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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.

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325 Ratings
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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

325 Ratings
Average Ratings
275
34
6
2
8

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

Updated 1 day ago

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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 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
56 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 36: Trump's Tax Returns, Hiroshima, and High Heels

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the history of presidential candidates and tax returns, Obama's visit to Japan, and feminism and footwear. 

May 31 2016
50 mins
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Rank #3: 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
57 mins
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Rank #4: 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
50 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 38: Muhammad Ali, Brock Turner, and the First Woman Nominee

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On this week's episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the aftermath of the Brock Turner trial, and America's first woman nominated to the presidency by a major party.

Jun 14 2016
54 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 101: LIVE! Antifa, Cultural Appropriation, and Income Inequality

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In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the historical origins of Antifa, cultural appropriation, and the role of contract labor in an unequal society.

Sep 19 2017
57 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 41: Pat Summitt, Hellerstedt, and the Democratic Sit-In

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In this week's episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the legacy of basketball coach Pat Summitt, the place of Women's Whole Health v. Hellerstedt in America's abortion debate, and the House Democrats' sit-in over gun control.

Jul 05 2016
56 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 95: MS-13, R. Kelly, and Doctor Who

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the place of MS-13 in the history of street gangs, R. Kelly's sex cult, and the controversy over the first woman actor to play Doctor Who.

Aug 08 2017
53 mins
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Rank #9: 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
55 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 65: North Carolina, Pot Legalization, and Alabama Football

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On this week's show, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of democracy in North Carolina, the trend toward legalization of marijuana, and the dominance of Alabama football.

Jan 10 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #11: 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
44 mins
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Rank #12: 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
59 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 188: Women's World Cup, Ross Perot, and Jeffrey Epstein

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the Women’s World Cup, the life and legacy of Ross Perot, and the case against Jeffrey Epstein.

Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast

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

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

Jul 16 2019
52 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 43: Dallas, Conventions, and Vaccines

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the police shooting in Dallas, the role of conventions in presidential politics, and the rise of anti-vaccine activism. 

Time stamps

Dallas: 4:13

Conventions: 19:33

Vaccines: 35:23

WMH: 46:36

Jul 19 2016
59 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 62: Fidel Castro, Liberalism's Future, and Fake News

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In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Fidel Castro's legacy, the future of liberalism, and the rise of fake news.

Dec 06 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 35: Lethal Injection, PC Culture, and Closeted Clinton Voters

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In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate lethal injection and the death penalty, the return of political correctness, and the secret shame of voting for Hillary Clinton.

May 24 2016
51 mins
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Rank #17: Bonus Episode 6: Omarosa

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In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the release of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the White House, a new book by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast

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

 We will be back in September with new episodes!

Aug 21 2018
21 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 107: Democratic Wins, Twitter, and The Snowy Day

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the Democratic wins in the recent off-year elections, the doubling of Twitter’s character limit, and the release of a postage stamp based on Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day.

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Nov 14 2017
59 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 165: Howard Schultz, Gay Priests, and Ted Bundy

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In this podcast, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss Howard Schultz’ presidential bid, gay men in the priesthood, and the enduring fascination with serial killer Ted Bundy.

Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast

On this week’s Past Present episode, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil J. Young discuss Howard Schultz’ presidential bid, gay men in the priesthood, and the enduring fascination with serial killer Ted Bundy. 

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

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

Feb 05 2019
49 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 127: Barbara Bush, Starbucks, and the U.S. Census

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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the life and legacy of Barbara Bush, Starbucks’ race problem, and the U.S. Census.

Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast

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

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

Apr 24 2018
52 mins
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