Some people love going to the gym. Some people hate it.
But what if there was a pill that could replace exercise? Today’s future might actually be closer than you think.
- Nicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and New Yorker writer
- David Eveleth, my dad and biotech expert
- Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and co-host of Past Present
- Sigmund Loland, philosopher of sports at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
- Casey Johnston, editor at The Outline, author of Ask a Swole Woman
- Robert, my boyfriend
- Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker: “A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete” (this is the article that inspired this episode)
- Exercise Pills: At the Starting Line
- “Caloric restriction and exercise “mimetics”: Ready for prime time?”
- “Exercise Mimetics: Impact on Health and Performance”
- “Exercise Mimetics: Running Without a Road Map”
- New peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonists: potential treatments for atherogenic dyslipidemia and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Therapeutic modulators of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR): a patent review (2008–present)
- PPARδ: a dagger in the heart of the metabolic syndrome
- Ligand Earns $1 Million Milestone Payment as GlaxoSmithKline Advances Development of 501516; PPAR Modulator Offers Potential to Treat Dyslipidemias
- Sigmund Loland, “The exercise pill: should we replace exercise with pharmaceutical means?”
- Body Booster (this is the company that makes the machines Natalia was talking about.)
- What’s Wrong With Fat? by Abigail Saguy
- The big fat truth: More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them.
- Rachel Wiley, “The Fat Joke”
Flash Forward is a critically acclaimed podcast about the future.
In each episode, host Rose Eveleth takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a black market for fecal transplants? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) By combining audio drama and deep reporting, Flash Forward gives listeners an original and unique window into the future, how likely different scenarios might be, and how to prepare for what might come.