Live! From Tomorrow

Live! From Tomorrow

'The Ezra Klein Show' meets ‘Black Mirror’—with comedy and music, of course. Live! From Tomorrow invites you on a trip into the future alongside the world’s top innovators. Each week, host Matt Hooper (host, IBM’s ‘Blockchain Pulse’ podcast; specialist at Yale University's Tsai CITY) weaves together guest interviews with comedic segments to bring ‘Tomorrow’ vividly to life, offering a bold, humorous perspective on what’s next across business, technology, politics and entertainment. What does it mean to build a workplace around radical inclusivity? How can we combat online misinformation? And when the heck will we finally drive hover cars? If you’re looking for answers to these questions, as well as some unusual glimpses into a wide variety of potential futures, then this is the podcast for you.... Show More

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February 4, 2021 82 min
Join us for a conversation with creator/host Matt Hooper, songwriter/composer Ben Easton, and songwriter/performer Mark Levy for an in-depth chat about the evolution of "Live! From Tomorrow" from tech meetup to musical podcast. In this bonus episode, we invite listeners behind-the-scenes to hear the stories of their favorite songs from the show, as well as anecdotes about when, why and how a popular live event series in New...
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It's the season finale! We recorded this entire season virtually, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an election, and a coup. And while we set out to explore a wide array of 'Tomorrows' on this show, more often than not, we found ourselves connecting our guests' stories to the tumult of 'Today'. In this episode, we reflect on the courage it requires to anticipate 'Tomorrow' at all, as we travel b...
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January 21, 2021 31 min
On the eve of Joe Biden's inauguration, and two weeks after a 'mass delusional event' featured a mob of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol, it's clear that whatever 'Tomorrow' brings, it will be powered by throngs of true believers--but what if the 'Tomorrow' you believe in is a lie? What if faith alone isn't enough? And do faith and truth have to be compatible? In this episode, Matt expl...
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January 14, 2021 28 min
Is our children learning? Nearly twenty years after President George W. Bush first asked this question, we are still trying to figure out the future of education. With modular, personalized digital learning even more popular in the wake of the pandemic, Matt sits down with Matthew Cantwell, Chief Strategy Officer, International Division at McGraw-Hill Education to try and understand just how a publishing company can become an educa...
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January 7, 2021 37 min
How can big corporations innovate today while planning for tomorrow? After all, given their employers' legacies, rules and processes, corporate innovators are never able to start from scratch. In an episode that takes us from the SAAS rush of the mid-2000's to a post-COVID future, Matt relates the story of a (fictional) corporate innovator, Martha Witherspoon, and sits down to interview another (very real) innovator, Olivia...
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December 17, 2020 45 min
When do you know that your business must change? Matt sits down to chat with Alex Trotta, Manager, Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard Labs, to discuss corporate innovation best practices. Later, Kris Kringle (yes, that Kris Kringle) worries about the future of his workshop, and requires an innovation strategy of his own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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December 10, 2020 38 min
Who will be the 21st century’s global superpower? With a new U.S. President weeks away from inauguration, it’s time to better understand how the future of the U.S.-China relationship will affect the innovation ecosystem. In Part 2 of a two-part episode, Matt sits down to chat with Michael Zhu, Managing Partner of Accathon Capital and a champion of cross-border collaboration between U.S. and Chinese startups and corporations. Meanwh...
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December 3, 2020 41 min
Who will be the 21st century’s global superpower? With a new U.S. President weeks away from inauguration, it’s time to better understand how the future of the U.S.-China relationship will affect the innovation ecosystem. In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Matt sits down to chat with Michael Zhu, Managing Partner of Accathon Capital and a champion of cross-border collaboration between U.S. and Chinese startups and corporations. Meanwh...
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November 19, 2020 40 min
What will the bank of tomorrow look like? In this Thanksgiving-themed episode, Matt and Sally sever ties with their existing bank in order to work with two younger, leaner financial technology startups. This decision puts a strain on their marriage—proof that breakups, whether with humans, or with financial institutions, are never easy. Later in the episode, Matt sits down with Scarlett Sieber, a leader in bank innovation, to discu...
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November 12, 2020 36 min
Why do we crave certainty? One week after the election, we’re still wondering how the polls were so wrong— but hasn’t this need for certainty been with us since the dawn of humanity? In this episode, we take a trip back in time to meet a few of our Paleolithic ancestors struggling in the face of some very era-specific uncertainty, before leaping forward in time to experience a most unusual game show. Meanwhile, Matt sits down with ...
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November 5, 2020 38 min
How do you make a living with your ideas? When her startup hits a financial snag, Sally wonders if anyone will pay her for her creativity. In a dystopian future where unimaginative billionaires hire artists to take residence in their brains, Sally learns how to survive as a creative professional. Meanwhile, Matt sits down to chat with B. Jeffrey Madoff, director, designer, playwright, and author of the book "Creative Careers: M...
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As Gen Z enters the workforce, how will these digital natives re-shape business values and practices? Matt is forced to confront his 'aging millennial' status when he meets a leader of this new generation, who, like her peers, values authenticity above all else. Later, he sits down with Josephine Monberg, Head of Communications for the Global Industry and Value Advisory Teams at SAP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...
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October 29, 2020 34 min
Are you still outraged as you scroll through the endless bad news, or have you become numb? With only a few days left before the most important election of our lives, Matt wonders whether or not our constant state of stress has paralyzed us--and anticipates what this endless doom consumption portends for democracy. Later, he sits down with artist and creative technologist, Mike Bodge (Webby Awards, Google) to figure out just how th...
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Is it too late to fight back against an internet overrun with false headlines, propaganda and misinformation? A double date goes awry when Matt and Sally are joined by their old buddy Gary and his new girlfriend, Roberta May, a literal advertisement. And later, Matt sits down to chat with Chelsey Delaney, a leader in user experience and service design (IBM; Planned Parenthood) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...
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How can American millennials, the first generation that will earn less money than their parents, hope to build a financial future? Matt's anxiety flares up when he considers laying a 'nest egg' for his family. And later, he sits down to chat with Anna N'jie-Konte, founder and CEO of Dare To Dream Financial Planning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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What does it mean to build a workplace around radical inclusivity? Sally's perception of herself as an empathetic and inclusive co-worker is put to the test when her mother, Muriel, arrives from West Virginia seeking a new job. Meanwhile, Matt sits down to chat with Kit Krugman, Head of Organization and Culture Design at co:collective; former ED, Women In Innovation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic...
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Combining comedy, interviews and songs, Live! From Tomorrow is a podcast unlike any other.  Each week, host Matt Hooper (host, IBM’s ‘Blockchain Pulse’ podcast; specialist at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale) weaves together guest interviews with comedic segments to bring ‘Tomorrow’ vividly to life, offering a bold, humorous perspective on what’s next across business, technology, politics and entertainment. What does it ...
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June 25, 2020 61 min
Matt arrives in Copenhagen to meet the MFB team, accompanied by his ex-fiancee Sally Skalski. Their hotel, built by a company called LikeLyfe, is sentient, powered by an advanced AI and subsidized by advertising. Matt grows suspicious of the hotel, while Sally comes to love the advantages of a totally personalized hospitality experience. Matt’s paranoia grows when it is revealed that the livestream itself is just meant to advance t...
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June 18, 2020 55 min
Eager to build his audience, Matt takes Live! From Tomorrow on the road: to Dover, Delaware! And while this small city may not be considered a ‘hub’ of innovation, there is apparently an enthusiastic community of tech experts, or so Matt thinks. In the wake of his first public failure, Matt heads to a bar next door, where he meets Feldman, a journalist, who may just be the only fan he has tonight; alas, Feldman’s boyfriend joins th...
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June 11, 2020 74 min
When Matt’s old mentor Pat Dreyfuss arrives backstage at his second show, Matt invites him to visit a co-working space, where Pat discovers how much the working world has changed. Open floor plans, flavored water, phrases like ‘circle back’ and ‘level set’ -- the millennial workplace is foreign to a Boomer like Pat, who struggles to steady himself. Meanwhile, Matt heads downtown to interview presidential candidate Andrew Yang, whos...
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