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The Last Archive​ is a show about the history of truth, and the historical context for our current fake news, post-truth moment. It’s a show about how we know what we know, and why it seems, these days, as if we don’t know anything at all anymore. The show is driven by host Jill Lepore’s work as a historian, uncovering the secrets of the past the way a detective might. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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    • 4.6 • 202 Ratings

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The Last Archive​ is a show about the history of truth, and the historical context for our current fake news, post-truth moment. It’s a show about how we know what we know, and why it seems, these days, as if we don’t know anything at all anymore. The show is driven by host Jill Lepore’s work as a historian, uncovering the secrets of the past the way a detective might. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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    The Last Archive Presents: The Evening Rocket

    The Last Archive Presents: The Evening Rocket

    Last Spring, Jill Lepore made a radio show with the BBC’s Radio 4 called The Evening Rocket, and now Pushkin Industries is releasing that show stateside for the first time. The Evening Rocket is all about Elon Musk, and his strange new kind of capitalism — call it Muskism, extravagant extreme capitalism, extraterrestrial capitalism, where stock prices are driven by earnings, and also by fantasies. The series explores Silicon Valley’s futurism, and how, in Musk’s life, those visions of the future all stem from the same place: the science-fiction he grew up on. To understand where Musk wants to take the rest of us - with his electric cars, his rockets to Mars, his meme stocks, and tunnels deep beneath the earth — Jill Lepore looks at those science fiction stories, and helps us understand what he’s missed about them.
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    • 1 min
    Revisionist History Takes Down The Little Mermaid

    Revisionist History Takes Down The Little Mermaid

    This week, we're presenting something fun from Malcolm Gladwell, co-founder of Pushkin. In a special series from his podcast, Revisionist History, Malcolm is launching a massive frontal assault on The Little Mermaid. You might wonder, "what's Malcolm doing? It's a children's classic!" But according to Malcolm, it's not a classic... It's a cinematic dumpster fire. And Revisionist History is devoting no fewer than three episodes to explain why. In the finale, Malcolm enlists an all-star cast to make his own version of The Little Mermaid, featuring Dax Shepard, Brit Marling, Jodie Foster and Glenn Close.
    You can hear the entire three-part series, right now, at http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/lastarchiverh
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    • 4 min
    HISTORY This Week: The Fairness Doctrine

    HISTORY This Week: The Fairness Doctrine

    Presenting an episode from another podcast we think you’ll like, called HISTORY This Week. Each Monday, it brings you a story about the people, places, and moments that shaped history that week. In this episode, they delve into the history of the Fairness Doctrine, the rule that told broadcasters they had to present more than one side of an issue. In that same spirit, you'll hear from people who fought for and against the doctrine. You might remember from 'The Last Archive' Season 2 Episode 8, the doctrine became a source of much debate, even reaching the Supreme Court. 
    You can listen to more episodes of HISTORY This Week at history.com/thelastarchive.
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    • 28 min
    Epiphany

    Epiphany

    This season has chronicled a long, dark century of lies, fakes, frauds, and hoaxes. In the season 2 finale, Jill Lepore draws that history all the way down to the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. This week: the winding path from the little-known Iron Mountain hoax of the late-1960s to the Capitol insurrection on January 6th, 2021.

    • 50 min
    Hush Rush

    Hush Rush

    In the 1980s, Rush Limbaugh transformed talk radio. In the process, he radicalized his listeners and the conservative movement. Limbaugh’s talk radio style became a staple of the modern right. Then, the left joined the fray. This week: partisan loudmouth versus partisan loudmouth, and the shifting media landscape that helped create modern political warfare.

    • 53 min
    Children of Zorin

    Children of Zorin

    In the 1970s, a Soviet journalist named Valentin Zorin made a series of documentary films about the United States. At a time when few Russian journalists came to the U.S., Zorin traveled all across the country, and gained access few American journalists had. The Cold War was a battle of ideas, and Zorin saw himself on the frontlines. He was on a quest to unmask the United States by spreading doubt, conspiracy theories, and a strange cocktail of truth and misinformation.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Arthur Zildjian ,

A Wonderful, Wonderful Podcast

Jill Lepore is an extraordinary historian and I dearly love this podcast. It's so beautifully written and produced and Jill is just so pleasant to listen to. I wish there were more than five stars!

FlashAnie ,

The Best

The best podcast I’ve listened to, and I’ve listened to many. Intelligent, heartfelt, and weaves together stories in a way no one else has done.

Peter Runions ,

Wow What A Great Podcast

So I have listened to the Last Archive. Enjoyed every episode. The build up from one is Podcast to the next kept me looking for the next one to arrive. I am now totally blown away by where it led. What an amazing story of our time and where we are as a society. This podcast is For anyone and who wants to understand our society as it is today. To me it should be played in all our schools for the next generation to learn and understand how our society go to the crap state that it’s in.

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