number will jump to 19 million. And a question looms over those numbers, right? Who?s going to take care of us? And who is going to pay for our care? The average cost of a year in a nursing home in the United States is over $80,000. In home services provided by humans are $48,000. At the same time, care facilities are already reporting a shortage of qualified nurses.

So of course one of the classes of solutions proposed to this looming problem is technology. There are already apps to monitor and assist seniors, robots to remind them to take their meds,  and sensors to predict when they might fall. There are even little robot animals that can provide them with affection and comfort. But what do we give up when we hand our parents over to robots? What do they want? And are the products that tech people are coming up with actually solving the problem at all? Those are the questions of today?s episode.

For a full transcript of this episode, and for further reading visit flashforwardpod.com.

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of the annoyed father in the intro was played by Brent Rose. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 

That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2018-03-27
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You?ve Got Brainmail

In our last episode of the season, we take one one of the most requested futures: telepathy! What would it be like to be able to link minds, and communicate brain to brain? And how likely is it that we?ll ever get this kind of technology? 
 
 We start the episode by talking to Roger Luckhurst, a Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, who explains where the word telepathy comes from, and how it totally obsessed men of science in the early 1800?s. Then, futurist and science fiction author Ramez Naam walks us through both the current state of science and the futuristic world of his science fiction series Nexus, that centers around a drug that gives people telepathic powers. After that, we consider what a future full of telepathic people might mean for etiquette with Robin Abrahams, the etiquette columnist for the Boston Globe. And then we talk privacy and digital security with Kit Walsh, a a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And we finish out the episode by talking to Lateef McLeod, a poet, blogger, activist and doctoral student in the anthropology and social change program at California Institute for Integral Studies, about how those with complex communication needs might appreciate a new form of communication.
 
 Further reading: Science & history
 
 The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain -- And Almost Lost His Mind
 When ?I? becomes ?We?: ethical implications of emerging brain-to-brain interfacing technologies
 Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies
 Brain-to-Brain Interfaces: When Reality Meets Science Fiction
 The invention of telepathy, 1870-1901 by Roger Luckhurst
 Telepathy and literature: essays on the reading mind by Nicholas Royle
 ?First Report of the Literary Committee by W.F. Barrett, C.C. Massey, Rev. W. Stainton Moses, Frank Podmore?. In Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research? 
 Phenomena: the secret history of the U.S. government's investigations into extrasensory perception and psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen
 The 120-Year-Old Mind-Reading Machine
 The Future of Human Evolution | Ray Kurzweil Q & A | Singularity University
 Science Gave My Son the Gift of Sound
 Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be 'Fixed'
 Memory Implant Gives Rats Sharper Recollection
 Building the Bionic Brain
 A cortical neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory
 Computing Arm Movements with a Monkey Brainet
 A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information
 The Ultimate Interface: Your Brain
 Reconstructing visual experiences from brain activity evoked by natural movies
 Facilitation and restoration of cognitive function in primate prefrontal cortex by a neuroprosthesis that utilizes minicolumn-specific neural firing
 Protect Your Right to Repair and Control the Devices in Your Life
 Defend Your Right to Repair!
 
 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.
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.

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2018-01-09
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Countless

This episode we travel to a future where the 2020 census goes haywire. What happens if we don?t get an accurate count of Americans? Who cares? Apparently the constitution does! 
 
 The 2020 census is currently in the crosshairs ? census watchers say that it?s not getting enough funding, and community organizations and local governments are already worrying about what an inaccurate census might mean for their people. 
 
 To walk us through the current perils facing the census I talked to Hansi Lo Wang, a national correspondent for NPR who has been covering the census; Phil Sparks, the co-director of The Census Project, an organization that brings together groups who use census data; Susan Lerner, the director of Common Cause New York, a government watchdog group; Cayden Mak, the executive director of 18 Million Rising, an online organizing group that works with Asian American communities; and Dawn Joelle Fraser, a storyteller and communications coach who worked for the census in 2010. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 Could A Census Without A Leader Spell Trouble In 2020? 
 US Census Director Resigns Amid Turmoil Over Funding of 2020 Count
 Departure of U.S. Census director threatens 2020 count
 The 2020 Census is at risk. Here are the major consequences
 With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy
 Trump's threat to the 2020 Census
 NAACP lawsuit alleges Trump administration will undercount minorities in 2020 Census
 Census 2020: How it?s supposed to work (and how it might go terribly wrong)
 Census watchers warn of crisis if 2020 funding is not increased
 Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020
 What Census Calls Us: A Historical Timeline
 As 2020 Census Approaches, Worries Rise Of A Political Crisis After The Count
 The American Census: a social history by Margo J. Anderson
 The Story Collider podcast: Dawn Fraser, The Mission
 
 Note: This is the second to last episode of this season of Flash Forward! The last episode drops January 9th, and then the show will be in hiatus for a few months while I prep for season 4, which is going to be great I can already assure you! If you want to follow along with the prep for season 4, and just generally keep up with what's going on with the show and when it's coming back stay in touch via Twitter, Facebook , Reddit, or, best of all, Patreon, where I'll post behind the scenes stuff as I get ready for the next Flash Forward adventures.
 
 Also, I?m going on tour with PopUp Magazine in February! Get your tickets at popupmagazine.com.
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Liz Neeley who voiced our discouraged bureaucrat. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 As a bonus, at the end of this episode, you'll hear a human chorus record a psalm that was written by Janelle Shane's machine learning algorithm. (Remember her from the super religion episode?) and arranged by Hamish Symington and Owain Park.

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2017-12-26
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There?s No Great Future in Plastics

This episode is all about a world without plastic. What would that look like? Is it even possible? 
 
 Today, plastic is seen as one of our great environmental enemies. But it actually wasn?t always that way. Bradford Harris, a historian of science and the host of a podcast called How It Began: A History of the Modern World, and Susan Freinkel, a journalist and the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, walk us through how plastic started out as a solution to unsustainable practices. Then we talk to Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program, about what exactly is going on with garbage in the ocean. And finally I visit Danielle Trofe at her studio in Brooklyn, where she grows sustainable materials using mushrooms. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 Debbie Chachra on peak plastics
 "On a scale beyond all previous conceptions" [electronic resource] : plastics and the preservation of modernity
 Bradford Harris: Plastics and Sustainability
 Our 'Toxic' Love-Hate Relationship With Plastics
 99 Percent Invisible: The Post-Billiards Age
 Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean
 There Is No Island of Trash in the Pacific
 Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
 Different Types of Plastics and their Classification
 Health risks posed by use of Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) in PVC medical devices: A critical review
 How Stuff Works: bioplastics
 Taxation and Regulation of Plastic Shopping Bags in Botswana and South Africa 
 GROW: A Lamp YOU Grow from Mushroom Mycelium
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voices from the future this episode were provided by Lisa Pollak, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Brent Rose, Victor Dorff and Mary Beth Griggs. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
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2017-12-12
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Our Father, Who art in Algorithm

In this episode, we travel to a future where a tech mogul feeds a machine learning system all the religious texts he can find, and asks it to generate a ?super religion.?
 
 Buckle up because this is a long episode! But it?s fun, I promise.
 
 For the intro of this episode I worked with Janelle Shane to actually train a machine learning algorithm on a big chunk of religious texts that I assembled, and spit something back out. The specifics of the texts and the machine learning algorithm come with a handful of caveats and notes, which you can find at the bottom of this post. Janelle has done of ton of really funny, interesting things with machine learning algorithms that you can find here.
 
 To analyze the text that this algorithm generated, and talk about the limitations of this kind of project, I spoke with a big group of people from a variety of backgrounds:
 
 Linda Griggs is an Episcopal priest and an assisting priest at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Providence Rhode Island.
 Lauren O?Neal and Niko Bakulich are the hosts of a podcast called Sunday School Dropouts, whose tagline is: "an ex-Christian (Lauren) and a non-believing sort of Jew (Niko) read all the way through the Bible for the first time."
 Elias Muhanna is the Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University, and director of the Digital Islamic Humanities Project.
 Beth Duckles is a sociologist (who you heard last episode talking about peanut allergies).
 Carol Edelman Warrior is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell?s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. She is also enrolled with the Ninilchik Village Tribe (Dena'ina Athabascan / Alutiiq), and is also of A'aninin (Gros Ventre) descent.
 Mark Harris is a journalist who writes about technology, science and business for places like WIRED, The Guardian and IEEE Spectrum. He wrote a great piece about Anthony Levandowski?s new religion of artificial intelligence called Way of the Future.
 
 Further Reading:
 
 Sunday School Dropouts: Robobible
 Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence
 God is a Bot and Anthony Levandowski is His Messenger
 Way of the Future
 Nine Billion Names by Arthur C. Clarke
 Dataism + Machine Learning = New Religion
 Machine Learning May Help Determine When the Old Testament Was Written
 Indigenous Writers of Speculative Fiction
 Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion
 The Space NDN's Star Map
 Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation
 
For more caveats on the algorithm itself and the source text, see here

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2017-11-28
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Deceptible Me

This episode we travel to a future where you can choose to turn off your ability to deceive yourself. Are you now a perfectly clear eyed genius? Or a perpetually depressed misanthrope? Maybe both? 
 
 This episode was suggested by my mom. It begins with two tales of self deception, one from Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleo-ecology at the University of Maine and the host of a podcast about climate change called Warm Regards, and the other from Beth Duckles, a writer, researcher, ethnographer and social scientist. Then we talk to Zoë Chance, an assistant professor of marketing at the Yale School of Management and an expert on self-deception. After that, we go to therapy, and Chamin Ajjan, a clinical psychotherapist and author of Seeking Soulmate: Ditch the Dating Game and Find Real Connection explains what she does when she sees a case of self-deception in her office. And finally, Erik Vance, science journalist and author of Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal helps us understand what might really happen if we could truly turn off this ability to deceive ourselves. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Self Deception
 The Elements of a Scientific Theory of Self-Deception
 People don?t know when they?re lying to themselves
 Temporal view of the costs and benefits of self-deception
 The slow decay and quick revival of self-deception 
 DENIAL: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind 
 Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal
 Seeking Soulmate: Ditch the Dating Game and Find Real Connection
 
 Patrons are going to get a really fun bonus segment next week that didn?t quite make it into this episode. It?s about hypnosis. So if you want that, go to Patreon and sign up as a $5 donor! 

 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice from this episode?s future was provided by Cynthia Graber. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 

 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 

 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 

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2017-11-14
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Easy Bake Organs

This episode we take on a future full of bioprinted replacement organs. You asked for more hopeful futures, this is about as hopeful as they get! 
 
 We start by hearing a bit about what the current organ donation market is like from Christine Gentry, who donated a kidney to a stranger. Then we talk to Dr. Anthony Atala,  the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and of the world?s leading regenerative medicine specialists. Dr. Atala has implanted organs grown from the cells of patients themselves in clinical trials. Then Kelly and Zach Weinersmith join us to talk about what they learned while writing a chapter about bioprinting for their new book Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. And finally, we get an impassioned indictment of 3D printing file formats from Meghan McCarthy, Project Lead for the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
 
 Further reading:
 
 Organ Donation Statistics
 Neural and cognitive characteristics of extraordinary altruists
 Boston woman's donation creates 3rd-longest kidney transplant chain, saving 28 people
 The Doctor and the Salamander
 How An Economist Helped Patients Find The Right Kidney Donors
 TED Talk: Printing a Human Kidney
 Rebuilding the Breast
 Soonish: Zach and Kelly Weinersmith on 10 technologies that will change everything
 Online Course Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts
 Scientists 3-D Print Mouse Ovaries That Actually Make Babies
 
 If you?re interested in becoming a living organ donor and want to know what it?s like, you can get in touch with Christine Gentry. Her email is christine.gentry at gmail.com, and she?s all about helping people understand donation. 
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Our intro future voices were skillfully provided by Alyssa Mondelli, BW and Josh Kirby. The music from the intro was by Unheard Music Concepts, PC III and Soft and Furious. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-10-31
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Buzz Off

In this episode we travel to a world without bees. And not just honey bees, all bees. 
 
 You?ve probably heard a lot of doom and gloom predictions about what might happen if honey bees went extinct. Mass famine! The end of coffee! World economic collapse! But is that all true? (Probably not.) And how likely is a honeybee extinction anyway? (Extremely unlikely.) Plus, what about all the other bees in the world? We ponder these questions and more in this episode.
 
 To walk us through what might happen to agriculture if bees went away, I talked to Marcelo A. Aizen, a researcher who studies plant pollinator interactions. His research suggests that the loss of honeybees might not be as dire as everybody claims. And to talk about the more neglected bees out there, I called up Elaine Evans, a professor at the University of MInnesota?s Bee Lab, and Paige Embry, the author of the forthcoming book Our Native Bees: North America?s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them. 
 
 Plus, a little bonus ?what if? at the end, featuring cartoonist Dean Yeagle, the man who drew the original Honey Nut Cheerios bee. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 How much does agriculture depend on pollinators? Lessons from long-term trends in crop production (PDF)
 How to befriend bumblebees 
 What if bees went extinct?
 Why bees are disappearing
 Citizen Science: Bumble Bee Surveys
 Has Anybody Seen the Franklin?s Bumblebee?
 Franklin?s Bumblebee Still Elusive
 The Old Man and the Bee
 Wallace?s Giant Bee
 Honey Nut Cheerios Mascot Goes Missing as Brand Addresses Declining Bee Populations
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The future voice this episode was provided by Mike Rugnetta. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next time and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-10-17
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Piraceuticals

This episode we go to a future with pirates! There always has to be at least one pirate episode per season. This time it?s pharmaceutical pirates. 
 
 This episode was inspired by a new book by Annalee Newitz called Autonomous. It?s very good and you should read it. I am not being paid to say that, I just really like the book. 
 
 Autonomous tells the story of two main characters: Jack the pharmaceutical pirate, and Palladin the bot that is trying to hunt her down. A few cool links related to Autonomous:
 
 How to Write a Novel Set More Than 125 Years in the Future
 Robots need civil rights, too
 Sword and Laser podcast #306 - Indentured Robotude w/ Annalee Newitz
 Pirates and Robots Square Off Over Drugs in Annalee Newitz?s Debut Novel
 In A Future Ruled By Big Pharma, A Robot Tentatively Explores Freedom ? And Sex: 'Autonomous'
 
 For our episode, we focused on the pharmaceutical piracy part of the book. And to talk to us about the nitty gritty of how pharmaceuticals are made, and how they?re protected by patents, I talked to Jason Kahana, the founder and president of a small biotech company called Integrity Biosolutions, and Charles Duan, the director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge. [Full disclosure: my father and Jason know each other and have worked together in the past.]
 
 These Aren?t the Patent Remedies You?re Looking For (No, Really)
 Teva Pharmaceuticals Antitrust Settlement is a Win for Competition
 Martin Shkreli Is Big Pharma?s Biggest A**hole
 Drug C.E.O. Martin Shkreli Arrested on Fraud Charges
 Yusuf Hamied, generic drugs boss
 The Treasure of Mumbai 
 Pharmaceutical deformulation
 The Role of Reverse Engineering in the Development of Generic Formulations
 The Impact of the US Food and Drug Administration Chlorofluorocarbon Ban on Out-of-pocket Costs and Use of Albuterol Inhalers Among Individuals With Asthma
 Do Patents Disclose Useful Information? 
 We Are Definitely Against Indefiniteness in Patents
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro and ad-break music is by Hussalonia. The pirate music from the intro is by Nerve Damage. The future voices this episode were played by Tamara Krinsky, Brent Rose and Stephen Granade. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next month and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-10-03
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After Life

This month?s episode is about what it would take to sterilize the Earth, and why you might want to figure that out in the first place. 
 
 First we talk to the authors of a paper that tries to figure out this exact question. David Sloan and Rafael Alves Batista are the authors of a paper called ?The Resilience of Life to Astrophysical Events? (along with Avi Loeb). No, they?re not evil scientists, just interested in what it might take to find life on other planets. 
 
 They explain their calculations, and how we mostly don?t have anything to worry about. Plus, cool facts about tardigrades!
 
 Then we talk to science-fiction author N.K. Jemisin who is the author of The Broken Earth trilogy. Which is very good! She explains her thinking behind the books, why the Earth is out to get her characters, and how humans banding together to survive is more interesting to her than the lone ranger making it on his own. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 What Would It Take to Completely Sterilize the Earth?
 The Resilience of Life to Astrophysical Events
 Did a gamma-ray burst initiate the late Ordovician mass extinction?
 NASA: Gamma-ray Bursts 
 Flash Forward: The Supernova Next Door 
 'The Fifth Season,' by N.K. ­Jemisin
 N. K. Jemisin on Diversity in Science Fiction and Inspiration From Dreams
 The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible ?Water Bears?
 Tardigrades return from the dead
 
 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. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next month and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-09-07
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Down For Everyone Not Just You

This episode is a little different than other episodes. As many of you know, Flash Forward is my second job. My first job is at ESPN, where I recently helped launch an audio documentary series called 30 for 30 Podcasts. Please go check that out, even if you don?t like sports I promise there?s something for you. My episodes are numbers three and four in the series, and they?re both out, and if you like the weird stuff I do on this show I think you?ll probably enjoy them.
 
 Trying to make two highly produced shows at once is hard though! So for my mental health, this month?s Flash Forward is a bit of a remix. The top of the show is new, it?s an interview with Kit Walsh, who is a staff attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation where she works on free speech, net neutrality, copyright, coders' rights, and other issues that relate to freedom of expression and access to knowledge. Then, you?ll hear a remixed version of an old episode about the future of the internet, and what it would take for us to abandon the world wide web.
 
 More information about net neutrality:
 
 Net neutrality explained: "Imagine internet is pizza ..."
 Throttling on Mobile Networks Is a Sign of Things to Come, Unless We Save Net Neutrality Now
 Dear FCC
 Ajit Pai?s anti-net neutrality plan gets the facts and law wrong, lawmakers say
 Am I The Only Techie Against Net Neutrality?
 
 The remixed episode after my interview with Kit is all about what it would take to lose the internet. And to figure that out I talked to two historians of digital culture at NYU. Laine Nooney studies the history of computers and video games. Finn Brunton studies how and why different technologies get adopted (or don?t).
 
 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 this episode to Lena Groeger, Sisi Wei, Colin Schultz, and my mom. Yes, that was my actual mom. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next month and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-08-08
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Love On The Brain

This episode, we travel to a future where your romantic partners aren?t chosen by questions or swipes, but rather by your brainwaves.
 
 This future is based on an idea from Shelly Ronan and Ernesto D. Morales and their project Object Solutions. If you liked what you heard about Object Solutions you should check out their other work, and their Patreon page. 
 
 I also talked to Suzanne Dikker, who has used EEG headsets to study everything from education, to Marina Abramovic?s art, to compatability. 
 
 And to get a true expert position on dating apps, I talked to Andrea Silenzi from the podcast Why Oh Why. If you?re interested in the intersection between sex, dating, relationships and technology, check out her show. 
 
 Other things to read:
 
 The Mutual Wave Project by Suzanne Dikker
 ?EEG Dating? matches people based on their brainwave data
 This Tinder Hands-Free App Makes Dating Decisions by Reading Heartbeats
 This Tinder-Swiping Biometric Love Robot Knows Who Your Body Wants
 
 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. By the way, check out Matt's new animated web series over at Topic. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next month and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-07-05
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Mons Voyage

This episode, we go on another vacation! Can you tell I need a vacation? Anyway, back to the episode. What would it be like if you could hop on a space cruise ship, and take a trip to Mars?
 
 This is a special episode because our little future intro is actually two real people playing real parts. Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich are the authors of a new book called Vacation Guide to the Solar System. The book is a spinoff of their long-running project the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a project of Guerilla Science and a place where people could really come inside and ask about trips to other planets. And they take us on a very fun tour of what you could do, as a tourist, to Mars.
 
 Along with Olivia and Jana, this episode features Ben Longmier, a former rocket scientist, and Rebecca Boyle, a science writer who has a true love for Mars. 
 
 There?s a lot to talk about when it comes to intergalactic travel, so in this episode we focus specifically on tourism. Not colonization, or research, or any of the other things that you could potentially try to do. And we?re also going to focus on a single planet, just because trying to cover all the planets would be really hard. So what would it be like, to take a vacation to Mars. Just? a trip for fun. Like going to Cancun. But instead of snorkeling you hike up Olympus Mons? Listen to find out!
 
 Further reading:
 
 'Intergalactic Travel Bureau' Wants to Plan Your Space Vacation
 Vacation to Mars
 Everything About Mars is the Worst
 Welcome To Mars! Enjoy Perpetual Jet Lag Under An Eerie Red Sky
 Mars Needs Lawyers
 Life on Mars time for JPL scientist and his family
 
 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. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next month and we?ll travel to a new one.

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2017-06-06
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Back to the Future: A Womb Away From Home

Long time listeners of Flash Forward might feel like this future is kind of? familiar. And it is. It?s actually the first future we ever traveled to on this show. A future where humans have invented artificial wombs. And this is a special bonus episode of Flash Forward where we?re going to go back and revisit that future, because a new piece of research recently came out about artificial wombs. I?m calling this, a BACK TO THE FUTURE episode.
 
 Related reading:
 
 Fluid-filled ?biobag? allows premature lambs to develop outside the womb
 An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb
 Early Ectogenesis: Artificial Wombs in 1920s Literature
 The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn?t a Doctor at All
 The World, the Flesh & the Devil An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul
 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus
 Daedalus, or Science and the Future
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth, and is part of the Boing Boing podcast family. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool.
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next time, and we?ll travel to a new one!

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2017-05-18
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Robocop

In this future there are no more human police officers. Is that even possible?
 
 The future of policing is a really really complicated topic. And it?s also, and this might be the understatement of the year, a controversial one. On this episode we?re not going to try and give you a full picture of what the future of policing might be. That would take hours. Instead, we?re going to focus on two really specific pieces of this topic.
 
 First we talk to Madeline Ashby, futurist and science fiction writer, about robots, and what it might be like if we replaced human law enforcement with robotic law enforcement. Then, we talk to historian and writer Walidah Imarisha, about a future with no cops at all. We also hear from Doug Wyllie, the Editor at Large for PoliceOne, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, doesn't like either proposal. 
 
 Further reading:
 
 Disrupt Tha Police by Madeline Ashby
 Bomb Robots: What Makes Killing In Dallas Different And What Happens Next?
 Robocop Delivers Pizza, Prevents Suicide
 11 Police Robots Patrolling Around the World
 Machine Bias 
 Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race 
 Angels with Dirty Faces 
 Wrestling With Angels: Walidah Imarisha on Harm and Accountability
 Audre Lord Safe Outside the System Collective
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Brent Rose. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
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2017-05-02
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Unreel

This month on Flash Forward, we go to a future where anybody can make a video of you doing anything they want. And that technology is cheap and easy to access. What happens?
 
 This episode we start by talking about the technology as it exists now. Hamed Pirsiavash the show to explain his research into generating videos using algorithms. 
 
 So that?s where the technology stands now. But once it gets better, there are all kinds of applications. Hal Hodson, a tech reporter at The Economist, tells us about how it could be used in movies. Right now, movie-makers use CGI to project faces onto other faces. Recently, in the latest Star Wars, the faces of Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin from the original trilogy were projected onto actors faces for the few scenes in the new movie. Here?s a look at how they did it.
 
 But in the future, they might not have to do any of this. They could simply generate the video they need using images of Leia and Tarkin?s faces. Which also means that movie stars could wind up being in hundreds of movies a year, since they don?t have to actually be there, on set, to act. And they could keep acting in movies long after they?ve died, too. 
 
 That?s a fun thing to think about. Here?s a less fun thing to think about: how people would use this technology to seek revenge and ruin people?s lives. And to talk through the legal implications, I called Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who specializes in revenge porn cases. She explains how these generated videos of the future would actually get around today?s revenge porn laws. 
 
 Then, to wrap it all up, I talk to Jenna Wortham, a writer for the New York Times Magazine and the co-host of an amazing podcast called Still Processing. In a world where online identities are not only personally valuable, but economically valuable, what does this do to us? When anybody can torpedo your finely crafted online persona with a fake video, do we all just give up? Do we try to erase everything from the internet about ourselves? Or do we lean into this and start making wild aspirational and experimental videos? Or maybe all of the above?
 
 Bonus: You will also find out what butter, The Falkland Islands, and Snakes on a Train have in common. According to Rose.
 
 Some further reading for this episode:
 
 The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn
 Social Media Got You Down? Be More Like Beyonce
 The future of fake news is real time video manipulation
 The Butter Wars: When Margarine Was Pink
 The British Punk Band That Fooled Reagan, Thatcher and the CIA 
 Introduction to Generative Adversarial Networks 
 Teaching Machines to Predict the Future
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth, and is part of the Boing Boing podcast family. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Wendy Hari, Jacki Sojico and Dan Tannenbaum. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.
 
 That?s all for this future, come back next time, and we?ll travel to a new one!

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2017-04-04
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California Dreaming

California has one of the largest economies in the world. So what would happen if it broke away from the United States? Could California ever go independent? And if it did, what would that look like?
 
 This is a future that?s been on my list for a while, but since the election here in the United States it?s taken a bit of a different tone. California voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, 66 percent of the state cast their votes for her. And as most of you probably know, she did not win. And this is one of the big talking points of many California secessionists. The presidential election is almost alway totally decided before California?s polls even close. So why should California continue to be ruled by a government that it basically doesn?t elect? And, they argue, that doesn?t really have their best interests at heart.
 
 To help figure out what this future might be like, I talked to:
 
 Peter Laufer, a journalist and the author of a book called The Elusive State of Jefferson.
 Jon Christensen, a professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Department of History at UCLA. He?s also the editor of a quarterly magazine about California called Boom.
 Jay Rooney, the press secretary for the California National Party.
 Richard Monette, a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin and the director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center.
 
 If you want to learn more about the various California independence movements, here are some links.
 
 The California National Party
 Yes, California Independence Campaign
 Secession, the American Civil War
 Calexit? Brexit Buoys California Independence Movement
 Active separatists movements in North America
 Republic of Lakotah
 One in four Americans want their state to secede from the U.S., but why?
 Americans for Independence, in America
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Sameer Ajmani, Jade Davis, Brent Rose, Jim Basili, Caroline Sinders and Scott Musgrove. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
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2017-03-07
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Greetings From Paradice

Every year, over 20 million people get on a cruise ship and set sail for a seafaring vacation. Most of those cruises take their vacationers to warm, sunny climates. But thanks to climate change, a new hoard of ships might start sailing North rather than South. This episode of Flash Forward explores a future where the Arctic becomes a tourist destination just like the Bahamas or the Great Barrier Reef.
 
 Researchers at UCLA have projected that the Northwest Passage might be totally ice-free by 2050. And that?s something that big commercial cargo ships have been eyeing for a while. But now, cruise ships are getting in on the game. The first big cruise ship to make the full Northwest Passage trip was the Crystal Serenity. 
  
 This week we talk to a few people who have seen the impacts of this new tourism boom.
 
 Arielle Duhaime-Ross is a climate and environment correspondent for HBO?s VICE News Tonight. Arielle went up to Pond Inlet to see the Crystal Serenity, and talk to the people in Pond Inlet about what it's like to suddenly be flooded with visitors in puffy coats. 
 
 Jackie Dawson is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. She?s done a lot of work studying the ways tourism impacts people and the environment in places like Pond Inlet. And she spent years trying to convince people to take arctic tourism seriously.
 
 Nancy Guyon is the Director of Tourism and Cultural Industries for Nunavut, the northernmost Canadian territory. And Nancy?s job is to try and figure out how to harness this new interest in the arctic for the good of Nunavut.
 
 So this future is a little bit unlike some of the other ones I do on this show, because it?s a future that?s kind of inevitable. It?s happening, it?s going to happen. Are communities ready for it? No, is the general consensus. And in this episode we talk about what might happen as this gets more and more popular. What happens when a ship hits and iceberg? What happens when private yachts show up to communities that don't want them? How do you make sure that these ships don't disrupt local hunts, and that the tourists respect the people living in these communities? 
 
 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth, and is part of the Boing Boing podcast family. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. 
 
 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you?ve spotted one of the little references I?ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you?re right, I?ll send you something cool. 
 
 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that?s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. 
 
 The music in this episode was:
 
 BoxCat Games, ?Assignment?
 BoxCat Games, ?Love of my Life?
 Oorlab, ?Apiarist, Part 1?
 
 Sounds in this episode: "Wind, Synthesized, A.wav" by InspectorJ of Freesound.org





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2017-02-07
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Robocrop

Today?s episode is about a future where nobody works on farms anymore, all farming is done by robots. It might be closer than you think.

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2017-01-03
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Extra! Extra!

This week we travel to a future where there is so much fake news that nobody can tell what is real anymore. Are we already there? What happens next?

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2016-12-06
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