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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, 2021
May 25, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the current controversy over critical race theory.

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  • A series of legislative bills seek to ban the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 public institutions. At CNN, Niki looked at how the controversy over journalist Nikole Hannah-Smith’s appointment at the University of North Carolina is part of this larger battle. Natalia referred to historian Jonathan Zimmerman’s book Whose America?

 

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May 18, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the gas panic triggered by the recent cybersecurity breach at Colonial Pipeline.

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May 11, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the recall of the latest Peloton exercise machine in historical context.

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May 4, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history – and future – of office life.

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