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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.
society & culture
May 23, 2019
A Dream Of Modern China
China is a world superpower today. But just over a century ago, the country was in complete turmoil. How one man led a movement to reshape China as we know — Sun Yat-sen.
May 16, 2019
We look back at the rise and fall of Venezuela through the lives of two revolutionaries turned authoritarian leaders: Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez.
May 9, 2019
How has white nationalism shaped U.S. immigration policy in the 20th century? This week, we share an episode we loved from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders.
May 2, 2019
A deadly smallpox epidemic in the early 1900s and a Boston-area minister who refused mandatory vaccination — how his case ended up in front of the Supreme Court.
April 25, 2019
Resistance Is Futile
From the tractor to talking robots, society has feared innovations. But usefulness usually overcomes resistance. Is today any different from the past?
April 18, 2019
War Of The Worlds
Two sects of Islam, 1400 years of history, and three stories to help us better understand the Sunni-Shia divide.
April 11, 2019
Nancy Pelosi is widely seen as the most powerful woman in U.S. politics. Follow her rise from a Baltimore political family to becoming Speaker of the House twice.
April 4, 2019
Opioids In America
Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.
March 28, 2019
The Phoebus Cartel
This week, in a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.
March 21, 2019
In this week's episode, the history of militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border.
March 14, 2019
In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."
March 7, 2019
In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.
February 28, 2019
High Crimes And Misdemeanors
This week we return to 1868 and the first presidential impeachment in U.S. history — President Andrew Johnson.
February 21, 2019
The Forgotten War
What's fueled the hostility between the U.S. and North Korea? We look back at the tangled history.
February 14, 2019
On the Shoulders of Giants
We explore three stories of protest in sports that are often overlooked but essential to understanding the current debate: Jack Johnson, Wilma Rudolph, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
February 7, 2019
Four Days in August
This week we look back at four days in August 1953, when the CIA orchestrated a coup of Iran's elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
January 30, 2019
NPR's new history podcast hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. New episodes every Thursday starting February 7th.
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