Episodes to get you ready for the world of tomorrow

10 EpisodesProduced by Wade Roush, Soonish

Some of the forces shaping the future are within our control. Others are beyond it. Nonfiction audio is one of the best forms for examining those forces and deciding how to adapt to them—or resist them. Here are episodes from a few of my favorite podcasts, each one focused on the future in a differe… read more

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An audio introduction to this playlist

January 13th, 2017

1:58

Listen to an audio introduction to the News From the Future playlist from Wade Roush.

An audacious idea for building space colonies

January 5th, 2017

26:07

Like a lot of 99pi episodes, this one starts out about one thing (overpopulation, in this case) and then turns into something completely different. …

A future beyond animal agriculture

January 5th, 2017

38:04

In Flash Forward, science journalist Rose Eveleth explores scenarios for possible and not-so-possible futures, using short fictional introductions as an entry device. This episode entertainingly sums up the …

Celebrating Back to the Future Day

January 5th, 2017

7:07

I love Imaginary Worlds for its uncondescending explorations of important ideas from the science fiction and fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky put …

The engineering & economics of Mars missions

January 5th, 2017

1:05:14

For the time being, the U.S. has no way into space except on Russian rockets, which isn’t great for NASA’s image. But perhaps science fiction can fill the enthusiasm gap. In this 2015 episode of Inquiring Minds—a great …

Preparing for “The Really Big One”

January 5th, 2017

59:37

Longform showcases writers who focus on, you guessed it, longform narrative nonfiction. The show isn’t really about the future, but this episode is. …

A game that forces people outdoors

January 5th, 2017

20:51

Outside In, a show from New Hampshire Public Radio about everything nature-related, was one of my favorite new podcasts last year. So I’ll use any excuse to include it in my playlist. This bonus episode looks at one of …

The problem with predicting the near future

January 5th, 2017

33:08

Stanley Kubrick was one of the most realism-obsessed movie directors in history, and science fiction giant Arthur C. Clarke was famous for the …

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