55 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?

    1942: The Black-Japanese Axis

    1942: The Black-Japanese Axis

    In 1942, federal officials targeted a group of Black Americans who were allegedly hoping for a Japanese invasion. They uncovered a plot that included stockpiles of weapons and secret passwords—but was any of it true? This week, Joel Anderson tells the story of a shadowy organization in East St. Louis, Illinois, the group’s mysterious leader, and an alleged conspiracy against America during World War II.
    This episode of One Year was produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, Joel Anderson, Sol Werthan, and Josh Levin.
    Derek John is executive producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
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    • 40 min
    1942: When Internment Came to Alaska

    1942: When Internment Came to Alaska

    Six months after Pearl Harbor, Japan launched another attack on the United States. This time, Axis forces actually invaded, turning the Aleutian Islands into a battleground. What the country did next, in the name of “protecting” Alaska’s indigenous people, is a shameful chapter of the war. And it’s one the nation has never fully reckoned with.
    This episode of One Year was produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, Sol Werthan, and Josh Levin.
    Derek John is senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 42 min
    1942: The Info Wars of World War II

    1942: The Info Wars of World War II

    In March 1942, a new nightly radio show hit the American airwaves. The stated goal of Station Debunk was to correct all the lies getting tossed around about America’s involvement in the war. But the real story was a whole lot stranger and more devious than it appeared.
    One Year is produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Josh Levin.
    Derek John is senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
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    • 48 min
    1942: The Day the Music Stopped

    1942: The Day the Music Stopped

    On Aug. 1, 1942, the nation’s recording studios went silent. Musicians were fed up with the new technologies threatening their livelihoods, so they refused to record until they got their fair share. This week, Evan Chung explores one of the most consequential labor actions of the 20th century, and how it coincided with an underground revolution in music led by artists like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
    One Year is produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Josh Levin.
    Derek John is senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 57 min
    1942: The Year Everyone Got Married

    1942: The Year Everyone Got Married

    There were 1.8 million weddings in 1942, the most that had ever been recorded in a single year in American history. But how many of them would last? 98-year-old Millie Summergrad tells the story of one that did: her own. And a pair of brothers explain what it was like to grow up inside the busiest chapel in Yuma, Arizona—the wedding capital of the United States.
    One Year is produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Josh Levin.
    Derek John is senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 44 min
    1942: The Most Hated Man in America

    1942: The Most Hated Man in America

    At the beginning of World War II, the greatest threat to the American war effort wasn’t the Nazis or the Japanese—it was runaway inflation. The man in charge of stopping it was the country’s “price czar,” Leon Henderson. In 1942, he controlled how much coffee ordinary people could drink and how many tires they could buy. Those rules made him a nationwide villain. But would they save the country?
    One Year is produced by Evan Chung, Sophie Summergrad, Sam Kim, and Josh Levin. 
    Derek John is senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts and Merritt Jacob is senior technical director.
    Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year. Get access to extra episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $15 for your first three months.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min

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Perfect combo of history and human interest

Loved the 1942 episode about marriage!

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