Build For Tomorrow

By Jason Feifer

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Subscribers: 893
Reviews: 8

Harold
 Feb 26, 2021
Ugh! I like the concept and content of this podcast, but I just can't listen to that shrill, overly dramatic host anymore. Dial it back a little, dude.

Natalie
 Oct 24, 2020
It's reassuring to know it's all happened before. On the other hand, it's hard to get past the fact that the show is sponsored by the Koch Foundation. I mean, really?

Changed the way I think
 Sep 15, 2020
This show has made me feel so optimistic about the future... which feels like a crazy thing to say these days.


 May 8, 2020


 Nov 2, 2019

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Want to future-proof your life and career? 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 was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

Episode Date
Simple Pleasures Aren’t Simple (See: Knitting)
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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  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
The Not-Boring Truth About Boredom
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Yes, Talk to Strangers!
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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: Teamistry: https/bit.ly/3h1uEXo BetterHelp: betterhelp.com/build Indeed: indeed.com/archive Ping Identity: pingidentity.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Why Covid Nostalgia Is… Good?
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Many people are reminiscing about the things they enjoyed during Covid, which is a surprisingly common thing to happen after bad or challenging times. Why do we do this? Because our memories work in strange, unexpected, but ultimately very helpful ways. In this episode, we take a deep dive into how our memories work — including why we remember good more than bad, why reminiscing about the past prepares us for the future, and how, in some way, we are all living a lie. (And that’s OK.) Get in touch: Web: jasonfeifer.com Instagram.com/heyfeifer Twitter.com/heyfeifer Free audio course on how to become more adaptable: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/free-training-audio-course/ Thanks to our sponsors: Teamistry: https://bit.ly/3h1uEXo Indeed: indeed.com/archive BetterHelp: BetterHelp.com/build LinkedIn Learning: linkedinlearning.com/freemonth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
You Are Not “Addicted” To Technology
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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 Sponsors: blinkist.com/tomorrow my.clearvpn.com/tomorrow linkedinlearning.com/freemonth betterhelp.com/build Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
How To Live Like Ancient Royalty
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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 Pingidentity.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Everyone Is Wrong About Participation Trophies
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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.   Get in touch!  Instagram: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com   Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/build pingidentity.com/podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
The Surprising Importance of To-Go Cocktails
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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: Betterhelp.com/build Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?
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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! Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Newsletter signup Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Did Pessimists Archive Change Its Name? Yes!
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Do We Lose Skills Because of Technology?
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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? Get in touch! Newsletter: jasonfeifer.com Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Our sponsors: BitTrustIRA.com/archive to wave the sign-up fee Betterhelp.com/archive to get 10% off your first month Special Holiday deal! Go to NordVPN.com/pessimists and use code PESSIMISTS to get 68% off a 2 year plan plus 4 additional months free. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
How to Communicate With the Future
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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. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Newsletter: jasonfeifer.com To get deals from our sponsors: NordVPN: NordVPN.com/pessimists BetterHelp: BetterHelp.com/archive Teamistry podcast: link.chtbl.com/teamistry?sid=podcast.pessimists Believe In People book: warwicks.com, enter code KOCH20 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
The Most Important Podcast of Our Lifetime!
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If you’ve ever voted in an election, watched the Bachelor, or worried about the end of days, then you’ve probably fallen for a specific rhetorical trick. In this episode, we explore the history of the phrase “the most important election of our lifetime,” and why the human brain is so UNIQUELY, INSANELY, OUTRAGEOUSLY(!!!) susceptible to hyperbole. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Thanks to our sponsors: Betterhelp: BetterHelp.com/archive Teamistry podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/teamistry?sid=podcast.pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
224 Years of Election Hacking
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We have a clear narrative about the 2016 and 2020 election hacking: It’s social media’s fault. But Russia has used the same strategy against America for 100 years (and that’s just the start). If we treat this like it’s only a Facebook problem, then we’ll never truly protect our elections. This is the history of election hacking in America, and the repercussions of calling something “unprecedented” when it’s not. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Thanks to our sponsors: betterhelp.com/archive The podcast Physical Attraction Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Your Fork Is A Sign That You Think For Yourself
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The fork isn’t just a tool for eating. It’s also one of the greatest symbols of individualism — a utensil that people opposed for thousands of years, and that only gained acceptance once we started thinking differently about ourselves. This is the story of how the fork shaped us. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Why New Technology Always Seems Scary
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People said radio was too addictive... then TV was too addictive... and now smartphones are too addictive! Why does every generation say the same things about its new technology (and why do our fears rarely come true?) In this episode, we dive into the fascinating research that explains our cycles of panic — and explain how to finally end it. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Thanks to our sponsors:  BetterHelp.com/archive  plume.com/pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds
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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! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Thanks to our sponsors: Betterhelp.com/archive Plume.com/pessimists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Why We Hate Being Told What To Do
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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? Thanks to our sponsors: Plume.com/pessimists Betterhelp.com/archive Hullopillow.com/pessimistsarchive Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
The Good That Comes From A Pandemic
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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! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
How Natural Is "Natural"?
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People love natural foods and natural products... but what is "natural," really? In this episode, we explore that question by going back to one of the very first times anyone claimed a natural product was better than a man-made one: It's the great war between the "natural" ice industry and the brand-new refrigerator industry. And it can teach us a lot about the decisions we make today. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Why We Really Celebrate Our Birthdays
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Today, people complain about self-obsessed millennials. Yesterday, they complained about children celebrating their birthdays. When the birthday party became popular in the 19th century, people worried that it would corrupt community, spoil children, and contradict the bible. But the truth -- about why we celebrate our birthdays and ourselves -- is far more complicated. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Can Tech Physically Change Your Face?
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Do you suffer from automobile face? What about airplane face? Or moving-picture face? These are just some examples from a strange historical pattern: For more than a century, people have claimed that new technologies are physically deforming our faces -- and we still say it today. (No, you don't have "tech neck"!) On this episode, we explore where this fear comes from, what it means, and what happens when the fear really does come true. Time to put on your podcast face! Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Teddy Bears Are History's Most Subversive Toy
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The teddy bear: Is it cute and cuddly, or a “horrible monstrosity” that’ll destroy humanity? In 1907, many people feared the worst — that this new toy would ruin young girls’ developing maternal instincts, and lead us to a terrible fate. This is the story of how the teddy bear changed us all… and how we then changed the bear. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
You're Vain and That's OK!
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Vanity was born when the mirror was discovered. That’s what the Chicago Record wrote in 1895, around the time when mirrors became a household item. People (and especially women) were condemned for looking in the mirror, and accused of being sinful. But then the mirror altered the way we think about vanity altogether — and forever changed the way we look at ourselves. In this episode, we explore the history of the mirror, the history of vanity, and what it can teach us about today’s obsession over selfies. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Should Roads Be For Cars?
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Roads weren't always for cars. In fact, highways were originally built for bikes! And now, as modern cities freak out over e-scooters, it’s worth looking back at when the roads were full of all kinds of things on wheels. How did early scooters, roller skates, and other new devices shape what we think of as the road today? And is it time to rethink how we design our cities now? Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2019
The Man Who Nearly Destroyed Comic Books
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In the 1950s, America declared war on the comic book. People feared that they’d turn children into hardened criminals, and so opponents burned them in large piles, states banned them, and the U.S. Senate investigated their dangers. The man leading the charge was a psychologist named Fredric Wertham, whose research fueled people’s fears. In this episode, we take a close look at Wertham to ask: How does someone come to yield so much cultural influence? And how should the rest of us react? Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2019
How the Elevator Shaped Our World
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The elevator has had a lot of ups and downs. (Sorry, sorry.) As the innovation gained popularity in the late 1800s, it had a profound effect on the way we organize our cities and ourselves. It was also blamed for a rise in crime, for causing something called brain fever, for destroying civil society, and more. On this episode of Pessimists Archive, we look at how the elevator shaped our world, why not everyone loved that, and what it has to teach us about the next big change. Because while the elevator may seem like old technology today, it has a big lesson for us about the future of transportation. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
There's Nothing Wrong With Kids These Days
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Kids! They’re lazy, narcissistic, and disrespectful -- or so says the older generation. But when you look back through history, you’ll discover that older generations have been saying a version of the same thing for thousands of years. Our question is: Why? And we found an answer. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
Every New Dance Used To Be Scandalous
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Why are new dances always so scandalous? Grinding, freak dancing, swing dancing, rock-n-roll -- each had their opponents. But at the beginning of it all was the waltz. We may think of the waltz as classy and performative today, but as it gained popularity in the early 1800s, the dance was called disgusting, dangerous, an “obscene display … confined to prostitutes and adulteresses”, and worse. Why? In this episode, we explore how the waltz got people so riled up, how everyone finally got over it, and what the whole sweaty tale can teach us about the future of scandalous dances. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2019
The Scandalous Internet of the 1800s
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Today's internet can be a noisy and complicated place, but humanity has seen it all before. In the 1800s, the telegraph triggered many of the same questions and concerns that social media does today — about privacy, information overload, moral corruption, and more. In this episode, travel back to see the origin of our internet-based fears... and whether those fears ever came true. Get in touch! Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Web: jasonfeifer.com Twitter: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
Shop Local? Be Thankful for Chain Stores
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When chain stores were new, the reaction against them was fierce. Chain stores were accused of destroying democracy, of limiting freedom, of corrupting young people, and of being evil, evil, evil. But in reality, chain stores were innovating the way we shop -- and replacing a very bad kind of local business. Even if you love shopping local, this episode might just change the way you think about business. Get in touch! Email: jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2019
When Novels Were A "Bad Influence"
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Today, novels are a wholesome alternative to modern vices. But long before television and video games, novels were the new and scary form of entertainment. They were accused of corrupting the youth, of planting dangerous ideas into the heads of housewives, and of distracting everyone from more serious, important books. In this episode, we explore the roots of anti-novel hysteria, and explore what impact it really did have on us. (And if you're looking for a good novel, check out my novel, Mr. Nice Guy!) Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2018
Overcoming Our Fear of the Underground
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“A big humbug” -- that’s how one critic described America’s first subway system. Other opponents were more extreme. It would release dangerous underground air, some said. It would disturb the dead, others said. A religious leader in Boston declared it a project of Lucifer himself. Why were people so opposed to this new form of transportation? To understand it, we have to rewind centuries -- to a time when people thought that Earth was hollow, and that hell was directly under their feet. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2018
Margarine: A Cautionary Tale of Stupid Laws
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This is a story about when a big industry stops competing, and starts trying to pass laws to protect itself instead. Whatever you think you know of margarine, put that aside. When the spread was first invented in the mid-1800s, it was made very differently — and solved very real problems for the nutrient-starved people of the time. That sent the dairy industry into a full-blown panic, leading to margarine’s demonization (and then taxation and strange discoloration). In this episode, we explore how the dairy industry got politicians all riled up, what it says about industries’ ability to halt innovation, and why it took more than a century for butter and margarine to finally square off in the most fair fight of them all: a true food fight. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2018
Even Thomas Edison Got Things Wrong
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As electricity began to light our world, resistance came from curious corners. “God had decreed that darkness should follow light, and mortals had no right to turn night into day,” wrote one German newspaper. “A lamp for a nightmare,” declared a Scottish poet. And Thomas Edison, the inventor who gave us the first commercial light bulb, tried his hardest to make people fear a competitor’s form of electricity. But here’s the strangest thing of all: Edison and his ilk failed quickly; their fearmongering just never stuck, and electricity, unlike every other innovation we’ve explored on this show, easily expanded into our world. Why? To understand that, we have go way back -- to the very first spark. Get in touch! Web: jasonfeifer.com Email. jasonfeifer@gmail.com Twitter / Instagram: @heyfeifer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2018
Corrupting the Youth With Pinball
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Pinball was banned from the 1940s to 1970s in many cities across America. New York City’s mayor made a show of bashing pinball machines with a hammer. Church ladies in suburban Chicago went on vigilante raids, ripping games out of stores. In this episode, we go through history to understand how a simple game became demonized. The answer, like pinball itself, requires us to bounce from one object to another, but ultimately falls into one big question: Is pinball a game of skill, or a game of chance? Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2018
Coffee: The Original Controversial Drug
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For 500 years, a succession of kings, sultans, and businessmen have tried to ban or destroy the world’s favorite morning pick-me-up. Among their claims: Coffee makes you impotent! It destroys brain tissue! It attacks the nervous system! And most critically of all, it makes you want to take up arms against your government. In this episode, we explore exactly what coffee does to us,,, and how did it overcame the controversy to become the best part of waking up. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2017
Where the Anti-Vax Movement Came From
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“One might suppose that the popular prejudice against vaccination had died out by this time,” one writer complains. It sounds like a lament from today, but in fact, it’s from 1875. Anti-vaxxers may seem like a product of our fake-news, health-hysteria modern times, but the fear that propels these skeptics is as old as the vaccine itself. How has modern medicine not shaken generations’ worth of suspicion and fear? We go back to look at two pivotal moments -- the birth of the vaccine and a 1905 Supreme Court case -- to understand what still motivates the anti-vaxxers of today. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2017
Why Games Like Chess Are Threatening
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For as long as chess has been around — and we’re talking 1,500-plus years — someone has tried to ban it. But why? The answer is complicated, but it begins here: For ages, global and moralistic leaders have viewed games as a threat worth quashing. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2017
Bicycles Were A Misogynist's Nightmare
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When the bicycle debuted in the 1800s, it was blamed for all sorts of problems--from turning people insane to devastating local economies to destroying women's morals. We explore why the bicycle scared so many people, and what happens when the opposite of our fears turn out to be true. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2017
The British Used to Hate Umbrellas
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National pride can be good... but it can also make you foolish and wet. In the 1750s, a London man took to the streets holding an umbrella—and braved jeers, rock-throwing haters, and even a cab that tried to run him over. We explore why rainy England was once so anti-umbrella, and whether that fight was really ever settled. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2017
The First Self-Driving Car Was A Horse
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When the car began replacing the horse in the early 1900s, pessimists didn't celebrate. They called it "the devil wagon," and said its mission was to destroy the world. We explore why the horseless carriage was so scary, how it was eventually accepted, and what it can teach us about the future of self-driving cars. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2017
The Day the Music Died (And Was Reborn)
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In the early 1900s, recorded music was accused of muddling our minds, destroying art, and even harming babies. What was everyone so afraid of? In this episode, we dig into the early days of music and see what the hysterics properly predicted—and the benefits they never saw coming. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2017
When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?
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We like to say that things were better before. But... when was that, exactly? We go back in time to find out -- exploring every moment that people claimed was a golden age, and trying to understand why, as Trump’s "Make American Great Again" slogan has shown, nostalgia is such a powerful force. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2016
Wearing A Walkman Was Illegal
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Today's critics say that smartphones separate us. We no longer make the kind of in-person human connections that we once did, they say. Well... In this episode, take a trip back to the 1980s — when the portable cassette player was accused of turning people into “wind-up non-humans,” laws were passed to keep them on the streets, and one New Jersey man risked jail time for his right to walk with headphones. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2016