Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

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 Feb 2, 2020

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We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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Vaccines: An Injection of Hope
00:33:08

Vaccines are headline news all over the world these days. The rapid development of several COVID-19 vaccines during the last year has save countless lives. From smallpox and polio to ebola and HPV, scientists have done amazing things to prevent the spread of lethal viruses. But recent advancements in vaccine technology might just change the way we fight disease forever.

Hear from some of these researchers, doctors and scientists like Michael Kinch, David Oshinsky, Stanley Plotkin, Ian Frazer, Heinz Feldmann and Stephen Hoge.

 

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Jul 14, 2021
Eyesight: Vision's Visionaries
00:29:36

Vision problems have always affected humanity, but until the invention of eyeglasses, there wasn't much that could be done. Now, with lasers, retinal implants, AR, gene therapy and more, we may have the technology it takes to permanently solve many vision problems. 

Featuring innovators like Mike Marmor, Lisa Nijm, Mark Humayun, Drew Perkins and Jean Bennett.  For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

May 12, 2021
Poverty: Economic Advancement in the Developing World
00:29:22

Poverty is a challenge facing over one billion people across the globe so, as far as challenges go, this is a big one. So big, it will take a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional set of solutions involving banking, food production, internet access and more. All across the developing world, inspired trailblazers are finding innovative ways to use technology new and old to help lift people out of poverty. 

Featuring solution builders like William Kamkwamba, Angus Deaton, Ram Kiran Dhulipala, Ken Njoroge, Nivi Sharma and Alexandria Lafci.

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Apr 28, 2021
Reviews: Empowering the Consumer
00:32:50

Before the internet, we largely depended on professional reviewers to tell us what movies to see and products to buy. But consumer review sites and social media changed that. Now we seek out the opinions of other customers. 

It's almost impossible to buy anything today without seeing thousands of ratings and reviews. But fake reviews are muddying the water. How do we know whose opinion to trust? 

In this episode, we trace the evolution of the modern review. 

Featuring Kim Kleeman, Liza Featherstone, R.V. Guha, Patrick Lee, Saoud Khalifah and Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD. 

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Apr 14, 2021
Sports Medicine: Pushing Ourselves to the Limit
00:31:10

As long as there have been sports, there have been sports injuries. Sports medicine is relatively new, but the high stakes nature of athletics and the profitability of professional leagues are catalyzing technological innovation in the field. 

Meet the doctors, scientists, educators and innovators helping predict, prevent and repair injuries so athletes can push themselves to new limits.

Featuring experts such as Jack Berryman, Rob Neyer, James Noble, Marcus Elliott and Andy Etches. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Mar 31, 2021
Dan Rather Talks CRISPR with Walter Isaacson
00:26:18

CRISPR gene-editing technology has been all over the news lately, and not just because of its application in coronavirus detection and vaccine development. 

Walter Isaacson's new book, The Code Breaker, tells the story of CRISPR and Nobel Prize winning scientist Jennifer Doudna who helped developed this revolutionary new technology. 

In this special episode of Trailblazers, world-famous journalist Dan Rather interviews Walter about the past, present and future of CRISPR and its potential to change the future of the human race. 

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Mar 17, 2021
Recycling: Turning Trash into Treasure
00:29:03

Recycling used to just be called "scrap metal salvage" and it was thought of as an unsavory practice. That all changed as recently as the 1970s, when it became the curb side amenity it is today and part of a multi-billion-dollar industry. Now, the question isn't can we recycle, but can we recycle everything? Innovators in the field are trying to find out. 

Find out more about these innovators like Carl Zimring, Tom Szaky, Martin Bourque, Jim Puckett, Peter Christensen and Veena Sahajwalla on an all-new episode of Trailblazers. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Mar 03, 2021
Cryptography: The Key to Sending Secret Messages
00:28:35

From highly sensitive material to an emoji-filled text messages, we expect all of our communications to be private in this day and age. That wouldn't be possible without codes, ciphers and cryptography. 

Over the years, cryptography has gone from simple letter-shifting to deep, uncrackable protections that can't be broken by the most sophisticated codebreakers. It's been necessary, to keep unwanted eyes out, but it has taken some real innovation to make it happen.

Encryption has been improved over the years by many, many people, some of whom are featured here — experts such as Phil Zimmermann, Whitfield Diffie, Steven Levy, Andrew Hodges and Alex Stamos.

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Feb 17, 2021
Happy Holidays from Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
00:01:12

Happy Holidays from Walter Isaacson! We'll be back in 2021 with more great stories.

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Dec 23, 2020
Genomics: Rewriting Our Health
00:29:13

Recombinant DNA. The double helix. Mapping the human genome. You know these are all related to our genes, but you might now know how, or what connects them. 

In this episode of Trailblazers, we answer those questions while exploring the world of genomics. 

Gain a deeper understanding of our genetic code and how that knowledge is changing how we think about our health with experts like Hallam Stevens, Glenn Cohen, Rick Myers, Eric Green, Amit Khera and Jennifer Doudna. 

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Dec 16, 2020
Beauty: More Than Skin Deep
00:29:26

Beauty might only be skin deep, but the rivalry that helped create the industry is much deeper. And today's cosmetics trailblazers are helping reach new depths when it comes to the techniques and technology they're developing, all in the name of beauty care. 

In this episode, you'll hear from industry innovators and thought leaders like Lindy Woodhead, Gabriela Hernandez, Linda Johnson-Rice, Lauren Luke, Anne Wetter and Parham Aarabi.

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Dec 02, 2020
eSports: More Than Just a Game
00:29:10

With legacy sports leagues drastically modified or on hiatus, something had to step up to take their place. For many, that is eSports. 

eSports might seem incredibly new but the industry is more storied than you might think and it's already racking up big revenues. This year alone, it's brought in over $1 billion. So what is fuelling this increased interest in competitive gaming? 

Hear from current and former eSports competitors like Jonathan "Fatality" Wendel, Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey, Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway and those studying this young industry like James Dean, Jon-Paul Dyson and Robert Overweg. 

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Nov 18, 2020
Ocean Exploration: Into the Deep
00:29:25

For most of human history, what goes on under the surface of the ocean has been a complete mystery. A fascinating one, but a mystery nonetheless. In fact, only 20% of the ocean's depths have been explored.

But we're developing the technology to finally uncover what lies beneath thanks to innovators like Jacques Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, Mark Dalio and Ron Allum. 

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Nov 04, 2020
Scams: The Oldest Tricks in the Book
00:27:19

Scams and cons have been around since the dawn of currency. Wherever there is money, there is likely someone trying to get it through illicit means.  

Technology, with its corresponding oversharing of personal information, has only made this more prevalent in the recent past. 

Hear expert insights about the history of scams and how they've evolved from Maria Konnikova, Frank Abagnale, Karl Rock, Joshua Browder and Ken Gamble. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Oct 21, 2020
Offices: The Evolving Workplace
00:29:55

Office design was originally focused on getting the most productivity out of every worker, but as ideas like creativity and employee satisfaction began to gain prominence, changes needed to be made.

And then the 2020 pandemic came along and changed everything.

On this episode, you'll hear from Nikil Saval, Ryan Mullinex, Kate Lister, Ben Waber and Tanuj Mohan. These trailblazers are helping create and study the modern workplace.
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Oct 07, 2020
Podcasts: A Storytelling Breakthrough
00:28:26

Podcasts are everywhere right now and this new mode of storytelling is only getting more popular. In fact, 73 million Americans now listen to podcasts regularly. How did this happen over such a remarkably short period of time?

And, more importantly, what comes next?

On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from the people who have shaped the past, present and future of podcasting including Derek Vaillant, Dave Winer, Julie Shapiro, Ben Calhoun, Marshall Williams and Jacob Weisberg.


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Aug 26, 2020
Water: A Thirst for Innovation
00:30:09

The planet is covered in water, but only three percent is drinkable. One of the biggest challenges facing all of us is finding an affordable way to move, treat and manage the world's water supply. 

It's not like a solution to the world's water shortage will just appear out of thin air. Or will it? 

On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from experts working to solve the global water problems, including Seth Siegel, Takashi Kato, Peter Janicki and Zach Fenster. 

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Aug 12, 2020
Archeology: Unearthing the Past
00:26:28

Our history as human beings is buried far beneath the ground, and it's going to take more than picks and shovels to unearth it. That's why modern archaeologists have been enlisting the help of technology like satellites, deep learning and AI. With all these tools at hand, a more complete story about our ancestors begins to emerge. 

On this episode of Trailblazers, you'll hear from archaeology experts, including Sarah Parcak and Damian Evans, pioneers using satellites and laser scanning in archaeology, and Iris Kramer, founder of ArchEO, a startup using machine learning to process archaeological data. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Jul 29, 2020
Beer: A Revolution is Brewing
00:31:17

Beer is one of the world's oldest beverages. But for a long time, there was little that could be done to control the brewing process. With the advent of thermometry, however, brewing was standardized. Temperature control helped make beer taste even better. That's where we've seen the most innovation over the past two hundred years.​

And as you can tell from the sheer volume of different beer on the shelves today, that innovation has continued at a rapid pace.​​

In this episode of Trailblazers, hear from beer historian James Sumner, Mattihas Ebner, the International Brand Ambassador for Bavaria's famous Weihenstephan Brewery, Ken Grossman, the founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, and IntelligentX's Hew Leith.

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Jul 15, 2020
Hearing Aids: Rediscovering Sound
00:30:24

People have been using hearing aids since the dawn of humanity, but the desire for more fashionable, miniaturized devices and better performance has driven technological advancements in personal communications devices for the last century-and-a-half. Hearables continue to set the pace for major innovation in telecommunications. 

On this episode of Trailblazers, hear from the president of Starkey Hearing Aids, Brandon Sawalich, about Livio AI — the world's first hearing aid with AI and integrated sensors — as well as Tendekayi Katsiga, the co-founder of Deaftronics, which is providing solar powered hearing aids for those in rural communities throughout Africa.

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Jul 01, 2020
Wellness: Knowing Yourself
00:34:34

What do we mean when we talk about wellness, and why do people want it so badly? In this episode, we dive deep into this sometimes-nebulous field, talking to practitioners who spend their time helping people become well. 

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Jun 17, 2020
Fitness: Working Out While Staying In
00:29:29

Exercise is essential to increasing our lifespan, health and mood. With recent technological advancements, there's no need to leave the comfort of your living room to feel the burn. On the latest episode of Trailblazers, we weigh all the different options available to someone looking to take their workout somewhere new. 

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Apr 08, 2020
Walter Isaacson Interviews Michael Dell
00:13:53

What will the role of technology and businesses be as we navigate a more digital world? In this special episode, Walter Isaacson and Michael Dell have a one-on-one virtual discussion to find out. 

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Apr 01, 2020
Aging: Improving on the Golden Years
00:28:49

Aging is inevitable... or is it? On the latest episode of Trailblazers, we discover what causes our bodies to age and the leaders in scientific fields who are pushing for the advances that can lead to our golden years feeling more golden than ever before. 

 

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Mar 25, 2020
Spying: Hiding in Plain Sight
00:28:25

Spying is an ancient art, going back to at least Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago. It's always been dangerous, but with advanced technology entering the picture in the late 20th century, it has become easier than ever to be compromised as well. Join us as we discover the perils of being a double agent. 

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Mar 11, 2020
Theme Parks: Where Tech Meets Thrills
00:31:59

Theme parks have always been based around thrills, from their earliest days featuring sleds pushed down wooden hills covered in ice. What’s changed is the technology that is poured into making these attractions smarter, faster, and, well, more thrilling. Come along for a ride with us as we examine the circuitry behind carousels and coasters on the latest episode of Trailblazers. 

 

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Feb 26, 2020
Hoaxes: The Original Fake News
00:26:01

Distrust in the news media isn't as recent a development as we might think; hoaxes and humbugs go back to the earliest days of human communication. It's only the tools we have at our disposal that allow us to discover and disperse these fake stories that is unique to the digital era. On this episode of Trailblazers, we look back to the earliest, most notorious hoaxes throughout American history and see just how similar they are to what is going on today. 

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Feb 12, 2020
Meat: Breaking a 2.5 Million Year Old Habit
00:26:30

The human obsession with meat has never wavered from prehistoric times until now. However, this food once reserved for the rich and powerful has led to global problems of an unprecedented scope and has exacerbated climate change in a way that few other industries have. Finding a way to break our reliance on animal-based meat is one of the top challenges of the day, and Trailblazers is taking a deep look into some of the leading candidates for our next protein of choice.

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Jan 29, 2020
Job Search: Not-Entirely-Human Resources
00:28:50

Not so long ago, we were all applying for jobs in person. The internet, and companies like Monster and CareerBuilder, changed all that. 

Technology is now changing it all over again, with artificial intelligence and machine learning taking some of the unconscious biases and manual labor out of the job hunt process on the other side. 

This week on Trailblazers, we look at the evolution of the job search in the internet era. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Dec 04, 2019
Lock and Key: In Safe Hands
00:29:35

No lock is unbreakable; all you're ever doing is buying yourself time when a thief tries to access your valuables. To extend that time and make sure your security remains nearly impenetrable, you need two things: a strong lock and a unique key. Both of these have changed dramatically over the years. On Trailblazers, learn how we took the early lessons learned from great locksmiths and applied them to the digital era.

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Nov 20, 2019
Conservation: Next Generation Technology
00:30:57

Technology and nature used to reside at the opposite ends of the spectrum. But like our environment, that relationship has changed over the years and the two have a cyclical relationship of preservation and innovation. The commitment to conserve and heal our diverse ecosystems has pushed technology further and with urgency. Because there’s no time to waste. From the American Great Plains and the African Sahara to the furthest depths in the ocean, we’re talking to the trailblazers who are innovating everyday to save the planet. 

 

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Nov 06, 2019
Skyscrapers: An Upward Journey
00:28:50

As space on our planet comes at a premium, building “up” is the natural solution. But how high can we go? From a century that saw buildings play out the dreams of titans and created extraordinary cityscapes, these towering columns were symbols of prosperity--or occasionally, bankruptcy. If innovation is only inhibited by our imaginations, perhaps even the sky is not the limit. Skyscrapers are the monuments of human potential and we’re still building.

 

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Oct 23, 2019
Prosthetics: Enhancing Human Capabilities
00:27:44

Progress in modern medicine stems from a demonstrated need in the population, driven by the work and passion of those who seek to improve the lives of others. In the case of prosthetics, many major advancements come from patients who have themselves lost a limb. Trailblazers is exploring the science and technology that grew from battlefield survival to biomechanical innovation that is on track to surpass natural  human capabilities.

 

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Oct 09, 2019
Fame: A New Breed of Celebrity
00:31:43

The allure of celebrity has always been a facet of human nature. Whether it's deified early leaders emblazoning their faces onto coins, to young girls fainting over The Beatles, we can't help but be drawn to the drama of public personalities. Today's technology provides the platforms and algorithmic opportunity for virtually anyone to cultivate an audience and fan base. From the silver screen to reality television to digital influencers, Trailblazers is taking a deeper look into fame and the changing blueprint of what it takes to get there.

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Sep 25, 2019
Introducing, AI: Hype vs. Reality
00:23:36

New from Dell Technologies comes a show about the cutting edge of artificial intelligence. Join host Jessica Chobot as she talks with AI experts and ventures out into the field to try out the latest advances in machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and more. In this preview episode, Jessica gets behind the wheel of a self-driving car at the University of Toronto. Find out if autonomous vehicles are all hype or if they'll soon be reality.

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May 29, 2019
AI: What's Hype? What's Reality?
00:30:32

Guests Jerry Kaplan of Stanford University, Oren Etzioni of The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, research fellow Geoffrey Hinton of Google, Hilary Mason of Cloudera, and author Nick Bostrom join host Walter Isaacson and trace the origins of AI, each milestone to date, and reveal how it’s evolving at lightning speed.

Stanley Kubrick is no one’s idea of an optimist (in film, anyway). Yet, in his landmark 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Kubrick projected a vision into the future that humans still haven’t been able to shake: an intelligent machine, gone rogue, rising up against that who it’d been tasked to serve. The vivid horror shaped the way we view AI, and – to this day – scientists, technologists’, businesses and policymakers still debate this possibility. We may have a long way before we find out the answer, but we’ve come a long way so far just to get here.

So will AI rebel against humans? Although many are terrified, a school of thought exists that AI simply wouldn’t have interest in human affairs. Yet, with algorithms and analytics helping diagnose and treat diseases like cancer, humans are very interested in AI’s potential. And, more viscerally still, interested in if AI will automate them out of a job. Humans may make mistakes, but unless we can trust AI to be objective and perfect, so, too, will machines. Plus, without true emotion and real-time intuition, jobs like doctors are more than safe for the foreseeable future. Of chief concern: combatting implicit bias in AI. Technologists are refining algorithms to ensure non-discriminatory objectivity in decision-making. AI may not replace us, but if deployed powerfully and perfectly, AI may be the last invention humans ever need.

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May 22, 2019
Insurance: Who's Looking Out For You?
00:24:25

Host Walter Isaacson discusses the insurance industry’s progress and pratfalls.

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May 01, 2019
Fashion: The Politics of Style
00:27:43

Host Walter Isaacson recounts the fascinating origins, developments and movements behind paradigm shifts within the fashion industry over the 150 years.

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Apr 17, 2019
Public Transportation: Moving Us Forward
00:29:13

Host Walter Isaacson explores the technology and people who continue to reinvent … maybe not the wheel, but the ways we apply them to keep us moving.

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Apr 03, 2019
Animation: Just Like We Drew It Up
00:32:17

Host Walter Isaacson explores the art and the science behind bringing animation to life – on the big screen, on the small screen, and on your computer screen.

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Mar 20, 2019
Sports Analytics: What's After Moneyball?
00:26:33

Walter Isaacson hits a homerun with the story of sports analytics, from Moneyball to the championship run of the Golden State Warriors, with guests Bob Costas, Jackie MacMullan, and Warriors Assistant GM Kirk Lacob.

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Feb 27, 2019
Home Cooking: Technology Worth Savoring
00:27:10

Walter Isaacson asks: how did we go from inventing fire to the Instant Pot? How much different is cooking from its genesis tens of thousands of years ago? And just what does a microwave have to do with weaponry?

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Feb 13, 2019
Telecom
00:29:36

Walter Isaacson returns with the story of telecom, from Alexander Graham Bell, to the creation of the first mobile phone, and today's smartphones.

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Jan 30, 2019
Forensics: Who's on the Case?
00:27:28

Walter Isaacson talks about the history of identifying and exonerating criminals, from fingerprints to DNA and beyond.

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Dec 19, 2018
Printers: What Will We Print Next?
00:26:01

Walter Isaacson returns to tell the history of printing, from the press to the copier, to three-dimensional objects and bio-engineering, with the people who are driving the technology forward.

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Dec 05, 2018
Mattresses: Innovation Never Sleeps
00:28:50

Walter Isaacson and guests trace the way we buy, experience and purchase mattresses. Is disruption of the industry breaking with tomorrow’s light? Don’t sleep on the answers.

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Nov 21, 2018
VR: What's Possibly in Reality?
00:28:16

Walter Isaacson and guests trace the origins of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies from early applications in video games to who knows what’s on the horizons. Will we one day only be limited by our imaginations?

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Nov 07, 2018
Politics: The Medium is the Message
00:32:36

Walter Isaacson and guests dive into a complex discussion on the history of technological breakthroughs and the way they’ve changed how elections work, featuring stories from the insiders who watched it all unfold.

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Oct 24, 2018
Formula 1: The Race to Keep Pace
00:25:00

Walter Isaacson and guests engage in a fast-paced discussion on the history of Formula One, featuring stories from drivers, technicians and the scientists behind the auto industry’s biggest breakthroughs.

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Oct 10, 2018
Watches: Innovation on Time
00:24:24

Walter Isaacson and guests engage in a timely discussion on how humans throughout history answer one of our most fundamental questions: “When?” So, what makes the industry tick? And how can we expect time to change in the future?

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Sep 26, 2018
Batteries: The Power of Portable Power
00:25:49

Walter Isaacson returns to talk about batteries with the inventor of the lithium ion cell himself, plus current researchers aiming to disrupt the industry again. Can we make them cheaper, safer, sustainable and more powerful?

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Sep 12, 2018
Preview Season 3 of Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
00:01:58

This fall Trailblazers will be back with all new episodes featuring behind the scenes stories of some of the biggest disruptions of our era: from the way we tell time, to the way we solve crime, talk to you then...

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Aug 08, 2018
Agriculture: Can vertical and urban farming feed the world?
00:30:02

Host Walter Isaacson talks farming. How did the mechanical reaper change the way we harvest? Can vertical farming help feed our ever-growing cities? Will AI, machine learning and the Internet of Things make farms more efficient? Guests include Neil Dahlstrom, George Kellerman, Jenn Frymark, David Rosenberg and Rob Leclerc.

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Jul 11, 2018
Stocks: Timing the Market
00:28:52

The stock market is one wild ride, from the literal rough seas of the Renaissance to the forthcoming disruption of algorithms and AI. Invest your time in this week’s episode to learn the exciting origins and incredible future of how shares and stocks exchange.

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Jun 27, 2018
Athletic Shoes: Sneakers
00:30:52

From an actual jail in England to a pretend jail in Nike advertisements, sneakers have always made a statement without saying a word. In this episode, we look into how they fit into the sport and fashion landscape – both on and off the field of play.

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Jun 13, 2018
Fundraising: Making Change
00:31:01

From seals campaigns to ice bucket challenges, from Jerry Lewis through Chance the Rapper, fundraising has leveled up since the old days of the poster-sized thermometer. Hear how streaming, social media and celebrity have all contributed to the way we reach out now.

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May 30, 2018
Robotics: Beep Boop
00:34:31

At SXSW, we brought together leading experts in the field of AI for a special live panel discussion on the future of robots – in our homes, at work, and anywhere else they can go. We gathered all the highlights here for you in this episode.

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May 16, 2018
Gambling: Jackpot
00:29:25

We’ve come a long way from the mechanical slot machines of the 1960s. In just the past few decades, we’ve graduated to multi-billion dollar social casinos on our smartphones and reflexive resort pricing in Las Vegas. Roll with this episode to learn more.

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May 02, 2018
Privacy: Privacy, Please
00:31:06

Privacy is an American norm, but did you know it wasn’t an American law until 1977? The war to protect our image, our data and our humanity rages as hot as ever – now more digital than ever. In this episode, we’ll take a look at the mechanisms in place that preserve our autonomy.

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Apr 11, 2018
Golf: Tee Time
00:32:34

Whether you see golf as an intense, white-knuckle competition, or a leisurely stroll around a course, the game has endured and the magic of the sport keeps growing. In this episode, we’ll take a look at how innovations have made golf bigger, better and more accessible than ever before.

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Mar 21, 2018
Education: Head of the Class
00:32:19

From the blackboard to bots, technology has made inroads into classrooms all over the world. Where will the next innovation in education come from? We take you to the head of the class in this episode.

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Mar 07, 2018
Space Exploration: New Space
00:31:47

It will always be the final frontier – no matter how much of it we can reach. In this episode, we go deep into space: into the known unknowns we’ve explored, the unknown unknowns that lie ahead, and the entrepreneurs racing to lay claim to the heavens.

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Feb 21, 2018
Dating: Be Mine
00:26:38

Finding love has evolved as we have. In this episode, we take a look back at the way we find, attract and pursue lifelong partnerships. It’s time to get in your feelings, as we explore how technology is disrupting the very nature of our nature.

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Feb 07, 2018
Business Communications: Did You Get the Memo?
00:31:40

We’ve been using technology to instantly convey ideas and collaborate across companies – and continents. Yes, communication’s come a long way since the days of Samuel Morse. In this episode, we crack the code on how it’s continuing to evolve and add context to every text.

Join Walter and guests Stewart Butterfield, Gary Starkweather, Jonathan Coopersmith, Katie Hafner, Larry Roberts, and Tom Standage in a fascinating message thread of an episode.

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Jan 24, 2018
Connected Homes: There's No Place Like a Smart Home
00:32:20

We’ve been using technology to make our homes more comfortable, more secure and more entertaining for decades – with varying degrees of success. In this episode, we’ll discuss a history of smart technologies used inside the house, and analyze just how smart they really could be.

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Jan 10, 2018
Toys: Toy to the World
00:31:01

The toy industry has a long history, but only really became a technology-heavy omnipresence since the 1970s. In this episode, see how toy manufacturers have adapted digital – or not – to win the battle for children’s attention.

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Dec 06, 2017
Live Events: Live and in Concert
00:30:33

From amphitheaters to theme parks, from dairy farms to airports, the live event industry is constantly finding new ways, and new places to bring us together. And this episode is your backstage pass to hear how it all works.

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Nov 29, 2017
Package Delivery: Knock Knock!
00:31:11

What used to take a month, now takes hours. Delivering anywhere in the country is becoming faster and cheaper than ever. In this episode, we’ll take a look at the steps we took to get closer and closer to instant gratification.

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Nov 15, 2017
Groceries: Clean Up On Aisle 9
00:32:48

For 100 years, the supermarket has been the place to go to purchase groceries –but that’s rapidly changing and will almost certainly not be the case in the coming decade. Here, we look back on its reign at the top, and look ahead to its very precarious future.

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Nov 01, 2017
Da Vinci: Il Grande Apripista // The Great Trailblazer
00:33:15

There have been many Trailblazers throughout history. But perhaps none has loomed larger, or longer, than Leonardo da Vinci. From art, to science, to math, to technology, hear just how disruptive his contributions were—and still are—in this special episode.

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Oct 17, 2017
Airlines: Where Disruption Takes Flight
00:33:40

The air travel industry has seen more than its share of turbulence in the century since its inception. Come fly with us on this wild ride through the friendly skies.

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Sep 27, 2017
Weather: Cloudy with a Chance of Disruption
00:33:27

A climate of disruption is constantly changing how we watch the weather. In this episode, Tim Gasparrini, Janice Stillman, Peter Moore, Sarah Witman, Jim Cantore, Cameron Clayton and Paul Roebber open the almanac and see what’s in the forecast.

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Sep 13, 2017
Automobiles: The Road to Disruption
00:34:08

From the Model T to the Model 3, the auto industry’s come a long way – and its most exciting era is yet to come. Join Walter and guests Matt Anderson, Ashlee Vance, Bryan Salesky, Oliver Cameron, and Hans-Werner Kaas as they discuss the long and winding road from horses to autonomous cars.

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Aug 30, 2017
Healthcare: Side Effects Include Disruption
00:29:02

From X-Rays to wearables, better healthcare means peering deeper into the human body. Join Walter and guests Dr. Daniel Kraft, Reenita Das, Dr. Jeffrey Trent, Anne Wojcicki and Dr. Giselle Sholler as they explore how wellness is becoming more personal, and more proactive.

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Aug 16, 2017
Navigation: Exploring Disruption
00:39:37

Quantum leaps in navigation are bringing our world closer. Join Walter and guests Brad Parkinson, Stan Honey, Randy Hoffman, Corinne Vigreux and Di-Ann Eisnor as they explore how we got here, and where we’re going next.

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Aug 02, 2017
Finance: Cha-Ching!
00:31:21

The way we value and move money is changing. Again. Join Walter as he explores Bitcoin and the long evolution of currency with guests Neha Narula, Don Tapscott, Felix Martin and Max Levchin.

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Jul 19, 2017
Music: The Sound of Disruption
00:34:07

The way we consume music is continuously changing. Join Walter as he discusses how the industry’s endured unfathomable disruption with guests Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Robert Harris, Jonathan Taplin, Jim Rondinelli and Bob Lefsetz.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers and check out the music Walter's currently listening to on Spotify. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Jul 05, 2017
Advertising: Disrupting Interruption
00:32:15

The story of advertising starts, ends and endures with disruption at its core. Join Walter Isaacson as he discusses digital marketing's past, present and exciting future with industry visionaries Seth Godin and Dave Droga.

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Jun 21, 2017
Hospitality: Disrupting the Destination
00:30:14

Before hotels, there was home sharing. In the digital age, Airbnb has brought it back. Walter Isaacson takes a historical look at the hospitality industry, navigating listeners from horse carriage inns to the personalization of the sharing economy.

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May 24, 2017
News: Disruption is the Lead Story
00:31:09

Over 150 years ago, new technology threatened newspapers to the brink of extinction. Sound familiar? In this episode of Trailblazers, Walter Isaacson follows the history of the newspaper industry and explores how it has survived by adopting — not resisting — disruptive innovations. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

May 10, 2017
Gaming: Game On, Disruption
00:33:58

Sometimes you lose your entire market share to two plumbers and a hedgehog. In this week’s Trailblazers, Walter Isaacson explores the immersive experiences and unlikely victors of the volatile video game industry. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Apr 26, 2017
Food Delivery: A Slice of Disruption
00:26:41

One simple (but disgusting) viral video drove a pizza company to reinvent itself as a technology company. However, technology and the fast food industry have walked hand in hand for decades. In this episode of Trailblazers, Walter Isaacson explores this unexpected relationship – and how far it might go. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Apr 12, 2017
Photography: Developing Disruption
00:29:18

Digital cameras disrupted Kodak’s film business and led to its bankruptcy in 2012. The catch? Kodak actually invented the digital camera. In this episode, host Walter Isaacson explores how quickly the disruptors can become the disrupted - and vice versa. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Mar 29, 2017
Movies: Lights...Camera...Disruption
00:33:21

How the movie Jaws and a $40 late fee led to a complete disruption of the entertainment industry as we know it. Host Walter Isaacson explores a series of unusual partnerships, bold moves, and missed opportunities that defined television and film. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Mar 15, 2017
Introducing Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
00:00:45

We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

Mar 03, 2017