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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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Mass Incarceration

From the creation of the first penitentiaries in the 1800s, to the "tough-on-crime" prosecutors of the 1990s, how America created a culture of mass incarceration.

48 MIN3 days ago
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Mass Incarceration

Scorched Earth

Colonial powers used concentration camps at the turn of the 19th century to crush rebellions. How a war between Britain and Boers gave rise to some of the first camps.

31 MIN1 weeks ago
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Scorched Earth

Huey Long Vs. The Media

Who was Huey Long? He was a politician that combined progressive economic ideas with an autocratic streak, leading FDR to call him one of the most dangerous men in America.

32 MIN2 weeks ago
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Huey Long Vs. The Media

Milliken v. Bradley

How a plan to end segregation by busing in Detroit went to the Supreme Court and had lasting implications for the rest of the country.

36 MIN3 weeks ago
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Milliken v. Bradley

Rules Of Engagement

For the last 40 years, the U.S. and Iran have been in almost continual conflict. We look at three different moments in this conflict to better understand where it might go next.

50 MINJUL 18
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Rules Of Engagement

Four Days In August

This week, we revisit our very first episode about an event from August 1953 — when the CIA helped to overthrow Iran's Prime Minister.

38 MINJUL 11
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Four Days In August

American Anthem

This week, we share three stories from NPR Music's American Anthem series that highlight the origins of songs that have become ingrained in American culture.

28 MINJUL 4
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American Anthem

Before Stonewall

The protests at The Stonewall Inn 50 years ago fueled the gay rights movement. But gay activists were fighting harassment and discrimination years before.

40 MINJUN 27
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Before Stonewall

The X On The Map

How the murder of an unarmed black civil rights activist in 1965 lead to the march to Montgomery that ended in "Bloody Sunday."

41 MINJUN 20
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The X On The Map

Apocalypse Now

Evangelicals have played an important role in modern day American politics, but what exactly does it means to be an evangelical today and how it has changed over time?

55 MINJUN 13
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Apocalypse Now

Latest Episodes

Mass Incarceration

From the creation of the first penitentiaries in the 1800s, to the "tough-on-crime" prosecutors of the 1990s, how America created a culture of mass incarceration.

48 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Mass Incarceration

Scorched Earth

Colonial powers used concentration camps at the turn of the 19th century to crush rebellions. How a war between Britain and Boers gave rise to some of the first camps.

31 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Scorched Earth

Huey Long Vs. The Media

Who was Huey Long? He was a politician that combined progressive economic ideas with an autocratic streak, leading FDR to call him one of the most dangerous men in America.

32 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Huey Long Vs. The Media

Milliken v. Bradley

How a plan to end segregation by busing in Detroit went to the Supreme Court and had lasting implications for the rest of the country.

36 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Milliken v. Bradley

Rules Of Engagement

For the last 40 years, the U.S. and Iran have been in almost continual conflict. We look at three different moments in this conflict to better understand where it might go next.

50 MINJUL 18
Comments
Rules Of Engagement

Four Days In August

This week, we revisit our very first episode about an event from August 1953 — when the CIA helped to overthrow Iran's Prime Minister.

38 MINJUL 11
Comments
Four Days In August

American Anthem

This week, we share three stories from NPR Music's American Anthem series that highlight the origins of songs that have become ingrained in American culture.

28 MINJUL 4
Comments
American Anthem

Before Stonewall

The protests at The Stonewall Inn 50 years ago fueled the gay rights movement. But gay activists were fighting harassment and discrimination years before.

40 MINJUN 27
Comments
Before Stonewall

The X On The Map

How the murder of an unarmed black civil rights activist in 1965 lead to the march to Montgomery that ended in "Bloody Sunday."

41 MINJUN 20
Comments
The X On The Map

Apocalypse Now

Evangelicals have played an important role in modern day American politics, but what exactly does it means to be an evangelical today and how it has changed over time?

55 MINJUN 13
Comments
Apocalypse Now

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