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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.

    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.

    • 43분
    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.

    • 45분
    There's Something About Mary

    There's Something About Mary

    What the story of Typhoid Mary tells us about journalism, the powers of the state, and the tension between personal responsibility and personal liberty.

    • 42분
    Why 2020 Isn't Quite 1968

    Why 2020 Isn't Quite 1968

    Protests, racial divisions, political polarization, and a law-and-order president – it's easy to draw comparisons between 2020 and 1968. But, Adam Serwer, who covers politics at The Atlantic, says that a much better point of comparison actually starts a century earlier – 1868. This week, we share an episode we loved from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders that explores a moment when white Republicans fought for years for the rights of Black Americans, before abandoning them to pursue white voters.

    • 28분
    Presidential Power

    Presidential Power

    How the office of the presidency became more powerful than anything the Founding Fathers imagined possible.

    • 52분
    American Police

    American Police

    The origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.

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