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Welcome to Hope, Through History, with Pulitzer Prize Winning and Best Selling Author and Historian, Jon Meacham and directed and produced by Cadence13, in partnership with HISTORY. HTH explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation. Season One takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis. These stories of crisis—the term originates in the writings of Hippocrates, as a moment in the course of a disease where a patient either lives or dies—are rich, and in our own 2020 hour of pandemic and slow-motion but indisputably real panic, there’s utility in re-engaging with the stories of how leaders and citizens have reacted amid tension and tumult. The vicissitudes of history always challenge us in new and often-confounding ways; that’s in the nature of things. Still, as Winston Churchill once remarked, “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope”—the hope that human ingenuity, reason, and character can combine to save us from the abyss and keep us on a path, in another phrase of Churchill’s, to broad, sun-lit uplands.

Hope, Through History Cadence13, Jon Meacham & HISTORY

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Welcome to Hope, Through History, with Pulitzer Prize Winning and Best Selling Author and Historian, Jon Meacham and directed and produced by Cadence13, in partnership with HISTORY. HTH explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation. Season One takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis. These stories of crisis—the term originates in the writings of Hippocrates, as a moment in the course of a disease where a patient either lives or dies—are rich, and in our own 2020 hour of pandemic and slow-motion but indisputably real panic, there’s utility in re-engaging with the stories of how leaders and citizens have reacted amid tension and tumult. The vicissitudes of history always challenge us in new and often-confounding ways; that’s in the nature of things. Still, as Winston Churchill once remarked, “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope”—the hope that human ingenuity, reason, and character can combine to save us from the abyss and keep us on a path, in another phrase of Churchill’s, to broad, sun-lit uplands.

    Introducing Origins: Almost Famous Turns 20

    Introducing Origins: Almost Famous Turns 20

    Origins is back! James Andrew Miller brings you behind the scenes of the Cameron Crowe classic that put us on the bus with Stillwater and taught us what life on the road with a Rock-n-Roll band was all about - not to mention adolescent love and heartbreak. Come join Jim as he brings the band back together and sits down with the cast, starting with the writer and director himself, Cameron Crowe - plus Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, rock stars Peter Frampton & Nancy Wilson, and more. It's all happening. Don't miss it.​ ALMOST FAMOUS now available on Digital and Blu-Ray from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

    • 3 min
    Episode 5 | The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

    Episode 5 | The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

    In 1917, as President Woodrow Wilson prepared the nation for World War, an even deadlier crisis was hiding in plain sight. An influenza virus flourished on European battlefields and rapidly spread among civilians, paralyzing the globe with illness and fear. The 1918 flu pandemic serves as a poignant reminder that science, cooperation, transparency and leadership can help clear a path to recovery. 

    • 27 min
    Episode 4 | JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Episode 4 | JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

    It is known as the most dangerous moment in human history. In late October of 1962, American spy planes discovered Soviet missile bases with nuclear capabilities on the island of Cuba. Normalcy was put on indefinite pause as millions of Americans grappled with terrifying idea that at any moment, without warning, their communities and loved ones could be decimated by an atomic bomb. While military leaders and hardliners clamored for aggressive action, it was the patience and poise of a president that saved the world from mass destruction.

    • 44 min
    Episode 3 | The Polio Epidemic

    Episode 3 | The Polio Epidemic

    From the late 19th to mid 20th centuries, the nation lived in fear of the polio virus. Often handicapping or paralyzing its victims, sometimes resulting in death, the disease was made all the more frightening by the fact that it preyed on young children. Generations of Americans were affected by this incurable illness until a brilliant young medical researcher, empowered by the coordinated efforts of public and private institutions, developed a miraculous vaccine. The expert knowledge and first-hand experiences of Walter Isaacson, David Oshinsky and Geoff Ward, assist Jon Meacham in telling a story which begins with debilitating fear and ends with everlasting hope.  

    • 35 min
    Episode 2 | Winston Churchill and World War II

    Episode 2 | Winston Churchill and World War II

    In May of 1940, Great Britain was in the crosshairs of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi war machine. As nations on mainland Europe fell prey to fascism, Winston Churchill seized the moment in dramatic fashion, ultimately winning a permanent place in the pantheon of heroic leaders who have single-handedly shifted the course of history. Churchill believed that “the only safe way” forward “was to convince Hitler that he couldn’t beat us.” And the only safe way to do that was to fight on. Accompanied by award-winning authors Erik Larson, Evan Thomas and Andrew Roberts, Jon Meacham revives one of the most consequential days of World War II, and creates a portrait of a man who used courage, candor and cooperation to protect the future of democracy. 

    • 36 min
    Episode 1 | FDR and The Great Depression

    Episode 1 | FDR and The Great Depression

    Following a decade of roaring prosperity in America, something invincible was proving vulnerable. The Great Depression was ravaging the economy and destroying lives, creating a dire need for bold, honest leadership. With the help of Pulitzer Prize-winners Doris Kearns Goodwin and David M. Kennedy, along with Allida Black, the Director of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, Jon Meacham delivers a vivid and intimate look at a President who countered depression with action, and who conquered fear with hope. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

DN4486 ,

Thank you for doing this

We need hope right now. Thanks for reminding us that in times like these, at least based on the past, the night is darkest before the dawn.

IvanGroznykc ,

Thoughtful. Elegant. Timely.

The first season of this podcast is excellent in every respect. It is well conceived, well written, and well presented. Kudos to all who put it together. Looking forward to future seasons….HURRY, please….and thanks!

The Moira ,

A window of hope

I’ve been listening with my two teens while in quarantine. Meacham’s storytelling is excellent. I can see in their faces expressions of hope that we will find ourselves on the other side of this pandemic one day.

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