How to Survive the Future is a podcast created by Alex Chambers and Allison Quantz in partnership with Indiana Humanities. Currently in development, the podcast series will be released in January 2022.

About the Podcast

In How to Survive the Future, we ask everyday people to imagine a world where they have made it through the challenges of the present and faced the pain of the past and then tell us what life is like after that. Farmers, poets, parents, organizers and others imagine how their lives, and the landscapes around them, will be different than they are now—hopefully for the better, though it’s never that simple. From the interviews, we create sound-rich “imaginative documentaries” that explore real stories of the past and possible stories of the future. The stories teach us about history and society, show us struggles personal and political, and offer us a chance to reflect on how the state of the world, fixed and inevitable as it may seem, is always up for grabs.

How to Survive the Future is a program of Unearthed, a multiyear thematic initiative from Indiana Humanities that encourages Hoosiers to discover and discuss their relationships with the natural world.

Curious about the podcast’s origins? In this blog post, executive producer Alex Chambers reflects on how the podcast got its start.

About the Creators

Alex Chambers, Executive Producer
Alex is a poet, educator and podcast producer in Bloomington, Indiana. He produces the Age of Humans podcast and teaches podcasting at the Indiana University Media School and in community groups. His audio work has aired on WFIU’s Earth Eats and PBS’s American Portrait, and his poems and essays have appeared in Gulf CoastThe Rumpus and elsewhere. He has a PhD in American studies and a book of poems called Binding: A Preparation.

Allison Quantz, Executive Editor
Allison is a radio and podcast producer and consultant living in Bloomington, Indiana. She is senior producer at Virginia Humanities’ radio show and podcast, With Good Reason. She launched The Briefing from SiriusXM in 2015 and produced it until late 2017. In 2018 she helped launch and began producing The Growing Edge podcast with Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer. Her work has been heard on BackStory with the American History Guys, WFIU, Virginia Public Radio, Word of MouthDistillations and PRX Remix.

Episode 1: Nightfall Farm

For Episode 1, Alex visited a farm in Southern Indiana – Nightfall Farm – to talk with the farmers about how they dealt with climate change through the 21st century. He got a farm tour, and we talked at their kitchen table. Time passed. The years shifted around. It was the spring in Indiana, so it was rainy.

Episode 2: Bloomington Birth Center

Katie is a criminology professor and a doula. She’s also the mother of two sons. They’re grown men at this point, but they still do dinner together almost every week – along with her older son’s wife, and her husband. This episode starts with some news from her daughter-in-law.