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Jack To The Future

From the future of science, technology and inventions, to global issues affecting our planet. A fortnightly podcast for children and grownups by Jack, age 8. Jack talks about what’s changing in the world, what the future could be like and how we can help.


  • The Future of Work (Part I)

    Oct 08 2021

    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.&nb...more

  • *NEWS FLASH* - Jack To The Future blog incoming!

    Oct 07 2021

    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 😀 --- Send in a voice message:

  • Episode 12- The Future of Mental Health

    Sep 24 2021

    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 r...more

  • Episode 11 - The Future of Food

    Sep 08 2021

    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 mor...more

  • Episode 10- The Future of Music

    Jul 28 2021

    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 &nbs...more

  • Episode 9- The Future of Play

    Jul 12 2021

    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'...more

  • Episode 8- The Future of Forests

    Jun 28 2021

    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...more

  • Jack's Q&As - The Future of Robotics

    Jun 14 2021

    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...more

  • Episode 7- The Future of Schools

    Jun 14 2021

    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 th...more

  • Episode 6- The Future of Art

    May 30 2021

    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 a...more

  • Episode 5- The Future of Theatre

    May 09 2021

    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 p...more

  • Episode 4- The future of reading 📚

    Apr 22 2021

    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'...more

  • Episode 3- The future of animals

    Apr 07 2021

    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 'Arffe...more

  • Episode 2- The future of waste

    Mar 31 2021

    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 --- Send in a voice message: htt...more

  • Episode 1- What does the future hold?

    Mar 25 2021

    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 --- Send in a voice message:

  • Trailer Jack to the future

    Mar 24 2021

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