Pessimists Archive

Want to feel more optimistic about the future? Want to feel more open-minded about new things? Then join us for a trip back to the pessimists of the past. In this show, we explore the wild and surprising ways that people resisted change — and what it can teach us about resiliency today. It's called Pessimists Archive, but it's all about optimism! Hosted by Jason Feifer.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 41m. Bisher sind 34 Folge(n) erschienen.

224 Years of Election Hacking

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: Email: Web: pessimists...



Why We Eat With A Fork. (It's Not The Food)

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: Email: Twitter: Instagram: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 2020-08-28  39m

Introducing Wild Wild Tech

Hear the most bizarre stories about how technology is shaping culture on Wild Wild Tech: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 2020-08-05  9m

What Will We Fear Next?

Covid changed many people’s relationship with tec…


 2020-07-30  51m

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.


 2020-07-30  50m

The Mystery of the Shared Earbuds

What does it take for two different people to fin…


 2020-06-25  44m

Why We Hate Being Told What To Do

People are refusing to wear masks during a pandem…


 2020-05-28  42m

The Good That Comes From A Pandemic

Covid-19 has interrupted our world, but it's also…


 2020-05-01  47m

Refrigerators vs. Ice: A Cold, Cold War

Refrigerators are unnatural, unhealthy, and proba…


 2020-03-26  46m

Birthday Parties

Today, people complain about self-obsessed millen…


 2020-02-27  43m