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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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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 31, 2016

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 24, 2016

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 17, 2016

In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the changing racial demographics of American evangelicalism, the decline of running, and Facebook's digital imperialism.

May 10, 2016

In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Dennis Hastert's sentencing, the coup facing Phyllis Schlafly and Malia Obama's pre-Harvard gap year. 

May 3, 2016

In this week's episode, Niki, Neil, and Nataliadebate Prince's career, Donald Trump’s America First foreignpolicy, and educational divide in partisan politics. 

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