Future State

A Podcast Hosted By Richard A. Clarke

Season 2 Episodes available now.

The intersection of technology, politics and national security.


Kepler’s Book Event – The Fifth Domain
with Richard A. Clarke


August 5, 2019

Richard Clarke, co-author of The Fifth Domain, and Angie Coiro present a live event at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California. Clarke shares insights from boardrooms, government conferences, and quantum computing labs— all in pursuit of “cyber resilience”, a position of strength against web hacking, election interference, and other boogeymen of the digital realm that are all too real. Special thanks goes to In Deep with Angie Coiro for a fantastic interview and audio support.

Episode Schedule

Season 2 – Available Now

Season 2 Trailer
March 25th with Richard Clarke
EP12 | The Future of Nuclear Arms Control
April 8th with Secretary Ernest Moniz
EP13 | The Future of Gene Editing, Part 1
April 15th with Dr. Jennifer Doudna
EP14 | The Future of Gene Editing, Part 2
April 22nd with Jamie Metzl
EP15 | The Future of War
April 29th with Michèle Flournoy
EP16 | The Future of Peace
May 6th with Ambassador William J. Burns
EP17 | The Future of Artificial Intelligence
May 13th with Amy Webb
EP18 | The Future of Terrorism
May 20th with Will Wechsler of The Atlantic Council and Charles Lister of The Middle East Institute
EP19 | The Future of Hacking Democracy, Part 1
May 27th with Laura Rosenberger

EP20 | The Future of Hacking Democracy, Part 2
June 3rd with Simon Rosenberg
EP21 | The Future of Quantum Computing
June 10th with Konstantinos Karagiannis
EP22 | The Future of the Planet
June 17th with Gina McCarthy
EP23 | The Future of Cyber War
July 1st with Dmitri Alperovitch and Rob Knake
EP24 | The Future of Privacy and Surveillance
July 8th with Jon Callas
EP25 | The Future of Defense
July 15th with Secretary Ash Carter
EP26 | The Future of Privacy and Surveillance, Part 2
July 22nd with Eva Galperin
EP27 | The Future of Racism
July 30th with Governor Terry McAuliffe
EP28 | Kepler’s Books Event
August 5th with Richard A. Clarke

Season 1 – Available Now

EP01 | America’s Greatest Political Analyst
September 10th with President Bill Clinton
EP02 | Is Terrorism Still a Threat?
September 10th with Nick Rasmussen & Mike Sheehan
EP03 | The Incredible Shrinking Superpower
September 17th with Ambassador Susan Rice
EP04 | Nuclear Deals and Dealing with Nukes
September 24th with Ambassador Wendy Sherman
EP05 | Fascism in the 21st Century
October 1st with Secretary Madeleine Albright
EP06 | Assault on the Media
October 8th with Brian Ross & Rhonda Schwartz

EP07 | Is Nuclear War Back?
October 15th with Fred Kaplan & David Schwartz
EP08 | Cyber War and Defending Democracy
October 22nd with Rob Knake and Eric Rosenbach
EP09 | Veterans in Congress
October 29th with Congressman Seth Moulton
EP10 | Jobs in the New Economy
November 2nd with Governor Terry McAuliffe
EP11 | The Constitution at Risk
November 6th with Richard Clarke
Season 1 Highlights
April 1st with Richard Clarke

Latest Episodes


The Future of Racism
with Governor Terry McAuliffe


July 30, 2019

Terry McAuliffe, the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia discusses the events at Charlottesville, racism in America and a practical approach to dealing with racism in the age of Donald Trump. He also shares his thoughts as we approach the 2020 election.


The Future of Privacy and Surveillance, Part 2
with Eva Galperin


July 22, 2019

Eva Galperin, Director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, privacy and security activistjoins to discuss her work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, taking on the ‘stalkerware’ industry, and fighting for civil liberties under government surveillance.


The Future of Defense
with Secretary Ash Carter


July 15, 2019

Ashton Carter, the 25th Secretary of Defense and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, joins to talk about his tremendous career, public service, and new book Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon.


The Future of Privacy and Surveillance
with Jon Callas


July 8, 2019

Jon Callas, Senior Technology Fellow at the ACLU and security and encryption expert joins to talk about the ever growing capabilities of the surveillance state and the need for better policies to maintain privacy under the gaze of big brother and little brother.


The Future of Cyber War
with Dmitri Alperovitch and Rob Knake


July 1, 2019

Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., and Rob Knake, cyber security policy expert discuss current tensions in cyberspace, how companies and the government are (or should be) gaining an edge in defense, and talk about Clarke and Knake’s new book, The Fifth Domain.


The Future of The Planet
with Gina McCarthy


June 17, 2019

Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator and director of the Harvard Chan School’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) joins to talk about the senseless trade and environmental policies of the Trump administration and how we should be combating climate change, because it may not be too late.


The Future of Quantum Computing
with Konstantinos Karagiannis

June 10, 2019

Konstantinos Karagiannis, Head of NYC Hacking Lab and AD of Tech Consulting at Protiviti brings his expertise to discuss quantum computing, a technology with the potential to completely upend the way computers intersect with our lives.


The Future of Hacking Democracy, Part 2
with Simon Rosenberg

June 3, 2019

Simon Rosenberg, founder and president of the New Democratic Network and the New Policy Institute discusses the evolution of social media disinformation campaigns that impacted the 2016 and 2018 elections, how he and his colleagues worked with tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google to combat foreign-source accounts, bots, and trolls online.He shares ideas on how campaigns, candidates, and the government should be preparing for the next round of interference in the 2020 elections.


The Future of Hacking Democracy, Part 1
with Laura Rosenberger

May 27, 2019

Laura Rosenberger, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States discusses how her organization is tracking and combating online information manipulation campaigns that affect democracies around the world.


The Future of Terrorism
with Will Wechsler and Charles Lister

May 20th, 2019

Terrorism experts Will Wechsler and Charles Lister join to discuss the state of counterterrorism efforts by the Trump administration, events in Syria and Iraq, the defeat of ISIS and trends in global jihadism.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence
with Amy Webb

May 13th, 2019

Amy Webb, Professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute talks with Richard Clarke about advances in Artificial Intelligence and her new book The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.


The Future of Peace
with Ambassador William J. Burns

May 6th, 2019

Ambassador William Burns, former United States Deputy Secretary of State and Dick Clarke discuss American diplomacy and its status in the current administration. Amb. Burns shares his experiences from an unparalleled career in the foreign service and insights on what we need to do to foster a future of peace where diplomacy remains the tool of first resort.


The Future of War
with Michèle Flournoy

April 29, 2019

Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and Dick Clarke discuss the near-term and long-term outlook for the United States Department of Defense and the potential for “hyperwar.” With a budget over $700 billion, is the US maintaining military superiority over our adversaries, like Russia and China? Some experts are not convinced. How will rapid developments in Artificial Intelligence, unmanned weapons systems, and cyber war, change the Pentagon capabilities and policies?


The Future of Gene Editing, Part 2
with Jamie Metzl

April 22, 2019

Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist and geopolitical expert. He is the author of Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. In February 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.


The Future of Gene Editing, Part 1
with Dr. Jennifer Doudna

April 15, 2019

Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry at UC Berkeley and her colleagues developed a simple way of editing the DNA of any organism. For the first time, humanity is about to take control of their own evolution, raising ethical, sociological, political and national security implications. In the first podcast of a two part discussion, Richard Clarke and Dr. Doudna discuss the monumental implications of CRISPR-Cas9 A technology which has opened the floodgates of possibility for human and non-human applications of gene editing, including assisting researchers in the fight against some of humanity’s most harmful diseases.


The Future of Nuclear Arms Control
with Secretary Ernest Moniz

April 8, 2019

Former Department of Energy Secretary and current CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative discusses the future of nuclear arms control and the frightening possibility of nuclear war in the 21st century.

Season 1 Highlights

April 1, 2019

In Season 1, we spoke with experts about some of the issues Americans should be thinking about in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections and how these issues will impact our Future State. Enjoy the highlights from each of these conversations, including Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Susan Rice and many others.

Season 2 Trailer
with Richard Clarke

March 25, 2019

Future State is looking at who and what is shaping tomorrow, today. This season we will be tackling the issues at that intersection of technology, politics, and national security, and we will be talking to some of the most fascinating people on the front lines of these issues. Join us for Season 2, starting April 8th. Sign up now wherever you get your podcasts.

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The Constitution at Risk
With Richard Clarke

November 6th, 2018

President Trump’s actions are a risk to the Constitution, but we’re all growing increasingly numb to the threats. What can we do to defend this sacrosanct document? Future State host Richard Clarke gives his thoughts on the dangers we face.


The New Economy
With Special Guest Governor Terry McAuliffe

November 2nd, 2018

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe discusses the transformation of the U.S. economy and what policymakers need to do to ensure that the middle class can prosper.


Veterans in Congress
With Special Guest Congressman Seth Moulton

October 29th, 2018

Congressman Seth Moulton speaks on what it means to be a veteran on Capitol Hill, and on recruiting more veterans to run for office. We look at how the U.S. prioritizes defense spending, and talk about whether we’re doing enough to support veterans.


Cyber War and Defending Democracy
With Special Guests Rob Knake and Eric Rosenbach

October 22nd, 2018

Cyber experts Rob Knake and Eric Rosenbach speak on the ability of political actors to conduct foreign policy in the cyber domain. We look at the impacts that we have seen so far on infrastructure and the election system, how we can thwart future attempts on our digital democracy, and how we can prevent a full-fledged cyber war.


Is Nuclear War Back?
With Special Guests Fred Kaplan and David Schwartz

October 15th, 2018

Fred Kaplan and David Schwartz,preeminent experts on nuclear strategy, discuss the reemergence of the nuclear threat and where we go from here.


Assault on the Media
With Special Guests Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz

October 8th, 2018

Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, two award winning investigative journalists, talk about the dangers of a President waging a war on the media and what it’s like to fall into his crosshairs.


Fascism in the 21st Century
With Special Guest Madeleine Albright

October 1st, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down to speak on the parallels of modern day nationalism to the fascism that threatened Western democracy in the 1930’s. Do we have to worry about the rise of fascism?


Nuclear Deals and Dealing with Nukes
With Special Guest Wendy Sherman

September 24th, 2018

Former Ambassador Wendy Sherman illuminates the past and present of U.S.-Iran and U.S.-North Korea relations, whether there exists a path for peace, and how we get there.


The Incredible Shrinking Superpower
With Special Guest Susan Rice

September 17th, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor Susan Rice reflects on watching America’s power on the global stage be washed away by an American president.


Is Terrorism Still a Threat?
With Special Guests Nick Rasmussen & Michael Sheehan

September 10th, 2018

Two people who have led America’s efforts against terrorism—Nick Rasmussen and Michael Sheehan—address the current threat and when and how it will end.


America’s Greatest Political Analyst
With Special Guest Bill Clinton

September 10th, 2018

America’s greatest political analyst—President Bill Clinton—speaks on the 2018 election, cyber war, and more.

About Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke did thirty years of government service in the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. He was America’s top counterterrorism official for Presidents Clinton and Bush (43). He was the nation’s first cyber czar. Earlier, President Bush (41) nominated and the Senate confirmed Dick for Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs. In the Reagan Administration he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence. On 9-11, Dick served as the national crisis manager from the White House.

Since leaving government, Dick served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Technology and on the governor’s cyber commission in New York and Virginia. He taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and for fifteen years was an on-air ABC News national security consultant. He has published eight books, including four novels and a number one New York Times best seller in non-fiction. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management.