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Everything we love today was once considered scary and harmful. But why? Pessimists Archive explores the wild history of people resisting change… and the important lessons about how to change people’s minds today. (Yes, this is an optimistic show. It’s an archive of the pessimists.) Hosted by Jason Feifer.

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    • Technology
    • 4.8, 338 Ratings

Everything we love today was once considered scary and harmful. But why? Pessimists Archive explores the wild history of people resisting change… and the important lessons about how to change people’s minds today. (Yes, this is an optimistic show. It’s an archive of the pessimists.) Hosted by Jason Feifer.

    Introducing Wild Wild Tech

    Introducing Wild Wild Tech

    Hear the most bizarre stories about how technology is shaping culture on Wild Wild Tech: https://link.chtbl.com/WWTThePessmists_Archive
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    • 9 min
    What Will We Fear Next?

    What Will We Fear Next?

    Covid changed many people’s relationship with technology… so what comes next? We explore why technophobia always happens in cycles, how we misuse science in a way that amplifies fear, and what everyone will be concerned about in five to 10 years. 

    Get in touch:
    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com
    Web: www.pessimists.co
    twitter.com/pessimistsarc 
    Instagram.com/pessimistsarc 

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    • 52 min
    The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds

    The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds

    What does it take for two different people to find common ground? To answer that, we dig into a nine-year-old mystery. In 2011, two very different guys shared a pair of earbuds on the New York City subway. A photo of them went viral multiple times … but who were they, and what were they really doing? All is revealed. Get in touch! Twitter/Instagram: @pessimistsarc Web: pessimists.co Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com Thanks to our sponsors: Betterhelp.com/archive Plume.com/pessimists
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    • 44 min
    Why We Hate Being Told What To Do

    Why We Hate Being Told What To Do

    People are refusing to wear masks during a pandemic. Why? To understand, we rewind to the “Anti-Mask League” of 1919 and to the opposition to seatbelt laws in the 1990s. Then we answer the big question: If people won’t listen to mandates, what *will* they listen to?

    Contact us!

    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc
    Web: pessimists.co
    Email: pessimistsarchive.com

    Thanks to our sponsors:

    Plume.com/pessimists

    Betterhelp.com/archive

    Hullopillow.com/pessimistsarchive
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    • 42 min
    The Good That Comes From A Pandemic

    The Good That Comes From A Pandemic

    Covid-19 has interrupted our world, but it's also likely to improve it. After all, history shows that massive disruption is followed by massive opportunity. So what’s in store for us now? In this episode, we learn the surprising consequences of past crises, explore the innovations that may come from Covid-19, and try to understand why disasters are so productive.

    Get in touch!

    Email: pessimistsarchive@gmail.com
    Website: pessimists.co
    Twitter: twitter.com/pessimistsarc
    Instagram: Instagram.com/pessimistsarc
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    • 47 min
    Refrigerators vs. Ice: A Cold, Cold War

    Refrigerators vs. Ice: A Cold, Cold War

    Refrigerators are unnatural, unhealthy, and probably just a fad -- at least, that's according to the people who once sold ice. But the history of refrigeration actually raises some very real, very relevant questions: What's natural? How should innovation work? And why do some businesses guarantee their own failure?
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

jnywd ,

Subway connections

Love how the host double clicks into a nyc moment.

YoMamma! ,

Innovation keeps marching on

A wonderful dive into history about innovation and their vociferous detractors. Shout out to Katherine Mangu-Ward for recommending this podcast.

NFL Pro Quentin Gause ,

Why listen to Jason Feifer ”Pessimist Archive Podvast”?

He dives into so much. He keeps it real and makes sure his audience has a great take away from the podcast. You can learn a lot from him, along with great guest on the show. Every week he comes out with pure fire 🔥 and he does a great job talking about his sponsors.

-NFL Pro: Quentin Gause

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