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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.

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 d ago
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The Invisible Border

The Stars

The story of how finding our fates in the stars moved from the fringes to the mainstream and became a multi-billion dollar industry.

58 MIN1 w ago
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The Stars

Becoming America

When the United States of America was founded, it was only a union of a small number of states. By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had become an empire; with states and territories and colonies that spanned the globe. As a result, the country began to not only reconsider its place in the world, but also its very name.

33 MIN2 w ago
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Becoming America

She Got Next

How three women ran and challenged the notion of who could and should be president of the United States.

61 MIN3 w ago
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She Got Next

Vaccination

In this episode, we look back at a 1905 Supreme Court case that set a precedent for whether or not the state can enforce compulsory vaccinations.

23 MINJAN 30
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Vaccination

Soleimani's Iran

In this episode, the origins of the shadow commander and what he means to Iran.

47 MINJAN 23
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Soleimani's Iran

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 MINJAN 16
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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 MINJAN 9
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There Will Be Bananas

Fear of Technology

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

36 MINJAN 2
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Fear of Technology

Russia's Vladamir Putin

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

36 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Russia's Vladamir Putin

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 d ago
Comments
The Invisible Border

The Stars

The story of how finding our fates in the stars moved from the fringes to the mainstream and became a multi-billion dollar industry.

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Stars

Becoming America

When the United States of America was founded, it was only a union of a small number of states. By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had become an empire; with states and territories and colonies that spanned the globe. As a result, the country began to not only reconsider its place in the world, but also its very name.

33 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Becoming America

She Got Next

How three women ran and challenged the notion of who could and should be president of the United States.

61 MIN3 w ago
Comments
She Got Next

Vaccination

In this episode, we look back at a 1905 Supreme Court case that set a precedent for whether or not the state can enforce compulsory vaccinations.

23 MINJAN 30
Comments
Vaccination

Soleimani's Iran

In this episode, the origins of the shadow commander and what he means to Iran.

47 MINJAN 23
Comments
Soleimani's Iran

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 MINJAN 16
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 MINJAN 9
Comments
There Will Be Bananas

Fear of Technology

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

36 MINJAN 2
Comments
Fear of Technology

Russia's Vladamir Putin

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

36 MIN2019 DEC 26
Comments
Russia's Vladamir Putin
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