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.
Policing in America
Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. As the trial of Derek Chauvin plays out, it's a truth and a trauma many people in the US and around the world are again witnessing first hand. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of policing in the United States and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
Our Own People
"Build bridges, not walls." Solidarity was at the heart of Yuri Kochiyama's work. A Japanese-American activist whose early political awakenings came while incarcerated in the concentration camps of World War II America, Kochiyama dedicated her life to social justice and liberation movements. As hate crimes against AAPI people surge in this country, we reflect on Yuri Kochiyama's ideas around the Asian American struggle, and what solidarity and intersectionality can mean for all struggles.
The Land of the Fee
Tipping is a norm in the U.S. But it hasn't always been this way. A legacy of slavery and racism, tipping took off in the post-Civil War era. The case against tipping had momentum in the early 1900's, yet what began as a movement to end an exploitative practice just ended up continuing it.
What happens when teenagers are shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can you find the fingerprint of God in warzones? Why was the concept of zero so revolutionary for humanity? A year into a pandemic that has completely upended the lives of people around the world, we look at how we cope with chaos, how we're primed to make order out of randomness, and why the stories we're taught to believe about our propensities for self-destruction may not actually be true.
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.
Levittown: Where the Good Life Begins
In this episode from WNYC's La Brega, Alana Casanova-Burgess traces back the story of the boom and bust of the Puerto Rican Levittown. For many Americans, Levittown is the prototypical suburb, founded on the idea of bringing Americans into a middle-class lifestyle after WWII. But while the NY Levittown was becoming a symbol of American prosperity, there was a parallel story of Levittown in Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the island. Casanova-Burgess (herself the granddaughter of an early PR Levittown resident) explores what the presence of a Levittown in Puerto Rico tells us about the promises of the American Dream. It's a story that reflects and reveals how la brega has defined so many aspects of life in Puerto Rico.
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History provides perspective
Thank you for piecing together the missing history that provides “the why” when we read the news. Your Iran 1952 episode and your Fran’s Boas episodes were excellent. As I make my way through each episode, I am pleased to have your scholarly insights and rich factual data. Please continue!
Throughline is simply essential listening for anyone who has a true love of history ... As a professor of History and Political Science, I find these podcasts a welcome addition to my class instruction .... Keep it up Throughline ... and THANK YOU 🙂
Cherry picking history
Silly exaggeration of fake news. Why do these “stories” pretend that certain people are only victims. I am white and have had, and have known other whites, who have had unpleasant incidents with the police. Individual police may, or may not, be the problem but it is clear you want your audience to think policing and punishment only happens to blacks. Furthermore, your evidence is largely from more than 50 year’s ago and pulled from “horrifying” stories your audience is led to believe linger on as reality for blacks today. More importantly, you completely ignore the tremendous good that had to have happened in the U.S. to bring us to where we are today. This podcast is what we have come to expect, a dishonest contribution, cherry picked from stories of long ago and twisted to encourage today’s black racism against whites. You purposefully ignore the imbalance of crime committed by black men, as well as the fine contributions of black leaders at every level of the nation’s government, tremendous contributions of black actors, educators, athletes- all in a world where they are still only 13% of the total population. How can that possibly be if the white majority is so bad? Isn’t it possible that the white majority let it happen, even
encouraged it to happen? I am sure you’re biased and terrible podcast would reflexively say “no” to that. Everything you say is meant to start a fire of racism and convince listeners that the United States of America is bad - despite you being able to present both of those ideas with no pushback.