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Long Now: Conversations at The Interval

A long-term thinking lecture series from The Long Now Foundation: these hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar / cafe / museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time. You can learn more about The Interval and this series at, where we have full videos of the talks on this podcast.


Last Episode Date: 1 May 2024

Total Episodes: 66

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1 May 2024
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality Performance Lecture: Alicia Escott, Heidi Quante

The Bureau of Linguistical Reality is a participatory artwork facilitated by artist Alicia Escott and Heidi Quante which collaborates with the public to create new words for feelings and experiences for which no words yet exist. Recognizing the climate crisis is causing new ...

50 min
19 April 2024
Indigenous Sovereign Futures: Jonathan Cordero

Alternative visions for social change rooted in the frameworks of capitalism and colonialism only reproduce contemporary structures of power. How can indigenous perspectives and knowledge inform the structural transformation necessary to improve the health of the natural wor...

55 min
7 March 2024
Embodied Economies: How our Economic Stories Shape the World: Denise Hearn

Economic policy can seem abstract and distant, but it manifests the physical world – affecting us all. Our economic stories shape our systems, and they in turn shape us. What myths continue to constrain us, and how might new stories emerge to scaffold the future? This ...

56 min
22 November 2023
Hijacked Histories, Polarized Futures: Abby Smith Rumsey

As authoritarianism continues to rise around the world, the stories we tell ourselves about our collective history become a battleground for competing visions of the future. Drawing extensively from Russian history in the 20th century, Rumsey offers a framework to discuss ou...

55 min
19 October 2023
The False Promise of Optimization: Coco Krumme

Coco Krumme traces the fascinating history of optimization from its roots in America's founding principles, to its dominance as the driving principle of our modern world. Optimized models underlie everything and are deeply embedded in the technologies and assumptions that ha...

31 min
15 June 2023
Resisting Dystopia: Becky Chambers, Annalee Newitz

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation between two Hugo award-winning science fiction authors, Becky Chambers and Annalee Newitz. Known for challenging classic science fiction tropes such as war, violence, and colonialism, both authors create vivid and immersive worlds...

55 min
21 March 2023
Psychedelics: History at the Crossroads: Ismail Ali

Psychedelics and other mind-altering substances have been used for thousands of years across the world in religious, spiritual, celebratory, and healing contexts. Despite a half century of a "War on Drugs" in the United States, there has been a recent resurgence in public i...

58 min
1 March 2023
How to Invent Everything: Ryan North

How would someone fare if they were dropped into a randomly chosen period in history? Would they have any relevant knowledge to share, or ability to invent crucial technologies given the period's constraints? Ryan North uses these hypothetical questions to explore the techno...

20 January 2023
Speculative Futures: Design Approaches to Foster Resilience and Co-create the Cities We Need: Johanna Hoffman

Urbanist, researcher and writer Johanna Hoffman joins us to talk about speculative futures -- a powerful set of tools that can reorient urban development help us dream and build more resilient, equitable cities. Navigating modern change depends on imagining futures we’ve...

56 min
26 July 2022
Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication and Civilization: Edward Slingerland

See the full description of this talk on our new website: Edward Slingerland, "Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication and Civilization".

65 min
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