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Welcome to Flash Forward!

January 15, 2016

Hi there!

This is Rose, here to tell you some really exciting news.

Last May, I got the chance to launch a new podcast about the future. The premise was wacky but pretty simple: every week travel to a new future, and talk about what it might look like, how plausible it is, and what it would take to get us there. The first season ran for 23 episodes, and we tackled everything from artificial wombs, to drones, to robot UN secretaries banning weapons, to an evil mega company building so many wind turbines that they actually alter the climate, to the discovery of an alien probe that is almost exactly like the Voyager probe humans sent out in the 1970’s.  And to figure out each future, I got to talk to historians, engineers, scientists, futurists, anthropologists, science fiction authors and more.

After season one we took a little break, but I’ve been quite busy. And I’m really excited to be able to finally share with you what I’ve been up to. The second season of the show will be brought to you by Boing Boing, which is fabulous. I’ve been a fan of Boing Boing for so long, and I’m joining a little family of podcasts that are really cool. You can check them all out here.

Also, if you’re a fan from the first season, you’ve probably noticed that the show has a new name: Flash Forward. It’s what we do each week! I’ll admit it’s still a little funny for me to use this new name, but I’m sure we’ll both get used to it pretty quickly.

I’m also excited to say that we’ve partnered with Acast to help spread the show to more people out there in the world. This also means you’ll start hearing ads on some episodes. I know nobody loves ads, but I love making the show and to do that I need to keep the lights on, which means including ads. If you work for a company that might want to advertise on Flash Forward, let me know! Email us at info@flashforwardpod.com

The last big announcement I’m dropping on you all today is that the show also now has a Patreon page. Ads will pay for some of the work I put into Flash Forward, but if I want to make the show even better, by buying a new mic or a subscription to a sound-effects library, it will cost me! So if you like the show, and you want to keep it going and make it better, consider a small donation. There’s more information here at Patreon about how it works, what I’ll use the money for, and what you’ll get in return.

Okay, I think that’s everything! And really, most things about the show won’t change.  I’ll still take you to a new future each week, I’ll still talk to experts about how plausible that future might be, and what it might look like. I’ll still mix dark futures with light ones, and super weird futures with probable ones. It will be the show you know, but better! And newer!

Season two starts in February, and I have some really awesome episodes planned. I hope to see you then!

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9 comments

Ari B. January 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to it.

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Shoaib January 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Awesome!! I don’t like the new name but I’m excited about the new episodes coming! You are doing a great job! 🙂 It’s good to hear from you. 🙂

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Patrick January 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Exciting news! Is it still possible to listen to Season 1 episodes? They are no longer in the feed 🙁

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Rose January 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Yes! You can still listen to season one on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/meanwhileinthefuture.

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Brad March 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm Reply
mattack March 2, 2016 at 6:38 pm

I can’t find it in the iOS app, and if I go there on the web, it says “We can’t find that user.” I wish I could listen to the first season as podcasts, so I can listen at 2x like I do for all podcasts.

(I only found out about this one from the appearance on a recent Planet Money episode.)

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Rose March 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

Hi! We’re on iOS as Flash Forward! Haven’t heard of anybody not being able to find us yet, can you say more about what’s happening for you? Here’s the direct iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/flash-forward/id994349813?mt=2. The first season Can be found on Soundcloud and you can download all the episodes there. Sorry it’s not on iTunes. Sadly that’s outside my control for blah blah boring legal reasons blah blah.

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Nicole March 31, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Hi Rose. Do you think that it’s 100% necessary to listen to season 1 before listening to season 2? I want to listen to both, but season 2 is more accessible for me since its on my phone. Thanks!

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Rose April 3, 2016 at 9:13 am

Hi Nicole! No, you definitely don’t have to listen to Season 1 first. Everything in Season 2 will make sense without it! You might miss a couple of inside jokes/references but nothing that will keep you from understanding what’s going on.

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