Trailblazers Podcast

Join Walter Isaacson as he explores digital disruption and innovators using tech to enable human progress – at your own pace. Play any of the Trailblazers episodes here.
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Trailblazers host:Walter Isaacson

Trailblazers host: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, former CNN chairman and CEO, is your guide through the narratives and nuances of Trailblazers. The acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller "The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" is also the president of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization.

Trailblazers Special: Walter Isaacson Interviews Michael Dell

Navigating the most digital point in human history — Michael Dell joins a special episode about what things may look like as the world becomes more digital than ever before.

4.12 — Fitness: Working Out While Staying In

Host Walter Isaacson and guests talk about a few of the ways that technology can help shift your workout to whenever and wherever you want.

4.11 — Aging: Improving the Golden Years

Host Walter Isaacson and guests talk about what it means to get old, and what we can do to make it less scary.

4.10 — Spying: Hiding in Plain Sight

Host Walter Isaacson and guests discuss some of the highest-profile, highest-tech spy stories of the Cold War and beyond.

4.9 — Theme Parks: Where Tech Meets Thrills

Host Walter Isaacson and guests find out what makes theme parks go, and how they have evolved from basic machinery and thrills to the highest of high-tech applications and experiences.

4.8 — Hoaxes: The Original Fake News

P.T. Barnum made a name for himself in the 1830s attempting to pull one over on the American people. Hoaxes may have become more sophisticated since then, but the intent is still the same: fool people for some sort of gain. Follow the evolution of the hoax on Trailblazers.

4.7 — Meat: Breaking a 2.5 Million Year Old Habit

The planet’s population is due to grow by two billion over the next few decades, and the environmental consequences of feeding all those people with a diet based around eating meat are significant. Follow the hunt for a new, possibly better source of protein on this episode of Trailblazers.

4.6 — Job Search: Not-Entirely-Human Resources

This week on Trailblazers, we look at the evolution of the job search in the internet era.

4.5 — Lock and Key: In Safe Hands

On Trailblazers, learn how we took the early lessons learned from great locksmiths and applied them to the digital era.

4.4 — Conservation: Next Generation Technology

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.

4.3 — Skyscrapers: An Upward Journey

Durability, convenience and beauty have no defined shape. That’s why skyscrapers are a medium for dreaming. Listen to the latest episode of Trailblazers and learn how far we’ve come. And where we’re going.

4.2 — Prosthetics: Enhancing Human Capabilities

Trailblazers is exploring the science and technology that grew from battlefield survival to biomechanical innovation that is on track to surpass natural human capabilities.