From the Nominator
The University of Oxford’s Futuremakers podcast tackles the big issues facing the future of society, examining them in forensic detail by giving voice to world-leading research. "Can we be green and capitalist?" is just one example of the big questions addressed to marry a science-interested public with the debates that Oxford University academics have on a daily basis. Hosted by philosopher Prof Peter Millican, Futuremakers delves into artificial intelligence, quantum computing and, in its most recent series, climate change. Discussing the findings of cutting-edge research with government, industry, and world authorities, the podcast series gives a window into the future of our society. Futuremakers uses the depth and richness of these conversations to convey to its audience the truly complex nature of the issues. Offering longer, extended programming, the series defied the norms of podcast length, with audience retention times reflecting the appreciation that the full extent of discourse provides.
From the Judges
It feels like we’re listening in on a conversation between incredibly smart people. The experts come from varied departments to promote a more diverse conversation, and we hear disagreements, interjections, etc. The host asks questions that drive the conversation, yet nothing about it feels forced. Because of the length of each episode, they dive deep into each topic. They do a great job at explaining very nuanced topics through a broad range of voices and opinions.