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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?

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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?

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    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.
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    • 56 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.
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    • 58 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.
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    • 40 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.
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    • 50 min
    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.
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    • 57 min
    1955: The Hiroshima Maidens

    1955: The Hiroshima Maidens

    Ten years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 25 women who’d been disfigured by the blast came to the United States. Those Japanese survivors would go to the White House and end up on a bizarre proto reality TV show. They’d also put their lives in the hands of American doctors, hoping that risky, cutting-edge surgeries might repair their injuries and give them a chance for a fresh start.

    Josh Levin is 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 Sophie Summergrad. 

    It was edited by Joel Meyer and Derek John, Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts. 

    Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director. Holly Allen created the artwork for this season.

    Join Slate Plus to get a bonus 1955 episode at the end of the season. Slate Plus members also get to listen to all Slate podcasts without any ads. Sign up now to support One Year.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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1.3K Ratings

JLouther ,

Slow Burn Series - Great!

I almost didn’t listen to the David Duke series. I had no interest whatsoever in that person but let me tell you that was a good series. Taught me so much about people who hate people based upon race, gender, and religion. How they convince others to join their cause using a false narrative. I can clearly see David Duke’s playbook in use today in our current state of politics.

thebngp30 ,

My absolute favorite podcast

I LOVE history and these story’s are so interesting I still haven’t got around to listening to the 1955 and 1990 but I’m sure their great after I’m done with this I’ll listen to 1955 and 1990 but keep it coming. I can’t wait to see what comes next after all there are thousands of years.

ALbradp ,

Shame on you

These sick people participate in the most disgusting form of victim blaming with their Ruby Ridge podcast. The FBI murdered Vicki Weaver in cold blood and the narrator acts as if she had it coming. It’s a despicable and subhuman position. Absolutely terrible.

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