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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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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.

    A.D.A. Now!

    A.D.A. Now!

    This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is considered the most important civil rights law since the 1960s. Through first-person stories, we look back at the making of this movement, the history of how disability came to be seen as a civil rights issue, and what the disability community is still fighting for 30 years later.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lives Of The Great Depression

    Lives Of The Great Depression

    The Great Depression was a revolutionary spark for all kinds of things — health insurance, social safety nets, big government — all of which were in response to a national crisis. Through the personal accounts of four people who lived during the Great Depression, we look back at what life was like back then and what those stories can teach us about the last time the U.S. went through a national economic cataclysm.

    • 47 min
    Borinquén

    Borinquén

    We look at Puerto Rico's relationship with the mainland U.S. and the key figures who shaped the island's fate.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    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.

    • 43 min
    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.

    • 45 min
    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.

    • 42 min

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8.7K Ratings

8.7K Ratings

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I simply love the topics and the informative content. I find myself always forwarding various episodes to subgroup of friends. Then there are must listen to episodes that I share far and wide.

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Oh my god it’s so interesting! Everything they talk about is just very interesting and not biased. They make sure to have all sides of the story, and are only trying to state facts. It’s so cool! These episodes all blow my mind. Because I’ve never heard of so many of these things! My favorite so far is the conspiracy theory episode. So interesting.

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