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Past Present

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: June, 2021
Jun 29, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the Supreme Court decision to allow education-related payments to student-athletes.

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Jun 22, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the history of the Internal Revenue Service and why the uber-wealthy pay so little in income taxes.

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Jun 15, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of LGBTQ+ Pride.

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Jun 8, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the controversy over tennis champion Naomi Osaka’s decision not to participate in post-match press conferences.

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

  • Natalia recommended Lyz Lenz’ Substack, “A Grown-Ass Woman."
  • Neil discussed the new FX documentary series, Pride.
  • Niki talked about what the “post-pandemic” period might mean.
Jun 1, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the emergence of the cicadas this season.

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