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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:

  • Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the March on Washington
    Bayard Rustin, the man behind the March on Washington, was one of the most consequential architects of the civil rights movement you may never have heard of. Rustin imagined how... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-25
  • Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction
    Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-18
  • Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist
    Decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey attracted millions with a simple, uncompromising message: Black people deserved nothing less than everything, and if that couldn't... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-11
  • The Lasting Power Of Whitney Houston's National Anthem
    Why does Whitney Houston's 1991 Super Bowl national anthem still resonate 30 years later? Listen to this episode from our friends at It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders where... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-07
  • What Happened After Civilization Collapsed
    What happens after everything falls apart? The end of the Bronze Age was a moment when an entire network of ancient civilizations collapsed, leaving behind only clues to what happened.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-04
  • The Anatomy Of Autocracy: Masha Gessen
    Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen talks to us about how the rule of the people becomes the rule of the one, the role of the media, and what we can learn... Read more
    Published on: 2021-01-28
  • The Anatomy of Autocracy: Timothy Snyder
    When a mob of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, they also incited a defining moment in United States history. Now what? Historian Timothy Snyder talks... Read more
    Published on: 2021-01-21
  • Impeachment
    When Andrew Johnson became president in 1865, the United States was in the midst of one of its most volatile chapters. The country was divided after fighting a bloody civil... Read more
    Published on: 2021-01-14