Stephen Fry returns to podcasting with a new documentary series called Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years – the stories behind inventions.
The podcast will explore topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.
At just under 50 minutes per episode, the series is solely researched and narrated by Fry and will launch globally on the 9th of April with Episode 1 ‘When we were very young’. Released weekly over six weeks, the podcasts will be available for download from Acast, Apple Podcasts, Google Play and all podcast aggregators.
Heralding a return to podcasting after a 10-year hiatus, the long form and sound-rich series allows Fry to explore what is happening today through a studied look at what has come before.
“The future has already happened”, Fry says. “The world is on the very edge of utter transformation and perhaps the best way of understanding what this might mean is not to peer blindly into the dense fog of the unknown, but to look back and see how we have transformed our world in the past.
The saga of the development of technologies that crisscrossed continents… railroad, telegraph, electricity, telephone, radio, television and internet is filled with extraordinary stories of human will, coincidence and inspiration”.
“The world is about to change as fundamentally as it did as a result of the agricultural and the industrial revolutions. We sleepwalked into the information age, let’s not stumble as blindly into Humanity 4.0. I’m excited and frightened at one and the same time. I hope you will join me: for the future has already happened”.