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.

Science
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Vanguard Estates: Where Do You Want to Grow Old?
Today we wrap up out Vanguard Estates series with the ultimate question: where do you want to grow old?
39 min
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Vanguard Estates: The True Cost of Care
Why is it so expensive to get care? And why does the job pay so poorly?
41 min
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Vanguard Estates: Can Robots Really Help the Ag...
35 min
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Vanguard Estates: The Future of the Aging Brain
What even is dementia, and why can’t we cure it?
43 min
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Vanguard Estates: Living With Dementia
What it’s really like living with dementia, and caring for someone who has it?
36 min
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HOW TO LISTEN: Welcome To Vanguard Estates
It's a new series! Here's how to listen.
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27. Keep Quiet
2 min
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26. Break the News
2 min
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25. Report Him
4 min
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24. Keep His Secret
5 min
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23. Trust the Robot
6 min
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22. Stop the Robot
4 min
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21. Take Out a Loan
5 min
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20. Drop Out of School
5 min
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19. Pay for Help
3 min
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18. Handle it Yourself
3 min
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17. Don’t Go To Manila
4 min
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16. Go To Manila
4 min
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15. Human Baths
4 min
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14. Robot Baths
5 min
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13. Tell Him
6 min
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12. Don't Tell Him
2 min
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11. Move Him In
5 min
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10. Install Cameras
3 min
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9. Don’t Explain Missy
4 min
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8. Explain Missy
5 min
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7. Disable Drop-In
4 min
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6. Use Drop-In
3 min
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5. Call Him More
4 min
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4. Buy A Home Robot
3 min
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3. Bring Him Home
3 min
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2. Stay at Vanguard
3 min
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1. Welcome to Vanguard Estates
8 min
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COMING SOON: Welcome to Vanguard Estates
2 min
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Can You Be Sued By A River?
In some places, the answer is already yes.
54 min
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ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?
75 min
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ROBOTS: Would You Date A Robot?
Today we travel to a future where we can take a robot home for a good time, or a long time, depending on what you’re into.
66 min
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ROBOTS: Should A Robot Be Allowed To Kill?
71 min
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ROBOTS: Will Robots Ever Defeat Human Athletes?
Would you tune into a robot Olympics?
63 min
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What If We Could Shrink Humans?
What are the ethics of making someone smaller against their will? Would we keep all our fingers and toes? Would we even be considered humans anymore?
51 min
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What If We Could Shrink Technology?
Today’s episode is all about making our technologies and medicines tiny. Like, super tiny.
53 min
42
Can You Find This Human?
Today we travel to a future where your face is findable no matter where you go.
54 min
43
What Is The Future Of Gender?
Today we revisit an episode from way back in season one, and ask: what even is gender in the first place?
53 min
44
Can We Conquer Fire?
Today we travel to a future where fire is completely safe for humans.
44 min
45
What Could A Better Economy Look Like?
Today’s episode is about a future where the economy revolves around mutual support, instead of money.
52 min
46
Could Humans Become Nocturnal?
There are 24 usable hours in the day.
42 min
47
Could Mind Control End Crime?
Today we travel to a future where we start putting devices in people’s brains, to reduce crime.
61 min
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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.
66 min
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Could We All Live Underground?
52 min
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Can You Mine An Asteroid?
Today’s episode is about a future where we (try to) mine asteroids for resources.
49 min
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What If Our Cities Were Smart?
45 min
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What If We Could Never Touch Again?
51 min
53
What If You Could Be Immune To Everything?
Today we travel to a future where we become immune to every poison, venom and toxin in the world. What happens next?
53 min
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Back To The Future: Robot Teachers, Drug Decrim...
We revisit three past futures, and see what's happened since our field trip.
44 min
55
Enter The Alternate Timeline (SEASON FINALE!)
56 min
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Waste Not Want Not
52 min
57
Is Anybody Out There?
What happens if we find aliens? What if they find us?
58 min
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Home Sweet Home
What if everybody had a place to live?
54 min
59
Give The Land Back?
Today we travel to a future where the US and Canada give stolen land back to tribes & bands.
53 min
60
Votes for All!
61 min
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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.
48 min
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Boss Bot
Today 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.
58 min
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Halfway To Heaven
Should we put nursing homes in space?
51 min
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Shock And Awe
Today we travel to a future where super-bandages can heal wounds really fast. Sound like science fiction? Well it might be closer than you think!
53 min
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Game of Bones
Today we travel to a future where archaeology accidentally runs out of bones.
47 min
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It's The End Of The World As We Know It
52 min
67
Dollars For Data
How much is your personal information really worth?
55 min
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Should We Put Polar Bears In Antarctica?
As the climate warms, some species won't be able to keep up. Should we help them?
53 min
69
One Child to Rule Them All
55 min
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Introducing: Advice For And From The Future ▹▹ ...
Welcome to the newest show in the Flash Forward family!
28 min
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Heads Will Roll
Today we travel to a future where you can plop your head onto a brand new body.
53 min
72
Welcome to Celebrityville
Today we travel to a future where celebrities construct their own cities for you and I to live in.
44 min
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FIVE YEARS OF FLASH FORWARD!
40 min
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Goodnight Night
Today we travel to a future where darkness is a thing of the past. No more night, no more stars, no more deep inky black sky. What happens when we light everything up?
46 min
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Doomsday 2000/2038/2100
46 min
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Flash Back to the Future: Flight Shame, Genetic...
Why are Swedes flying less? Who bought GED Match? And what the heck is happening with the census?
39 min
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Flash Back to the Future: Mosquitoes, UBI, Coro...
Today is a very special ~~surprise~~ episode! We revisit three past futures, and talk about what's happened since we visited them.
39 min
78
POWER: Mothers Against Digital Danger
48 min
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POWER: The Sleeping Lion
Today’s episode is about a future in which China supplants the US as the dominant world superpower.
41 min
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POWER: Weird Flux But OK
Today’s episode is about nuclear fusion, a technology that might save us all or might be a complete waste of time and money.
45 min
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POWER: 1919 (Episode 100!)
It’s the 100th episode!!!!!! To mix things up, today we’re traveling to the 1919 to see how three different events shaped the last 100 years, and will continue to shape the future.
52 min
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POWER: Time After Time
Today we travel to a future where we can travel through time. Is it possible? Would you kill Hitler? Would it matter?
35 min
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CRIME: Moon Court
On today’s episode we take everything we’ve learned so far about the future of crime, and take it to space.
42 min
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CRIME: CSI++
What happens when just a few skin cells can make you suspect number one?
57 min
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CRIME: Can You Sue An Algorithm?
Today we travel to a future where algorithms can be put on trial.
52 min
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CRIME: I Can See My House From Here!
Today we travel to a future where satellites can catch criminals.
53 min
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CRIME: Jaw & Order
Today we travel to a future where your face can be held against you.
55 min
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BODIES: Ghostbot
Today we travel to a future where dying isn’t the end.
54 min
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BODIES: Switcheroo
Today we travel to a future where we can swap bodies with one another. Would you trade places with someone?
45 min
90
BODIES: This Is Not A Test
Today we travel to a future where all animal testing is banned. What are the alternatives? What can we do without using animals, and what can’t we do?
52 min
91
BODIES: InkRx
Today we travel to a future where we can tattoo sensors right onto our skin. What happens when you can get a live readout of everything from glucose to hormones to hydration levels built into a tattoo?
52 min
92
BODIES: Enter Night
Today we travel to a future where humans can see at night. What happens when we expand our vision out into the darkness? How does that impact everything from work, to architecture, to poaching to horror movies? And is it even possible?
55 min
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EARTH: The Ocean Farm
Today we travel to a future where fisheries collapse, and we turn the ocean into a giant farm.
55 min
94
EARTH: The Cement Ban
49 min
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EARTH: The Desert Creep
Today, we travel to the deserts. Or, actually, the deserts travel to us. What happens if dust swallows up over 30% of the planet?
51 min
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EARTH: The Polar Flip
What would happen if Earth's magnetic field reversed? Turns out it's happened before.
55 min
97
EARTH: The Sunshade
52 min
98
Season Five Coming Soon!
2 min
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Snip Snip Snip
61 min
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Water Would Be Nice
41 min