This show aims to take the edge off our current crisis-mode reality (see also: coral bleaching; Syria; fascist surges; antibiotic resistance) by reminding us that our forbears also used to think the end times were near. Though we can't help but point to the evidence that this time the end times really do sorta feel like they're coming at us from every angle, it's reassuring to recall that people used to think the Walkman was a harbinger of humanity's doom. This is a podcast about the dawn of new technologies and ideas and the skeptics who turned out to be dead wrong about them. Four meaty episodes have transported us to the beginnings of recorded music, the launch of the aforementioned Walkman, the early days of the automobile and the oft-evoked 'good old days' - which turn out never to have existed in any present. Episodes are deeply researched, featuring expert interviews and clips, and hosted with flare by Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. New episodes bi-monthly.
Gateway episodes: Horseless Carriage (3 Mar 2017) / The Good Old Days (13 Nov 2016)