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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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Nov 22, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the new weight loss drug, Ozempic.

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Nov 15, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the results of the 2022 midterm elections.

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Nov 8, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the past and uncertain future of affirmative action in higher education.

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Nov 1, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the recent scourge of rats in New York City and elsewhere.

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Oct 25, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the history of panics over contaminated Halloween candy.

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Oct 18, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the senatorial campaign of John Fetterman and his recovery from a stroke.

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Oct 11, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the Senate campaign of Herschel Walker and the controversy it has created.

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Oct 4, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the political protests in Iran.

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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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