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This is a show about the unexpected things that shape us, and how we can shape the future. We tell funny, surprising stories about why people once feared the things we love (like the teddy bears and coffee!), and the myths we keep telling ourselves (like how new tech is harming us!), and walk away with lessons that can help turn fear and uncertainty into a path of opportunity. Welcome to Build for Tomorrow, hosted by Jason Feifer. (This show was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

Build For Tomorrow Jason Feifer

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 459 Ratings

This is a show about the unexpected things that shape us, and how we can shape the future. We tell funny, surprising stories about why people once feared the things we love (like the teddy bears and coffee!), and the myths we keep telling ourselves (like how new tech is harming us!), and walk away with lessons that can help turn fear and uncertainty into a path of opportunity. Welcome to Build for Tomorrow, hosted by Jason Feifer. (This show was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

    You Are Not “Addicted” To Technology

    You Are Not “Addicted” To Technology

    Are smartphones and social media addictive? Tech critics say yes. But actual addiction researchers say something else — and they point to ways in which our broad use of the word “addiction” can cause real harm. In this episode, we look at the history of supposedly “addictive” technologies, understand the surprisingly odd science behind today’s scariest claims, and discover who really has the power to break these supposed “addictions.” (Hint: It’s you.)

    Get in touch!

    Web: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How To Live Like Ancient Royalty

    How To Live Like Ancient Royalty

    What was once only available to kings and queens, but that you can do today? The answer: Shocking stuff you've never even thought of. If you ever worry that our world is in decline, this episode can help put that in perspective. We also look at some amazing predictions from 1921 about 2021, and see how we’re living in the world they only fantasized about.

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

    Sponsors:
    Betterhelp.com/build
    Blinkist.com/tomorrow
    LinkedInLearning.com/freemonth
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    • 52 min
    Everyone Is Wrong About Participation Trophies

    Everyone Is Wrong About Participation Trophies

    You’ve heard the story: Young people got “participation trophies” as kids, and it taught them to be entitled, lazy workers. But here’s what you haven’t heard: Participation trophies are 100 years old, and for most of that time, they were considered a good thing. Here’s the real story of how these trophies became villainized… and what their actual impact is.
     
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    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
     
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    • 48 min
    The Surprising Importance of To-Go Cocktails

    The Surprising Importance of To-Go Cocktails

    You can learn a lot from a simple margarita… because when you take one home from a restaurant in America, you’re participating in a change that was hundreds of years in the making. In this episode, we dig deep into how cocktails-to-go became suddenly legal (and why they were once illegal in the first place). It’s a surprisingly complex story that reveals our weird history with alcohol, and how the smallest shifts can lead to unexpectedly massive changes.

    Get in touch!
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer
    Web: jasonfeifer.com (Click “Free Training” at the top for my course on how to become more adaptable!)

    Sponsor:
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    • 48 min
    When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?

    When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?

    We like to say that things were better before. But... what year was that, exactly? Join me on a trip through history, as we return to every supposed "golden age" to find out just how golden it was. Then we answer the big question: Is nostalgia useful or harmful, and how do we make people more excited for tomorrow?
    This is a full remake of our classic 2016 episode, now with lots more insights and history!

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    Web: jasonfeifer.com
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Did Pessimists Archive Change Its Name? Yes!

    Did Pessimists Archive Change Its Name? Yes!

    This podcast was called Pessimists Archive. Now it's called Build For Tomorrow.
    Why? Because this show is optimistic — and it needed a name that reflected that. It's the same show you love, now with a name that loves you back.
    Ready to help spread optimism? Here are some things you can do:
    1. Sign up for my newsletter about how to find opportunity in change!
    2. Tell friends about the show! Need my help? DM me on Instagram or Twitter. I'm happy to send a note to your friend.
    3. Stay tuned. Because there's lots more fun stuff to come.
    By the way, the Pessimists Archive social media feeds are NOT changing their name.
    Thank you!
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
459 Ratings

459 Ratings

AndrewDarlow ,

Entertaining and Educational

I absolutely love this podcast! Jason Feifer has a wonderful way of bringing the past to life through storytelling and guest experts/historians/voiceover talent. It’s nice to hear details about subjects that I may have learned about briefly in the past, and the production quality is also top notch.

cjc092 ,

Great Podcast!

Love Jason’s perspective and knowledge. A great listen!!

Gspiral ,

Don’t usually review but this is worth it

If you like facts and not just opinion then give this podcast a try! I think this is my first podcast review. I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple of years. It’s part history, part study into human nature and all interesting. I think the name change was a good idea. It was hard to get my girlfriend to listen to it because she kept on seeing it and thinking “I don’t want to listen to something pessimistic”

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