21 Episodes

At Soonish, tech journalist Wade Roush argues that the future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us. Season 2 features shows on the power of virtual reality to persuade us (and maybe deceive us) and the power of a total solar eclipse to unite us. Season 1 episodes explored what happ…

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Making Music with Machines

July 27th, 2018


We can’t predict what kind of music people will want to make or hear in the future. But based on the sounds coming out of today's studios and clubs, it's a good bet that the tunes of tomorrow will be heavily mediated …

Tomorrow, Today with Ministry of Ideas

July 2nd, 2018


The way we picture the future is still based, in large measure, on the visions brought to life at the world’s fairs and international expositions that swept the globe between the 1850s and the 1960s—especially the New…

Sci-Fi That Takes Science Seriously

June 18th, 2018


The golden era of “hard” science fiction that respects the rules of actual science lasted from the 1940s to the 1960s. In the 1970s, demand for hard sci-fi fell off a cliff, with a big push from the first Star Wars mo…

The Future Is Clear

February 17th, 2018


Episode 2.07: What's ubiquitous but invisible, versatile yet temperamental, goopy when it's hot yet brittle when it's cold, as old as civilization yet as new as the screen of your smartphone? The answer is glass

A Space Shuttle Isn't Cool. You Know What's Cool? A Space Elevator (Soonish on Soonish)

December 15th, 2017


Episode 2.05 of Soonish, the podcast, is all about Soonish, the book! Host Wade Roush interviews Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, the husband-and-wife team behind the new book Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Imp…

Back To The Futurists With Tamar Avishai

November 8th, 2017


Episode 2.04 is a special crossover show featuring Tamar Avishai's The Lonely Palette, one of the founding shows in our new podcast collective, Hub & Spoke. In this episode Tamar focuses on Italian Futurism, a pre…

Mapping the Future with Tim O'Reilly

October 24th, 2017


Episode 2.03: For a sane, humane, and skeptical perspective on what’s happening to Silicon Valley and why our high-tech economy seems to be failing us, there’s no better source than Tim O’Reilly, master trend spotter …

Introducing Hub & Spoke

October 13th, 2017


Episode 2.02: Big news! Soonish is a founding member of Hub & Spoke, a Boston-centric collective of smart, idea-driven podcasts. Together with the art history podcast The Lonely Palette and the new philosophy-and-…

Shadows Of August: The Eclipse Road Trip Edition

September 14th, 2017


Episode 2.01: The conflict in Charlottesville in August of 2017 showed that Americans are having a hard time figuring out how to represent the country’s past, let alone how to fix the present or plan for the future. B…

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