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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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Everybody Knows Somebody

In the mid-1980's a woman who didn't consider herself a feminist was asked to solve perhaps the biggest problem women face.

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Everybody Knows Somebody

There Will Be Bananas

How one Brooklyn-born entrepreneur ruthlessly created the modern banana industry and the infamous banana republics.

56 MIN1 w ago
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There Will Be Bananas

Resistance Is Futile

From the tractor to talking robots, society has feared innovations. But usefulness usually overcomes resistance. Is today any different from the past?

36 MIN2 w ago
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Resistance Is Futile

The Moth

In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."

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The Moth

The Phoebus Cartel

In a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.

35 MIN2019 DEC 19
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The Phoebus Cartel

America's Opioid Epidemic

Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.

46 MIN2019 DEC 12
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America's Opioid Epidemic

The Grid

The battle that electrified our world and the extreme measures that were taken to get there.

43 MIN2019 DEC 5
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The Grid

American Shadows

In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.

43 MIN2019 NOV 28
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American Shadows

A Year Of Wonders

This week, how the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki awed, terrified and disrupted millions around the world and changed the course of history.

41 MIN2019 NOV 21
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A Year Of Wonders

The Siege of Mecca

This week, how one man led an uprising that would have repercussions around the world and inspire the future of Islamic extremism.

44 MIN2019 NOV 14
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The Siege of Mecca

Latest Episodes

Everybody Knows Somebody

In the mid-1980's a woman who didn't consider herself a feminist was asked to solve perhaps the biggest problem women face.

59 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Everybody Knows Somebody

There Will Be Bananas

How one Brooklyn-born entrepreneur ruthlessly created the modern banana industry and the infamous banana republics.

56 MIN1 w ago
Comments
There Will Be Bananas

Resistance Is Futile

From the tractor to talking robots, society has feared innovations. But usefulness usually overcomes resistance. Is today any different from the past?

36 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Resistance Is Futile

The Moth

In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Moth

The Phoebus Cartel

In a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.

35 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
The Phoebus Cartel

America's Opioid Epidemic

Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.

46 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
America's Opioid Epidemic

The Grid

The battle that electrified our world and the extreme measures that were taken to get there.

43 MIN2019 DEC 5
Comments
The Grid

American Shadows

In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.

43 MIN2019 NOV 28
Comments
American Shadows

A Year Of Wonders

This week, how the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki awed, terrified and disrupted millions around the world and changed the course of history.

41 MIN2019 NOV 21
Comments
A Year Of Wonders

The Siege of Mecca

This week, how one man led an uprising that would have repercussions around the world and inspire the future of Islamic extremism.

44 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
The Siege of Mecca
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