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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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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.

    Soleimani's Iran

    Soleimani's Iran

    In this episode, the origins of the shadow commander and what he means to Iran.

    • 47 min
    Everybody Knows Somebody

    Everybody Knows Somebody

    In the mid-1980's a woman who didn't consider herself a feminist was asked to solve perhaps the biggest problem women face.

    • 59 min
    There Will Be Bananas

    There Will Be Bananas

    How one Brooklyn-born entrepreneur ruthlessly created the modern banana industry and the infamous banana republics.

    • 56 min
    Resistance Is Futile

    Resistance Is Futile

    From the tractor to talking robots, society has feared innovations. But usefulness usually overcomes resistance. Is today any different from the past?

    • 36 min
    The Moth

    The Moth

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

    • 36 min
    The Phoebus Cartel

    The Phoebus Cartel

    In a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.

    • 34 min

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