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FutureStates

FutureStates
What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today? FUTURESTATES is a series of 10 fictional mini-features exploring possible future scenarios through the lens of today's global realities. Immerse yourself in the visions of these independent prognosticators as they project a future of their own imagining.

Latest Episodes

Children of the Northern Lights Air date: 06-05-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990383/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "Children of the Northern Lights"! Two astronauts on a prospecting mission to find a new supply of energy crash land on a distant planet, where alien beings offer a chance at a survival — but at a great cost. /episodes/get/9316 /episode/9316 FutureStates: Children of the Northern Lights /episode-player/9316
Hollow Air date: 05-29-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990369/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "Hollow"! The web is no longer secure, but NeuroLock can encrypt data using the human brain. Iris struggles to choose between unemployment and a job as a “neuro-messenger,” a career with unwanted side effects. /episodes/get/8478 /episode/8478 FutureStates: Hollow /episode-player/8478
The Living Air date: 05-22-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990362/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "The Living"! Organ Harvesting Initiative surgeon Isaac North visits a Colorado refugee town where quadriplegic Luther Hillman has signed up to be euthanized in return for his wife’s medical care, his organs harvested for more “productive” citizens. /episodes/get/8482 /episode/8482 FutureStates: The Living /episode-player/8482
Return to Elektra Springs Air date: 05-15-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990348/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "Return to Elektra Springs"! Retired inventor Will Friedrich and his son are forced to evacuate their home during a tsunami. As they make their way east, they encounter a pioneering community that leads Will to consider returning to his work in free energy. /episodes/get/8481 /episode/8481 FutureStates: Return to Elektra Springs /episode-player/8481
Promised Land Air date: 05-08-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990339/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "Promised Land"! Refugees from the dystopian future are immigrating to the past, and citizen watch groups have formed to stop them. On his first “border patrol,” teenage Jackson must choose between his father’s principles and his own sense of humanity. /episodes/get/8479 /episode/8479 FutureStates: Promised Land /episode-player/8479
Refuge Air date: 05-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2364990266/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Watch the Wednesday premiere of "Refuge"! A cyber attack on the United States Immigration database puts Sonia at risk of being deported back to Iran. But remaining in the U.S. may come at a greater price than she’s willing to pay. /episodes/get/8480 /episode/8480 FutureStates: Refuge /episode-player/8480
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Silver Sling
In the polarized economy of the near future, corporations offer incentives to their high-ranking female employees to pay for surrogate pregnancies and chemically accelerated births.
Air date: 04/01/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1435715238/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In the polarized economy of the near future, corporations offer incentives to their high-ranking female employees to pay for surrogate pregnancies and chemically accelerated births. /episodes/get/1341 /episode/1341 FutureStates: Silver Sling /episode-player/1341
PIA
When a woman in mourning encounters a mysterious wandering service android, she is forced to redefine its conceptions of humanity, relationships, and family.
Air date: 04/12/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1466927361/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false When a woman in mourning encounters a mysterious wandering service android, she is forced to redefine its conceptions of humanity, relationships, and family. /episodes/get/1336 /episode/1336 FutureStates: PIA /episode-player/1336
Tia and Marco
When a pregnant border patrol agent discovers an illegal immigrant child hiding in her home, she is forced to question her loyalty to a system of exclusion.
Air date: 04/12/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1466939449/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false When a pregnant border patrol agent discovers an illegal immigrant child hiding in her home, she is forced to question her loyalty to a system of exclusion. /episodes/get/1349 /episode/1349 FutureStates: Tia and Marco /episode-player/1349
Tent City
In a world where housing is granted only to the powerful few, a father who makes his living evicting the powerless must choose between his responsibilities and his moral principles.
Air date: 04/12/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1466939403/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In a world where housing is granted only to the powerful few, a father who makes his living evicting the powerless must choose between his responsibilities and his moral principles. /episodes/get/1343 /episode/1343 FutureStates: Tent City /episode-player/1343
Plastic Bag
Struggling with its immortality, a discarded plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) ventures through the environmentally barren remains of America as it searches for its maker.
Air date: 04/12/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1466908781/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Struggling with its immortality, a discarded plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) ventures through the environmentally barren remains of America as it searches for its maker. /episodes/get/1337 /episode/1337 FutureStates: Plastic Bag /episode-player/1337
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