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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: October, 2020
Oct 27, 2020

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the hit Netflix series Emily in Paris.

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Oct 20, 2020

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the debate over “court packing.”

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Oct 13, 2020

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss how the White House became a coronavirus hot spot.

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Oct 6, 2020

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the far-right, neo-fascist group, the Proud Boys.

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  • At last week’s presidential debate, President Trump drew attention to the all-male street gang, the Proud Boys, when he told them to “stand back and stand by.” Niki commented on the group’s founder, Gavin McInnes. Natalia discussed how the example of the early 20th century psychologist Stanley Hall provided a sort of erudite analogue to the Proud Boys. Neil mentioned Niki’s 2016 piece for Vox on the media’s interest in the alt-right’s aesthetics as a way to think about the Proud Boys’ Fred Perry uniform.

 

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