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October 17, 2019
This week, how Hong Kong became one of the most important, and most contested, cities in the world.
October 10, 2019
This week, how one Medieval Islamic philosopher put his pen to paper and shaped the modern world.
October 3, 2019
This week we return to 1868 and the first presidential impeachment in U.S. history — President Andrew Johnson.
September 26, 2019
In this episode, two stories that challenge the idea of who and why Americans sought refuge in other countries.
September 19, 2019
In this episode, we look at Puerto Rico's relationship with the mainland U.S. and the key figures who shaped the island's fate.
September 12, 2019
We sat down with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns to talk about his new documentary series Country music and his process as a storyteller.
September 5, 2019
How one organization changed the American public's relationship with waste and who is ultimately responsible for it.
September 5, 2019
How one organization changed the American public's relationship with waste and who is ultimately responsible for it.
August 29, 2019
We explore three stories of protest in sports that are often overlooked but essential to understanding the current debate: Jack Johnson, Wilma Rudolph, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
August 22, 2019
How singing "Strange Fruit" turned Billie Holiday into one of the first victims of the War on Drugs.
August 15, 2019
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.
August 8, 2019
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.
August 1, 2019
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.
July 25, 2019
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.
July 18, 2019
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.
July 11, 2019
This week, we revisit our very first episode about an event from August 1953 — when the CIA helped to overthrow Iran's Prime Minister.
July 4, 2019
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.
June 27, 2019
The protests at The Stonewall Inn 50 years ago fueled the gay rights movement. But gay activists were fighting harassment and discrimination years before.
June 20, 2019
How the murder of an unarmed black civil rights activist in 1965 lead to the march to Montgomery that ended in "Bloody Sunday."
June 13, 2019
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?
June 6, 2019
Mitch McConnell is one of the least popular politicians in the country, so how did he win eight consecutive elections? This week, we share an Embedded ep. that traces his history.
May 30, 2019
Right-wing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has won reelection as Prime Minister of India. We look back at Vinayak Savarkar, one of the architects of Hindu nationalism.
May 23, 2019
China is a world superpower today. But just over a century ago, the country was in complete turmoil. How one man led a movement to reshape China as we know — Sun Yat-sen.
May 23, 2019
China is a world superpower today. But just over a century ago, the country was in complete turmoil. How one man led a movement to reshape China as we know — Sun Yat-sen.
May 16, 2019
We look back at the rise and fall of Venezuela through the lives of two revolutionaries turned authoritarian leaders: Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez.
May 9, 2019
How has white nationalism shaped U.S. immigration policy in the 20th century? This week, we share an episode we loved from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders.
May 2, 2019
A deadly smallpox epidemic in the early 1900s and a Boston-area minister who refused mandatory vaccination — how his case ended up in front of the Supreme Court.
April 25, 2019
From the tractor to talking robots, society has feared innovations. But usefulness usually overcomes resistance. Is today any different from the past?
April 18, 2019
Two sects of Islam, 1400 years of history, and three stories to help us better understand the Sunni-Shia divide.
April 11, 2019
Nancy Pelosi is widely seen as the most powerful woman in U.S. politics. Follow her rise from a Baltimore political family to becoming Speaker of the House twice.
April 4, 2019
Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.
March 28, 2019
This week, in a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.
March 21, 2019
In this week's episode, the history of militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border.
March 14, 2019
In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."
March 7, 2019
In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.
February 28, 2019
This week we return to 1868 and the first presidential impeachment in U.S. history — President Andrew Johnson.
February 21, 2019
What's fueled the hostility between the U.S. and North Korea? We look back at the tangled history.
February 14, 2019
We explore three stories of protest in sports that are often overlooked but essential to understanding the current debate: Jack Johnson, Wilma Rudolph, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
February 7, 2019
This week we look back at four days in August 1953, when the CIA orchestrated a coup of Iran's elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
January 30, 2019
NPR's new history podcast hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah. New episodes every Thursday starting February 7th.
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