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Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

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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, an...Show More
Live and in Concert

30:33 | Nov 29th, 2017

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.
Knock Knock: Special Delivery

31:11 | Nov 15th, 2017

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.
Clean Up On Aisle 9

32:48 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 precario...Show More
Da Vinci: Il Grande Apripista // The Great Trailblazer

33:15 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 e...Show More
Where Disruption Takes Flight

33:40 | Sep 27th, 2017

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.
Cloudy with a Chance of Disruption

33:27 | Sep 13th, 2017

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.
The Road to Disruption

34:08 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 wind...Show More
Side Effects Include Disruption

29:02 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 persona...Show More
Navigating Disruption

39:37 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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.
Disruption: Cha-ching!

31:21 | Jul 19th, 2017

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.
Music: The Sound of Disruption

34:07 | Jul 5th, 2017

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.
Advertising: Disrupting Interruption

32:15 | Jun 21st, 2017

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.
Destination: Disruption

30:14 | May 24th, 2017

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.
Breaking News: Disruption

31:09 | May 10th, 2017

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 res...Show More
Disruption: Game On

33:58 | Apr 26th, 2017

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.
A Slice of Disruption

26:41 | Apr 12th, 2017

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 t...Show More
Developing Disruption

29:18 | Mar 29th, 2017

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 ve...Show More

33:21 | Mar 15th, 2017

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.
Introducing Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

00:45 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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, an...Show More
Introducing, AI: Hype vs. Reality

23:36 | May 29th

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 vi...Show More
AI: What's Hype? What's Reality?

30:32 | May 22nd

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 ...Show More
Insurance: Who's Looking Out For You?

24:25 | May 1st

Host Walter Isaacson discusses the insurance industry’s progress and pratfalls.
Fashion: The Politics of Style

27:43 | Apr 17th

Host Walter Isaacson recounts the fascinating origins, developments and movements behind paradigm shifts within the fashion industry over the 150 years.
Public Transportation: Moving Us Forward

29:13 | Apr 3rd

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.
Animation: Just Like We Drew It Up

32:17 | Mar 20th

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. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers
Sports Analytics: What's After Moneyball?

26:33 | Feb 27th

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. For more on the podcast go to del...Show More
Home Cooking: Technology Worth Savoring

27:10 | Feb 13th

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?

29:36 | Jan 30th

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

27:28 | Dec 19th, 2018

Walter Isaacson talks about the history of identifying and exonerating criminals, from fingerprints to DNA and beyond.
Printers: What Will We Print Next?

26:01 | Dec 5th, 2018

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.
Mattresses: Innovation Never Sleeps

28:50 | Nov 21st, 2018

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. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers
VR: What's Possibly in Reality?

28:16 | Nov 7th, 2018

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?
Politics: The Medium is the Message

32:36 | Oct 24th, 2018

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.
Formula 1: The Race to Keep Pace

25:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

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.
Watches: Innovation on Time

24:24 | Sep 26th, 2018

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? For more on the pod...Show More
Batteries: The Power of Portable Power

25:49 | Sep 12th, 2018

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? For more on the podcast...Show More
Preview Season 3 of Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

01:58 | Aug 8th, 2018

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...
Agriculture: Can vertical and urban farming feed the world?

30:02 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 D...Show More
Timing the Market

28:52 | Jun 27th, 2018

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...Show More

30:52 | Jun 13th, 2018

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.
Making Change

31:01 | May 30th, 2018

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 w...Show More
Beep Boop

34:31 | May 16th, 2018

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.
Introducing American Innovations

07:57 | May 10th, 2018

This is just a preview of the newest podcast from Wondery called American Innovations. You can hear the first 3 episodes right now by searching for American Innovations on Apple Podcasts or go to wondery.fm/blazer

29:25 | May 2nd, 2018

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 m...Show More
Privacy Please

31:06 | Apr 11th, 2018

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 pla...Show More
Tee Time

32:34 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 a...Show More
Head of the Class

32:19 | Mar 7th, 2018

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.
New Space

31:47 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 heaven...Show More
Be Mine

26:38 | Feb 7th, 2018

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.
Did You Get the Memo?

31:40 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
There's No Place Like a Smart Home

32:20 | Jan 10th, 2018

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 ho...Show More
Toy to the World

31:01 | Dec 6th, 2017

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.