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Want to feel more optimistic about the future? Want to feel more open-minded about new things? Then join us for a trip back to the pessimists of the past. In this show, we explore the wild and surprising ways that people resisted change — and what it can teach us about resiliency today. It's called Pessimists Archive, but it's all about optimism! Hosted by Jason Feifer.

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    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Want to feel more optimistic about the future? Want to feel more open-minded about new things? Then join us for a trip back to the pessimists of the past. In this show, we explore the wild and surprising ways that people resisted change — and what it can teach us about resiliency today. It's called Pessimists Archive, but it's all about optimism! Hosted by Jason Feifer.

    Why We Eat With A Fork. (It's Not The Food)

    Why We Eat With A Fork. (It's Not The Food)

    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.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc
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    • 39 min
    Introducing Wild Wild Tech

    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
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    • 9 min
    What Will We Fear Next?

    What 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: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com
    Web: www.pessimists.co
    twitter.com/pessimistsarc 
    Instagram.com/pessimistsarc 

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    • 52 min
    The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds

    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: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

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    • 46 min
    Why We Hate Being Told What To Do

    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
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    • 43 min
    The Good That Comes From A Pandemic

    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: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com
    Website: pessimists.co
    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc
    Instagram: Instagram.com/pessimistsarc
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    • 48 min

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