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.




      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.

      Amy Webb, quantitative futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute
      Faine Greenwood, journalist and drone expert
      Stacey Higginbotham, journalist,...



      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.

      • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior editor at The Nation, author of The Cosmopolites
      • Shaksam Khosla, graduate student at...



      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?


       2018-09-11  44m

      Spawn of Sponcon

      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.


       2018-08-28  51m

      Dr. Doolittle

      Today we tackle the age-old question: what if animals could talk? Or, more precisely, what if we could actually understand what animals are saying?


       2018-08-14  59m

      Under The Sea

      Why do space colonies seem more likely than underwater cities? And what does it take to build a settlement on the sea floor?


       2018-07-31  59m

      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! 


      Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Q...


       2018-07-17  52m

      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.

      Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic
      Nahid Bhadelia, assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Medical...


       2018-07-03  56m

      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?


       2018-06-19  53m

      We Are Family

      What happens when everybody has their DNA sequenced and uploaded to genetic genealogy sites?


       2018-06-05  57m