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.
Thursday 06 May 2021
: An estimated 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by the Ottoman government during World War I, in what came to be known as the...
James Baldwin's Shadow
Thursday 29 April 2021
: James Baldwin believed that America has been lying to itself since its founding. He wrote, spoke, and thought incessantly about the societal...
Force of Nature
Thursday 22 April 2021
: Rivers on fire, acid rain falling from the sky, species going extinct, oil spills, polluted air, and undrinkable water. For so long, we...
The Real Black Panthers
Thursday 15 April 2021
: The Black Panther Party's battles for social justice and economic equality are the centerpiece of the Oscar-nominated film 'Judas and The...
Policing in America
Thursday 08 April 2021
: Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. As the trial of Derek Chauvin plays out, it's a truth and a trauma...
Our Own People
Thursday 01 April 2021
: "Build bridges, not walls." Solidarity was at the heart of Yuri Kochiyama's work. A Japanese-American activist whose early political...
The Land of the Fee
Thursday 25 March 2021
: Tipping is a norm in the U.S. But it hasn't always been this way. A legacy of slavery and racism, tipping took off in the post-Civil War...
Thursday 18 March 2021
: What happens when teenagers are shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can you find the fingerprint of God in warzones? Why was the concept of...
Thursday 11 March 2021
: The N95 respirator has become one of the most coveted items in the world during the pandemic, especially by medical professionals. But how...
Levittown: Where the Good Life Begins
Thursday 04 March 2021
: In this episode from WNYC's La Brega, Alana Casanova-Burgess traces back the story of the boom and bust of the Puerto Rican Levittown. For...
Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the March on Washington
Thursday 25 February 2021
: Bayard Rustin, the man behind the March on Washington, was one of the most consequential architects of the civil rights movement you may...
Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction
Thursday 18 February 2021
: Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in...
Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist
Thursday 11 February 2021
: Decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey attracted millions with a simple, uncompromising message: Black...
The Lasting Power Of Whitney Houston's National Anthem
Sunday 07 February 2021
: Why does Whitney Houston's 1991 Super Bowl national anthem still resonate 30 years later? Listen to this episode from our friends at It's...
What Happened After Civilization Collapsed
Thursday 04 February 2021
: What happens after everything falls apart? The end of the Bronze Age was a moment when an entire network of ancient civilizations collapsed,...
The Anatomy Of Autocracy: Masha Gessen
Thursday 28 January 2021
: Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen talks to us about how the rule of the people becomes the rule of the one, the role of the media, and...
The Anatomy of Autocracy: Timothy Snyder
Thursday 21 January 2021
: When a mob of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, they also incited a defining moment in United States...
Thursday 14 January 2021
: When Andrew Johnson became president in 1865, the United States was in the midst of one of its most volatile chapters. The country was...
Outside/In: Everybody Knows Somebody
Thursday 07 January 2021
: In the mid-1980's a woman who didn't consider herself a feminist was asked to solve perhaps the biggest problem women face. How she and a...
Outside/In: War of the Worlds
Thursday 31 December 2020
: The Sunni-Shia divide is a conflict that most people have heard about - two sects with Sunni Islam being in the majority and Shia Islam the...
Outside/In: The Dark Side Of The Moon
Thursday 24 December 2020
: 50 years ago the world watched as man first landed on the moon, an incredible accomplishment by the engineers and scientists of NASA. But...
Outside/In: Rules of Engagement
Thursday 17 December 2020
: The US and Iran have been in some state of conflict for the last 40 years, since the Iranian revolution. This week, we look at three key...
Thursday 10 December 2020
: When, why, and how did the Supreme Court get the final say in the law of the land? The question of the Court's role, and whether its...
The Modern White Power Movement
Thursday 03 December 2020
: It has been nearly twenty years since 9/11 and during that time much of the media coverage and government attention has been directed at the...
The Spotted Owl
Thursday 26 November 2020
: The story of how the Endangered Species Act went from unanimous passage under a Republican president to becoming a deeply partisan wedge....