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Jack To The Future

By Laura Andrews
From the future of science, technology and inventions, to global issues affecting our planet. A fortnightly podcast for children and grownups by Jack, age 9. Jack talks about what’s changing in the world, what the future could be like and how we can help.

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Episode 21- The Future of Robots

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Episode 6: The Future of Deep Space Communications
The Future of Deep Space Communications 📡🛰  This week, 9 year old Jack interviews Ed Chester, a systems engineer at Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.  The pair talk about how satellites work, what deep space communication might look like in the future, whether we could live on other planets and what meeting Tim Peake was like! Satellites, the internet in space, lasers, time travel, ice moons, natural phenomenon, sols, alien life forms and beyond - they talk about it all!  Listen in at the link in the description or download from all major platforms from Monday 18th July.  📸 Credit to Jack To The Future - Astronaut calling his mum ❤️  #astronaut #space #deepspace #deepspacecommunication #spacecommunication #satellite #goonhilly #marsexpress #stem #newepisode #jacktothefuture #podcastforfamilies #engineering #radiowaves #cosmos #spacetravel Mentions/links Goonhilly Earth Station NASA - How Do We Communicate with Faraway Spacecraft?  Europa Clipper The Guardian - Jupiter’s moon Europa may have water where life could exist, say scientists Insider-Hyped up 'moon cube' discovered by Chinese rover turns out to be a rabbit-shaped rock
July 18, 2022
Episode 5: The Future of Space
In this week's episode, Jack talks to Doug Millard, Curator of the Space Exhibit at the London Science Museum.  The pair talk about Doug's job, his favourite 'out of this world' object in the collection, as well as the future of spacecraft and how they could be greener; whether we will eventually holiday in space and the wackiest of activities that have taken place on the International Space Station to date.  They talk about the International Space Station coming down and what it will be replaced with, whether Doug will have a chance of salvaging any of the existing one currently in orbit and the two ponder ideas for cleaning up floating rubbish in space and what do astronauts actually do if they have an itchy nose whilst having a walk on the moon! A fun episode not to be missed!  #future #space #spacetravel #stem #themoon #mars #sciencemuseum #internationalspacestation #spacecraft #astronaut Mentions/links NASA Sounds of Space Research sheds some light on hyperspace travel  Visions of the future by NASA Great Scott rock  The Black Arrow Rocket First drawing in space Exploring Space Exhibition at the London Science Museum A beautiful planet trailer On holiday on Mars 
July 04, 2022
Kids Listen Mashup Episode: Kids know Jack! Let's Pod into the Future
Jack is a proud member of Kids Listen, a not for profit organisation committed to providing high quality audio for children.  He was delighted to be part of a 'mashup' episode where he and another podcaster got to collaborate. On this episode of Mashups, you will meet two podcasts that are passionate about our children's futures. Join Kids Pod's Aimee Chan and Jack To The Future's Jack as we play a game of scattegories. We start off with a highlight they each share showcasing their mash-up partner's pod and end with a personal contribution created just for you listeners.  Enjoy! #mashup #kidslisten #podcastcollab #podfriend #podcastcommunity #podcastfamily #podcastbloopers #funny #laugh #listen #kidspodcast #familyfriendly
June 30, 2022
STEM To The Future: Episode 4: The Future of Cars
This week’s episode is about the future of road vehicles! We're not just talking about cars- anything that drives on the road! Jack talks to Joe Hacker, an Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation Engineer who works for a company  in the green power sector, specifically Hydrogen storage, distribution and dispensing! Talk about the future of energy! They talk about the company Joe works for, Nanosun and their Hydrogen refuelling stations. The pair discuss the future of road vehicles and how hydrogen has the potential for other uses in transport and everyday life in the future as well. Links/mentions NanoSUN Fuel cells for kids Facts about hydrogen National Grid: What is Hydrogen? TECO 2030 Gigawatt factory European Commission- Emissions Hydrogen fuelled vehicles
June 30, 2022
STEM To The Future: Episode 3: The Future of Computers
This week’s episode is about The Future of Computers 💻, specifically data storage 🗃 and The Cloud ☁️. Jack talks to a Cloud Architect Engineer, Dulcie Herreros who works for Microsoft about what her job involves and what The Cloud actually is. Thank you for taking part 🙏 They talk about keeping your information safe, what data storage may look like in the future and why it needs to change  and Dulcie fills us in on some very cool and different ways that it could be stored ❄️🌊🧬🪟🪨… 👩🏽‍🔬Oh and if you’re into Chemistry- there’s a side convo about their joint interest in  explosives and reactive elements 🧨 💥 Not to be missed! Download from link in bio ⬆️ or wherever you usually listen to your pods 🎧 〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰 📍@microsoft @github 📌#thefutureof #thefutureofcomputing #thefutureofdatastorage #thecloud #cloudcomputing #datastorage #jacktothefuture #childpodcaster #datacentres #projectsilica #periodictable #cloud #technology #cybersecurity #datacenter  #cloudstorage   #cloudeducation #tech #cloudservices  #cloudsecurity #informationtechnology #business  #microsoft #data #computer #podcasthost #techpodcast #familypodcast #spotify #computerscience Mentions/links Teen Titans Go! Binary code song Cloud computing video (Frank The Dog) Data Centre image example Cloud architecture diagram Enigma machine for kids Encryption for kids Example of encrypted data KidPid- data storage in DNA Underwater data centres Project Silica GitHub Arctic Code Vault Mythbusters episode Alkaline metals in water (adult supervision recommended when viewing)
June 06, 2022
STEM To The Future Ep2: The Future of Energy- Electricity
This is Episode 2 of Jack To The Future's new season, STEM To The Future. Bringing you the first part of two episodes on The Future of Energy, 9 year old podcast host, Jack, talks with electrical engineer Gavin Rham about the problem solving skills needed in the job; how rollercoasters work; why electricity can be dangerous and the pair discuss the possibilities of electricity in the future. Any Back To The Future fans out there... Jack even manages to ask a good few questions about Doc Brown and the time travelling Delorean in the context of engineering!  #stem #electricity #energy #power #future #bttf #engineering  Mentions/links  Greenhouse gases  BBC Teach  The IET  Winchester Science Centre  CERN  The future is electric  The UK's future energy mix
May 23, 2022
STEM TO THE FUTURE: What's coming up?
For those of you not on social media, here's Jack to explain what this season has in store for you!
May 11, 2022
STEM To The Future : Episode 1 - An Introduction To Engineering
Welcome to the 2nd season of Jack To The Future!🌍 Jack is here with another series of interesting interviews, but this time with a focus on his favourite subjects, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ....introducing  STEM To The Future! In this introductory episode, Jack talks to Andy Tate, a Chartered Engineer with HDR Inc and STEM Ambassador for the IET.  They  talk about what engineering is; what projects Andy has been involved with and together they explore the possibilities of a career in engineering both now and in the future. Aimed at children and adults alike, this episode includes a 'which engineer' guessing game; Jack's predictions on engineering of the future and he finds out all about the prospects of being an engineer and what that may look like in daily life. A super starting point for another exciting season of Jack To The Future  Mentions/links HDR Inc The Institute of Engineering and Technology Engineering careers Royal Institute of British Architects Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers - Tomorrow's Engineers A ‘grow your own’ food movement is sprouting in the UAE desert
May 02, 2022
Season 2: STEM To The Future
Listen in to hear Jack talk about Season 2 of Jack To The Future : STEM To The Future! Despite it landing a little later than expected, we’ve done it! It’s nearly here ! This season we’re joined by a number of wonderful guests - from a Curator at The London Science Museum, to a Spacecraft Product Assurance Manager working for Airbus and a plethora of fantastic IET STEM Ambassadors. We want to thank everyone who has taken part so far. The first episode is really an introduction to Season 2 and Jack will be talking to Chartered Engineer and STEM Ambassador, Andy Tate, about all things engineering ; from what types of careers are out there, to how engineering is used in our daily lives through to hearing about how engineering can achieve the seemingly impossible! Growing lettuces in the desert anyone? Hear it to believe it! Add us to your favourites, subscribe, set your watches  or whatever else necessary so as to not miss out on the first episode on Monday 3rd May! A schedule of future shows is incoming… Science Museum Stempoint East IET Education Airbus HDR I CEI Architecture Associates, Inc. #jacktothefuture #podcast #newseason #stem #childpodcaster #podcastsforkids #podcastsforfamilies #engineering #interview #engineeringcareers #stemtothefuture #thefutureofeverything #thefutureofstem #stemforkids #spotify #applepodcasts #subscribe #follow #like
April 26, 2022
Episode 18- The Future of Fast Food
In Jack To The Future’s first episode of 2022, he looks at the future of fast food and we are delighted to be joined by Matt, founder of @Vegheads, a local vegan fast food restaurant covering Hertfordshire and Essex. Jack talks to Matt about his business; the food on the menu and the inspiration for naming his business and dishes; they talk about  veganism and how technology is influencing the fast food industry. Matt explains to Jack the challenges of fast food packaging and they discuss why vegan alternatives are sometimes made to look like meat products.  To begin, Jack shares some research from the GWI about customer preference for fast food, how Covid has influenced this and possible future trends. He quizzes Matt on some well known fats food chain slogans and offers his suggestions about the future of fast food.  His questions to Matt are based on an article on the future of fast food  written by the IET, details below.  Regardless of whether you're vegan or not and whether you're a fan of fast food or not, this is a fun episode with lots of food for thought (pardon the pun!) 🍔 Don't forget to check out Jack's version of the old classic "A pizza hut" song on his Facebook and Insta @jtothefuture 🍕 📷Podcast thumbnail - Lego fast food - courtesy of Jack To The Future 🌍 Mentions/links VegHeads website VegHeads on Insta Hertford Organic Go Getters Veganuary The IET article - The future of fast food GWI Blog- Statistics on The Future of Fast Food
April 25, 2022
Season 2: STEM To The Future
Listen in to hear Jack talk about Season 2 of Jack To The Future : STEM To The Future! Despite it landing a little later than expected, we’ve done it! It’s nearly here !   This season we’re joined by a number of wonderful guests - from a Curator at The London Science Museum, to a Spacecraft Product Assurance Manager working for Airbus and a plethora of fantastic IET STEM Ambassadors. We want to thank everyone who has taken part so far.   The first episode is really an introduction to Season 2 and Jack will be talking to Chartered Engineer and STEM Ambassador, Andy Tate, about all things engineering ; from what types of careers are out there, to how engineering is used in our daily lives through to hearing about how engineering can achieve the seemingly impossible! Growing lettuces in the desert anyone?   Hear it to believe it!  Add us to your favourites, subscribe, set your watches  or whatever else necessary so as to not miss out on the first episode on Monday 3rd May! A schedule of future shows is incoming… Science Museum Stempoint East IET Education Airbus HDR I CEI Architecture Associates, Inc. #jacktothefuture #podcast #newseason #stem #childpodcaster #podcastsforkids #podcastsforfamilies #engineering #interview #engineeringcareers #stemtothefuture #thefutureofeverything #thefutureofstem #stemforkids #spotify #applepodcasts #subscribe #follow #like
April 25, 2022
Kids Listen Mashups Trailer by Jack To The Future
🎶"Mash it up, mash it up" 🎶See Jack's 'mash it up' video on Instagram at Beginning on Sunday 20th March, Kids Listen bring you a new podcast 'Mashups'. Jack To The Future is part of the Kids Listen community and was fortunate enough to be involved in this Mashup series.  Kids Listen is a grassroots organization of advocates for high-quality audio content for children.    Mashups introduces you to various different podcasts aimed at children (and adults) of all ages. We want you to get a taste of these kidcasts and their pods. In each episode we ‘mash up’ two Kids Listen podcasts, first through an introductory clip, then a game that mashes up their styles and brings out their personalities, and ending with a behind the scenes bit they chose to share with you. In this trailer, hear Jack talking about his experience of taking part, why you should listen and hear the Kids Listen official trailer at the end. Listen to the full podcast here Mashups Season 1 includes: @coolanimalspod @goodwordslynn @TheTenNews @NewsyPooloozi @girl_tales @TCHRadio @Curious_Convos @bestdayyetpod @LikeYouPod @pastandcurious @Heritage_Radio @AtYourLevelPod @DorktalesStory @StoriesforWond1 @andrewypolly @Zoocenia #mysteryrecipe @ChadChenail #JourneywithStory  #Kidspod @jtothefuture
April 25, 2022
Episode 23- The Future of Magic
This weeks episode is about the future of magic!!!! Jack welcomes his special guest and probably the first celebrity he's spoken to, Aidan McCann who is a young magician and actor. You may recognise him from Britain or Ireland’s Got Talent as well as appearing on The Ellen Show in America and lots lots more. Very exciting!! There is clip of Aidan in the finals of BGT on Jack To The Future's social media pages. Hope you enjoy watching! Jack and Aidan talk about how Aidan got into magic in the first place; his experiences on reality TV shows and how his perseverance paid off; if it’s difficult to make up tricks and whether technology will make tricks better or may actually spoil magic in the future. This spurs on a line of discussion about magicians using new techniques to perform tricks and what makes a good one. Aidan even performs a trick live on the podcast for you to hear and Jack returns the favour by performing a maths trick on him! A jam packed episode of fun! Mentions/Links Aidan on Britain's Got Talent  Aidan's superhero trick Aidan's Magic Corner - The Ellen Show Aidan's Facebook  Aidan's Instagram Marco Tempest website Marco Tempest Princess Card Trick Marco Tempest drones Shin Lim video Oz Pearlman subliminal messaging Houdini What is 'cutting a deck'? Dynamo on the past, present and future of magic The future of magic -Financial Times Magic Today Is Just Technology in the Future - Article by  Vox Magic's Future: Now You See It, Now You Don't?
April 25, 2022
Episode 22- The Future of Comedy
Jack, child podcaster, aged 8 talks to James Campbell, a children’s author and comedian. As well as talking about why some jokes are funny and some aren’t; different types of comedy; how technology may be affecting entertainment; the impact Covid has had on the industry and of course what the future may hold for comedy, Jack and James also talk about the environment; James's current project and what we could do to help. A perfect episode for any children aged 7+ and adults too of course! Get ready for a chuckle and a ponder, all at the same time Mentions/links The James Campbell website  The Angry Banana Song  James's children's books The Whoopie Chicken Podcast Show The Future of Comedy-it's between your ears! Article by The Telegraph How has coronavirus affected the future of live comedy? Article by SW Londoner James Campbell You Tube
April 25, 2022
Episode 24- The Future of Celebrations
What is the future of celebrations? The final episode in Season 1 of Jack To The Future,  Episode 24, The Future of Celebrations marks the 1 year Anniversary of the Jack To The Future podcast and what better way to celebrate than by talking about what the future may hold when it comes to birthdays and celebrations. Jack speaks to guests, past and present and is joined by a number of his friends and podcast pals. He talks about the history of birthdays; how people celebrate in different countries; his predictions for the future of celebrations and asks people about theirs. Thank you to everyone who sent us audio, video and written messages- we thoroughly enjoyed listening to them all. What do you think the future of celebrations might look like? Tune in to hear more. With thanks to:  Dorktales Storytime Podcast  The Brother Timothy Clark Podcast  Newsy Pooloozi Podcast  Gwen Gets To Work Podcast  Hertford Theatre  Hertford Library  Ranger Stu  National Trust  Cherry Pie Makes  Kellie Ahl  Bernie Keyte  Layla Stanton  Beth McMahon  Animal Fusions Stories  Half a String  We Are The Voice Children's Environmental Choir  Simon Horobin, University of Oxford  After Alice Ltd  Aidan McCann  Aimee Chan  KidsPod  Unite Radio
March 25, 2022
Episode 21- The Future of Robots
This weeks episode is about the Future of Robots🤖 Jack interviews Dr Patrick Holthaus who is the manager of The Robot House, a research house from The University of Hertfordshire, UK. They talk about what the Robot House is and why it’s there; how people find it interacting with robots; how they’re programmed and the jobs and activities  that they can do as well of course what the future of robots may look like and how they may fit into our daily lives in the next 30 years or so. Jack asks about The University of Hertfordshire’s successful robotic football team, called the BoldHearts and discovers just how difficult it is to programme a robot to kick a ball! ⚽️ Mentions/links Robot House BoldHearts  William Walter's  Robotic Tortoise  BBC video of Robot House History or Robots Robots: What you need to know about the past, present and future of robotics ITV Tonight- Can robots save the NHS?
February 21, 2022
Episode 20- The Future of Radio
In this week's episode, The Future of Radio, Jack is joined by Jono Godlee, Director of @UniteRadio 📻 Jack begins the episode giving his view on how radio stations could attract a younger audience; explains the science behind radio waves and gives his listeners a brief history of the invention and development of radio, as well as a rare clip of a song that was played on the first wireless worldwide radio broadcast in 1920. Jacks talks to Jono about Unite Radio; who they work in partnership with; current listening trends among people of different ages; the ways in which people listen and how this has changed and the pair go on to discuss various developments in the industry and how technology may influence radio as we know it in the future. Mentions/link Unite Radio website Unite Radio on Facebook Unite Radio on Instagram  Kids Fun Radio Ofcom- The Future of Radio So, where does radio go from here? An article by RadioWorld What does the future hold for radio? An article by RadioKing Brothership Studio  Celebrating ADHD - Sue Hart
February 07, 2022
Episode 19- The Future of Clothing
 An episode on a complex topic, 8 year old Jack speaks honestly  with Katie Carr, owner and founder of Tommy and Lottie , which is a unisex, ethical and sustainable gift brand, based in St Albans, Herts. Jack shares some shocking statistics; they talk about her business; the difference between fast and slow fashion, sustainable materials and what people could do to make their clothes last longer instead of buying new ones all the time. As well as the possibilities of  what clothes shops will look like in the future and whether they will actually exist and how technology is influencing customers behaviour when they’re shopping. Together, they weave in an invention from Jack's favourite film and discuss how this may make recycling and sustainability a possibility in the future! Lots of useful resources, brands  and other websites mentioned here (no affiliation) to explore to see what's on offer currently, but as both mention during the episode, it's a start, but not enough. Listen in and see whether it results in any  changes you may consider making. Mentions/links Tommy and Lottie website Tommy and ottie are a unisex, ethical and sustainable brand specialising in well made, organic cotton basics which include t shirts and sweatshirts, a babywear collection, back packs made from recycled plastic and wall prints all with a wildlife theme. Only using sustainably sourced, organic and oeko tex cottons to make the clothing and recycled materials such as plastic bottles to make the back packs. All of our range delivers exceptional quality that last and wash well making it easier to reuse and hand down, helping to reduce waste. Using the best quality and environmentally friendly printing methods which include screen print using water based inks or embroidery, you will not find any plastic transfers on any of our products. We give back to the planet with your help – Every time one of our bee, butterfly or orangutan products are sold, we donate money to two charities. The bee and butterfly are partnered with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the orangutan to the Sumatran Orangutan Society so join us in helping to save species. Tommy and Lottie Link.tree Fashion Revolution Patagonia Rent The Runway Vin & Omi - please note some of the images are not suitable for younger listeners Depop Vinted Greenpeace- Fast Fashion- the industry needs an urgent makeover The Economist- You Tube video - The True Cost of Fast Fashion DW- Fast fashion- what's the big deal?  DW Planet A -You Tube- Fast Fashion is Killing the Planet
January 24, 2022
Episode 17- The Future of Housing
This Friday brings the new episode of Jack To The Future🌍 , The Future of Housing 🏠. Jack and his special guest, Hannah Green, Founder of @GreenhillEstates talk about their dream home; the role technology plays and could play in the future to buy and sell homes; whether the Estate Agency Industry will still exist and current and future trends with regards to renting and buying. Hannah shares with Jack some unusual and eco properties she has sold in the past. Jack digests “housing market” talk and offers his own definitions for younger listeners. He shares information about a very unique town in Sweden and an article he read on the future of real estate as part of his research for this episode. He finishes the episode with an invention of sorts for a futuristic board game …. Listen in to hear more! Links/mentions Greenhill Estates The Future of Everything - What's the future of Real Estate? The Guardian - Isn’t it good, Swedish plywood: the miraculous eco-town with a 20-storey wooden skyscraper
January 07, 2022
Jack's Q&As - The Future of Christmas
What do you think the future of Christmas will look like? After reading an article by Ericcson ( about Christmas in 2050, Jack got talking about his predictions for Christmas in the future.  Jack tests your listening ear with some Christmassy tunes. Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, this mini episode talks about ways that we communicate and celebrate the holiday season and celebrations with our friends and families; what we eat; how we celebrate and how gift giving could change. A combination of ponderings about technology, traditions and the climate; makes for an interesting reflection about Christmasses of old and in the future as we move into a New Year. We'd love to hear any predictions you have- DM us 😃🎅🏼
December 30, 2021
Episode 16 - The Future of English
We love words here at Jack To The Future🌍  - language is fun isn’t it ! Jack begins the episode with a riddle game for you and contemplates the future of English following his research on this topic.  Will the future of the English language be a combination of languages? Will 'text' speak and acronyms  seep into the spoken word? Are  emojis words? Do you know what an emordnilap is? How about the etymology of spoonerisms or portmanteaus? Jack and  his guest speaker this week,   Simon Horobin, Professor of English Language and Literature at The University of Oxford,  discuss all of the above,   their favourite words and and all manor of other lexical topics, finishing with Jack  testing Simon's skills and knowledge of modern day slang! Will you dare to have a go?! A fun-filled episode learning about both the future and history of the English language.  Mentions/Links The Future of English -The British Council The Future of English- Article by Simon Horobin in Babel: The Language Magazine  Simon Horobin on You Tube : The Future of English A Very Short Introduction to the English Language | Simon Horobin | Talks at Google A Very Short Introduction to the English Language: Book by Simon Horobin 
December 09, 2021
Episode 15- The Future of Maths
🧮Can maths really predict the future? 😫Do you suffer with maths anxiety? #️⃣Will we run out of numbers? 👩🏾‍🏫Will maths be taught differently in the future? Jack poses these questions and many more to his special guest, Professor Chris Budd from @The University of Bath in Episode 15- The Future of Maths 🎉 Chris chats to Jack about what an equation is and how some  can predict the future (to an extent!) Jack loves hearing about the origins of some mathematical concepts, famous mathematicians and inventors. 🚨You do not have to have studied maths , be an expert or even really like maths to listen to this episode - the duo talk about how maths runs through everyday life, how it can be fun and it really is for everyone! Don’t miss out on a chance to try your hand at some magic tricks and hear about Chris’s friend who can solve a Rubik's cube while simultaneously juggling! Who knew! 🤹‍♀️ Mentions/links  Chris Budd - Gresham College- Mathematics and the Making of the Future and Modern World Matt Parker- Stand-up Maths  Galois Theory for Kids  UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust)   NRich Maths  Plus Maths   E=mc2 for kids  Hannah Fry - Can Maths Predict The Future   Metro- Are We Running out of Numbers?  Pythagoras for kids Horrible Science: Evil Inventions The Science Museum, London: Lovelace, Turing and The Invention of Computers  The Royal Institution: Christmas Lectures  Royal Institution Masterclasses
November 17, 2021
Episode 14- The Future of Entrepreneurship : A Halloween Special 🎃
💡When’s the last time you thought, “I wish I’d thought of that!” ?  Well, in the second part of his Future of Work episodes, Jack shares  a spooky themed👻, jam packed   episode focusing on  The Future of Entrepreneurship, where you’ll “meet” not 1, but 3 super talented entrepreneurial guests who have made businesses out of the things they love !!!!  First up, Jack talks to Julian Hall, CEO and founder at @UltraEducation about what entrepreneurship  is; how it differs from a regular 9 to 5; what his predictions for the future are and tips for being a successful entrepreneur.  This is followed by a second interview with Israel, child author @animalfusionsstories who discusses his journey as a kidpreneur , including the highs and challenges he has faced so far and what keeps him motivated.  In keeping with the date of release for this episode , for Halloween, he also hears from Semra @mamamooncandles , an eclectic witch dispelling (like what we did there 😜) myths about witchcraft and enjoys finding out more  about her unique business whereby she spreads love and cosmic vibes. 🙌We hope it educates and inspires!  A fascinating episode exploring lots of different people’s perspectives and experiences . What would you do if you were to make a business out of something you love or maybe you’re doing it already?Tell us, we’d love to know…📢  PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE ON THE JACK TO THE FUTURE BLOG   Links/Mentions  Hertford Organic  Ultra Education website  Ultra Education CIC You Tube  Ask Ultra You Tube Channel for children  Animal Fusions Stories Instagram  Semra (Mamamoon Candles) website  Mamamoon Candles Instagram  How to be a witch, Cosmopolitan magazine article about Semra
October 31, 2021
Episode 13 - The Future of Work (Part I)
What do you think work will look like the in future? What skills will our children need to succeed in a future job? 👷🏾‍♀👩‍🏭👩🏼‍⚕️👨🏼‍🔬   This time, Jack's talking about the future of work! Its a two-parter, with the second episode coming out at the end of October with a focus on entrepreneurship.  Jack chats to  Ascension Tejedor, founder of School In Reviews who set up an organisation offering parents impartial advice on International Schools around the world.  She  wrote an interesting article on ‘Innovative Education – Preparing our children for the future’ which caught Jack's attention whilst doing research for this episode.  They talk about 'School In';  what skills children will need for jobs in the future and how parents can support this;   whether robots will replace the human workforce and naturally, Jack shares his thoughts on the topic, along with some statistics courtesy of The Economist.   Also featuring some thoughts from a  fellow child podcaster @GwenGetsToWork ❤   SUBTITLES/TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE ON THE Jack To The Future podcast YOU TUBE page  and our  brand new Jack To The Future blog! (click on hyperlink to be redirected)    Links/mentions    Gwen Gets To Work Podcast   School In Reviews    ‘Innovative Education – Preparing our children for the future' - article by Ascension Tejedor    The Economist - Is your job safe? - How Do You Prepare Your Kids For Entrepreneurship? Teach Them These 5 Lessons
October 08, 2021
*NEWS FLASH* - Jack To The Future blog incoming!
You can now catch up with everything Jack To The Future on his blog. Listen directly to episodes; see his artwork; hyperlinks to media he has discussed in the episode; see videos posted on social media channels and  for selected episodes, you can also read a transcript to aid listening. Visit for more details 😀
October 07, 2021
Episode 12- The Future of Mental Health
What do you do to stay mindful? Maybe exercising, meditation, staring at a glitter jar, breathing techniques or practising gratitude? Or you might be thinking, I'm not really sure what that is?...  Whatever your understanding or current habits , this is the place for you! Following the easing of lockdown in the UK, this week's topic seemed like an apt choice. It's also Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October - perhaps this episode may give you some ideas in advance and help you to reflect on what you are doing regularly to boost your own mental wellbeing.     In Jack's 12th episode, another two-parter,  he chats to Jess and Joe from Hertfordshire Mind Network. The charity support all over 18s in Hertfordshire, as well as offering specific support to children and young people over the age of 10. They talk about what the mental health charity do to support children, young people and their parents and carers, as well as professionals working with them. They reflect on how Covid has affected how they run the service and impacted upon service user; discuss some practical tips to help with anxiety; debate the pros and cons of social media for mental health  and,  of course, their ideas for what the future of mental health may look like.🔮   Jack was also very excited to speak to Ros from Mindful Magic, Royston which is a mindfulness🧘‍♂️ group aimed at children between 5-10 years old.   Not only does Jack find out about the group,  they share ideas about techniques for children (and adults) to relax, unwind and be in tune to their feelings and why that’s so important. Listen out for the shark breath! Ros takes us through a guided meditation and hopefully, everyone is feeling zen by the end of the episode...🤞 It’s a super line-up, not to be missed!  Mentions/links  Hertfordshire Mind Network deliver essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from their seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county. Funded locally, services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and they also provide dedicated services for 10-18 year olds.   Mindful Magic, Royston  UK Safer Internet Centre - Social media guides   Kellie Ahl - creative workshops  Glitter jars
September 24, 2021
Episode 11 - The Future of Food
After a little break over the Summer, Jack To The Future podcast is back! Talking all things food this time, Jack discusses an article he has read on and delves deeper into the possibilities of food in the future with his guest speaker, Nina Fischer from @NinaFischerNutrition, a nutritional therapist. They talk about a plant based diet- vegetarian and veganism; food waste; growing your own; regenerative farming;  shopping local; a debate about eating insects and much, much more! Also featuring some research from a fellow podcaster @AtYourLevelPod ❤ Of course science, technology and inventions feature in this episode too!🤣 Mentions/links At Your Level Podcast Nina Fischer Nutrition Kiss The Ground Movie Hertford Organic Mudlarks Cafe Environment, Climate, Hope event at All Saints Church in Hertford 12 Fascinating Foods of the Future Meat The Future - You Tube video  The Guardian article- If we want to save the planet, the future of food is insects
September 08, 2021
Episode 10- The Future of Music
In this week's episode, Jack talks about the future of music. 🎵 He thinks that maybe musical notations  will look different in the future- more like abstract symbols as per his cover art…What are your thoughts? He chats to Niamh Clune, founder of the ‘We Are The Voice’ Children’s Environmental Choir 🌍 about her project;  their upcoming events and current songs; their favourite singers; their views on whether singing will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence and predictions for  future themes for music.  Another interview follows,  where  he talks to  the ‘I Am The Music’ founders, Adam Fearn and Saija Mahon about their community project to help artists break into the music industry.🎸 They talk about how technology may influence music production and performances in the future including AI generated songs, holograms and cartoon popstars ; they debate whether musical instruments will be replaced and discuss what changes we are already seeing in the music industry , as well as their journey  to  become musicians. Mentions/links We Are The Voice  I Am The Music  Wilkestock Festival Mi MU gloves Flow Machines- AI makes pop Hologram tour All side of the house album ft. Saya
July 28, 2021
Episode 9- The Future of Play
Jack's been talking to two local businesses for this episode, After Alice Ltd and Master Builders based in Hertford, Hertfordshire. After Alice is an online toy and gift shop which was developed by the owner, Martine, in response to shops pigeonholing boys' and girls' toys. Jack, Martine and her daughter (aka. Big Alice) talk about their experiences of the unfair gender divide in many toy aisles. Master Builders run Lego parties and workshops in the local area and Darren, the owner, shares Jack's love for Lego Great Ball Contraptions (much to Jack's delight- someone else to talk about chain reactions with-more on this later!) They talk about their businesses, different types of play, current trends and predictions for the future of play, including sustainability and innovation.  There's something for everyone in this episode, whether it be nostalgia by adults of childhood toys that they so adored in years gone by, a celebration of the great classics or an appreciation for how toys have evolved and continue to do so.  Weblinks/mentions: After Alice Ltd Master Builders Parties and Workshops Ware's The Bricks Legobot Wars Iron Man VR mask toy Rube Goldberg
July 12, 2021
Episode 8- The Future of Forests
Learn about the threats facing forests in the UK and what we can do to help as Jack has an informative chat with Henry Bexley, Operations Manager at National Trust's Hatfield Forest in Essex. They talk about some of the rare and interesting species of plants and animals that can be found here; why it is a site of Specific Scientific Interest; some forest management techniques used, spanning back to Norman times and how these help prolong the life of the trees as well as discussing climate change and the impact on the forest and its sustainability. Links/mentions Hatfield Forest
June 28, 2021
Jack's Q&As - The Future of Robotics
Jack starts the beginning of a new feature to his podcast, where he responds to call-ins and questions from listeners. In his debut Q&A session, Jack responds to Brother Timothy Clark, a fellow podcaster,  about his views on the development of robotics in the context of art,  music and accessibility. Would you like to be featured on Jack's Q&A session in future or have a question about any of the content of his podcast or ideas? Drop an email to, DM us on Facebook/ Instagram or use the voice message feature on selected listening platforms. Look forward to hearing from you!  😊
June 14, 2021
Episode 7- The Future of Schools
This time, Jack talks to Mrs Massey,  an Executive Headteacher from Howe Dell Primary School and Daycare  in Hatfield,  Hertfordshire about her eco-friendly school-  from the building design and recycled materials used in the build and furnishings, through to the eco- curriculum that compliments the statutory requirements for childrens’ learning in the UK. Jack asks a plethora of interesting questions and they consider the possibilities for greener schools in the future. A thought-provoking episode and hopefully a two-parter, with the future of education (to include more about the future curriculum and innovative technology),  coming later in the year! Mentions/links: Howe Dell School website  Eco-schools website
June 14, 2021
Episode 6- The Future of Art
An informative, reflective episode not to be missed for any child/ adult art lovers out there!🎨🖌🖼 Jack talks to @Cherry_Pie_Makes about her business; his visit to the @Brothership Studio in Hertford; their predictions for art themes in the future and how science and technology interacts with art both now and in the future. They also discuss some wacky ideas about how art materials may fuel future transport and colour the world ! 🚀🌍 He talks to some other children about their predictions about art in the future. He shares with you a robot invention he has created to paint by itself and introduces his exciting children’s art competition, in conjunction with Brothership that is running over May half term. 🔮🧑‍🎨 Brothership Studio Cherry Pie Makes Team Lab 'Borderless' Kellie Ahl- emotion art Josie Bellini art The great wave VR video Kazakhstan robot art exhibition  Pure Evil
May 30, 2021
Episode 5- The Future of Theatre
An exciting, jam-packed episode not to be missed for any child/ adult theatre lovers out there! Jack talks to Ben Cannell, FOH Manager and Rebecca Butcher, Marketing & Digital Content Lead at @Hertford Theatre about their shared love of theatre; what the theatre has to offer and what will change through their Growth and Legacy Project ; the impact of Covid on the theatre industry; the future of theatre and and much more... Jack shares some predictions from The Blackpool Grand Theatre about possible innovative technology for the future to enhance your visit to the theatre; he reviews an online performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company and reveals the answer to the future themed theatre quiz that is on the @jtothefuture Facebook/Instagram pages. Links/mentions:
May 09, 2021
Episode 4- The future of reading 📚
Jack talks to Dave Rudd, Manager at Hertford Library about their shared love of reading; what the library has to offer; the future of books, inventions and much more.... He shares some predictions from Google patents about how technology may interact with books in the future; he reviews an interactive children's e-book by a talented local business, Tapocketa and he reads you a poem about reading that he wrote with his mum. Also, don't miss the jingle for his invention idea  for 'Lit Shades'- who know,  could they be the future of reading?!....  Links/mentions:  Jack's Lit shades video   Tapocketa   Download Galdo's gift here  Article on the future of books according to Google 
April 22, 2021
Episode 3- The future of animals
This week, Jack talks about the future of animals.  He speaks at length with 'Ranger Stu' from Cedars Nature Centre in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire about all things nature;  his ideas about how animals may assist humans in the future and what we can do to help endangered animals. They share lots of wacky ideas about the future of animals and discuss the silly and serious! Jack plays an animal drawing game 'live' on his podcast and creates a futuristic animal, which he names 'Arffemonkman' (see episode artwork for the final design) and shares instructions so that you can play at home  and talks about an article he has read and a video he saw on the   Bright Side You Tube Channel about predictions for animals and humans in the future. A great fun episode not to be missed! Links/mentions: Bright Side Article on '10 new animal species that are predicted to appear in the future'  - Video '15 body parts that will disappear one day' Cedars Nature Centre  Marine Stewardship Council  Jack's animal game 
April 07, 2021
Episode 2- The future of waste
Jack talks about recycling and reusing your waste. He gets some advice from local business owner, Emma Riddle who owns the Replenish_Refill shop in Hertford, Hertfordshire. Jack shares some tips from a book called 1001 Ways To Save The Planet by Joanna Yarrow, offers some useful resources and tests your knowledge on an environmentally friendly quiz.  Links: Replenish Refill  Giki Earth WWF Too Good To Go
March 31, 2021
Episode 1- What does the future hold?
Jack's debut episode talks about predictions for the future, in terms of science, technology, innovation and the environment. He asks some friends for their input and recommends a children's magazine in-keeping with the theme. SCOOP magazine -  BBC Archives -Children's predictions for the year 2000
March 25, 2021
Episode one - What does the future hold?
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Jack's debut episode talks about predictions for the future, in terms of science, technology, innovation and the environment. He asks some friends for their input and recommends a children's magazine in-keeping with the theme.  SCOOP magazine - 
March 25, 2021
Trailer Jack to the future
March 24, 2021