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Overview

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.

184 Episodes

3. PUPATION

This is the very last episode of the show ever. And on it we tackle the big, BIG question: how do you change the world?

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2022

2. PRECIPICE

Why does it always feel like we’re on the verge of something — great or terrible? And how do we resist the pull, the lull, and the stress of the void?

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2022

1. HOPE

Welcome to the end of Flash Forward. This is the first episode in our three-part show finale! How do you have hope for the future?

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2022

Vanguard Estates: Where Do You Want to Grow Old?

Today we wrap up out Vanguard Estates series with the ultimate question: where do you want to grow old? The answer is probably not in a nursing home. And yet, millions of people live in places whose general crappiness is a punchline in sitcoms and cartoons. Why? Can nursing homes be redeemed? What are our alternatives? And what could the future of aging look like, if we learned to care for one another better? Guests: Sarah Luterman: caregiving reporter at The 19th Kate Swaffer: activist & author, co-founder of Dementia Alliance International Dr. Alana Lee Glaser: assistant professor of anthropology at Saint John’s University Jannette Spiering: Senior managing Advisor of The Hogeweyk → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← MORE ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT FOR FLASH FORWARD Play the interactive version of Welcome to Vanguard Estates Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Volante Designs: If you’re looking for gear that makes you feel just as badass in real life as you do when you get a triple-S combo kill in game, look no further than Volante Design. Ethically sourced and manufactured, Volante jackets are made for quality and will last you for years to come. Just go to volantedesign.us and use code flashforward for 10% off your entire order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2022

Vanguard Estates: The True Cost of Care

In this series, we’re taking a look at some of the real science, policy, economics, law and ethics that inspired the events of Vanguard Estates. Today we’re digging into the economics of senior care — both for the families and individuals who need care, and those who provide it. Guests: Laurie Orlov: founder of Aging and Health Technology Watch Dyvonne Body: community development specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, lead author of The True Cost of Caregiving report. Nikki: care partner & founder of A Log Cabin in Brooklyn Dr. Alana Lee Glaser: assistant professor of anthropology at Saint John's University Kate Swaffer: activist & author, co-founder of Dementia Alliance International Dr. Clara Berridge: associate professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work Victor Wang: CEO of care.coach → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2022

Vanguard Estates: Can Robots Really Help the Aging?

In this series, we’re taking a look at some of the real science, policy, economics, law and ethics that inspired the events of Vanguard Estates. Today: can robots really help the aging? What are the pros and cons of these devices, and how do you evaluate their safety? Guests: Victor Wang: CEO of care.coach Dr. Amanda Lazar: assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies Dr. Clara Berridge: associate professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work Laurie Orlov: founder of Aging and Health Technology Watch Kate Swaffer: activist & author, co-founder of Dementia Alliance International Nikki: care partner & founder of A Log Cabin in Brooklyn Dr. Tia Powell: psychiatrist and the director of the Center for Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of the book Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2022

Vanguard Estates: The Future of the Aging Brain

In this series, we’re taking a look at some of the real science, policy, economics, law and ethics that inspired the events of Vanguard Estates. Today: what even is dementia, and why can’t we cure it? Guests: Dr. Malú Gámez Tansey — professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of Florida, and the co-director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease Dr. Tia Powell — psychiatrist and the director of the Center for Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of the book Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End. Charles Piller — investigative reporter at Science magazine Dr. Tanisha Hill-Jarrett — neuropsychologist and postdoctoral fellow at UCSF Dr. Margot Kushel — professor of medicine at UCSF and the director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations and the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative Kate Swaffer: activist & author, co-founder of Dementia Alliance International Nikki: care partner & founder of A Log Cabin in Brooklyn → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Knowable: Learn today’s most in-demand skills with actionable, podcast-style lessons from top experts. Download the Knowable app or visit Knowable.fyi and use the code FLASHFORWARD for an additional 20% off.  The proceeds from ads on this episode will be donated to Moms 4 Housing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2022

Vanguard Estates: Living With Dementia

In this series, we’re taking a look at some of the real science, policy, economics, law and ethics that inspired the events of Vanguard Estates. Today: what it’s really like living with dementia, and caring for someone who has it? Remember, listen to Welcome to Vanguard Estates first! Guests: Kate Swaffer: activist & author Nikki: care partner & founder of A Log Cabin in Brooklyn → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Shaker and Spoon — A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/flashforward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2022

HOW TO LISTEN: Welcome To Vanguard Estates

Hi friends, it’s Rose and I’m back with a new series from Flash Forward. It’s called Welcome to Vanguard Estates, and it’s in your feeds … now! The gist is simple, but I wanted to offer up this little explanation in case you’re like “what the heck why are there thirty new episodes of Flash Forward all of a sudden???” So here’s the deal. Welcome to Vanguard Estates is a choose your own path story. Each episode has a number, and a short title, and at the end of every episode you’ll be presented with a choice. All you have to do is follow the numbers, or titles, whichever works best for your brain, and you’ll be on your way. Simple, yeah? I personally think that this story is best experienced in audio — we worked really hard to score and sound design this thing and have some amazing voice actors along for the ride. But if you’d rather read the story, you can go to flashforwardpod.com/vanguard to play through online. Starting next week, you’ll get a series of explainer episodes, where we talk to experts about all the things that inspired this story. We'll cover everything from the neuroscience of aging, to potential image tampering in Alzheimer's research, to robots that can put your clothes on, to the dire economics of care, to whether we should have nursing homes at all. But for now, head to episode one, and begin your journey into the not so distant future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

27. Keep Quiet

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

26. Break the News

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

25. Report Him

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

24. Keep His Secret

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

23. Trust the Robot

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

22. Stop the Robot

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

21. Take Out a Loan

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

20. Drop Out of School

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

19. Pay for Help

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

18. Handle it Yourself

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

17. Don’t Go To Manila

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

16. Go To Manila

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

15. Human Baths

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

14. Robot Baths

If you want to explain the hack to him, go to episode 26: Break the News. If you want to keep the news from him, go to episode 27: Keep Quiet. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

13. Tell Him

If you want to let it go, go to episode 24: Keep His Secret. If you want to say something to the robots, go to episode 25: Report Him. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

12. Don't Tell Him

If you want to step in and protest, go to episode 22: Stop the Robot. If you want to let it go and let them run the show, go to episode 23: Trust the Robot Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

11. Move Him In

If you want to drop your masters and shift things around, go to episode 20: Drop Out of School. If you want to go for the loan, go to episode 21: Take Out a Loan. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

10. Install Cameras

If you want to handle the car and then work from there, go to episode 18: Handle it Yourself. If you want to hire someone, go to episode 19: Pay for Help. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

9. Don’t Explain Missy

The End. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

8. Explain Missy

If you want to see if you can take him to Manila, go to episode 16: Go To Manila. If you want to put your foot down and refuse, go to episode 17: Don’t Go To Manila. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

7. Disable Drop-In

If you want to install a robot to bathe him, go to episode 14. Robot Baths. If you want to hire a human, go to episode 15. Human Baths. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

6. Use Drop-In

If you want to stay quiet, go to episode 12: Don’t Tell Him. If you want to say something and tell him about the stove, go to episode 13: Tell Him. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

5. Call Him More

If you want to install cameras in his house go to episode 10: Install Cameras. If you want to move him into your house, go to episode 11: Move Him In. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

4. Buy A Home Robot

If you want to fully explain how Missy works, go to episode 8: Explain Missy. If you want to keep things vague go to episode 9: Don’t Explain Missy. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

3. Bring Him Home

If you want to get in a home robot, go to episode 4: Buy A Home Robot. If you want to try to go without the robot, go to episode 5: Call Him More. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

2. Stay at Vanguard

If you want to keep checking in on him with Drop In, go to episode 6: Use Drop-In. If you want to disable Drop In, go to episode 7: Disable Drop-In. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

1. Welcome to Vanguard Estates

If you want to leave him there, go to episode 2: Stay at Vanguard. If you want to take your dad home, go to episode 3: Bring Him Home. Vanguard Estates is a production of Flash Forward. The story was written by me, Rose Eveleth; edited by Ace Tilton Radcliffe and Georgia Wyatt; and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. The sound design is by Mischa Stanton and music is by Ilan Blanck. The voice actors for Welcome to Vanguard Estates are: Marcus Jones -- Keith Houston Imani Jones -- Shara Kirby Robot #1 -- Ashley Kellem Amy -- Chelsey B Coombs Vanguard Estates Representative -- Aiya Islam Missy -- Anjali Kunapaneni Robot # 2 -- Brett Tubbs NPR Host -- Sandhya Dirks An earlier version of Vanguard Estates was originally performed live for Pop-Up Magazine. You can also play through a web version of the story at flashforwardpod.com/vanguard, which features really cool illustrations by Mattie Lubchansky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

COMING SOON: Welcome to Vanguard Estates

Oh, hello there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I know this feed has been pretty quiet this year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working on things. In fact, next week, we’re going to drop a big project called Welcome to Vanguard Estates. It’s a fiction project, that is formatted as a choose your own path story with 14 different endings. So you’ll get a bunch of opportunities to actually pick what happens in the story. The piece is about aging, and tech, and surveillance, and parents, and all that complicated, stressful, emotionally dense stuff. Next week you’re going to get the whole story all at once, next week. So this is your warning, when you suddenly see 30 new episodes of Flash Forward all at once, that’s what that is. After that (starting November 7th) we’re going to do some follow up episodes where we talk to experts about the real stuff that inspired the story. We'll cover everything from the neuroscience of aging, to research misconduct in Alzheimer's treatment, to robots that can put your clothes on, to the (dire) economics of care, to whether we should have nursing homes at all. So gird your podcast loins, friends, because it’s going to be… something. I’m really excited for you to hear it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2022

Can You Be Sued By A River?

Can you be sued by nature? In some places, the answer is already yes. Guests: Evelyn Bellanger -- White Earth Band of Ojibwe elder Frank Bibeau -- tribal attorney and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Nico Albert -- member of the Cherokee Nation and the executive chef of Burning Cedar Indigneous Foods Jacinta Ruru -- professor of Law at the University of Otago in New Zealand Thomas Linzey -- Senior Legal Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights Teresa Vicente Gimenez — professor of philosophy of law at the University of Murcia. Philomena Kebec -- Indian law expert LISTEN TO THE 99 PERCENT INVISIBLE EPISODE HERE → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 June 2022

ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?

Today’s episode is the last of our FOUR PART MINI SEASON SERIES AND SHOW FINALE [airhorn noises]. This week we’re headed to a future where humans share our robotic knowledge with the rest of the animal kingdom—for better, and for worse. ✨✨ TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY HERE ✨✨ ⭐⭐ SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER HERE ⭐⭐ Guests: Dr. Kate Darling, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots. Emma Marris, a journalist and author of a book called Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World. Dr. Giovanni Polverino, an animal behavior researcher at The University of Western Australia. Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, a wildlife ecologist and host of the podcast Going Wild. Voice Actors: Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly Summer: Shara Kirby Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky John Dee: Keith Houston Dr. Jane de Vaucanson: Jeffrey Nils Gardner X Marks the Bot theme song written by Ilan Blanck. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: BirdNote: BirdNote Daily, you get a short, 2-minute daily dose of bird — from wacky facts, to hard science, and even poetry. And now is the perfect time to catch up on BirdNote’s longform podcasts: Threatened and Bring Birds Back. Find them all in your podcast listening app or at BirdNote.org. Nature: The leading international journal of science. Get 50% off your yearly subscription when you subscribe at go.nature.com/flashforward. And here is the video of the ancient crocodile robot I mentioned. Dipsea: An audio app full of short, sexy stories designed to turn you on. Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/flashforward. BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2021

ROBOTS: Would You Date A Robot?

Today we travel to a future where we can take a robot home for a good time, or a long time, depending on what you’re into. Content note: today’s episode discusses sex and includes explicit language. This one is more “mature” than most episodes, so proceed accordingly. ✨ REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR THE WRAP PARTY HERE! ✨ Guests: Tina Horn: author of SFSX (Volume 2 out now) and host of Why Are People Into That? Danielle Blunt: dominatrix and community organizer with Hacking//Hustling Samantha Floreani: Program Lead at Digital Rights Watch Ingrid Burrington: journalist and host of RIP Corp Dr. Debbie Chachra: professor of engineering at Olin College Render Man: hacker & founder of the Internet of Dongs Voice Actors: Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne Brad: Brent Rose Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly Summer: Shara Kirby Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky John Dee: Keith Houston Dr. Marcia Eckers: Andrea Silenzi Original X Marks the Bot theme music by Ilan Blanck. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Skillshare: an online learning community that offers membership with meaning. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/flashforward and get a one month free trial of Premium Membership. BirdNote: BirdNote Daily, you get a short, 2-minute daily dose of bird -- from wacky facts, to hard science, and even poetry. And now is the perfect time to catch up on BirdNote’s longform podcasts: Threatened and Bring Birds Back. Find them all in your podcast listening app or at BirdNote.org. Nature: Want to stay up-to-date on the latest in global science and research? Subscribe today to Nature, the leading international journal of science. Get 50% off your yearly subscription when you subscribe at go.nature.com/flashforward. The Long Time Academy: a new podcast about time, and how we think about time. Life is short. Time is long. The Long Time Academy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2021

ROBOTS: Should A Robot Be Allowed To Kill?

Today we travel to a future where militaries employ killer robots. Should a robot be allowed to take a human life? Is the speed of war increasing too quickly? What does a tech worker do when they find out their work is being used for war? Guests: Kelsey Atherton, a reporter who covers military technology. Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington. Dr. Ryan Jenkins, an associate professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University. Liz O’Sullivan, the CEO of Parity. Dr. Lucy Suchman, a professor emerita of sociology at Lancaster University. Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, an assistant professor of philosophy at George Mason University. Dr. Carlotta Berry, chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Kate Conger, a technology reporter at the New York Times. Voice Actors: Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne Chad: Brett Tubbs Lina: Ashley Kellem Brad: Brent Rose Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly Summer: Shara Kirby Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky John Dee: Keith Houston Seargent William Walter: Jarrett Sleeper → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: The Long Time Academy: A new podcast about time, and how we think about time. Bird Note Daily: A short, 2-minute daily dose of bird -- from wacky facts, to hard science, and even poetry. Nature: The leading international journal of science. Get 50% off your yearly subscription when you subscribe at go.nature.com/flashforward. BetterHelp: Making professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient. Visit betterhelp.com/flashforward and get 10% off your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 November 2021

ROBOTS: Will Robots Ever Defeat Human Athletes?

Today’s episode is part one in our FOUR PART MINI SEASON SERIES AND SHOW FINALE [airhorn noises]. We’re going out with a robotic bang: four episodes about four different ways that robots might impact your life in the future, starting with sports. Also, you'll hear a special announcement about the future of the show. For more about that go here. Guests: Joe Choong, gold medalist in the Tokyo Olympic games in modern pentathlon. Dr. Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, and president of the International RoboCup Federation. Jessica Luther and Dr. Brenda Elsey, two of the co-hosts of sports podcast Burn it All Down. Dr. Rayvon Fouché, a professor of American studies at Purdue University. Dr. Josh Siegel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. Brent Verdialez, founder and CEO of STRYK. Voice Actors: Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne Alex: Aiya Islam Amanda: Emma Bracy Chad: Brett Tubbs Lina: Ashley Kellem Brad: Brent Rose Halimah: Zahra Noorbakhsh Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly Summer: Shara Kirby Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky John Dee: Keith Houston Pierre Balck: Jarrett Sleeper Music by Ilan Blanck. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2021

What If We Could Shrink Humans?

Today’s episode is about a future where humans learn how to shrink ourselves. What are the ethics of making someone smaller against their will? Would we keep all our fingers and toes? Would we even be considered humans anymore? Guests: Dr. Fei Chen, an assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard. Dr. Jonathan Payne, a professor of geological sciences at Stanford. Dr. Sebastian Alvarado, an assistant professor of biology at Queens College, CUNY. Dr. Joyce Lee, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan. Silvia Yee, a senior staff attorney at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Micah Perks, an author and director of creative writing at UC Santa Cruz. Voice Actors: Parvus Employee #1: Henry Alexander Kelly Parvus Employee #2: Ashley Kellem Harry Purvis — Brett Tubbs Parvis Tour Guide — Chelsey B. Coombs → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward BirdNote Daily: BirdNote Daily is a short, two-minute podcast that answers all of your burning bird-related questions — like, how do birds stay perched in a tree when they’re asleep? What’s the difference between a raven and crow? What’s the biggest bird that’s ever lived? Find our on Bird Note Daily, wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe to American Hysteria on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2021

What If We Could Shrink Technology?

Today’s episode is all about making our technologies and medicines tiny. Like, super tiny. Guests: Ainissa Ramirez -- scientist, speaker, author of The Alchemy of Us Eun Ji Chung -- biomedical engineer at the University of Southern California Inge Hermann -- chemical engineer at ETH Zürich Raj Bawa -- biotechnologist at Bawa Biotech Richard Handy -- environmental toxicologist at University of Plymouth Lisa Yaszek -- professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech Voice Actors: Harry Purvis -- Brett Tubbs Parvis Tech -- Chelsey B. Coombs → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Music provided by Jay_You and Ketsa. Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: BirdNote Daily: BirdNote Daily is a short, two-minute podcast that answers all of your burning bird-related questions — like, how do birds stay perched in a tree when they’re asleep? What's the difference between a raven and crow? What’s the biggest bird that’s ever lived? The World As You'll Know It: a podcast about the forces shaping our future. Skillshare: Skillshare is an online learning community where millions come together to take the next step in their creative journey, with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Start with a free month of Premium Membership, and explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/flashforward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 October 2021

Can You Find This Human?

Today we travel to a future where your face is findable no matter where you go. Guests: Scott Myers — former editor of the Perplex City Wiki Laura E. Hall — game designer and author of Planning Your Escape Tom-Lucas Säger — technologist & Satoshi finder Stan Alcorn — senior reporter at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting Erin — long lost camp friend Dr. Kate Klonick — assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: BirdNote Daily: BirdNote Daily is a short, two-minute podcast that answers all of your burning bird-related questions — like, how do birds stay perched in a tree when they’re asleep? What's the difference between a raven and crow? What’s the biggest bird that’s ever lived? The World As You'll Know It: a podcast about the forces shaping our future. BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2021

What Is The Future Of Gender?

Today we revisit an episode from way back in season one, and ask: what even is gender in the first place? How could it be different? Why does science fiction like playing with gender? And what would happen if we removed it from our legal identities? Guests: Os Keyes, a PhD student at the University of Washington who studies gender, disability, and technology. Dr. Flora Renz, co-director of the Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice at Kent Law School. Tuck Woodstock, a professional gender detective and host of the podcast Gender Reveal. Dr. Oliver Haimson, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. Blue Delliquanti, a contributor to the Flash Forward book and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Across A Field Of Starlight. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Our ads and sponsorships are handled by Multitude. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Bird Note: Stories about the enduring connections between birds, people and landscapes. The World As You'll Know It: Technology is at an inflection point. Can we harness it to make life better...or will it harness us? Join Kurt Andersen as he and a world-class selection of thinkers explore this question as it pertains to our brains, our personal lives, our laws and our government. Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2021

Can We Conquer Fire?

Today’s episode is all about fire: how does it work? Why is it so dangerous? And could we ever make it safe? And it's an extra special episode because it's hosted by Julia Llinas Goodman! Guests: John Lentini, a certified fire investigator who has served as an expert witness in over 200 legal cases. Dr. Lynn Hulse, a psychologist with the University of Greenwich’s Fire Safety Engineering Group. Nisha Baliga, the co-executive director of urban planning nonprofit Hester Street, and Jimena Veloz, a senior project manager at Hester Street. Dr. Frank Lake, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service who has family in the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Dipsea: An audio app full of short, sexy stories designed to turn you on. Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/flashforward. NordVPN: Get secure and private access to the Internet. Get 74% off NordPass at https://nordpass.com/flashforward. Plus, you get 4 additional months for FREE! BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 September 2021

What Could A Better Economy Look Like?

Today’s episode is about a future where the economy revolves around gifts, instead of money. Guests: Ilana Strauss, a journalist and producer at National Geographic’s podcast, “Overheard.” Dr. Niels Thygesen, an associate professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Dr. James Parisot, a researcher at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley and author of How America Became Capitalist: Imperial Expansion and the Conquest of the West. Dr. Anna Grear, a professor of law at Cardiff University and author of The Great Awakening: New Modes of Life Amidst Capitalist Ruins. Ricardo Nuñez, the director of economic democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Dr. Sara Nelson, an economic policy fellow at the University of British Columbia. Dean Spade, an activist, professor at Seattle University School of Law, and author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next). Dr. Hyunseok Hwang, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Houston. Monica Byrne, a novelist, playwright, and author of The Actual Star. → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Threatened: A new podcast from Bird Note about stories from around the world about people who are taking action on behalf of our fragile ecosystems and the birds that depend on them. BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward Skillshare: Skillshare is an online learning community where millions come together to take the next step in their creative journey, with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Start with two free months of Premium Membership, and explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/flashforward. Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 August 2021

Could Humans Become Nocturnal?

Today’s episode is about a future where humans get weird with sleep. First, what if we tried to take shifts all day, every day? Second, what if we tried to become nocturnal? Guests: Dr. Matthew Wolf-Meyer, an associate professor of anthropology at Binghamton University and author of The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life. Sarah Kaplan, a science reporter at the Washington Post who’s worked the night shift. Dr. Bala Koritala, a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Alexandra Mariani, a listener who works the night shift at a hospital. Kelton Minor, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science. Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor, a researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Voice Actors: Aiya Islam Anjali Kunapaneni → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: REALM: Part podcast studio, part magical refuge. One of their most recent series is Spider King. After taking the rap for a crime he didn’t commit, an incarcerated Black man makes a dangerous bargain to earn his freedom. For fans of Jordan Peele and Lovecraft Country, this poignant and intimate body-horror narrative eviscerates the prison industrial complex while exploring the traumas that arise as a result of it. Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! \ More about ads and data privacy on Flash Forward here (scroll to the bottom). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 July 2021

Could Mind Control End Crime?

Today’s episode is about a future where we try to control crime with brain implants. Guests: Stephen Kinzer, a journalist and author of Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. Dr. Shaun Patel, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Steph Griffiths and Dr. Jarkko Jalava, co-authors of The Myth of The Born Criminal: Psychopathy, Neurobiology, and the Creation of the Modern Degenerate. Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition. Dr. Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University. Dr. Apryl Alexander, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver. Elliott Fukui, a community organizer and facilitator. Dhruv Mehrotra, a data reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Voice Actors: Chelsey Coombs Aiya Islam Anjali Kunapaneni → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // [email protected] Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Episode Sponsors: Dipsea: An audio app full of short, sexy stories designed to turn you on. Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/flashforward. BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward Realm: Part podcast studio, part magical refuge, realm is the audio entertainment company that creates original fiction podcasts, including official continuations of popular franchises like Orphan Black. Check out Elixer, a Prohibition-inspired fantasy, wherever you get your podcasts. Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd. Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward. Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 July 2021

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