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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:

  • When Things Fall Apart
    Climate change, political unrest, random violence - Western society can often feel like what the filmmaker Warner Herzog calls, "a thin layer of ice on... Read more
    Published on: 2023-01-26
  • Extremist Futures
    It's 2074 and a suicide bomber has killed the President of the United States. Months later Marines open fire on protesters killing dozens. The Second... Read more
    Published on: 2023-01-19
  • Do Not Pass Go (2022)
    There's more to Monopoly than you might think. It's one of the best-selling board games in history — despite huge economic instability, sales actually went... Read more
    Published on: 2023-01-12
  • Nancy Pelosi (2019)
    Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in American politics. She made her first run for public office at 47 years old and went on to... Read more
    Published on: 2023-01-09
  • The Monster of We (2021)
    Are most modern problems caused by selfishness or a lack of it? Ayn Rand, a Russian American philosopher and writer, would say it's the latter... Read more
    Published on: 2023-01-05
  • The New Gilded Age (2022)
    Philanthropic foundations are a fundamental part of our society: they support media, the arts, education, medical research, and more. NPR, and even this show, is... Read more
    Published on: 2022-12-29
  • God Wants You To Be Rich (2021)
    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... Read more
    Published on: 2022-12-22
  • Road to Partition
    What happens when a nation splits apart? It's a question many of us are asking ourselves today. It happened 75 years ago with Partition, when... Read more
    Published on: 2022-12-15

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