We were joined on the Popternative show by Tony and Grammy Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) to discuss Apple TV+’s new anthology drama series Extrapolations. The first three episodes premiered globally on Friday, March 17, and will be followed by new episodes weekly, every Friday through April 21. Created by Scott Z. Burns (The Report, Contagion), each episode is thematically centered on climate change crisis between the future years of 2037-2070.

In addition to Daveed, Extrapolations‘ cast includes Kit Harington, Sienna Miller, Tahar Rahim, Matthew Rhys, Meryl Streep, David Schwimmer, Diane Lane, Edward Norton, Indira Varma, Gaz Choudhry, Adarsh Gourav, Keri Russell, Gemma Chan, Marion Cotillard, Eiza González, Tobey Maguire, and Forest Whitaker.

Daveed Diggs as Rabbi Marshall Zucker in Extrapolations episode 3. Photo by: Apple TV+

Over the course of eight interconnected episodes spanning thirty-three years (2037 to 2070), the series tackles the big-picture issues of our changing climate through the prism of our shared human experience. What makes this series unique is that it extrapolates from both climate science and what we already know about human behavior. This tale of our future is just as much about our human appetite for consumption and our enduring capacity for kindness as it is about sea level rise, fire or rising temperatures.

Daveed explains that the climate change theme was a major draw for him to the project in addition to other factors: “I fell in love with the scripts and the creative team working on it and all of the other actors. It’s a big project, but it is these really personal stories.” He also discusses his character Marshall who he sees as both similar to himself as a person, but also different.

Watch the full interview with Daveed Diggs below.

Apple TV+ has also launched an Extrapolations microsite to encourage viewers to learn more about the climate crisis and get involved. The website includes information on sea level and temperature rise, geoengineering, species extinction, environmental justice, as well as timely resources to learn how to take meaningful action.

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