44 episodes

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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    • 4.4 • 1.6K 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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Lost Archive

    The Lost Archive

    Jill Lepore goes back to her first archive — the public library in the town where she grew up. In this season finale, old books, hot dogs, and a town hidden beneath a lake.

    The Weather Vane

    The Weather Vane

    The story of weather forecasting is the story of how humans came to think they could predict the future. In this episode, Jill Lepore looks at the history of meteorology, and the story of a revolutionary cloud scientist who tried to control the weather.
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    • 44 min
    Good Boy

    Good Boy

    In 1920, a young writer named Hugh Lofting published the first Dr. Dolittle story. A century years later, Jill Lepore goes in search of the new Dr. Dolittles changing the world of animal science. Specifically, dog science.
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    • 53 min
    The Farming Game

    The Farming Game

    During the 1970s farm crisis, a young family nearly lost everything as family farms and agricultural folk knowledge began to vanish. Then, they invented a board game.
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    • 49 min
    The Tree Branch

    The Tree Branch

    This episode, an alternate history: imagining what the world might be like if, fifty years ago, in 1972, Americans had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting not only protection–but representation–to the natural world.
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    • 40 min
    Trial by Teenager, Part 2

    Trial by Teenager, Part 2

    The fact-checking experiment gets scaled up with 40 students in two states. The Super Bowl of fact-checking, and a final test of an idea that might help save American democracy.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Joshua M HAYDEN ,

Cmon with the subscription thing

Do you have to pay a subscription for these podcast episodes when there are plenty great podcasts out there for free. There’s no explanation for it so I’ll just assume it’s greed.

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The Farming Game

I’m not prone to stopping everything to write. But this episode hit home. And when the narrator commented on farmers of color, that especially convinced me to comment. Thank you for acknowledging that simple dynamic. My native tribe also was hard hit, forcing the downsizing or elimination of our numerous family farms. And it did cast us to the winds. But as a side note, it also forced so many of us to see what the outside world held. For some, more tribulations. But for others, much success Still, it made me nostalgic.

Big old fish ,

Quirky, fun listen

Jill Lepore has a good ear for the unusual and a great sense for how to get from those little unusual stories to the present. Her episode on encyclopedias is well worth a listen!

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