What Could A Better Economy Look Like?

What Could A Better Economy Look Like?

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 ov ...  Show more

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 ...  Show more

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 Gr ...  Show more

What Is The Future Of Flash Forward?

Today we do a bit of spelunking into the history of Flash Forward, revisit last year’s anniversary, and talk about how the future sausage gets made.Things I talked about on today's episode. Tamara Krinsky’s work The limits of empathy A Queen of Sorts On the Ice Scientists Excited ...  Show more

Could We All Live Underground?

Today’s episode is about a future where humans decide to live underground.Guests: Dr. Brian Toon, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder Jason Wright, a tour guide and resident of Coober Pedy, Australia Dr. Youqin Huang, a professor at Alban ...  Show more

Can You Mine An Asteroid?

Today’s episode is about a future where we (try to) mine asteroids for resources.Guests: Atossa Abrahamian, a journalist who’s written about space mining and is working on a new book about “places in the world where the rules don’t (fully) apply.” Dr. Andreas Hein, a space system ...  Show more

What If Our Cities Were Smart?

Today’s episode is all about the future of cities. Do we want them to be smart? What does that even mean? Guests: Ben Passmore, a comic artist and contributor to the Flash Forward book! Annalee Newitz, a science journalist, science fiction writer, and author of Four Lost Cities: ...  Show more

What If We Could Never Touch Again?

Today’s episode is about a future without touch. Guests: Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist currently working at the Georgetown Center for Global Health, Science and Security but soon to be head of her own lab up at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Catherine Cudlick, a histor ...  Show more

What If You Could Be Immune To Everything?

WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FORWARD! Today we travel to a future where we become immune to every poison, venom and toxin in the world. What happens next? Guests: Dr. Bryan Fry — biochemist and molecular biologist at the University of Queensland Dr. Christie Wilcox — science writer & au ...  Show more

Back To The Future: Robot Teachers, Drug Decriminalization, Anti-Trust Extravaganza

Today we travel to three past futures, and update you on recent developments! How has COVID brought us closer to robot teachers? Why did Oregon vote to decriminalize all drugs? And what the heck is going on with the antitrust suits against Google and Facebook? Guests: Audrey Watt ...  Show more

Enter The Alternate Timeline (SEASON FINALE!)

Today’s episode is the LAST OF THE SEASON! And we're getting weird. What if there wasn't just this one timeline, this one universe, but tons and tons of and tons of universes all around us all the time? Constantly splitting and forming? Well it turns out that there is an interpre ...  Show more

Waste Not Want Not

Today’s episode is all about trash. What if every country had to deal with its own garbage instead of shipping it elsewhere? Did you know what trash is bought and sold on a global market? What would happen if that market was shut down?Guests: Dr. Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood — lectu ...  Show more

Is Anybody Out There?

Today’s episode is all about contact. Have we really discovered alien life on Venus? How do you even look for life when you don't know what it will look like? What would happen if we did find it? Should we be sending messages out into the universe? Are aliens going to kill us? Wh ...  Show more

Home Sweet Home

Today we travel to a future where housing is guaranteed and provided to everybody. Guests: Amanda Vail — Director of communications at Plymouth Housing Dr. Sam Tsemberis — Founder of Pathways Housing First and author of Housing First Manual: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness ...  Show more

Give The Land Back?

Today we travel to a future where the US and Canada give stolen land back to tribes & bands. Guests: Molly Swain — cohost of Métis in Space, studying in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea Vowel — cohost of Metis in Space, author of Indigenous Writ ...  Show more

Votes for All!

Today we travel to a future where voting rights are extended to lots more people in the United States including non-citizens, 16-year-olds, and convicted felons. Guests: Dr. Ron Hayduk — professor of political science at San Francisco State University, and author of Democracy for ...  Show more

Double Trouble

Today we travel to a future where we all have digital replicas of ourselves to deploy at faculty meetings, doctors appointments, and even dates. Guests: Lars Buttler — CEO of the AI Foundation Damien Patrick Williams — PhD candidate at Virginia Tech Dr. Koen Bruynseels — research ...  Show more

Boss Bot

🚨 Pre-order the Flash Forward book today! 🚨Subscribe to Open World hereToday we travel to a future where you’re guaranteed a job, but there’s a catch: your job is assigned to you by an algorithm. Guests: Dr. Pavlina Tcherneva — professor of economics at Bard College, researcher ...  Show more

Halfway To Heaven

Today we travel to a future where you can retire to a nursing home… in space. Guests: Anicca Harriot — PhD candidate at the University of Maryland School of medicine Dustin Gibson — Access, Disability and Language Justice Coordinator at PeoplesHub Dr. Tracie Prater — Aerospace En ...  Show more