Now & Then Podcast

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.

How has the federal government limited and protected free speech rights over the course of American history? How have citizens responded when Washington…
How have Jewish Americans fought for their identities? And how have other American groups used Jews to define themselves? White House celebrations of…
Who should support the needy in American society? The news is filled with controversies over the use and misuse of philanthropy, from Mackenzie Scott’s…
State lawmakers have proposed almost 250 anti-LGBTQ laws in 2022 alone. Why are we seeing such a virulent political backlash to sexual identity? And…
Senate Republicans have attacked Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson for her past public defense work. How have defense attorneys elicited…
The State Department and President Biden have both declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed war crimes in Ukraine. What are the…
What information should a president keep secret? Recently, we’ve seen revelations about former President Trump’s removal of classified materials and a…
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