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The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Latest Episodes:

  • Grenada: Nobody's Backyard
    A Marxist revolution, a Cold War proxy battle, and a dream of a Black utopia. In 1983, Ronald Reagan ordered the U.S. military to invade the island of Grenada. Almost... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-29
  • Olympics: Behind The Five Rings
    The Olympics originated in Ancient Greece, and were resurrected in the 1890's after a 1,500 year ban. Since then, the International Olympic Committee has been behind every Olympic Games. In... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-22
  • Home/Front: Marla's War
    What do we owe innocent civilians who are killed or injured in war? This is one of the thorniest ethical questions that any military faces, but it was not abstract... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-20
  • The Most Sacred Right (2020)
    Frederick Douglass dreamed of a country where all people could vote and he did everything in his power to make that dream a reality. In the face of slavery, the... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-15
  • Bonus: Do The Golden Arches Bend Toward Justice?
    This week we're featuring an episode from Code Switch, Do The Golden Arches Bend Toward Justice?. Calls for racial justice are met with a lot of different proposals, but one... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-12
  • Capitalism: God Wants You To Be Rich
    In the New Testament, Jesus says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-08
  • Capitalism: What Makes Us Free?
    What's the role of government in society? What do we mean when we talk about individual responsibility? What makes us free? 'Neoliberalism' might feel like a squishy term that's hard... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-01
  • Bonus: The Vanishing of Harry Pace
    This week we're featuring an episode from Radiolab's latest new series, The Vanishing of Harry Pace. Harry Pace founded the first major Black-owned record label in the U.S., ushering in... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-29