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Past Present brings together three historians to discuss what's happening in American politics and culture today. Natalia, Neil, and Niki bring historical insights to the news of the day, offering listeners an alternative to the reflexive and polarized world of punditry. Interested in the world around you but exhausted by rote reactions and partisan talking points? You've come to the right place.

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Past Present brings together three historians to discuss what's happening in American politics and culture today. Natalia, Neil, and Niki bring historical insights to the news of the day, offering listeners an alternative to the reflexive and polarized world of punditry. Interested in the world around you but exhausted by rote reactions and partisan talking points? You've come to the right place.

iTunes Ratings

345 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
37
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9

Solid Podcast

By therealmichaelscarn - Apr 25 2019
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So refreshing to hear smart people talk about current events

Wonderful, timely

By thekentee - Apr 02 2019
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Learn something every week!

iTunes Ratings

345 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
37
7
2
9

Solid Podcast

By therealmichaelscarn - Apr 25 2019
Read more
So refreshing to hear smart people talk about current events

Wonderful, timely

By thekentee - Apr 02 2019
Read more
Learn something every week!
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Past Present

Latest release on Jul 07, 2020

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Past Present brings together three historians to discuss what's happening in American politics and culture today. Natalia, Neil, and Niki bring historical insights to the news of the day, offering listeners an alternative to the reflexive and polarized world of punditry. Interested in the world around you but exhausted by rote reactions and partisan talking points? You've come to the right place.

Rank #1: Episode 103: Harvey Weinstein, Pumpkin Spice, & the Dove Ad Controversy

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and the culture that enables him, the history of the pumpkin spice phenomenon, and the controversy over a Dove soap advertisement.

Oct 17 2017

59mins

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Rank #2: Episode 96: Stolen Valor, MLMs, and Private Roads

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In this week's episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate lying about Vietnam, multi-level marketing companies, and the privatization of public roads.

Aug 15 2017

55mins

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Rank #3: Episode 92: Higher Ed & the GOP, the Reverse Great Migration, and Immigration in California

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On this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Republicans’ increasing distrust of higher education, the reverse Great Migration of African Americans to the South, and the last remaining fleeing immigrants sign in California.

Jul 18 2017

56mins

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Rank #4: Episode 90: Coconut Oil, Genetic Testing, and Porn

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the American Heart Association's denunciation of coconut oil, the growing use of genetic testing for genealogy, and the history of porn. 

Jul 04 2017

58mins

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Rank #5: Episode 128: Sean Hannity, Gayborhoods, and Running Tutus

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the Sean Hannity phenomenon, battles over the “gayborhood,” and the popularity of running tutus.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 01 2018

58mins

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Rank #6: Episode 67: Plagiarism, Ringling Bros., and Sugar & SNAP

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the dangers of plagiarism, the fate of the circus, and whether sugary drinks should be restricted for SNAP recipients.

Jan 24 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: Episode 52: Brangelina, EpiPens, and Dr. Oz

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the dissolution of the Jolie-Pitt marriage, the price of EpiPens, and Dr. Oz and medical entertainment.

Sep 27 2016

53mins

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Rank #8: Episode 45: Veeps, Beach-Going, and the Olympic Doping Scandal

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On this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the changing role of the vice presidency, the history of beach-going, and the Russian doping scandal overshadowing the Rio Olympics.

Aug 02 2016

57mins

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Rank #9: Episode 87: Pride Month, the Paris Accords, and Kathy Griffin

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In this week's episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the politics of pride marches, the history of climate change, and Kathy Griffin and the politics of offense.

Jun 13 2017

59mins

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Rank #10: Episode 53: Presidential Debates, Stop and Frisk, and Fat Shaming

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the presidential debates, the constitutionality of stop and frisk, and obesity and medical care.

Oct 04 2016

54mins

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Rank #11: Episode 51: Presidential Health, Free Pre-K, and Star Trek

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate secrecy and presidential health, New York City's universal pre-kindergarten, and the legacy of Star Trek.

Sep 20 2016

1hr

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Rank #12: Episode 20: Clinton & Reconstruction, Curvy Barbie, and Bernie Sanders's (Un)Religion

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Hillary Clinton's comments on Reconstruction, Mattel's release of a curvy Barbie doll, and Bernie Sanders's religious (non)affiliation.

Feb 09 2016

50mins

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Rank #13: Episode 42: Elie Wiesel, Clinton's Emails, and Guns N Roses

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Elie Wiesel's impact on Americans' memory of the Holocaust, the place of Clinton's email controversy in presidential scandals, and the legacy of Guns N Roses.

Jul 12 2016

52mins

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Rank #14: Episode 25: Nancy Reagan, OJ Simpson, and Presidential Bodies

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Nancy Reagan's legacy, the impact of the OJ Simpson trial, and the politics of presidential bodies.

Mar 15 2016

50mins

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Rank #15: Episode 26: Merrick Garland, Misty Copeland, and Contested Conventions

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In this week's episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Misty Copeland and the future of ballet, and the history of contested conventions. 

Mar 22 2016

44mins

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Rank #16: Episode 89: Amazon & Whole Foods, Summer Jobs, and Gerrymandering

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, the disappearing teen summer job, and the politics of gerrymandering.

Jun 27 2017

58mins

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Rank #17: Episode 130: "This is America," NRATV, and Instragramming Museums

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Childish Gambino’s viral video “This is America,” the launching of NRATV, and how Instagram is changing museums. 

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Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 15 2018

58mins

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Rank #18: Episode 23: Apple v. US, Michael Pollan, and Guantanamo Bay

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the government's attempt to hack the iPhone, Michael Pollan's new documentary "Cooked," and Obama's latest attempt to close Guantanamo Bay.

Mar 01 2016

44mins

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Rank #19: Episode 132: Incels, Mormonism and Race, and Millennials and Personal Finance

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the “incel” community, the role of race in Mormon history, and the thrift-shaming of millennials.

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Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 29 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: Episode 141: Sacha Baron Cohen, the Yoga Vote, and Middle Children

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, the viability of a “yoga vote,” and the demographic shift bringing about the disappearance of the middle child.

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  In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jul 31 2018

55mins

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Episode 236: Social Media Deplatforming

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the deplatforming of extremists by social media sites from Reddit to YouTube.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jul 07 2020

41mins

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Episode 235: Defund the Police

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the movement to defund the police.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jun 30 2020

45mins

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Episode 234: Bostock v. Clayton County

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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss Bostock v. Clayton County, the recent Supreme Court decision protecting gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination.

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  • In an unexpected victory for LGBTQ activists, the Supreme Court decided last week that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender people from discrimination at work. Natalia and Niki referred to this helpful Slate piece on the legal theories of textualism and originalism, and to Rebecca Onion’s explanation of the legend behind the “because of sex” clause in the Civil Rights Act. Neil referenced our own conversation on Episode 22 about Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial legacy.

In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jun 23 2020

34mins

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Episode 233: Larry Kramer, Playwright and AIDS Activist

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In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the life and legacy of playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jun 16 2020

36mins

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Episode 232: Police Violence

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In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the recent protests over police brutality.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jun 09 2020

41mins

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Episode 231: Nursing Homes during Coronavirus

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the history of nursing homes in the moment of coronavirus.

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Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Jun 02 2020

38mins

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Episode 230: The Inspectors General Firings

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss President Trump’s recent firings of four Inspectors General.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 26 2020

32mins

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Episode 229: Little Richard

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of Little Richard.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 19 2020

33mins

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Episode 228: Ahmaud Arbery

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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 12 2020

35mins

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Episode 227: Meatpacking Plants and the Defense of Production Act

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In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss meatpacking plants and the Defense Production Act.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

May 05 2020

38mins

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Episode 226: The Lockdown Protests

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In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss protests against the current national lockdown.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Apr 28 2020

32mins

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Episode 225: Vote-by-Mail and USPS

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the prospect of large-scale voting by mail come November and the fate of the U.S. Postal Service.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Apr 21 2020

36mins

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Episode 224: Hydroxychloroquine

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Trump is pushing as a potential cure for the coronavirus.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Apr 14 2020

29mins

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Episode 223: Tiger King

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the new Netflix series, Tiger King.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Apr 07 2020

38mins

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Episode 222: School Closings

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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the history of school closings.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Mar 31 2020

34mins

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Episode 221: Cabin Fever

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In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the history of “cabin fever.”

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Mar 24 2020

33mins

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Episode 220: Quarantines

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In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of the quarantine.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Mar 17 2020

36mins

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Episode 219: Plastic Bag Bans

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the bans on single-use plastic bags.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Mar 10 2020

31mins

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Episode 218: Fat Activism

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of fat activism and the body positivity movement.

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In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Mar 03 2020

36mins

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Episode 217: COVID-19 and Protective Face Masks

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss COVID-19 and the history of protective face masks.

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Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:

Feb 25 2020

29mins

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iTunes Ratings

345 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
37
7
2
9

Solid Podcast

By therealmichaelscarn - Apr 25 2019
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So refreshing to hear smart people talk about current events

Wonderful, timely

By thekentee - Apr 02 2019
Read more
Learn something every week!