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Flash Forward

129 EpisodesProduced by Rose EvelethWebsite

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.… read more


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?


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 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 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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