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Could We All Live Underground?

Today’s episode is about a future where humans decide to live underground. Guests: Dr. Brian Toon, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder Jason Wright, a tour guide and resident of Coober Pedy, Australia Dr. Youqin Huang, a professor at Albany State University who studies housing and migration in China Dr. Eun Hee Lee, an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia who’s researched the psychology of underground spaces Finbarr Fallon, a designer and visual artist based in Singapore Rob van Son, a researcher based in Singapore who leads the Digital Underground project Dr. Michael Doyle, an assistant professor of architecture at Laval University Julio Amezcua, an architect based in Mexico City Voice Actors: Mom: Ashley Kellem Ben: Brett Tubbs Adam: Aiya Islam Song by Shannon & Scott of Song Salad → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ←  Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify  Episode Sponsors:  Dipsea: An audio app full of short, sexy stories designed to turn you on. Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to Memory Lane: From the writer behind the hit series Pretty Little Liars, Memory Lane is a psychological thriller about mothers, daughters, and the dangers of memory. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more.  Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Flash Forward is a show about possible (and not so possible) future scenarios. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a fecal transplant black market? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) Hosted and produced by award winning science journalist Rose Eveleth, each episode combines audio drama and journalism to go deep on potential tomorrows, and uncovers what those futures might really be like. The future is going to be weird, so let's get ready for it together.