About This Show
Welcome to Soonish, a podcast about the future from technology journalist Wade Roush. How do we think and talk about the future? What can we do to shape it? Why are our best forecasts—and our worst fears—so often wrong? Season 1 starts out with shows asking what happens when movie directors try to get the future right, but fail; why monorails are a neglected but still promising form of urban transit; how technology can improve the museum-going experience; how entrepreneurs are working to create skilled factory jobs in an age of automation; who's working to develop and market substitutes for meat from vertebrates; and why the next phase of space exploration is being led by private companies. More info at http://soonishpodcast.org.
Most Recent Episode
1.10 Washington, We Have A Problem
Just in time for Independence Day in the US, it's a special politics edition of Soonish! With his attacks on judges and journalists, his attempts to quell inquiries into his campaign’s Russia ties, his early-morning tweetstorms, and so much more, Donald Trump has breached every norm of presidential conduct. And he’s testing the constitutional separation of powers in ways the nation’s founders could never have anticipated. In this episode, we try to understand Trump’s impact on government—and what his presidency might mean for America’s future—using a metaphor from the aerospace business: gimbal lock. It’s one of the perils that haunted the astronauts on the star-crossed Apollo 13 moon mission, and it may be a useful way to understand what happens when a single powerful figure undercuts the founders’ system of checks and balances, or what journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson has called our “constitutional gyroscope.” Featured guests include Amy Shira Teitel, Yascha Mounk, and David Eaves.
The Soonish theme is by Graham Gordon Ramsay. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Tim Beek, timbeek.com.
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