We're partial to BBC audio in all its forms, but Tomorrow's World is next-level: an inquisitive, playful, sonically-bountiful new show about how the science of the present is set to transform our future. Helmed by two charismatic scientists - Dr Britt Wray, an expert in synthetic biology and necrofauna, and Dr Ellie Cosgrave, who lectures in urban innovation at University College London - three episodes to date have examined how our brains and bodies will interact with artificial intelligence (the evolution of the brain, neural nets, the possibility of downloading a mind) and the fate of our cities post-climate change. In form and execution, we were genuinely reminded of Radiolab - there is a restless, personal intelligence at work here, and a tone that is poised between relaxed and alert, and an urge toward experimentation that doesn't overplay its hand. This is science that sounds like fiction, but stands on our doorstep. And in the hearing, it's an unqualified pleasure.
Gateway episodes: The Wizard's Hat (12 Oct 2017) / Hope Floats (26 Oct 2017)
From: Whistledown for BBC Radio