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.
Retirement: A New Way of Living
Until the middle of the 20th century, most American workers didn’t have the opportunity to plan for a long and fruitful retirement. But as life expectancy increased, government and employer policies changed and retirement communities developed, retirement at age 65 became another ritual of American life.
Now as Americans live even longer, healthier lives, senior citizens are revolutionizing this facet of modern existence. Some choose to work into their 70s while others pursue new activities and learning opportunities. Though change might bring challenges as more seniors stay in the workforce, new ways of thinking around age and new technologies offer different approaches to community and connection. Join Walter Isaacson and guests as they rethink life after 65.
Featuring Andy Achenbaum, Joe Coughlin, Chip Conley, Katie McCamant and Dor Skuler.
Emergency Response: The Science of How We Deal with Disasters
Since ancient times, humans have balanced the risks of settling in hazardous places with the benefits of the resources and opportunities they provide. Though we’ve created thriving communities all over the world, we’re still threatened by floods, fires, earthquakes and more. Thanks to climate change, these risks are expected to increase over time.
Over the centuries, many individuals and organizations responded to disaster with innovation. They changed how we build our cities, how we equip first responders and even how we predict disasters. Our approaches to emergency response evolve with information and ideas that help us save lives and prepare for what’s next.
Join host Walter Isaacson and guests as they uncover what forces led to today’s emergency response methods and what drives the innovations of tomorrow on this episode of Trailblazers.
Featuring Matthew Hannaford, Craig Fugate, Ahmad Wani, Robin Murphy and Sam Cossman.
Running: Making Strides
Many believe humans were born to run. It’s our evolutionary advantage over other mammals. But were we really meant to run over 25 miles in a single race? Though the modern marathon got its start in 1896, almost a century passed before long distance running really took off in the mainstream. It took athletes willing to push their bodies to the limit, defy the conventions of the day and standardize racecourses to help running reach its stride.
Now with over a million people running marathons each year, researchers, athletic wear companies and elite runners are looking for new ways to break records and run longer and faster with fewer injuries. In the race to the future of sport, how will technology and data impact the next generation of runners?
Find out on this episode of Trailblazers. Featuring Roger Robinson, Jos Hermens, Gary Corbitt, Kathrine Switzer, Wouter Hoogkamer and Reed Ferber.
Weddings: To Have and to Hold
The first recorded evidence of weddings comes from ancient Mesopotamia around 2350 B.C. In those days, marriage was a strategic, political alliance that expanded a tribe’s circle of trust and resources. Later, marriages became so economically important that they needed to be recognized publicly—often by throwing a huge party. As the middle class grew and ideas around marriage changed, so too did wedding customs.
Famous royals from Queen Victoria to Princess Diana influenced wedding fashions the way social media, influencers and reality television do today. And as happy couples plan their dream celebrations, they’re helped not only by vision boards but also by the planners, wedding professionals and small businesses that comprise this $300 billion dollar a year industry.
So if you’re looking for “I do” inspiration or just curious about the origins and innovations behind these age-old celebrations, get ready to lift the veil on this episode of Trailblazers. Featuring Stephanie Coontz, Chloe Schachter, David Tutera and Hamish Shephard.
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.
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.
Trailblazers should do an episode on technology hacking history and how it’s evolved.
Superb and Informative
Par none this is the best Podcast ever. I learned a lot. As I listen to this podcast before going to bed every night I appreciate the cool voice of Walter Isaacson's story telling and well connected research to give a full picture. the music level is not very loud either as some podcasts do to disrupt our sleep. Thank you!
P.S where does this man find the time to do all that he does. 🙏
I listen to many podcasts about business history and product development. I recently found this and am learning even more and having fun listening.