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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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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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Mar 29, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss “The Great Resignation.”

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Mar 22, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the popularity of the Netflix show "Love Is Blind."

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Mar 15, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss rising gas prices and the history of energy crises.

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Mar 8, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the American response to the escalating war between Russia and Ukraine.

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Mar 1, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the mysterious illness known as Havana Syndrome affecting U.S. diplomats around the world.

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Feb 22, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the convoy of truckers that has occupied Ottawa, Canada.

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Feb 15, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss a controversial new Adidas ad for sports bras.

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Feb 8, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the cultural significance of emoji, in light of the release of new forms.

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Feb 1, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s decision to retire.

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Jan 25, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss President Biden’s first year in office.

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  • Public opinion of President Biden’s first year in office is polarized. Neil and Niki referred to Jamelle Bouie’s New York Times opinion piece comparing Biden and Reagan’s first years as president. Neil also discussed the POLITICO/Morning Consult report card on Biden’s first year. Natalia drew on this POLITICO essay about the substantial time remaining for the Biden administration to prove itself.

 

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Jan 18, 2022

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the historical significance of the current craze over the online game Wordle.

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Jan 11, 2022

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of rest and relaxation.

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Jan 4, 2022

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the historical significance of the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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Dec 21, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the history of Christmas cards.

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Dec 14, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss Dr. Oz running for the U.S. Senate and the history of celebrity politicians.

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Dec 7, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of cookbooks and the question of recipes as intellectual property.

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Nov 30, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the history of #GivingTuesday.

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