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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: 2022
Sep 27, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the recent pickleball phenomenon.

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Sep 20, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the averted railroad strike.

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Sep 13, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

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Sep 6, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the life and legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Aug 30, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss – and celebrate! - the publication of Niki’s new book, Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.

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  • Partisans drops on August 30, 2022. You can order Niki’s book here.

 

 

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Aug 16, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the defamation trial of right-wing conspiracist Alex Jones.

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Aug 9, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of third parties in American politics.

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Aug 2, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the history of U.S. national parks.

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Jul 26, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the growing popularity of prenuptial agreements.

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Jul 19, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the images from outer space captured by the Webb telescope.

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Jul 12, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the American tradition of travel to Europe.

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Jul 5, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the outbreak of monkeypox in the United States.

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Jun 28, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss Carson v. Makin, the Supreme Court decision that overturns Maine’s ban on giving public funds to private religious schools.

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Jun 21, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the national tampon shortage and the history of feminine products.

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Jun 14, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the long American tradition of June weddings.

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Jun 7, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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May 31, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the cryptocurrency craze.

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May 24, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory.

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  • Natalia made a plea for more coverage of how summer camp directors are gearing up for their third pandemic summer. Those stories haven’t been written, but here’s a History Channel video she recorded on the history of summer camps.
  • Neil discussed Trip Mickle’s New York Times article, “Farewell to the iPod.”
  • Niki shared her congratulations and gratitude for historian Brian Balogh, on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Virginia.
May 17, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of adoption in the United States.

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May 10, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade.

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May 3, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter.

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Apr 26, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss Coachella and the history of music festivals.

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Apr 19, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the ongoing popularity of the true crime genre.

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Apr 12, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss recent developments in the politics of sex and marriage.

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Apr 5, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss concerns over population decline.

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