Hi, I'm Wade Roush.
I've been covering technology and science for almost 25 years, and I believe we have a lot more power to shape the future than we think.
On balance, science and technology are the biggest forces improving our lives on this planet—but like any force, they can seem a bit impersonal. My view is that we can be a lot more intentional and proactive about how the process plays out. I'm always searching for new insights about the workings of science and technology in society, and I love to share those insights through audio storytelling.
As for my background: I've written a lot for print magazines, notably Science and MIT Technology Review, and online publications, especially Xconomy. In 2014-15 I was acting director of MIT's Knight Science Journalism fellowship program and the producer of a big conference called ScienceWriters2015. I've also done stints at NASA and an early e-book startup called NuvoMedia.
I'm trained as a historian of science and technology. I have a BA in that field from Harvard College and a PhD from the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.
As a longform narrative writer, I appreciate the power of text. But for years I envied the way radio and podcast producers can use voice, sound, and music to tell gripping stories. So in 2015 I decided to learn radio. I've done a few feature stories for public radio, like this story and this story for WBUR and this story for WHYY. Soonish is my first big solo adventure in audio.
I live and work in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to producing Soonish, I write freelance articles and do consulting work for startups. I'm the editor of the 2018 edition of Twelve Tomorrows, MIT Technology Review's annual anthology of hard science fiction stories.
I was born in 1967 and I grew up in Michigan. I've spent about half my adult life in the Boston area and the other half in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm gay, atheist, and vegetarian, and I love dogs, cooking, travel, space news, photography, Impressionist and modern art, architecture, science fiction, Hitchcock movies, and stereoscopes. My ideal dinner party guests? Leonardo da Vinci, Carl Sagan, and Rachel Carson. And maybe David Grinspoon and Roman Mars and Jane Austen and Henry David Thoreau and Nikola Tesla and E.M. Forster and Alfred Hitchcock and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Episode 1.06 of Soonish, Origin Story, goes into more detail about all of the above.
To check out some of my other work, visit my personal site, waderoush.com.
If you have comments about Soonish or suggestions for future shows, I'd love to hear from you.