Soonish is audio journalism that looks at how we adopt, and adapt to, new technologies. It asks how we think about the future, what we can do to shape it, and why our best forecasts—and our worst fears—are usually wrong. It's like science fiction—without the fiction.
Why do our so many of our productivity tools, like email, to-do lists, and calendars, make us want to run and hide? This week we look at technologies for managing our personal futures, and why it's conceivable that less is more.
Can a city's history crowd out its future? We ask how Boston's ultra-modern Zakim Bridge got built, and why officials are spending more than twice as much to restore (rather than replace) the much older Longfellow Bridge.
When humans return to the moon, will they be government-employed astronauts, or private citizens? This week we explore the #newspace boom—the veritable meteor shower of startups working to develop space for economic gain.
Hear how Carl Sagan and extraterrestrials helped to kickstart my science journalism career, how the Challenger disaster woke me up to technology’s double-edged nature, and how the New York World’s Fair of 1939 got me thinking about the world of the future.
Livestock farming can't meet the protein needs of a burgeoning world population. Meet entrepreneurs and researchers developing alternatives, including lab techniques for growing cultured meat, and better ways to farm insects.