who is this guy?

Photo by Lucia Prosperi

Photo by Lucia Prosperi

Hi, I'm Wade Roush.

I've been working as a science and technology journalist since 1994, with the exception of a few years in startups and academia. I'm drawn to stories about technological change and its social and economic consequences.

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 the Knight Science Journalism fellowship program at MIT and the producer of ScienceWriters2015.

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 I've long envied the way radio and podcast producers can use voice, sound, and music to tell gripping stories. So in 2016 I decided to learn radio. I've done a couple of feature stories for one of Boston's public radio stations, WBUR (here and here), but Soonish is my first big adventure in audio.

I live and work in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to producing Soonish, I write freelance articles and do a bit of editorial consulting. I was recently asked to be the editor of the 2018 edition of Twelve Tomorrows, MIT Technology Review's annual(ish) science fiction issue.

Not that it bears on my journalism, but just so you know a little more about where I'm coming from: 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, photography, and music. My personal hero is Carl Sagan. I voted against Donald Trump but I'd like to find a way to talk and work with the people who voted for him.

To check out some of my other work, visit waderoush.com.

If you have comments about Soonish or suggestions for future shows, I'd love to hear from you.