End of an era. Flash Forward was a singular thing.

And no single journalist more heavily influenced my approach to pandemic coverage than Rose.

For years, I've marvelled at how she seamlessly wove science with history, culture, and sociology... 1/3

... how she eschewed easy technocratic solutions to complex problems; how she centered disabled, queer, POC, and other marginalized voices; and perhaps most importantly, how she maintained a core of hope even when talking about the bleakest futures. 2/3
She did all that, and for most of Flash Forward's life, she did it *single-handedly*, without the production crews that many popular podcasts have.

She's an inspiration, and a dear, dear friend. I can't wait to see what she does next. 3/3
PS. If you're new to Rose, there's so much Flash Forward back-catalogue to catch up on, and you can also buy her book. flashforwardpod.com/book/
PPS. I'd also recommend these two great interviews about how Rose sees the world and thinks about her work.

Longform: longform.org/posts/longform…
Ologies: alieward.com/ologies/futuro…
PPPS. And I hope that Rose finally takes this opportunity to think about that one future we have always talked about where she takes a little nap. Just a short one.

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A new study reveals the enormous hole that their slaughter left in the ocean, and suggests a bold path for restoration.

My latest: theatlantic.com/science/archiv…
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Each piece will regenerate a complete body, regrowing a brain if needed

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Here’s the anthology, which you can preorder. I’m so proud of this selection and the 26 amazing writers whose pieces are featured. bookshop.org/books/the-best…
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