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.
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47 min
May 16, 2019
El Libertador
We look back at the rise and fall of Venezuela through the lives of two revolutionaries turned authoritarian leaders: Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez.
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56 min
May 9, 2019
White Nationalism
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.
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34 min
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.
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22 min
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?
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37 min
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.
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35 min
April 11, 2019
Nancy Pelosi
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.
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24 min
April 4, 2019
Opioids In America
Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.
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44 min
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.
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32 min
March 21, 2019
The Border
In this week's episode, the history of militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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15 min
March 14, 2019
The Moth
In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."
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34 min
March 7, 2019
American Shadows
In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.
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41 min
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.
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17 min
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.
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34 min
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.
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39 min
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.
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37 min
January 30, 2019
Introducing Throughline
NPR's new history podcast hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. New episodes every Thursday starting February 7th.
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2 min
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