Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
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Head of the Class
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.
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.
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?
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
There's No Place Like a Smart Home
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.
Toy to the World
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.
Live and in Concert
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
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
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.