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Build For Tomorrow
53 minutes | 7 days ago
How To Live Like Ancient Royalty
What was once only available to kings and queens, but that you can do today? The answer: Shocking stuff you've never even thought of. If you ever worry that our world is in decline, this episode can help put that in perspective. We also look at some amazing predictions from 1921 about 2021, and see how we’re living in the world they only fantasized about.Get in touch!Web: jasonfeifer.comInstagram: @heyfeiferTwitter: @heyfeiferSponsors:Betterhelp.com/buildBlinkist.com/tomorrowLinkedInLearning.com/freemonthPingidentity.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
50 minutes | a month ago
Everyone Is Wrong About Participation Trophies
You’ve heard the story: Young people got “participation trophies” as kids, and it taught them to be entitled, lazy workers. But here’s what you haven’t heard: Participation trophies are 100 years old, and for most of that time, they were considered a good thing. Here’s the real story of how these trophies became villainized… and what their actual impact is. Get in touch! Enter to win a free MacBookInstagram: @heyfeiferWeb: jasonfeifer.com Sponsors:Betterhelp.com/buildpingidentity.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
46 minutes | 2 months ago
The Surprising Importance of To-Go Cocktails
You can learn a lot from a simple margarita… because when you take one home from a restaurant in America, you’re participating in a change that was hundreds of years in the making. In this episode, we dig deep into how cocktails-to-go became suddenly legal (and why they were once illegal in the first place). It’s a surprisingly complex story that reveals our weird history with alcohol, and how the smallest shifts can lead to unexpectedly massive changes.Get in touch!Instagram: @heyfeiferTwitter: @heyfeiferWeb: jasonfeifer.com (Click “Free Training” at the top for my course on how to become more adaptable!)Sponsor:Betterhelp.com/build Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
61 minutes | 3 months ago
When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?
We like to say that things were better before. But... what year was that, exactly? Join me on a trip through history, as we return to every supposed "golden age" to find out just how golden it was. Then we answer the big question: Is nostalgia useful or harmful, and how do we make people more excited for tomorrow?This is a full remake of our classic 2016 episode, now with lots more insights and history!Get in touch!Web: jasonfeifer.comNewsletter signupInstagram: @heyfeiferTwitter: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5 minutes | 3 months ago
Did Pessimists Archive Change Its Name? Yes!
This podcast was called Pessimists Archive. Now it's called Build For Tomorrow.Why? Because this show is optimistic — and it needed a name that reflected that. It's the same show you love, now with a name that loves you back.Ready to help spread optimism? Here are some things you can do:1. Sign up for my newsletter about how to find opportunity in change!2. Tell friends about the show! Need my help? DM me on Instagram or Twitter. I'm happy to send a note to your friend.3. Stay tuned. Because there's lots more fun stuff to come.By the way, the Pessimists Archive social media feeds are NOT changing their name.Thank you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Do We Lose Skills Because of Technology?
We once knew how to do important things... until new technology made us weaker, lazier, and dumber. That’s a story we’ve told ourselves for centuries. But is it true?Get in touch!Newsletter: jasonfeifer.comInstagram: @heyfeiferTwitter: @heyfeiferOur sponsors:BitTrustIRA.com/archive to wave the sign-up feeBetterhelp.com/archive to get 10% off your first monthSpecial Holiday deal! Go to NordVPN.com/pessimists and use code PESSIMISTS to get 68% off a 2 year plan plus 4 additional months free. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
45 minutes | 5 months ago
How to Communicate With the Future
These feel like historic times… so how can we share our wisdom and experiences with future generations? Turns out, it’s really hard! This episode explores why time capsules fail, why almost nothing lasts for thousands of years, why the future may not care about us after all—and why all of that is just fine.Get in touch!Instagram: @heyfeiferTwitter: @heyfeiferNewsletter: jasonfeifer.comTo get deals from our sponsors:NordVPN: NordVPN.com/pessimistsBetterHelp: BetterHelp.com/archiveTeamistry podcast: link.chtbl.com/teamistry?sid=podcast.pessimistsBelieve In People book: warwicks.com, enter code KOCH20 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47 minutes | 6 months ago
The Most Important Podcast of Our Lifetime!
If you’ve ever voted in an election, watched the Bachelor, or worried about the end of days, then you’ve probably fallen for a specific rhetorical trick. In this episode, we explore the history of the phrase “the most important election of our lifetime,” and why the human brain is so UNIQUELY, INSANELY, OUTRAGEOUSLY(!!!) susceptible to hyperbole.Get in touch!Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: jasonfeifer.comInstagram: @heyfeiferThanks to our sponsors:Betterhelp: BetterHelp.com/archiveTeamistry podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/teamistry?sid=podcast.pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43 minutes | 7 months ago
224 Years of Election Hacking
We have a clear narrative about the 2016 and 2020 election hacking: It’s social media’s fault. But Russia has used the same strategy against America for 100 years (and that’s just the start). If we treat this like it’s only a Facebook problem, then we’ll never truly protect our elections. This is the history of election hacking in America, and the repercussions of calling something “unprecedented” when it’s not.Get in touch:Email: email@example.comWeb: pessimists.coTwitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarcThanks to our sponsors:betterhelp.com/archiveThe podcast Physical Attraction Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Your Fork Is A Sign That You Think For Yourself
The fork isn’t just a tool for eating. It’s also one of the greatest symbols of individualism — a utensil that people opposed for thousands of years, and that only gained acceptance once we started thinking differently about ourselves. This is the story of how the fork shaped us.Get in touch!Web: pessimists.coEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarcInstagram: instagram.com/pessimistsarc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9 minutes | 9 months ago
Introducing Wild Wild Tech
Hear the most bizarre stories about how technology is shaping culture on Wild Wild Tech: https://link.chtbl.com/WWTThePessmists_Archive Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
51 minutes | 9 months ago
What New Tech Will We Fear Next?
Covid changed many people’s relationship with technology… so what comes next? We explore why technophobia always happens in cycles, how we misuse science in a way that amplifies fear, and what everyone will be concerned about in five to 10 years. Get in touch:Email: email@example.comWeb: www.pessimists.cotwitter.com/pessimistsarc Instagram.com/pessimistsarc Thanks to our sponsors: BetterHelp.com/archive plume.com/pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
44 minutes | 10 months ago
The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds
What does it take for two different people to find common ground? To answer that, we dig into a nine-year-old mystery. In 2011, two very different guys shared a pair of earbuds on the New York City subway. A photo of them went viral multiple times … but who were they, and what were they really doing? All is revealed.See the photo: https://pessimists.co/the-mystery-of-the-shared-earbuds/Get in touch! Twitter/Instagram: @pessimistsarc Web: pessimists.co Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to our sponsors: Betterhelp.com/archive Plume.com/pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43 minutes | a year ago
Why We Hate Being Told What To Do
People are refusing to wear masks during a pandemic. Why? To understand, we rewind to the “Anti-Mask League” of 1919 and to the opposition to seatbelt laws in the 1990s. Then we answer the big question: If people won’t listen to mandates, what *will* they listen to? Contact us! Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc Web: pessimists.co Email: pessimistsarchive.com Thanks to our sponsors: Plume.com/pessimists Betterhelp.com/archive Hullopillow.com/pessimistsarchive Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47 minutes | a year ago
The Good That Comes From A Pandemic
Covid-19 has interrupted our world, but it's also likely to improve it. After all, history shows that massive disruption is followed by massive opportunity. So what’s in store for us now? In this episode, we learn the surprising consequences of past crises, explore the innovations that may come from Covid-19, and try to understand why disasters are so productive.Get in touch!Email: email@example.comWebsite: pessimists.coTwitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarcInstagram: Instagram.com/pessimistsarc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
46 minutes | a year ago
How Natural Is "Natural"?
People love natural foods and natural products... but what is "natural," really? In this episode, we explore that question by going back to one of the very first times anyone claimed a natural product was better than a man-made one: It's the great war between the "natural" ice industry and the brand-new refrigerator industry. And it can teach us a lot about the decisions we make today.Get in touch!Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: jasonfeifer.comInstagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
44 minutes | a year ago
Why We Really Celebrate Our Birthdays
Today, people complain about self-obsessed millennials. Yesterday, they complained about children celebrating their birthdays. When the birthday party became popular in the 19th century, people worried that it would corrupt community, spoil children, and contradict the bible. But the truth -- about why we celebrate our birthdays and ourselves -- is far more complicated.Get in touch!Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarcWeb: pessimists.coEmail: email@example.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
51 minutes | a year ago
Can Tech Physically Change Your Face?
Do you suffer from automobile face? What about airplane face? Or moving-picture face? These are just some examples from a strange historical pattern: For more than a century, people have claimed that new technologies are physically deforming our faces -- and we still say it today. (No, you don't have "tech neck"!) On this episode, we explore where this fear comes from, what it means, and what happens when the fear really does come true. Time to put on your podcast face!Get in touch:Twitter: @pessimistsarcWeb: pessimists.coEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
49 minutes | a year ago
History's Most Subversive Toy
The teddy bear: Is it cute and cuddly, or a “horrible monstrosity” that’ll destroy humanity? In 1907, many people feared the worst — that this new toy would ruin young girls’ developing maternal instincts, and lead us to a terrible fate. This is the story of how the teddy bear changed us all… and how we then changed the bear.Get in touch!Twitter: @pessimistsarcWeb: www.pessimists.coEmail: email@example.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
52 minutes | 2 years ago
You're Vain and That's OK!
Vanity was born when the mirror was discovered. That’s what the Chicago Record wrote in 1895, around the time when mirrors became a household item. People (and especially women) were condemned for looking in the mirror, and accused of being sinful. But then the mirror altered the way we think about vanity altogether — and forever changed the way we look at ourselves. In this episode, we explore the history of the mirror, the history of vanity, and what it can teach us about today’s obsession over selfies. Get in touch! Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc Web: pessimists.co Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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