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How can the past help inform today’s most pressing challenges? Every Tuesday, award-winning historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman use their encyclopedic knowledge of US history to bring the past to life. Together, they make sense of the week in news by discussing the people, ideas, and events that got us here today. From CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Now & Then CAFE

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    • 4.8 • 930 Ratings

How can the past help inform today’s most pressing challenges? Every Tuesday, award-winning historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman use their encyclopedic knowledge of US history to bring the past to life. Together, they make sense of the week in news by discussing the people, ideas, and events that got us here today. From CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Battling Over Critical Race Theory

    Battling Over Critical Race Theory

    On the third episode of Now & Then, “Battling Over Critical Race Theory,” Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman discuss the current debate over Critical Race Theory and the development of American historical scholarship, from Parson Weems’s fables, to George Washington Williams’ pioneering histories of Black America, to Reagan-era controversies over “Western Civilization” courses, to the influential work of Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw.
    Join CAFE Insider to listen to “Backstage,” where Heather and Joanne chat each week about the anecdotes and ideas that formed the episode. And for a limited time, use the code HISTORY for 50% off the annual membership price. Head to .cafe.com/history
    Thank you for listening! Join us each Tuesday for new episodes of Now & Then, and keep an eye out for live events with Heather and Joanne and the rest of the CAFE Team. 
    For references & supplemental materials, head to: cafe.com/now-and-then/battling-over-critical-race-theory
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    • 59 min
    Investigating Democracy

    Investigating Democracy

    On the second episode of Now & Then, “Investigating Democracy,” Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman discuss the history of congressional commissions, following the Senate Republican filibuster of the proposed commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. Heather and Joanne look back on investigations of the 1856 caning of Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner, the 1871 Ku Klux Klan hearings, and the 1954 back-and-forth between Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Army. In the process, they explore the partisanship and lasting cultural impact of these commissions and what that says about the utility of a January 6th Commission. 
    Join CAFE Insider to listen to “Backstage,” where Heather and Joanne chat each week about the anecdotes and ideas that formed the episode. And for a limited time, use the code HISTORY for 50% off the annual membership price. Head to www.cafe.com/history
    Thank you for listening! Join us each Tuesday for new episodes of Now & Then, and keep an eye out for live events with Heather and Joanne and the rest of the CAFE Team. 
    For references & supplemental materials, head to: cafe.com/now-and-then/investigating-democracy/
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    • 47 min
    Entangling Alliances

    Entangling Alliances

    On this first episode of Now & Then, “Entangling Alliances,” Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman discuss the emerging Biden Doctrine and the relationship between foreign and domestic policy throughout American history. Heather and Joanne focus on the French Revolution, Teddy Roosevelt’s progressive turn, and the cultural legacies of the Vietnam War as three moments from “then” that can particularly inform this transitional moment for America’s role in the world. 

    Join CAFE Insider to listen to “Backstage,” where Heather and Joanne chat each week about the anecdotes and ideas that formed the episode. And for a limited time, use the code HISTORY for 50% off the annual membership price. Head to www.cafe.com/history

    Thank you for listening! Join us each Tuesday for new episodes of Now & Then, and keep an eye out for live events with Heather and Joanne and the rest of the CAFE Team. 

    For references & supplemental materials, head to: cafe.com/now-and-then/now-then-episode-1-entangling-alliances/
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    • 49 min
    Introducing Now & Then

    Introducing Now & Then

    Now & Then is a new podcast from CAFE hosted by historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman. Each Tuesday, they will break down the week in news and look back at historical parallels to help us understand our present. Along the way, they’ll introduce us to history’s influential and often-forgotten characters. New episodes drop every Tuesday starting June 1st.
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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
930 Ratings

930 Ratings

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Great podcast

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teggebeen ,

World-class American historians

Heather and Joanne - world-class American historians delivering clear, concise, challenging, views on how we got here, and what it means.

Like having two world-class chefs preparing a 7-course dinner.

geogat ,

Quick thoughts

1st off…. You won’t be able to forget that they are “historians”. They make that very clear. Additionally they take a view that is passive aggressive on the left. History is not about facts, it’s about the delivery of those facts. So for the critical race theory discussion. It might be easy for a “historian” to defend parts of that theory. But they don’t acknowledge the fact that how it’s being rolled out is not how historically it was designed as. The roll out to schools is history based on an agenda. As “historians” they need to see not just what something like critical race theory was designed as, but how it’s being applied to today.

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