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Now & Then

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How can the past help inform today’s most pressing challenges? Every Wednesday, 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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Latest Episodes

Heather Cox Richardson, host of Now & Then, joins Stay Tuned with Preet to discuss her new book, “Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America.” They talk about the origins of the terms “liberal” and “conservative,” a 1937 anti-FDR manifesto th... more

2 months ago

On this finale episode of Now & Then, Heather and Joanne are joined by the show’s production team to discuss behind-the-scenes reflections and favorite memories from the series. Editorial Producers David Kurlander and Sam Ozer-Staton, Executive Produ... more

3 months ago

How do political debates help and hurt American democracy? Heather and Joanne reflect on the recent Republican primary debate and discuss the long legacy of the institution, from Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s proto-debates with voters during th... more

3 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 3.8k ratings
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  • History as it should be

    I am so sorry Now and Then has come to an end, for myself and for the American voters who could use this dose of common sense that draws a clear line from the past to the present. People need to understand the past befire the can understanding the trajectory. Good fortunes in your future activies, Heather and Joanne. more

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    Canada2 months ago
  • I know genius when I see it

    I’m not worthy to make this review because I’m merely a science professor, who is also a Sufi priest. Be that as it May I have been teaching both meditation and human anatomy and physiology for a long time. I’m 75 now and as a long time teacher, I know genius when I see it. This is a podcast to savor. Something to sip slowly and bring it into your meditation. When Heather corrects Preet’s historical understanding, it’s a pretty special moment. I like listening to these podcasts multiple ti... more

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    United States2 months ago
  • Why end it?

    This was one of the best podcasts ever, why did they decide to end it? A light has gone out of my life …

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    United States2 months ago
  • One of the best podcasts EVER

    This podcast relates history to our current situation. Each topic is interesting, & as history is applicable to our current times. Drs Freeman & Richardson provide a wealth of knowledge in an easily understandable presentation. They are not above humor & fun! WHY is it ending? That is a travesty!

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    United States2 months ago

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