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People have long tried to figure out the future—but today, life seems more unpredictable than ever. What can we expect to come our way and will we be ready for it? Longtime journalist and Spectrum News Chief National Political Reporter Josh Robin has asked probing questions of presidents, business moguls, artists and sports figures. In this podcast, he helps us understand what could happen next, in all areas of our lives, from families to work; health to schools; politics to the arts; techno ...
 
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Israel is something of the world’s research lab when it comes to COVID-19. It was one of the first countries to start mass vaccinations, and scientific research there often forms the basis for global public health and medical decisions, including in the United States. In this episode, Dr. Cyrille Cohen, who advises the Israeli Ministry of Health, t…
 
When Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos blasted off on their own private spacecrafts this summer, it became clear that space travel was no longer solely the domain of government agencies. The question now is: How long will it be for those who aren’t super-wealthy to one day hitch rides beyond the Earth’s atmosphere? Josh Robin interviews Dr. Wendy Whit…
 
Humans have always slept, but our descendants may be doing it quite differently than current generations. Dr. Clete Kushida, former president of the World Sleep Society and a neurologist at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, tells Josh Robin that technological advancements may make fewer hours of shut-eye just as healthy; that dee…
 
The Delta variant is continuing its deadly march -- particularly among those who haven’t been vaccinated. It’s also draining the optimism of only a few months ago that the U.S. had turned the corner on COVID-19. For perspective, we look back to the far deadlier influenza pandemic of 1918: how it started; how it was treated; how it divided people; h…
 
Students are returning to schools amid another spike in COVID-19 cases and a heated debate over mask mandates. But even as more kids return to traditional classroom environments, experts say the pandemic has already changed the education landscape forever. In this episode of What Could Be, Josh Robin talks with Liz Willen, editor in chief of the ed…
 
Gathering in the era of the pandemic has made the once-pleasurable increasingly stressful. But how can we get the authentic social interactions we need, without getting sick -- or worrying ourselves sick about getting sick? Josh Robin talks with noted author and facilitator Priya Parker about hosting, hugging and handshakes -- and embracing controv…
 
When it comes to jobs, it’s been a year and a half of whiplash. From plunging unemployment and kitchen table workstations to worker shortages and record numbers of people quitting the workforce altogether. What will the future hold? Josh Robin talks with Julia Pollak, labor economist at ZipRecruiter, about why many workers will never return to the …
 
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