The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
April 28, 2010 Episode

Sara M. Harvey (fantasy author, costume designer, teacher and historian) is today's featured guest.

Topics: how the mixing of literary genres is one way that new genres evolve spontaneously out of old ones; her first-hand experiences with a publisher that went bankrupt and very nearly dragged her first novel into oblivion with them; a few tidbits of how fantasy novels are marketed; unusual ways a writer can promote their work; as well as Wikipedia, book covers, word choice, sentence structure and inspiration.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 28, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 60 minutes] (This interview was recorded before a live audience at LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN on July 11, 2009.)

Sara M. Harvey is an author of fantasy novels who prides herself on her genre-mixing style of story-telling. Her latest novel is The Convent of the Pure (2009 from Apex Book Company). She has a Master of Arts in visual culture, with an emphasis in costume history, from New York University. As an academic she contributed several nonfiction chapters to the three volumes of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through World History. She also spent several years working in various entertainment industry costume departments, including the Creative Costume Department of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Currently, she is an instructor of design and fashion history at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Nashville, Tennessee.

Direct download: TFAY_2010_4_28.mp3
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April 21, 2010 Episode

Kristen Bury (Business & Project Management Consultant) is today's featured guest.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 21, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time:24 minutes]

Topics: the academic teaching of future studies; right-brain, left-brain and whole-brain thinking; creativity and problem solving; and other aspects of the future. This interview was recorded the evening after she'd opened the panel discussion on creativity at the World Future convention held at the Chicago Hilton on July 18, 2009.

Direct download: TFAY_2010_4_21.mp3
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April 14, 2010 Episode

Ted Stalets (Vice President of Vote World Government) and Bob French (CEO of Vote World Government) are today's featured guests.

These two gentlemen feel that some of the problems of this world are too big to be solved by individual nations or even by nations trying to act together. They have taken to heart the concept that -- Global problems require global solutions. They seek a democratically elected representative government which is completely global. Literally, a parliament for the Earth.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 14, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] (These two interviews were recorded at the World Future Convention at the Chicago Hilton on July 18, 2009.)

News Item: I'm recovering very well from my surgery of March 29, 2010. You probably noticed that there was no episode last week. I was just too frail and my mind too foggy from the pain medicines to assemble, upload and post one. I'm doing much better and hope to stay on track with the coming episodes. Thank you all for the many emails wishing me a speedy recovery. -- Stephen Euin Cobb

Direct download: TFAY_2010_4_14.mp3
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This weeks episode will be postponed due to the host's surgery

Your host's surgery went well. It was performed about 10:00 AM on Monday, March 29, 2010 on an outpatient basis. The only complication showed-up ten hours later when he tried to urinate and could not. His surgeon was on call and said he needed to have a urethral catheter inserted. Unfortunately because of the time of day this had to be done at the hospital's emergency room and so was not completed until well after after 3:00 AM. He is steadily getting stronger each day, but is still on pain medications which reduce his cognitive function and thus his ability to produce the show. Thank you for your patience.

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