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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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    • 4.9 • 85 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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    Relax and Win from Legacy of Speed

    Relax and Win from Legacy of Speed

    Sharing a new Pushkin show, Legacy of Speed. When two Black sprinters raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Olympic Games, it shook the world. More than 50 years later, the ripple effects of their activism are still felt. Host Malcolm Gladwel tells the stories of the runners who took a stand, and the coaches and mentors who helped make them fast enough — and brave enough — to change the world.

    In this episode, we hear how coach Bud Winter took what he learned from working with fighter pilots in World War II and created a system for training sprinters at San Jose State. His “Relax and Win” methods used breathing, visualization and other unconventional coaching techniques to create a powerhouse track program. Another thing that made him unique at the time? His focus on recruiting Black athletes to a mostly white school.

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    The Sanchez Problem from Against the Rules

    The Sanchez Problem from Against the Rules

    We’re hard at work on Season 3 of the show, but in the meantime, we wanted to share an episode from another Pushkin podcast, Against the Rules. It’s hosted by  best-selling author Michael Lewis. This season, Lewis is talking about expertise: why Americans are pretty good at creating experts, but really terrible at listening to them. And this particular episode takes on a subject many of you might be familiar with, especially if you’re longtime listeners of The Last Archive: Expert witnesses. Back in season one, Jill Lepore talked about the strange backstory of “The Frye Test” and why certain types of evidence, like lie-detector tests, are not admitted in court. Michael Lewis has his own take on this subject, and he brings us up to date. It’s called “The Sanchez Problem.” 


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    • 40 min
    Call The Last Archive

    Call The Last Archive

    Our first two seasons were all about problems, or, mainly, about one problem: Why does it seem so hard, lately, to know anything at all? How did it come to be that people can’t agree on basic matters of fact? In our new season, we’re all about answers. But: We need your help!

    So we’re asking for your ideas. Tell us about a breakthrough you’ve had. Or a fix you’ve heard about. What works? What helps? What’s the way out of this pickle? Call us. Leave a message on the answering machine we’ve got here, inside the archive. Tell us your name, and a story. Who knows — we might use it in an episode. The number is (802)-417-2010. And thank you!

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    Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Presenting: An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Download the audiobook today at miracleaudibook.com and receive an exclusive listener's guide pdf featuring additional commentary from Bruce, the producers and editors of Miracle and Wonder.

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    • 32 min
    The Evening Rocket: Robin Hood

    The Evening Rocket: Robin Hood

    At the start of 2021, Elon Musk briefly became the richest man in the world. The global pandemic was a boom time for American billionaires, many of whom saw their wealth rise even as much of the world was locked down. As Musk, Bezos, Gates and others jockeyed for first place in the world’s richest-man contest, the rise of cryptocurrencies was generating headlines about the fictive quality of money. “All forms of currency are acts of imagination”, says Jill Lepore: they require communal belief in their value - what economists sometimes call the Tinkerbell Effect. Musk started tweeting about Dogecoin - a cryptocurrency started as a joke, based on a meme about a dog - even dubbing himself 'The Dogefather'. Although Musk’s tweets looked ironic, jokey, irreverent, they seemed to be having a very real and destabilizing effect on financial markets.

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    • 28 min
    The Evening Rocket: Baby X

    The Evening Rocket: Baby X

    The science fiction that Silicon Valley techno-billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel adore often concerns gleaming futures in which fantastically powerful and often immensely rich men colonize other planets. In this episode, Jill Lepore takes a look at the science fiction that’s usually left out of this vision. New Wave, feminist, post-colonial science fiction. Including the story of Baby X, a story from the 1970s about a child - like Musk’s youngest son - named X.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

HickeyBickey ,

Jill Lepore is my favourite public historian!

Jill Lepore was on my radar for a while before I discovered the last archive (I’d heard her as a guest on a few other podcasts and was blown away). Listening to this pod only confirmed how brilliant she is. The show is funny, fascinating, and extremely well written, researched, & produced. Thank you to Lepore and the team for this gem of a pod!

teenagepineapple ,

My favourite podcast

I listen to so many podcasts but the last archive is honestly the only one I actively miss when episodes aren’t airing.

christopher543577649 ,

In-depth work

I like the way this podcast makes me have to think about things. And it reveals so much through the exploration of its subject matter.

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