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.
44:47 | Apr 4th
Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.
35:47 | Apr 18th
Two sects of Islam, 1400 years of history, and three stories to help us better understand the Sunni-Shia divide.
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.
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.
15:02 | Mar 21st
In this week's episode, the history of militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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."
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.
17:02 | Feb 28th
This week we return to 1868 and the first presidential impeachment in U.S. history — President Andrew Johnson.
34:13 | Feb 21st
What's fueled the hostility between the U.S. and North Korea? We look back at the tangled history.
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.
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.
02:24 | Jan 30th
NPR's new history podcast hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. New episodes every Thursday starting February 7th.