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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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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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Pro-China, pro-oppression

By Th3_ €Dg3_ ^_^ - Oct 19 2019
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The podcast on Hong Kong never mentioned the myriad of human rights abuses in China as a reason Hong Kongers don’t want to be absorbed into China’s totalitarian regime. The episode didn’t mention the concentration camps for minority Muslims, organ harvesting, forced abortions, or brutal oppression of free speech. This is biased journalism, dishonesty by omission of the most crucial details.

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By keepin it hunnit - Oct 18 2019
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I personally enjoy the stories which touch on American impact around the world.

iTunes Ratings

5713 Ratings
Average Ratings
4720
431
190
158
214

Pro-China, pro-oppression

By Th3_ €Dg3_ ^_^ - Oct 19 2019
Read more
The podcast on Hong Kong never mentioned the myriad of human rights abuses in China as a reason Hong Kongers don’t want to be absorbed into China’s totalitarian regime. The episode didn’t mention the concentration camps for minority Muslims, organ harvesting, forced abortions, or brutal oppression of free speech. This is biased journalism, dishonesty by omission of the most crucial details.

Love these stories

By keepin it hunnit - Oct 18 2019
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I personally enjoy the stories which touch on American impact around the world.

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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.

Rank #1: The Forgotten War

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President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un are preparing to meet for a second nuclear summit. What has fueled the hostility between these two countries for decades? On this episode, we look back at the tangled history.

Feb 21 2019

34mins

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Rank #2: Apocalypse Now

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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.

Jun 13 2019

56mins

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Rank #3: The Litter Myth

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There is more waste in the world today than at any time in history, and the responsibility for keeping the environment clean too often falls on individuals instead of manufacturers. But, why us? And why this feeling of responsibility? This week, how one organization changed the American public's relationship with waste and who is ultimately responsible for it.

Sep 05 2019

33mins

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Rank #4: American Shadows

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Conspiracy theories are a feature of today's news and politics. But they've really been a part of American life since its founding. In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.

Mar 07 2019

41mins

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Rank #5: Mass Incarceration

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The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of those prisoners are Black. What are the origins of the U.S. criminal justice system and how did racism shape it? From the creation of the first penitentiaries in the 1800s, to the "tough-on-crime" prosecutors of the 1990s, how America created a culture of mass incarceration.

Aug 15 2019

48mins

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Rank #6: Three Chords And The Truth

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When Lil Nas X released his viral hit "Old Town Road" last year, he sparked a conversation about what country music is and who is welcome in the genre. To better understand the deep and often misunderstood history of country music, we sat down with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns to talk about his new documentary series Country Music and his process as a storyteller.

Sep 12 2019

34mins

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Rank #7: The Moth

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Vladimir Putin has been running Russia since 2000 when he was first elected as President. How did a former KGB officer make his way up to the top seat — was it political prowess or was he just the recipient of a lot of good fortune? In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."

Mar 14 2019

34mins

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Rank #8: Opioids In America

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A record number of Americans have died from opioid overdoses in recent years. But how did we get here? And is this the first time Americans have faced this crisis? The short answer: no.

Apr 04 2019

44mins

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Rank #9: War Of The Worlds

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The Sunni-Shia divide is a conflict that most people have heard about - two sects with Sunni Islam being in the majority and Shia Islam the minority. Exactly how did this conflict originate and when? We go through 1400 years of history to find the moment this divide first turned deadly and how it has evolved since.

Apr 18 2019

35mins

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Rank #10: Rules Of Engagement

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After Iran shot down an American surveillance drone in June, tensions between the two countries have only gone up. But the US and Iran have been in some state of conflict for the last 40 years, since the Iranian revolution. This week, we look at three key moments in this conflict to better understand where it might go next.

Jul 18 2019

50mins

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Rank #11: High Crimes And Misdemeanors

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When Andrew Johnson became president in 1865, the United States was in the middle of one of its most volatile chapters. The country was divided after fighting a bloody civil war and had just experienced the first presidential assassination. We look at how these factors led to the first presidential impeachment in American history.

Feb 28 2019

17mins

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Rank #12: Strange Fruit

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Billie Holiday helped shape American popular music with her voice and unique style. But, her legacy extends way beyond music with one song in particular — "Strange Fruit." The song paints an unflinching picture of racial violence, and it was an unexpected hit. But singing it brought serious consequences.

In a special collaboration with NPR Music's Turning the Tables Series, how "Strange Fruit" turned Billie Holiday into one of the first victims of the War on Drugs.

Aug 22 2019

31mins

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Rank #13: Mitch McConnell

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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.

Jun 06 2019

33mins

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Rank #14: On The Shoulders Of Giants

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When Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem at NFL games it sparked a nationwide conversation about patriotism and police brutality. And in the last few weeks that conversation was rekindled when the NFL announced a deal with Jay-Z that some thought moved attention away from Capernick's continued absence from the league. The discussion about the utility of athletes taking a stand is nothing new - Black athletes using their platform to protest injustice has long been a tradition in American history.

Aug 29 2019

40mins

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Rank #15: Scorched Earth

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The term "concentration camp" is most associated with Nazi Germany and the systematic killing of Jews during World War II. But colonial powers used concentration camps at the turn of the 19th century to crush rebellions. In this episode, how a war between Britain and South African Boers gave rise to some of the first camps.

Aug 08 2019

31mins

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