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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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Four Days In August

Four Days In August

2019-07-1100:38:437

The U.S. and Iran have had a tense relationship for decades — but when did that begin? Over the next two weeks, we're exploring the history. This week, we feature our very first episode about an event from August 1953 — when the CIA helped to overthrow Iran's Prime Minister.
American Anthem

American Anthem

2019-07-0400:28:099

The Star-Spangled Banner is the official anthem for the United States, but there are plenty of songs that have become informal American anthems for millions of people. 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.
Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall

2019-06-2700:40:2818

Fifty years ago, a gay bar in New York City called The Stonewall Inn was raided by police, and what followed were days of rebellion where protesters and police clashed. Today, that event is seen as the start of the gay civil rights movement, but gay activists and organizations were standing up to harassment and discrimination years before. On this episode, the fight for gay rights before Stonewall.
The X On The Map

The X On The Map

2019-06-2000:41:1417

In 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson was an unarmed black civil rights activist who was murdered in Marion, Ala., after a peaceful protest. His murder brought newfound energy to the civil rights movement, leading to the march to Montgomery that ended in "Bloody Sunday." This week, we share an episode we loved from White Lies as they look for answers to a murder that happened more than half a century ago.
Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

2019-06-1300:56:1429

Evangelicals have played an important role in modern day American politics - from supporting President Trump to helping elect Jimmy Carter back in 1976. How and when did this religious group become so intertwined with today's political issues? In this episode, what it means to be an evangelical today and how it has changed over time.
Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

2019-06-0600:33:2620

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates? This week, we share an episode we loved from Embedded that traces McConnell's political history.
Savarkar's India

Savarkar's India

2019-05-3000:34:2620

Right-wing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has won reelection as India's Prime Minister. As the political philosophy of Hindu nationalism gains ground in India we look back at one of its architects - Vinayak Savarkar.
A Dream Of Modern China

A Dream Of Modern China

2019-05-2300:46:5523

China is a world superpower today. But just over a century ago, the country was in complete turmoil — foreign powers had carved up the country, the ruling dynasty was losing control, and millions of citizens were struggling to survive. However, that political chaos inspired a nationalist movement that reshaped China as we know it, and it was led by one man - Sun Yat-sen.
El Libertador

El Libertador

2019-05-1600:56:0811

Venezuela is facing an economic and humanitarian crisis as extreme poverty and violence have forced many to flee the country in recent years. How did a country once wealthy with oil resources fall into such turmoil? Through the lives of two revolutionaries turned authoritarian leaders separated by two centuries, we look back at the rise and fall of Venezuela.
White Nationalism

White Nationalism

2019-05-0900:34:159

The white nationalist ideas of Madison Grant influenced Congress in the 1920s, leaders in Nazi Germany, and members of the Trump administration. This week, we share an episode we loved from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders that explores a throughline of white nationalism in American politics from the early 20th century to today.
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Comments (67)

Katie P

So fascinating! As a non religious person I really appreciate the exploration of the development of influence of this group in our political process. Well done!

Jul 14th
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Otter Puff

such a great podcast. i just finished listening for the second time

Jun 27th
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Douglas Van Aartsen

I liked this podcast very much. But I think it missed the critical role of the Supreme Court ruling that prayer in school was unconstitutional. In my Evangelical home that ruling was far more significant then Brown v Board of Education. Also the role of the Scofield Reference Bible should have been at least mentioned in the rise of premillennialism. It was the textbook for premillennialism for many pastors.

Jun 24th
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Julie Sirabella

Sorry, but it's a pet peeve. It's pronounced OxyCONTIN, not OxyKAH IN

Jun 11th
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Alex Mercedes

darn! I already listened to this on the other pod...

Jun 6th
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Anu Haridas

this is a highly biased episode of npr.. it gives a very distorted picture of what India is now . and what are its values.. the landsliding victory of Modi is not coz India has turned into a hindu nationalist country but because the opposition lacked a strong leader that we could rely on.. Congress had turned into a corrupt and less reliable party.. Modi is not the best.. but better than other options that we had... and just to note that we are no less secular than olden days. In fact with the advent of technology and with the increasing population of millennials , choices are made logically than emotionally...please do make some research into current situation of politics and evaluate if things have changed drastically before drawing your throughline ..

Jun 6th
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Devashish Sharma

While the podcast provides an interesting insight into the rivalry of Gandhi and Savarkar, it fails to get any perspectives from either side which could have presented a much more comprehensive picture. While it mentions that Modi has invoked Savarkar, it completely ignores the fact that Modi has invoked Gandhi far more often than Savarkar. The entire Swacch Bharat (Clean India) campaign started by Modi is centered on Gandhi's teachings, even it's logo carries Gandhi's spectacles as a symbol. The khadi movement started by Gandhi which was in rapid decline in the Congress era has also been revived by Modi and finally the govt has drawn up big plans for Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

Jun 6th
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Sumathi Sridhar

A podcast needs to be unbiased. such little research has been done on this. modi never disrespected gandhi. The Congress u have today is not what Gandhi or bose dreamt of. He is against family dominated politics that's what Congress has come down to. Muslims have voted for Modi. Look at the economic growth, development etc. Very ill researched. where were you when Pakistan did terror attacks on India

Jun 3rd
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Ryan Pena

Sumathi Sridhar you make a good point. it could be that they focused on the Hindu nationalism part because there seems to be a rise of right wing nationalism on a global scale at the moment. but you're right that they could've included more of a nuanced look at the BJP

Jun 5th
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Sumathi Sridhar

Ryan Pena Ryan. it does sound and look so, but the principals and ideals of a party cannot be ignored. this podcast focused just on it being a hindu party, but ignored why Indians now revolt the Congress, n demand a second freedom. look at the growth, economy and development. religion has been an easy trigger that has been used in India for long by everyone n still continue to do so. that's my agony.

Jun 5th
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Srinivas

Amazing episode, however India gained independence on Aug 15th 1947, and not June 15th as stated in the episode.

Jun 2nd
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Alex Mercedes

we'll, you've done it again: lured me into a program on something I didn't know I was interested in. well done! good show.

Jun 1st
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Ryan Pena

Alex Mercedes love this pod. so interesting. seems like you and I have similar tastes in podcasts haha

Jun 4th
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Kelly Hawker

Love this podcast! You guys did such a great job. Thank you!

Jun 1st
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Aditi Anand

I really like your new episode on India. Good work! Keep going.

May 30th
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Annie Cicero

Qz CD

May 29th
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Justice

Thank you...very insightful. I come here to be educated. and you do a good job of that.

May 28th
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Angela Gloria

You guys are doing a great job. A comprehensive study with good presentation. Keep it up! The world needs more like you.

May 24th
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Johan Gomez

I am from Colombia and this is a great way to know the huge problem that is taking place in Venezuela. Greets from Colombia.

May 19th
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Alex Mercedes

excellent! this episode was a true throughline

May 16th
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Alex Mercedes

valuable survey. thanks. not sure why the host was moved to nervous laughter here and there. it's not really a humorous topic...

May 13th
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Shanaya Painter

This was a great episode. So this all starts far far back when the family of the prophet Mohamed were killed, then it became political. I had no idea.

May 6th
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Afrooz Abbasi

Thank you for choosing such an important story. It was good.

May 3rd
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