70 episodes

The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may have forgotten, or one you’ve never heard of before. What were the moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more? And how does the nation’s past shape our present?

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The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may have forgotten, or one you’ve never heard of before. What were the moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more? And how does the nation’s past shape our present?

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    1990: Pizzastroika

    1990: Pizzastroika

    Pizza Hut’s adventure in the Soviet Union was unlike any restaurant opening before or since. It involved a fleet of submarines, a very special pizza topped with tuna and salmon, and a casual dining spot on a mission to change the world.

    This episode was written by Kelly Jones and Josh Levin, One Year’s editorial director. One Year’s senior producer is Evan Chung.

    This episode was produced by Kelly Jones and Evan Chung, with additional production by Olivia Briley. 

    It was edited by Joel Meyer and Derek John, Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director.

    Join Slate Plus to get a special behind-the-scenes conversation at the end of our season about how we put together our 1990 stories. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 57 min
    1990: Mandrake the Magician

    1990: Mandrake the Magician

    A middle-aged single dad in Chicago was outraged by all the cigarette billboards popping up in Black communities. In 1990, he picked up a paint roller and became an anti-tobacco vigilante. And he did it all under a secret identity.

    This episode was written by Josh Levin, One Year’s editorial director. One Year’s senior producer is Evan Chung.

    This episode was produced by Kelly Jones, Olivia Briley, and Evan Chung. It was edited by Joel Meyer and Derek John, Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. 

    Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director. We had mixing help from Kevin Bendis.

    Join Slate Plus to get a special behind-the-scenes conversation at the end of our season about how we put together our 1990 stories. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 50 min
    1990: Bush vs. Broccoli

    1990: Bush vs. Broccoli

    In March 1990, a story broke that shocked the nation: George H.W. Bush had banned broccoli from Air Force One. The frenzy that came next would change the fate of a vegetable—and maybe even alter the course of a presidency.

    This episode was written by Olivia Briley and Josh Levin, One Year’s editorial director. One Year’s senior producer is Evan Chung.

    This episode was produced by Olivia Briley and Kelly Jones. 

    It was edited by Joel Meyer and Evan Chung.

    Derek John is Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. 

    Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.

    Join Slate Plus to get a special behind-the-scenes conversation at the end of our season about how we put together our 1990 stories. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 40 min
    1990: Art on Trial

    1990: Art on Trial

    Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most famous photographers in the world—and one of the most controversial. When his work came to Cincinnati in 1990, it would be at the center of a vicious fight over obscenity and the First Amendment, one that threatened the future of art in America.

    This episode of One Year was written by Evan Chung, One Year's senior producer. It was produced by Kelly Jones and Evan Chung, with additional production by Olivia Briley.

    It was edited by Josh Levin, One Year’s editorial director, with Joel Meyer and Derek John, Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director.

    Join Slate Plus to get a special behind-the-scenes conversation at the end of our season about how we put together our 1990 stories. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min
    1990: The Angry Death of Kimberly Bergalis

    1990: The Angry Death of Kimberly Bergalis

    Before 1990, there had never been a documented case of a patient getting HIV from a health care worker. Kimberly Bergalis changed that. Her claim that she’d been infected by her dentist would captivate and terrify the country. And the dentist, David Acer, would be made into a villain without America ever knowing who he really was.

    This episode was written by Kelly Jones and Josh Levin, One Year’s editorial director. One Year’s senior producer is Evan Chung.

    This episode was produced by Kelly Jones and Evan Chung, with additional production by Olivia Briley. 

    It was edited by Joel Meyer and Derek John, Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. Merritt Jacob is senior technical director. We had mixing help from Kevin Bendis. We had production help this season from Jabari Butler.

    Join Slate Plus to get a special behind-the-scenes conversation at the end of our season about how we put together our 1990 stories. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 56 min
    The Making of One Year: 1990

    The Making of One Year: 1990

    In this Slate Plus episode, host Josh Levin joins senior producer Evan Chung and producer Kelly Jones to share behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the sixth season of One Year.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Cw_ak ,

Make more episodes please!!!!!

I luv this show it’s nice to have a show that isn’t all about DEATH sadly those are the only shows that last on podcast sites super sad luv the show!!!!!!!!!

jluv81 ,

Why?

Just learned their will be no more seasons of this show and I’m so disappointed. Also not surprised because it seems that any truly good podcasts get cancelled and the subpar ones live on endlessly. Such is life. Loved this show. Should be more of them.

apmurphygogo ,

Love all the obscure stories

Love the topics covered, and 1 hour episode are the perfect story length

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