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.
The Long Hot Summer
Thursday 09 July 2020
: Starting in 1965, summer after summer, America's cities burned. There was civil unrest in more than 150 cities across the country. So in...
Mecca Under Siege
Thursday 02 July 2020
: Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, is effectively canceled this year, due to concerns around the spread of the coronavirus. But,...
There's Something About Mary
Thursday 25 June 2020
: When a cook who carried typhoid fever refused to stop working, despite showing no symptoms, the authorities forcibly quarantined her for...
Why 2020 Isn't Quite 1968
Thursday 18 June 2020
: Protests, racial divisions, political polarization, and a law-and-order president – it's easy to draw comparisons between 2020 and 1968....
Thursday 11 June 2020
: What can and can't the president do, and how do we know? When the framers of the U.S. constitution left vague the powers of the executive...
Thursday 04 June 2020
: Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of...
Thursday 28 May 2020
: Last week, the Chinese government made the latest and perhaps the most serious move yet to crack down on Hong Kong's semi-autonomy. It's...
Thursday 21 May 2020
: Since the beginning of the pandemic, conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have exploded. But conspiracy theories themselves are nothing...
Thursday 14 May 2020
: The N95 respirator has become one of the most coveted items in the world, especially by medical professionals. But how did this seemingly...
Thursday 07 May 2020
: North Korea's famous for being a black box, one of the most secretive and authoritarian countries in the world. It has a nuclear stockpile....
Thursday 30 April 2020
: In the early hours of March 28, 1979, a system malfunction began what would become the worst nuclear accident in American history. What...
Thursday 23 April 2020
: In 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history inundated seven states, displaced more than half a million people for months, and...
Thursday 16 April 2020
: In the whole of human history, no predator has killed more of us than the lowly mosquito. And this killing spree, which we still struggle in...
Throughline Presents: Code Switch
Thursday 09 April 2020
: The Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation told his people to stay strong during this pandemic, and to remember how much they've endured over a...
A Race To Know
Thursday 02 April 2020
: For nearly as long as there has been a United States there has been a census, it is in some ways how we know ourselves. And in every single...
Thursday 26 March 2020
: In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But...
Thursday 19 March 2020
: It's been over a century since a self-described socialist was a viable candidate for President of the United States. And that first...
Savarkar And India
Thursday 12 March 2020
: In the past few weeks Delhi has become the latest place in India convulsed with religious violence as Hindu mobs burned Muslim...
Public Universal Friend
Thursday 05 March 2020
: America in the run-up to the Revolutionary War wasn't just a period of dramatic political change, it was also a time of great religious and...
The Invisible Border
Thursday 27 February 2020
: Today, the border that divides Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is "soft", in most places you could almost forget that it's...
Thursday 20 February 2020
: Astrology has existed for thousands of years and has roots that span the globe. But is it a science or a religion or just a kind of...
Thursday 13 February 2020
: When the United States of America was founded, it was only a union of a small number of states. By the beginning of the 20th century, the...
She Got Next
Thursday 06 February 2020
: There are more female candidates in this presidential campaign cycle than at any other time in American history. But women were running for...
Thursday 30 January 2020
: It's a longstanding fight in the U.S., whether people can opt out of vaccination if that means jeopardizing the greater public's health. In...
Thursday 23 January 2020
: When Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by the United States on January 3rd, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander suddenly became a...