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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 written & hosted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, and was created by the historian Jill Lepore. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

The Last Archive Pushkin

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    • 4.7 • 103 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 written & hosted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, and was created by the historian Jill Lepore. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    70 Years of Brown v. Board of Education

    70 Years of Brown v. Board of Education

    Jill Lepore returns to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education with a special episode of The Last Archive. She and Ben Naddaff-Hafrey explore the amazing new AI-powered recreation of the Brown v. Board cases over at the Oyez project. Then, Kenneth W. Mack, the Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, stops by to discuss the enduring significance of the case.
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    • 34 min
    Man in the Box - 'The Deadline'

    Man in the Box - 'The Deadline'

    Today, we’re ending our Deadline mini-series with an essay about one of our favorite TV shows: Dr. Who. Afterwards, Jill and Ben talk about the greatness of genre fiction and Jill’s love-hate relationship with postmodernism.
    We hope you’ve enjoyed this special series of essays from The Deadline. You can purchase the full collection at https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/the-deadline-essays. 
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    • 50 min
    No, We Cannot - ‘The Deadline’

    No, We Cannot - ‘The Deadline’

    This episode features an essay from Jill Lepore’s ‘The Deadline.’
    Why are there so many stories about the end of the world these days? Jill’s essay “No, We Cannot,” elaborates a political theory of dystopian fiction. And then, after the essay, Jill and Ben talk about the use and misuse of the genre.
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    • 37 min
    The Disruption Machine - ‘The Deadline’

    The Disruption Machine - ‘The Deadline’

    This episode features an essay from Jill Lepore’s ‘The Deadline.’
    Today on the show, Jill and Ben travel back in time to the disrupt-or-die 2010s to revisit Jill’s essay about the gospel of disruption. And afterwards, they talk about the consequences and challenges taking on controversial subjects, Ben’s time as a media disruptor, and Jill’s time as a temp worker.
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    • 56 min
    It’s Still Alive - ‘The Deadline’

    It’s Still Alive - ‘The Deadline’

    This episode features an essay from Jill Lepore’s ‘The Deadline.’
    Why do we insist on misreading ‘Frankenstein?’ Hardly a day goes by without someone comparing some new technology to Frankenstein’s monster. But there’s a much richer set of lessons to draw from Mary Shelley’s book.
    Today on the show, Jill reads her essay “It’s Still Alive.” And then afterwards, Jill and Ben talk about the meaning of the story, the biography of its author, and how what you read shapes who you are.
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    • 34 min
    The Valley of the Dolls - ‘The Deadline’

    The Valley of the Dolls - ‘The Deadline’

    This episode features an essay from Jill Lepore’s ‘The Deadline.’
    Jill reads her essay on the tangled history of Barbie. And then, after, Ben and Jill talk about how the film fits in with the core concerns of the essay — the tangled web of intellectual property, IP theft, and the relationship between corporations and feminism.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

redcoyote88 ,

I Love Jill Lapore!

I’ve very much enjoyed all 3 seasons of The Lost Archive. I hope a 4th will be coming! Jill is a wonderful guide on these journeys, which is really what each episode is. A journey. Her voice is so easy to listen to. She is thoughtful in her explorations of the widely varied topics. Great podcast!

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!

Cronner's ,

The most irritating advertisement EVER!

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Please stop!!

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