Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy

43:31 | Aug 23rd, 2019

17 recommendations

America was founded on the ideal of democracy. Black people fought to make it one. “1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it here. ...Show More


jnk recommended:Nov 13th, 2019

I love how this episode is produced to create a sense of suspense about a story we think we already know.

mmNov 13th, 2019

@jnkay Right?!? Masterful. I’m still shocked at Jefferson and how he treated his half brother-in-law while he was writing the constitution. Need a whole revisionist history-style episode on Jefferson now.

jnkNov 13th, 2019

@mm it's the way the listener gets put into that room, or onto the ship toward the beginning of the episode, that gets me. It's like the listener is getting tricked into asking, what if?, instead of being hit over the head with that question being posed by the producer or host. Really smart storytel...Show More

mmNov 13th, 2019

@jnkay It’s just incredible sound design and storytelling at its finest 👌 Have you listened to the other episodes yet? I feel like they try different things with each episode in terms of how they craft the story for the specific subject-at-hand, so it doesn’t feel repetitive and you’re always kept ...Show More

jnkNov 13th, 2019

@mm Just started to listening to this series today, I'm a little behind on podcasts!

mmNov 14th, 2019

@jnkay You're in for a treat then :) I really found the economics one (think it was the 2nd episode) really eye opening. Also, Podcasts are on-demand, so there's no such thing is "being behind"! Jealous you get to binge tbh!

rachelsiu recommended:Sep 20th

I thought this episode was:

😢 Moving
💬 A great conversation
🤔 Thought-provoking
🕵️‍ Well-researched
📝 Well-written

cesarm recommended:Aug 25th, 2019

Great pilot episode. An exploration of the start off the dichotomy between “The Land of the Free” and slavery. To this day the US has to grapple with the Original Sin of Slavery.

fiercefab recommended:Aug 28th, 2019

Some of the most powerful stories ever told are familiar ones, reframed. There’s a reason Nikole Hannah-Jones’ can claim the title “Beyoncé of journalism” without flinching — she’s certainly causing all this conversation. Eager to follow this one all the way through.

mmSep 4th, 2019

@fiercefab Finally listened to this and yes I totally get why you say she has the title of “Beyoncé of journalism” now!

jspinelle recommended:Aug 29th, 2019

You’ve never heard America’s founding story told this way.

argentum recommended:Aug 31st, 2019

This is stuff everybody should know

mm recommended:Sep 4th, 2019

Thomas Jefferson was being served by a slave who was his half brother-in-law WHILE he wrote that “all men are created equal” 🤦🏻‍♀️ smh. The ending scene of this episode was powerful. This is the Revisionist History of America’s founding story.

michelle_ebooks recommended:Sep 4th, 2019

nikole hannah-jones’ led #1619project is a must-listen and must-read for all to truly understand the impact of slavery in america

adam_p recommended:Sep 5th, 2019

A must listen!

harwood recommended:Sep 15th, 2019

A fantastically written, produced and presented episode on a part of history that (as a non-American) I embarrassingly know little about. This takes historical injustice, and shows how it's still today's injustice. Absolute must listen.

saam recommended:Jun 8th

Essential listening. Some reasons why is America in the place that it’s in right now. To recognize the 400th anniversary of when the first ship that landed in America from Africa, at Point Comfort, Virginia, and 20-30 human were bought as slaves... NYTimes host Nikole Hannah-Jones goes back to the b...Show More

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational
👍 Well-produced
🕵️‍ Well-researched

basicallydan recommended:Jun 10th

You will probably learn at least one useful fact listening to this podcast, and probably more. Good start to what I expect to be a really interesting and eye opening series. Unlearn what you were taught!

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational
🎶 Musically superb
🤔 Thought-provoking
👍 Well-produced
🕵️‍ Well-researched
📝 Well-written

dannyJun 10th

👌🏾. It gets even better. Episode 2 + 3 are spectacular.