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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, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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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, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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Interesting Storytelling

By Bertmagert - Feb 16 2020
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It’s a nice change up to how these types of topics are covered in podcasts I like it better.

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By Joey14Yee - Dec 20 2019
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And now John Goodenough is a Nobel Laureate, what a trailblazer in predicting!!!

iTunes Ratings

335 Ratings
Average Ratings
297
21
8
5
4

Interesting Storytelling

By Bertmagert - Feb 16 2020
Read more
It’s a nice change up to how these types of topics are covered in podcasts I like it better.

-

By Joey14Yee - Dec 20 2019
Read more
And now John Goodenough is a Nobel Laureate, what a trailblazer in predicting!!!
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Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

Latest release on Feb 12, 2020

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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, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.

Rank #1: Fame: A New Breed of Celebrity

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The allure of celebrity has always been a facet of human nature. Whether it's deified early leaders emblazoning their faces onto coins, to young girls fainting over The Beatles, we can't help but be drawn to the drama of public personalities. Today's technology provides the platforms and algorithmic opportunity for virtually anyone to cultivate an audience and fan base. From the silver screen to reality television to digital influencers, Trailblazers is taking a deeper look into fame and the changing blueprint of what it takes to get there.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Sep 25 2019

31mins

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Rank #2: Food Delivery: A Slice of Disruption

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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 this unexpected relationship – and how far it might go. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Apr 12 2017

26mins

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Rank #3: Skyscrapers: An Upward Journey

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As space on our planet comes at a premium, building “up” is the natural solution. But how high can we go? From a century that saw buildings play out the dreams of titans and created extraordinary cityscapes, these towering columns were symbols of prosperity--or occasionally, bankruptcy. If innovation is only inhibited by our imaginations, perhaps even the sky is not the limit. Skyscrapers are the monuments of human potential and we’re still building.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Oct 23 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: Gaming: Game On, Disruption

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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. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

Apr 26 2017

33mins

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Rank #5: News: Disruption is the Lead Story

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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 resisting — disruptive innovations. For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

May 10 2017

31mins

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Rank #6: Sports Analytics: What's After Moneyball?

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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 delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Feb 27 2019

26mins

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Rank #7: Gambling: Jackpot

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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 more.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

May 02 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: Privacy: Privacy, Please

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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 place that preserve our autonomy.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Apr 11 2018

31mins

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Rank #9: Space Exploration: New Space

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Feb 21 2018

31mins

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Rank #10: Golf: Tee Time

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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 and more accessible than ever before.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Mar 21 2018

32mins

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Rank #11: Da Vinci: Il Grande Apripista // The Great Trailblazer

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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 episode.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Oct 17 2017

33mins

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Rank #12: AI: What's Hype? What's Reality?

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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 of AI, each milestone to date, and reveal how it’s evolving at lightning speed.

Stanley Kubrick is no one’s idea of an optimist (in film, anyway). Yet, in his landmark 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Kubrick projected a vision into the future that humans still haven’t been able to shake: an intelligent machine, gone rogue, rising up against that who it’d been tasked to serve. The vivid horror shaped the way we view AI, and – to this day – scientists, technologists’, businesses and policymakers still debate this possibility. We may have a long way before we find out the answer, but we’ve come a long way so far just to get here.

So will AI rebel against humans? Although many are terrified, a school of thought exists that AI simply wouldn’t have interest in human affairs. Yet, with algorithms and analytics helping diagnose and treat diseases like cancer, humans are very interested in AI’s potential. And, more viscerally still, interested in if AI will automate them out of a job. Humans may make mistakes, but unless we can trust AI to be objective and perfect, so, too, will machines. Plus, without true emotion and real-time intuition, jobs like doctors are more than safe for the foreseeable future. Of chief concern: combatting implicit bias in AI. Technologists are refining algorithms to ensure non-discriminatory objectivity in decision-making. AI may not replace us, but if deployed powerfully and perfectly, AI may be the last invention humans ever need.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

May 22 2019

30mins

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Rank #13: Toys: Toy to the World

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Dec 06 2017

31mins

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Rank #14: Groceries: Clean Up On Aisle 9

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Nov 01 2017

32mins

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Rank #15: Business Communications: Did You Get the Memo?

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Jan 24 2018

31mins

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Rank #16: Dating: Be Mine

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Feb 07 2018

26mins

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Rank #17: Prosthetics: Enhancing Human Capabilities

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Progress in modern medicine stems from a demonstrated need in the population, driven by the work and passion of those who seek to improve the lives of others. In the case of prosthetics, many major advancements come from patients who have themselves lost a limb. Trailblazers is exploring the science and technology that grew from battlefield survival to biomechanical innovation that is on track to surpass natural  human capabilities.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Oct 09 2019

27mins

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Rank #18: Airlines: Where Disruption Takes Flight

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Sep 27 2017

33mins

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Rank #19: Package Delivery: Knock Knock!

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts.

Nov 15 2017

31mins

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Rank #20: Hospitality: Disrupting the Destination

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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.

For more on these stories go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in iTunes.

May 24 2017

30mins

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Hoaxes: The Original Fake News

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Distrust in the news media isn't as recent a development as we might think; hoaxes and humbugs go back to the earliest days of human communication. It's only the tools we have at our disposal that allow us to discover and disperse these fake stories that is unique to the digital era. On this episode of Trailblazers, we look back to the earliest, most notorious hoaxes throughout American history and see just how similar they are to what is going on today. 

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Feb 12 2020

26mins

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Meat: Breaking a 2.5 Million Year Old Habit

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The human obsession with meat has never wavered from prehistoric times until now. However, this food once reserved for the rich and powerful has led to global problems of an unprecedented scope and has exacerbated climate change in a way that few other industries have. Finding a way to break our reliance on animal-based meat is one of the top challenges of the day, and Trailblazers is taking a deep look into some of the leading candidates for our next protein of choice.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Jan 29 2020

26mins

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Job Search: Not-Entirely-Human Resources

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Not so long ago, we were all applying for jobs in person. The internet, and companies like Monster and CareerBuilder, changed all that. 

Technology is now changing it all over again, with artificial intelligence and machine learning taking some of the unconscious biases and manual labor out of the job hunt process on the other side. 

This week on Trailblazers, we look at the evolution of the job search in the internet era. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Dec 04 2019

28mins

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Lock and Key: In Safe Hands

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No lock is unbreakable; all you're ever doing is buying yourself time when a thief tries to access your valuables. To extend that time and make sure your security remains nearly impenetrable, you need two things: a strong lock and a unique key. Both of these have changed dramatically over the years. On Trailblazers, learn how we took the early lessons learned from great locksmiths and applied them to the digital era.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Nov 20 2019

29mins

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Conservation: Next Generation Technology

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Technology and nature used to reside at the opposite ends of the spectrum. But like our environment, that relationship has changed over the years and the two have a cyclical relationship of preservation and innovation. The commitment to conserve and heal our diverse ecosystems has pushed technology further and with urgency. Because there’s no time to waste. From the American Great Plains and the African Sahara to the furthest depths in the ocean, we’re talking to the trailblazers who are innovating everyday to save the planet. 

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Nov 06 2019

30mins

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Skyscrapers: An Upward Journey

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Read more

As space on our planet comes at a premium, building “up” is the natural solution. But how high can we go? From a century that saw buildings play out the dreams of titans and created extraordinary cityscapes, these towering columns were symbols of prosperity--or occasionally, bankruptcy. If innovation is only inhibited by our imaginations, perhaps even the sky is not the limit. Skyscrapers are the monuments of human potential and we’re still building.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Oct 23 2019

28mins

Play

Prosthetics: Enhancing Human Capabilities

Podcast cover
Read more

Progress in modern medicine stems from a demonstrated need in the population, driven by the work and passion of those who seek to improve the lives of others. In the case of prosthetics, many major advancements come from patients who have themselves lost a limb. Trailblazers is exploring the science and technology that grew from battlefield survival to biomechanical innovation that is on track to surpass natural  human capabilities.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers 

Oct 09 2019

27mins

Play

Fame: A New Breed of Celebrity

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The allure of celebrity has always been a facet of human nature. Whether it's deified early leaders emblazoning their faces onto coins, to young girls fainting over The Beatles, we can't help but be drawn to the drama of public personalities. Today's technology provides the platforms and algorithmic opportunity for virtually anyone to cultivate an audience and fan base. From the silver screen to reality television to digital influencers, Trailblazers is taking a deeper look into fame and the changing blueprint of what it takes to get there.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Sep 25 2019

31mins

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Introducing, AI: Hype vs. Reality

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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 vision, and more. In this preview episode, Jessica gets behind the wheel of a self-driving car at the University of Toronto. Find out if autonomous vehicles are all hype or if they'll soon be reality.

Listen and subscribe to the full series

May 29 2019

23mins

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AI: What's Hype? What's Reality?

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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 of AI, each milestone to date, and reveal how it’s evolving at lightning speed.

Stanley Kubrick is no one’s idea of an optimist (in film, anyway). Yet, in his landmark 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Kubrick projected a vision into the future that humans still haven’t been able to shake: an intelligent machine, gone rogue, rising up against that who it’d been tasked to serve. The vivid horror shaped the way we view AI, and – to this day – scientists, technologists’, businesses and policymakers still debate this possibility. We may have a long way before we find out the answer, but we’ve come a long way so far just to get here.

So will AI rebel against humans? Although many are terrified, a school of thought exists that AI simply wouldn’t have interest in human affairs. Yet, with algorithms and analytics helping diagnose and treat diseases like cancer, humans are very interested in AI’s potential. And, more viscerally still, interested in if AI will automate them out of a job. Humans may make mistakes, but unless we can trust AI to be objective and perfect, so, too, will machines. Plus, without true emotion and real-time intuition, jobs like doctors are more than safe for the foreseeable future. Of chief concern: combatting implicit bias in AI. Technologists are refining algorithms to ensure non-discriminatory objectivity in decision-making. AI may not replace us, but if deployed powerfully and perfectly, AI may be the last invention humans ever need.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

May 22 2019

30mins

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Insurance: Who's Looking Out For You?

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Host Walter Isaacson discusses the insurance industry’s progress and pratfalls.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple podcasts

May 01 2019

24mins

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Fashion: The Politics of Style

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Host Walter Isaacson recounts the fascinating origins, developments and movements behind paradigm shifts within the fashion industry over the 150 years.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Apr 17 2019

27mins

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Public Transportation: Moving Us Forward

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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.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Apr 03 2019

29mins

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Animation: Just Like We Drew It Up

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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

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Mar 20 2019

32mins

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Sports Analytics: What's After Moneyball?

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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 delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Feb 27 2019

26mins

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Home Cooking: Technology Worth Savoring

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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?

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Feb 13 2019

27mins

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Telecom

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

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Jan 30 2019

29mins

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Forensics: Who's on the Case?

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Walter Isaacson talks about the history of identifying and exonerating criminals, from fingerprints to DNA and beyond.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Dec 19 2018

27mins

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Printers: What Will We Print Next?

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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.

For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com/trailblazers

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Dec 05 2018

26mins

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Mattresses: Innovation Never Sleeps

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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

Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts

Nov 21 2018

28mins

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iTunes Ratings

335 Ratings
Average Ratings
297
21
8
5
4

Interesting Storytelling

By Bertmagert - Feb 16 2020
Read more
It’s a nice change up to how these types of topics are covered in podcasts I like it better.

-

By Joey14Yee - Dec 20 2019
Read more
And now John Goodenough is a Nobel Laureate, what a trailblazer in predicting!!!