Planet Money :: How the Rat Blew Up
The history of Scabby the Rat, the inflatable mainstay of union demonstrations.
This Day in Esoteric Public History :: United States vs One Book Called Ulysses (1933) w/ Kurt Andersen
The history of obscenity laws in the United States.
99% Invisible :: According to Need
A series about homelessness in the United States.
Throughline :: Supreme
A history of the Supreme Court that explains how it became the final arbiter of the law in the United States.
RUNNING TALLY OF PODCAST OF THE WEEK APPEARANCES
Radio Boston :: School Choice: A Push For Reform Or A Disruption Movement?
Education historians Diane Ravitch and Jack Schneider discuss three decades of flawed “education reform” and what should be done instead to provide equitable public education.
Fresh Air :: The Supreme Court’s Battle For A ‘More Unjust’ America
The Supreme Court is not supposed to be a partisan organization but since the Nixon presidency, it has taken sides with corporations and the wealthy against the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.
Throughline :: The Invisible Border
A history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the agreement that brought a fragile peace to the region, and how Brexit may undo 20 years of progress.
Running Tally of Podcast of the Week Appearances in 2020
On the Media :: Repairing Justice: The Prosecutor
Prosecutors wield enormous power in the criminal justice system, contributing to racial inequality. Can progressive prosecutors help with criminal justice reform?
Throughline :: Milliken v. Bradley
The effort to end school segregation by way of busing lead to this Supreme Court case decision that still affects our schools and communities to this day.
Throughline :: Huey Long vs. The Media
Louisiana’s most famous politician was loved and hated in equal measure. A populist who favored social programs, he also ruled in a dictatorial manner and carried out a long war against the free press. Long seems to be an odd combination of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and a fascinating figure in American history.
Tiny Desk Concert :: Lizzo
An electrifying performance at a tiny-ass desk by the great Lizzo.
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: 808
The story of the drum machine that changed popular music.
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Hit Parade :: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition
The history of the “featured artist” credit on number one singles.
To The Best of Our Knowledge :: Jeff Kripal at the Edge of Belief
Unconventional thoughts about religion, science, and the paranormal. Not that I necessarily endorse this, but it’s interesting to hear something outside of the typical.
Back Story :: Elementary, Mr. President
Robert Bork, Benjamin Spock, and Sherlock Holmes and their ties to American history.
Planet Money :: Yes in My Backyard
The radical and controversial solution to America’s housing crisis: building new housing in existing neighborhoods!
The topic of this week’s Decode DC is the worst decision ever made by the United States Supreme Court. Korematsu v. United States validated interning Japanese-Americans during World War II, and has never been overturned. With the idea of surveillance and internment of Islamic-Americans under discussion in the 2016 election, a lot of people are asking if this Supreme Court decision could allow it to happen again. The discussion here is alternately chilling and reassuring.