Published: January 2, 2015

It’s 2015… So, where are our jetpacks? And the hovering skateboards? And the colonies on Mars? And what about the totalitarian dystopia?

Across history, Americans have dreamed of what the future will hold, from the flying cars and 3-hour workdays of The Jetsons to fears of World War III and nuclear holocaust. Sometimes, we’ve made those dreams come true… or at least tried. On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Peter ring in the New Year by asking what these past visions of the future have to tell us about the times that conjured them up.