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Pessimists Archive Podcast

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Why do people keep resisting new things? That’s the question Pessimists Archive tries to answer. In each episode, we travel back in time to the moment that a new technology or innovation was introduced—something that today we think of as totally commonplace!—and we explore why everyone was freaking out about it. Our hope is this: By seeing how repetitive and often silly yesterday's fears were, we can begin to defang today’s fears as well.

Pessimists Archive is hosted by Jason Feifer. Follow us on Twitter at @pessimistsarc, which is run by Louis Anslow. Our email is pessimistsarchive@gmail.com, and website is pessimists.co.

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Kids These Days
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…
The Waltz
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 pop…
Telegraph
“We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas,” wrote Henry David Thoreau, “but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.” And he was hardly a lone voice that questioned, feared, or outright o…

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Timmitei reviewed this podcast on Oct 11th, 2017
"There aren't many episodes and they don't seem to come out too frequently, but this is an absolute gem of a podcast. The entire premise of the podcast is basically that people are oftentimes too afraid of change to allow themselves to give new things a chance. So to help us out with that, this podcast looks at historical examples of why they were wrong about their assumptions."

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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 12th, 2016
Latest Episode
Apr 22nd, 2019
Release Period
Monthly
No. of Episodes
18
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes
Explicit
No

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