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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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    • 4.6, 7.8K Ratings

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.

    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong

    This week, how Hong Kong became one of the most important, and most contested, cities in the world.

    • 45 min
    Conspiracy

    Conspiracy

    How conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and became the currency of political opportunists.

    • 42 min
    The Mask

    The Mask

    From bird beaks to wrapping paper to bras, we follow the curious history of one of the most important defenses in our fight against COVID-19.

    • 41 min
    Endless War

    Endless War

    North Korea's famous for being a black box, one of the most secretive and authoritarian countries in the world. It has a nuclear stockpile. A history of erratic behavior. And a particular fixation on antagonizing the outside world — especially the United States. This cycle of antagonism isn't an accident – the U.S. has played a formative role in the history of North Korea. And North Korea's leaders have been invoking that history from the very beginning.

    • 36 min
    Meltdown

    Meltdown

    In the early hours of March 28, 1979, a system malfunction began what would become the worst nuclear accident in American history. What ensued punctured the public's belief in the safety of nuclear energy and became an awful study in the consequences of communication breakdown during a crisis. This week, the fallout of who and what to trust when a catastrophic event occurs.

    • 54 min
    Aftermath

    Aftermath

    In 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history inundated seven states, displaced more than half a million people for months, and caused about $1 billion dollars in property damages. And like many national emergencies it exposed a stark question that the country still struggles to answer - what is the political calculus used to decide who bears the ultimate responsibility in a crisis, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable? This week, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and what came after.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.8K Ratings

7.8K Ratings

bontempfeline ,

Well-researched and very enjoyable format

This is currently my favorite podcast. I love the hosts, the music, the use of audio clips and readings, and the subjects chosen. Every one has given me a glimpse into the “why” of a thing, a time, an event. Thank you, and please keep it up!! *****

Island girl 0609 ,

Incredible

Thank you for effortlessly bringing the past to the present and crafting a story that makes you want to binge every episode that instant. The world needs more work like this.

Carlomaniac ,

I listen to every episode

Well-researched, curated, and presented. Eye-opening, insightful, and interesting. Love the music used and the format of the podcast. Also really appreciate the perspective of the hosts. Keep up the wonderful work, this is one the the podcast I listen to and recommend the most

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