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Tomorrow will be better than you think! In each episode of this podcast, Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer takes something that seems concerning or confusing today, and then learns its surprising history, what important things we’re missing, and how to be more optimistic about tomorrow. (The show was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

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Tomorrow will be better than you think! In each episode of this podcast, Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer takes something that seems concerning or confusing today, and then learns its surprising history, what important things we’re missing, and how to be more optimistic about tomorrow. (The show was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

    Why Politicians Say Dumb Things

    Why Politicians Say Dumb Things

    We like to laugh at lawmakers for their technology ignorance, like when Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked a Facebook executive if she’ll “commit to ending finsta.” But how do gaffes like these actually happen? The answer is more complicated than you'd think. In this episode, a deep investigation into the cause and effects of a political gaffe — and why it's something that we, together, should want to fix.

    Get in touch!
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    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer

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    • 45 min
    The Case for Sex Robots

    The Case for Sex Robots

    Sex robots?! For decades, people have debated their dangers or called them ridiculous. But what if these bots can actually be a good thing? Here is the surprisingly human argument for a dystopian-sounding technology — and why it matters far beyond the bedroom.

    Get in touch!
    Newsletter: jasonfeifer.bulletin.com
    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
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    • 47 min
    This Episode Will Change Your Brain

    This Episode Will Change Your Brain

    People worry that technology changes our brains. It’s the reason why tech critics talk about dopamine, a chemical that they say turns us into social media addicts. But when I called actual brain scientists and asked them to fact-check the critics, I heard a very different story: Our brains are way more flexible than we think, they say. And dopamine? It’s complicated.

    Get in touch!
    Newsletter: jasonfeifer.bulletin.com
    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
    lightstream.com/BFT
    indeed.com/archive
    betterhelp.com/build
    butcherbox.com/buildfortomorrow
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    • 41 min
    Simple Pleasures Aren’t Simple (See: Knitting)

    Simple Pleasures Aren’t Simple (See: Knitting)

    Is everything really political these days? Or has it always been that way?
    To answer that, let’s look at the story of knitting. Can anything get simpler than knitting? Balls of yarn! Comfy socks! So when the knitting community began reckoning with racism recently, many people complained that it ruined their simple pleasure. 
    But the history of knitting is long and controversial — and includes many of today’s most hotly debated topics. (Sexism! Conspiracy theories! Fears of automation!) On this episode: Knitting’s surprising past, and what happens when one knitter tries to make change today.


    Get in touch:
    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Newsletter: jasonfeifer.bulletin.com
    Instagram: Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter: Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
    lightstream.com/BFT
    indeed.com/archive
    betterhelp.com/build
    Teamistry: https://bit.ly/3h1uEXo 
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    • 46 min
    The Not-Boring Truth About Boredom

    The Not-Boring Truth About Boredom

    The most dangerous thing about smartphones, according to critics, is that we're never bored. Boredom is healthy, they say! But history and science may say otherwise. People have spent thousands of years desperately trying to escape boredom, and even considered it a sin or disease. So should we really feel guilty every time we fill a dull moment with a screen?
    In this episode, we dig into the surprisingly fascinating history of boredom — which once terrified America's Founding Fathers and has long been a symbol of class and status — as well as the science of what boredom does to our brains.

    Get in touch!
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
    Teamistry: https://bit.ly/3h1uEXo 
    BetterHelp: betterhelp.com/build
    NordPass: Nordpass.com/BFT
    Inkl: Inkl.com/tomorrow
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    • 44 min
    Yes, Talk to Strangers!

    Yes, Talk to Strangers!

    You might think you’re bad at talking with strangers. But in fact, you were built to talk to them — and you’re more natural at it than you know. In this episode, we go back millions of years to learn how our cultures and even our bodies were shaped by strangers, and what that can teach us about healing today’s great divides.

    Get in touch!
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Check out guest Joe Keohane’s book, “The Power of Strangers”

    Sponsors:
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    • 47 min

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