Soonish is creating audio stories about the future
33

patrons

$322
per Podcast Episode
Welcome to Soonish on Patreon!

I'm Wade Roush, a longtime science and technology journalist, and Soonish is a story-driven podcast built around a simple motto: the future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us.

Every month, the podcast shows you how the choices of innovators, engineers, citizens, and consumers are forging the world-changing technologies of tomorrow.

In the first two seasons, the show tackled questions such as:

  • Why the real 21st century looks nothing like the future predicted in the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Why monorail technology died in the U.S., but not other countries
  • Where we’ll get our protein in a world with dwindling resources to support livestock
  • How we’ll create new jobs for semi-skilled workers even in the face of increasing automation
  • How art museums can cope with the rise of the smartphone
  • How cities balance historical preservation and innovation
  • Why personal productivity technologies so often fail us
  • Why the next phase of space exploration will be led by private entrepreneurs
  • How a metaphor from the movie "Apollo 13" helps to explain Donald Trump's presidency
  • Why we need to teach people "virtual reality literacy"
  • Why glass will become an even more important material the future
  • Why "hard" science fiction is an important form of futurism
  • What it means that more of today's music is being made in collaboration with computers.

Season Three gets underway in October 2018, with a show about the first generation of consumer-ready brain-machine interfaces, how they can help us tame our minds, and why they raise important questions about privacy and agency.

Soonish will always be free to download! That’s the beauty of podcasts. But it’s not free to make. I personally handle all production-related tasks except writing the music. That means I do all of my own sound recording, script writing, audio editing and mixing, and marketing and promotion. Each story goes through half-a-dozen drafts or more before it's ready to share it with you. On top of that time investment, I also pay out-of-pocket for reporting trips, audio file hosting, Web hosting, recording equipment, music licenses, and quite a few other expenses.

I offset the costs of making Soonish through outside writing and consulting work, and I'm grateful to have these freelance outlets. But the more financial support comes in through Patreon, the more time I can spend on the show. That's why your per-episode donations are so important.

Thank you for listening, and for supporting the show! Every dollar you give goes to creating thoughtful reporting and storytelling about our shared future.

—Wade
Tiers
The Einstein
$1 or more per Podcast Episode 6 patrons
$1 per episode earns you my undying gratitude.
The Marty McFly
$5 or more per Podcast Episode 8 patrons
At $5 per episode, your rewards include:
  • My undying gratitude
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times per year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today: access to a private feed that where you can hear the show the day before it’s released to the general public. You’ll arrive in the future one day before everyone else!
The Doc Brown
$10 or more per Podcast Episode 8 patrons
If you contribute $10 per episode, you’ll get:
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times a year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
The DeLorean
$25 or more per Podcast Episode 2 patrons
For $25 per episode, I’ll respond with:
  • First of all, a big wow. You’re really knocking yourself out to support the show!
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times a year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
  • Free tickets to all live Soonish events and performances
The 88 Miles Per Hour
$50 or more per Podcast Episode 3 patrons
At the $50 per episode level or above, you get:
  • An ENORMOUS thank you for going above and beyond to support ambitious audio storytelling about the future
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of EVERY Soonish episode
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
  • Free tickets to all live Soonish events and performances
Goals
$322 of $500 per Podcast Episode
This amount will cover the basic technology costs of the show: Web and audio hosting, recording equipment, transcription services, editing software
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Welcome to Soonish on Patreon!

I'm Wade Roush, a longtime science and technology journalist, and Soonish is a story-driven podcast built around a simple motto: the future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us.

Every month, the podcast shows you how the choices of innovators, engineers, citizens, and consumers are forging the world-changing technologies of tomorrow.

In the first two seasons, the show tackled questions such as:

  • Why the real 21st century looks nothing like the future predicted in the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Why monorail technology died in the U.S., but not other countries
  • Where we’ll get our protein in a world with dwindling resources to support livestock
  • How we’ll create new jobs for semi-skilled workers even in the face of increasing automation
  • How art museums can cope with the rise of the smartphone
  • How cities balance historical preservation and innovation
  • Why personal productivity technologies so often fail us
  • Why the next phase of space exploration will be led by private entrepreneurs
  • How a metaphor from the movie "Apollo 13" helps to explain Donald Trump's presidency
  • Why we need to teach people "virtual reality literacy"
  • Why glass will become an even more important material the future
  • Why "hard" science fiction is an important form of futurism
  • What it means that more of today's music is being made in collaboration with computers.

Season Three gets underway in October 2018, with a show about the first generation of consumer-ready brain-machine interfaces, how they can help us tame our minds, and why they raise important questions about privacy and agency.

Soonish will always be free to download! That’s the beauty of podcasts. But it’s not free to make. I personally handle all production-related tasks except writing the music. That means I do all of my own sound recording, script writing, audio editing and mixing, and marketing and promotion. Each story goes through half-a-dozen drafts or more before it's ready to share it with you. On top of that time investment, I also pay out-of-pocket for reporting trips, audio file hosting, Web hosting, recording equipment, music licenses, and quite a few other expenses.

I offset the costs of making Soonish through outside writing and consulting work, and I'm grateful to have these freelance outlets. But the more financial support comes in through Patreon, the more time I can spend on the show. That's why your per-episode donations are so important.

Thank you for listening, and for supporting the show! Every dollar you give goes to creating thoughtful reporting and storytelling about our shared future.

—Wade

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Tiers
The Einstein
$1 or more per Podcast Episode 6 patrons
$1 per episode earns you my undying gratitude.
The Marty McFly
$5 or more per Podcast Episode 8 patrons
At $5 per episode, your rewards include:
  • My undying gratitude
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times per year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today: access to a private feed that where you can hear the show the day before it’s released to the general public. You’ll arrive in the future one day before everyone else!
The Doc Brown
$10 or more per Podcast Episode 8 patrons
If you contribute $10 per episode, you’ll get:
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times a year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
The DeLorean
$25 or more per Podcast Episode 2 patrons
For $25 per episode, I’ll respond with:
  • First of all, a big wow. You’re really knocking yourself out to support the show!
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of a Soonish episode, several times a year
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
  • Free tickets to all live Soonish events and performances
The 88 Miles Per Hour
$50 or more per Podcast Episode 3 patrons
At the $50 per episode level or above, you get:
  • An ENORMOUS thank you for going above and beyond to support ambitious audio storytelling about the future
  • A Soonish coffee mug with our new Season 3 logo on one side, and the show's motto on the other
  • A digital download of the soundtrack album from Soonish Episode 2.10, "Making Music with Machines"
  • A personal shout-out in the credits section of EVERY Soonish episode
  • Tomorrow’s Episode Today
  • My undying gratitude
  • Free tickets to all live Soonish events and performances