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Live from the asteroid mines of Chiron Beta Prime ... it's the year 2030!


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This is the one conversation we're going to have today that will be held in 2010.

The concept for today's show came out of one of the dangerous meetings we have where we try to think of ideas we can't easily do. We decided to assemble a show that takes place in the year 2030. At first, this seemed like a funny idea, mainly, but this being WNPR, we started talking to actual futurists, the people who try to figure out, decade by decade, what the real drivers for change are and what they're most likely to do our collective reality. Global warming. The rise of China. The fall of China. The Rise of India, Brazil, Indonesia. The effects of total, ubiquitous connectivity, gene tweaking, crop changes, human migrations, transhumanism ...the people you hear on the show today are the real futurists of 2010.

But we invited them to go time traveling with us. See you in 20 years.

You can join the conversation. What excites you about the future? What scares you? What do you think your neighborhood will look like in 2030? Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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I was in meetings too long to get out and hear your program at 1:00.  Even here in dreary old 2010, it's now possible to listen to your show at 3:30 instead of 1:00, unlike when I was a lad and had to wait for rerun season, when stuff I was desperate to see or hear was rebroadcast.  Although I had severe reservations when I first heard your promos for this program, it turned out to be fascinating.  Interestingly, it reminded me of an old David Letterman show where the entire program was done as a morning show in deference to those who were videotaping "Late Night" to watch the next morning.  This sort of time shifting can be very exhilerating.


Wisely, no one on your show tried to make any suggestions about what the Middle East will look like in twenty years.  You're no fools.


Keep up the very odd work!