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Now & Then

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How can the past help inform today’s most pressing challenges? Every Tuesday, award-winning historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman use their encyclopedic knowledge of US history to bring the past to life. Together, they make sense of the week in news by discussing the people, ideas, and events that got us here today. Now and Then is produced by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.


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Heather and Joanne react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. How did we get here? What does the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs signal for the future of women’s reproductive rights and broader civil rights in America? What kind of unique perspective... more

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On this encore episode of Now & Then, originally aired in June 2021 amid a Republican filibuster of an independent commission investigating January 6th, Heather and Joanne discuss the history of congressional commissions, from the investigation of th... more

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What are the political purposes of nostalgia? Why does the GOP idealize the American past? And what can this backward-looking perspective give or take away from our collective future? On Now & Then, Heather and Joanne discuss the role of nostalgia in... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 2.9k ratings
  • Starting to wonder if Federalism is a good thing.

    Lawyer Robinson
    6 days ago
  • Amazing

    These 2 brilliant historians help put perspective and context in very challenging times. Love their insights!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 days ago
  • Lebendige Diskussion nicht nur aktueller Themen durch zwei Historikerinnen

    Wir verstehen möchte, was in den USA so vor sich geht und woher das alles kommt, könnte nicht besser beraten sein als diesen immer überraschenden und unheimlich interessanten Podcast zweier renommierter Historikerinnen anzuhören. Die Folge über die Entscheidung des Supreme Court gegen Abtreibung war vorzüglich, aber auch die obskureren Themen stellen die beiden immer spannend und unterhaltsam dar.

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany6 days ago
  • Brilliant podcast

    This is one of my favourite podcasts and one I always look forward to every week. The 2 presenters do an exceptional job of linking what’s happening in the present with similar issues and themes from the past. Both entertaining and informative as well as thought provoking.

    Apple Podcasts
    scaredy cat
    United Kingdom6 days ago
  • Now & Then

    Excellent episode on processing Roe in Real Time. Informative and powerful. Anyone who loves our democracy, and who is even a little bit interested in history, should listen.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 days ago

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