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We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

    Podcasts: A Storytelling Breakthrough

    Podcasts: A Storytelling Breakthrough

    Podcasts are everywhere right now and this new mode of storytelling is only getting more popular. In fact, 73 million Americans now listen to podcasts regularly. How did this happen over such a remarkably short amount of time?

    And, more importantly, what comes next?

    On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from the people who have shaped the past, present and future of podcasting including Dave Winer, Julie Shapiro, Ben Calhoun, Marshall Williams, Derek Vaillant and Jacob Weisberg.

    • 28 min
    Water: A Thirst for Innovation

    Water: A Thirst for Innovation

    The planet is covered in water, but only three percent is drinkable. One of the biggest challenges facing all of us is finding an affordable way to move, treat and manage the world's water supply.

    It's not like a solution to the world's water shortage will just appear out of thin air. Or will it?

    On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from experts working to solve the global water problems, including Seth Siegel, Takashi Kato, Peter Janicki and Zach Fenster.

    • 30 min
    Archeology: Unearthing the Past

    Archeology: Unearthing the Past

    Our history as human beings is buried far beneath the ground, and it's going to take more than picks and shovels to unearth it. That's why modern archaeologists have been enlisting the help of technology like satellites, deep learning and AI. With all these tools at hand, a more complete story about our ancestors begins to emerge.

    On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from archaeology experts, including Sarah Parcak and Damian Evans, pioneers using satellites and laser scanning in archaeology, and Iris Kramer, founder of ArchEO, a startup using machine learning to process archaeological data.

    • 26 min
    Beer: A Revolution is Brewing

    Beer: A Revolution is Brewing

    Beer is one of the world's oldest beverages. But for a long time, there was little that could be done to control the brewing process. With the advent of thermometry, however, brewing was standardized. Temperature control helped make beer taste even better. That's where we've seen the most innovation over the past two hundred years.​

    And as you can tell from the sheer volume of different beer on the shelves today, that innovation has continued at a rapid pace.​​

    In this episode of Trailblazers, hear from beer historian James Sumner, Mattihas Ebner, the International Brand Ambassador for Bavaria's famous Weihenstephan Brewery, Ken Grossman, the founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, and IntelligentX's Hew Leith.

    • 31 min
    Hearing Aids: Rediscovering Sound

    Hearing Aids: Rediscovering Sound

    People have been using hearing aids since the dawn of humanity, but the desire for more fashionable, miniaturized devices and better performance has driven technological advancements in personal communications devices for the last century-and-a-half.

    Hearables continue to set the pace for major innovation in telecommunications.

    On this episode of Trailblazers, hear from the president of Starkey Hearing Aids, Brandon Sawalich, about Livio AI — the world's first hearing aid with AI and integrated sensors — as well as Tendekayi Katsiga, the co-founder of Deaftronics, which is providing solar powered hearing aids for those in rural communities throughout Africa.

    • 30 min
    Wellness: Knowing Yourself

    Wellness: Knowing Yourself

    What do we mean when we talk about wellness, and why do people want it so badly? In this episode, we dive deep into this sometimes-nebulous field, talking to practitioners who spend their time helping people become well.

    • 34 min

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