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Everything we love today was once considered scary and harmful. But why? Pessimists Archive explores the wild history of people resisting change… and the important lessons about how to change people’s minds today. (Yes, this is an optimistic show. It’s an archive of the pessimists.) Hosted by Jason Feifer.

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Everything we love today was once considered scary and harmful. But why? Pessimists Archive explores the wild history of people resisting change… and the important lessons about how to change people’s minds today. (Yes, this is an optimistic show. It’s an archive of the pessimists.) Hosted by Jason Feifer.

    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.

    Get in touch!

    Twitter/Instagram: @pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    Thanks to our sponsors:

    Betterhelp.com/archive
    Plume.com/pessimists

    • 44 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

    • 42 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

    • 47 min
    Refrigerators vs. Ice: A Cold, Cold War

    Refrigerators vs. Ice: A Cold, Cold War

    Refrigerators are unnatural, unhealthy, and probably just a fad -- at least, that's according to the people who once sold ice. But the history of refrigeration actually raises some very real, very relevant questions: What's natural? How should innovation work? And why do some businesses guarantee their own failure?

    • 46 min
    Birthday Parties

    Birthday Parties

    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/pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 43 min
    Faces, Faces, Faces!

    Faces, Faces, Faces!

    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. 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: @pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com

    • 50 min

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