Our choices about technology bend the future in directions we can't always map in advance. But we can shine a light partway down the road.


1.06: origin story

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.

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1.04: Future factories, with workers built in

A cultural and technological revolution sweeping the United States promises to redefine manufacturing, make it drastically more accessible, and create a ladder to new kinds of jobs.

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1.05: meat without the moo

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.

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1.03: can technology save museums?

Attendance at art museums is in steep decline. Meet curators and educators who are helping museums in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Boston use technology to re-engage with visitors.

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1.02: Monorails: Trains of Tomorrow?

Since the 1950s, monorails have been emblems of the future. And today they're being built everywhere in the world—except the United States. Soonish visited Seattle to find out why.

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1.01: How "2001" Got the future so wrong

In their quest for plausibility, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke sweated every detail of 2001: A Space Odyssey. We ask why so few of the movie's predictions came true.

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Scenes from the soonish launch party

In January, fans and supporters of Soonish gathered at the PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, MA, to take in a live performance and help celebrate the show's debut.

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