Show: Pessimists Archive
Topic: Looking at how the world reacted to new technologies of the past
Creators: Louis Anslow & Jason Feifer
Episode Frequency: Bi-monthlyish
Typical Episode Length: 45-60 minutes
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This is a show that can teach something interesting about the past, while giving us an excellent perspective about the modern world at the same time. Unlike some shows that have to find their legs over time, PA was fully formed when episode one, “The Walkman” was released in September 2016. I love this show because it is simultaneously informative and enlightening, making me think differently about the world we live in and how we react to new things, particularly technology.
The content of this show is so evergreen you can dip in anywhere, so I recommend starting with whatever episode you find most interesting. I think you’ll find yourself going back for more quickly, but pace yourself because this podcast is a precious resource.