By Wade Roush
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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 happens when movie directors try to get the future right, but fail; why monorails are a neglected but still promising form of urban transit; how technology can improve the museum-going experience; how entrepreneurs are working to create skilled factory jobs in an age of automation; who's working to develop and market substitutes for meat; why the next phase of space exploration is being led by private companies; why our personal productivity tools always seem to fail us; how we balance the past and the future in urban planning; and how a metaphor from the movie Apollo 13 can help explain the Trump presidency. More info at http://soonishpodcast.org.
||CleanSci-Fi That Takes Science Seriously||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 movie in 1977. But for the last ye||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future Is Clear||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. This week on Soonish, we ask what glass||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking Virtual Reality In The Eye||Episode 2.06: The immersive, 3D environments of virtual reality aren’t science fiction any more, and they aren’t just for video games. In this episode Wade visits “The Enemy,” a groundbreaking VR exhibit about the psychology of war. The creation||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Space Shuttle Isn't Cool. You Know What's Cool? A Space Elevator (Soonish on Soonish)||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 Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Kelly||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack To The Futurists With Tamar Avishai||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-World War I art movement fueled by a he||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMapping the Future with Tim O'Reilly||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 and founder of computer book p||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Hub & Spoke||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-culture show Ministry of Ideas, we’re||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShadows Of August: The Eclipse Road Trip Edition||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. But sometimes a stunning natural ev||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWashington, We Have A Problem||Episode 1.10: Just in time for Independence Day 2017, it's a special politics edition of Soonish! With his attacks on judges and journalists, his attempts to quell inquiries into his campaign’s Russia ties, his early-morning tweetstorms, and so much m||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Tale Of Two Bridges||Episode 1.09: When Boston’s elegant Longfellow Bridge opened in 1907, it was innovative example of classical European bridge architecture adapted for a busy American city. But over the next century, officials allowed the bridge to rust to the point of||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHacking Time||Episode 1.08: Why do "productivity" tools like email, to-do lists, and calendars make so many of us feel miserable and overburdened? Why hasn't anyone come up with a better way for us to manage our diverse commitments and our chronic information overloa||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAstropreneurs||Episode 1.07: More than 500 people have flown in space since Yuri Gagarin’s historic ride in 1961—and virtually every one of them has been a military officer or government employee. But now that’s changing. Jeff Bezos’s rocket company Blue Origi||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrigin Story||Episode 1.06: After in-depth episodes about movies, monorails, museums, manufacturing, and meat, the show goes meta and I talk about Soonish itself. Hear how Carl Sagan and extraterrestrials helped to kickstart my science journalism career, how the Chal||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeat Without The Moo||Episode 1.05: We meet people working to promote a range of alternatives to meat from livestock--including a cricket farmer, a researcher studying ways to grow meat from muscle cells in the laboratory, and a startup founder commercializing jackfruit, a h||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture Factories, With Workers Built In||Episode 1.04: Six million manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the U.S. since 2000, and you've probably heard economists and politicians say "those jobs aren't coming back." But that view isn't quite right. It doesn’t account for a cultural and tech||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Technology Save Museums?||Episode 1.03: Museum attendance declined steeply in the first decade of this century, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA found that audiences were being siphoned away by the Internet, television, and other distractions||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonorails: Trains Of Tomorrow?||Episode 1.02: Monorails first captured the public imagination as the "trains of the future" here in the U.S., thanks to projects like the Disneyland monorail (1959) and the Seattle World's Fair monorail (1962). But today, it seems that new monorail syst||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow "2001" Got The Future So Wrong||Episode 1.01: This inaugural episode of Soonish is about the boldest vision of the future ever put down on film: Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey." The movie came out in 1968, and it offered a detailed and inspiring forecast for life the early||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon||Episode 1.00: A preview of coming attractions from Soonish, a new podcast about the future hosted by technology journalist Wade Roush, PhD. Each episode tells a story about the technological choices we’re making today and how those choices could end u||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart, engaging, promising
Great productive podcast idea: how and why we predict the future and with what results. First episode really engaging, excellent production values. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
What the future reveals about the present
Great new podcast operates under the premise that our thoughts about the future reveal interesting insights into our present. The first episode revolved around one of the greatest scifi movie of all time: 2001 a Space Odyssey
Thought provoking and fun
The is a great podcast that makes you see the present in a new way by reflecting on the expectations of the past. It raises very interesting questions about where humanity and our country are going. The theme of the first episode frames the challenge of achieving great things as a society at a time when we seem to have lost the collective will to solve big problems. Very thought provoking stuff!