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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.

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Opioids In America

44:47 | Apr 4th

Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.

War of the Worlds

35:47 | Apr 18th

Two sects of Islam, 1400 years of history, and three stories to help us better understand the Sunni-Shia divide.

Nancy Pelosi

24:16 | Apr 11th

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.

The Phoebus Cartel

32:47 | Mar 28th

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.

The Border

15:02 | Mar 21st

In this week's episode, the history of militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Moth

34:43 | Mar 14th

In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."

American Shadows

41:35 | Mar 7th

In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.

High Crimes And Misdemeanors

17:02 | Feb 28th

This week we return to 1868 and the first presidential impeachment in U.S. history — President Andrew Johnson.

The Forgotten War

34:13 | Feb 21st

What's fueled the hostility between the U.S. and North Korea? We look back at the tangled history.

On the Shoulders of Giants

39:05 | Feb 14th

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.

Four Days in August

37:54 | Feb 7th

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.

Introducing Throughline

02:24 | Jan 30th

NPR's new history podcast hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. New episodes every Thursday starting February 7th.