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.

19: Toy to the World

Duration 31:01

The toy industry and technology don’t always play nicely together. See what happens in the competition for children’s attention.

06: Destination: Disruption

Duration 30:13

Before hotels there was home sharing. Take a historical look at the hospitality industry from horse carriage inns to the personalized sharing economy.

05: Breaking News: Disruption

Duration 31:09

New technology threatened newspapers to the brink of extinction in 1845. Sound familiar? Walter Isaacson tells the story of news industry resilience.

04: Disruption: Game On

Duration 33:58

Host Walter Isaacson explores the immersive experiences and unlikely victors of the volatile video game industry.

03: A Slice of Disruption

Duration 26:40

One simple viral video drove a pizza company to reinvent itself as a tech company. Walter Isaacson tells the story in this episode of Trailblazers.

02: Developing Disruption

Duration 29:18

In this episode about photography, host Walter Isaacson explores how the disruptors can become the disrupted – and vice versa.

01: Lights… Camera… Disruption

Duration 33:21

How the movie Jaws and a $40 late fee led to a complete disruption of the entertainment industry as we know it.