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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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Apr 27, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the cultural influence of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Apr 20, 2021

In this week's episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the parallels between the 1920s and our current moment.

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Apr 13, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the debate over school reopening.

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Apr 6, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the life and legacy of the late children’s author Beverly Cleary.

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Mar 30, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado.

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Mar 23, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the calls for Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to resign.

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Mar 16, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss Oprah Winfrey’s interview of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Mar 9, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the controversy over the decision to stop publishing six Dr. Seuss books.

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Mar 2, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the fight to raise the federal minimum wage.

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Feb 23, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the #FreeBritney movement for Britney Spears and the conservatorship that inspired it.

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Feb 16, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the life and legacy of pornographer and free speech champion Larry Flynt.

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Feb 9, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the controversial tenure of freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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Feb 2, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of television and radio legend, Larry King.

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Jan 26, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss “The 1776 Report” issued by the outgoing Trump administration.

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Jan 19, 2021

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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Jan 12, 2021

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Jan 5, 2021

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the attempt by Republicans to undermine the final certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory.

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Dec 22, 2020

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the popularity of Hallmark Christmas movies.

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Dec 15, 2020

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the popularity of the global evangelical megachurch Hillsong.

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Dec 8, 2020

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the Netflix series "The Queen’s Gambit."

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Dec 1, 2020

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the enduring popularity of Dolly Parton.

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Nov 24, 2020

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss this year’s “Covid Thanksgiving.”

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Nov 17, 2020

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the announcement of a new coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer.

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Nov 10, 2020

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Nov 3, 2020

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Borat movie.

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