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Written by on November 26, 2020


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:

  • The Characters That Built China
    Today, China is a global superpower. But less than two hundred years ago, the nation was in a state of decline. After what became known... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-26
  • Before Roe: The Physicians' Crusade
    Abortion wasn't always controversial. In fact, in colonial America it would have been considered a fairly common practice: a private decision made by women, and... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-19
  • Bonus: The Forgotten Mothers of Civil Rights History
    MLK Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin are household names, but what about their mothers? This hour, author Anna Malaika Tubbs explores how these three... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-17
  • Cinco de Mayo and the Rise of Modern Mexico
    Does history have a border? That is the question at the heart of Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, a holiday that symbolizes Mexico's fight for... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-05
  • The New Gilded Age
    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: 2022-04-28
  • Force of Nature (2021)
    Rivers on fire, acid rain falling from the sky, species going extinct, oil spills, polluted air, and undrinkable water: For so long, we didn't think... Read more
    Published on: 2022-04-21
  • The Everlasting Problem (2020)
    Health insurance for millions of Americans is dependent on their jobs. But it's not like that everywhere. So how did the U.S. end up with... Read more
    Published on: 2022-04-14
  • Capitalism: What Makes Us Free? (2021)
    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... Read more
    Published on: 2022-04-07

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