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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.

    America's Caste System

    America's Caste System

    "Race" is often used as a fundamental way to understand American history. But what if "caste" is the more appropriate lens? In conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, we examine the hidden system that has shaped our country.

    • 40 min
    A.D.A. Now!

    A.D.A. Now!

    This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is considered the most important civil rights law since the 1960s. Through first-person stories, we look back at the making of this movement, the history of how disability came to be seen as a civil rights issue, and what the disability community is still fighting for 30 years later.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lives Of The Great Depression

    Lives Of The Great Depression

    The Great Depression was a revolutionary spark for all kinds of things — health insurance, social safety nets, big government — all of which were in response to a national crisis. Through the personal accounts of four people who lived during the Great Depression, we look back at what life was like back then and what those stories can teach us about the last time the U.S. went through a national economic cataclysm.

    • 47 min
    Borinquén

    Borinquén

    We look at Puerto Rico's relationship with the mainland U.S. and the key figures who shaped the island's fate.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Long Hot Summer

    The Long Hot Summer

    Starting in 1965, summer after summer, America's cities burned. There was civil unrest in more than 150 cities across the country. So in 1967, Lyndon Johnson appointed a commission to diagnose the root causes of the problem and to suggest solutions. What the so called "Kerner Commission" returned with was hotly anticipated and shocking to many Americans. This week, how that report and the reaction to it continues to shape American life.

    • 43 min
    Mecca Under Siege

    Mecca Under Siege

    Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, is effectively canceled this year, due to concerns around the spread of the coronavirus. But, for two weeks in 1979, visits to the holy site were also upended when a group of Islamic militants seized Mecca, taking thousands of visitors hostage.

    • 45 min

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Knowing the history of our current times is so important and this team dives deep into the interesting and controversial, and shine some light on key elements of our shared history that give me pause at times.

Education wrapped between entertainment and interest, best sandwich ever.

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