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The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

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The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

    A Race To Know

    A Race To Know

    This week, how race has played a central role in who is counted-in America.

    • 41 min
    1918 Flu

    1918 Flu

    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But as much as we can learn from the comparison, it's important to also understand just how much these two pandemics differ. This week, what we can learn from what happened then and, just as importantly, where the comparison should end.

    • 38 min
    American Socialist

    American Socialist

    This week, the story of Eugene V. Debs and the creation of American socialism.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Savarkar And India

    Savarkar And India

    In the past few weeks Delhi has become the latest place in India convulsed with religious violence as Hindu mobs burned Muslim neighborhoods, mosques and killed over 40 people. The violence comes in the wake of a new citizenship law that excludes undocumented Muslims, but it also follows years of incendiary rhetoric and policies from the ascendant right-wing Hindu nationalist party, the BJP, and India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. As the political philosophy of Hindu nationalism gains ground in India we look back at one of its architects - Vinayak Savarkar.

    • 32 min
    Public Universal Friend

    Public Universal Friend

    America in the run-up to the Revolutionary War wasn't just a period of dramatic political change, it was also a time of great religious and social instability, anxiety and experimentation. And in the midst of it all there arose a self-proclaimed genderless prophet — the Public Universal Friend. This week, how the Public Universal Friend rocked society's norms and paved the way for others to reject religious and gender expectations for centuries to come.

    • 48 min
    The Invisible Border

    The Invisible Border

    Today, the border that divides Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is "soft", in most places you could almost forget that it's there. But for decades it was a deadly flash point in the bitter conflict known as "The Troubles" . This week, we share an episode from Today, Explained that takes a look at the history of this conflict and how Brexit could jeopardize a fragile peace.

    • 33 min

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Very informative and engrossing

Love the pod, very interesting. Highly recommend

Mcboyt ,

Interesting and fun show

Very interesting and well produced podcast that I’ve enjoyed since day one. They really put their personalities in the show, and seem to learn about the topics along with us. (Although...astrology? Really?)

The most recent episode included a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to Rund’s father, who she lost too soon. I would have loved to have known him; he sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Rockin'Robbin86 ,

Great fun

Rund:
Thank you so much for sharing your love of your wonderful father. Sorry for your loss.
Virtual hugs ❤️

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