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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 (Formerly Pessimists Archive‪)‬ Jason Feifer

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 437 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.)

    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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    • 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.

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    • 47 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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    • 1 hr 2 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.
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    • 5 min
    Do We Lose Skills Because of Technology?

    Do We Lose Skills Because of Technology?

    We once knew how to do important things... until new technology made us weaker, lazier, and dumber. That’s a story we’ve told ourselves for centuries. But is it true?

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    • 51 min
    How to Communicate With the Future

    How to Communicate With the Future

    These feel like historic times… so how can we share our wisdom and experiences with future generations? Turns out, it’s really hard! This episode explores why time capsules fail, why almost nothing lasts for thousands of years, why the future may not care about us after all—and why all of that is just fine.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
437 Ratings

437 Ratings

podcast kid #1 ,

Super amazing podcast!!!!!

So goooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There really aren’t enough stars at all. So good 😺😸😻

GinaSchreck ,

What a fun way to learn history and fascinating facts

I love this podcast. It’s so well produced and the style is so interesting to listen to. I’ve learned so many facts to impress people at parties and meetings! I’ve shared this with everyone.

yngve skomsvoll ,

Camouflaged bias

“So I started to play a role in social media”
Like you'd be 100% confident in showing your browser history to your friends, family and coworkers ;)

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