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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.

    City Planning: Design for Daily Life

    City Planning: Design for Daily Life

    The world’s first cities sprung up around 6,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. Since then, many men and women have influenced their planning and design. William Penn believed a grid of wide streets with intersecting right angles would help prevent overcrowding, fire and disease. Norman Bel Geddes and Robert Moses imagined and planned cities shaped by cars. Jane Jacobs championed walkable, community-centered cities. Now, countries like India are planning to build hundreds of smart cities where sensors gather all kinds of data.

    As cities endure ups and downs, growth and change, what can we expect from their design and what have we learned by the urban planning movements of the past?

    Join host Walter Isaacson and guests as they map the past, present and future of the urban centers so many people call home. Featuring Ed Glaeser, Emily Talen, Andres Duany, Jeff Speck and Anthony Townsend.

    • 30 min
    Coffee: Brewing Innovation

    Coffee: Brewing Innovation

    For centuries, people have relied on coffee to fuel innovative ideas, revolutionary movements, and everyday morning routines. But how did we go from foraging coffee cherries in ancient Ethiopian forests to standing in line at a hipster café ordering a triple venti, half sweet, non-fat, no foam caramel latte? And is the next big disruption to this $100-billion industry a molecularly reconstructed bean-less brew? Get an inside look at your cup of joe on a new episode of Trailblazers.

    Featuring Jonathan Morris, Zev Seigl, Kent Bakke, Trish Rothgeb and Jarret Stopforth.

    • 30 min
    Subscriptions: Everything-as-a-Service

    Subscriptions: Everything-as-a-Service

    If you spend your day listening to music on Spotify while you work and then go home and relax with a movie on Netflix while perusing what meal kit you'll order for dinner tomorrow, then, whether you know it or not, you're participating in the subscription economy. What many newspaper and magazine publishers have struggled with for centuries is now a successful and growing business model for companies in diverse industries. But how did this model expand from information and software to food and heavy machinery? We chart the course to see why everyone is subscribing to this way of selling.

    Hear from experts and founders in the space like Tien Tzuo, Marc Randolph, Matthew Wadiak, Robbie Kellman Baxter and Katie Vanneck-Smith.

    • 28 min
    Pets: Our Closest Companions

    Pets: Our Closest Companions

    Humanity's connection with pets goes back thousands of years. In fact, evidence indicates we've been keeping dogs for at least 14,000 years. Today, more than two-thirds of American households own a pet. We love our fluffy companions and the technology we've developed to adopt, relocate, resurrect and communicate with them is proof that the value of their companionship is immeasurable.

    Featuring Katherine Grier, Elizabeth Holmes, John Polimeno, Blake Russell and Con Slobodchikoff.

    • 29 min
    The Electrical Grid: Keeping the Lights On

    The Electrical Grid: Keeping the Lights On

    The electrical grid is the most important innovation of the 20th century. What started out as a series of micro grids powering small areas eventually grew into what is now widely considered the world's biggest machine. But this machine needs a tune-up.

    Our energy demands are on the rise and severe weather events caused by climate change are becoming more frequent. Luckily, renewable energy and modern smart technology are helping us reimagine the grid so we can keep the lights on.

    Hear from from Gretchen Bakke, Peter Asmus, Bryan Hannegan, Andres Carvallo and Gregory Poilasne.

    • 31 min
    Parenting: It Takes a Village

    Parenting: It Takes a Village

    You’ve probably heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That's because for most of human history, when it came to child-care, people had the daily support of family, friends and neighbours.

    Today, that's not the reality for many young parents. Not only that, parents are raising their kids in a much more technologically complex world. So the question becomes, with a smaller support network, how can parents use technology to help raise their children, without letting it get in the way.

    Featuring Jennifer Traig, Alison Gopnik, Mike Rothman, Dr. Harvey Karp, Jill Gilkerson and Dana Porter.

    • 30 min

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