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Past Present

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The history podcast that turns hindsight into foresight.


240: The Portland Protests
Aug 4 • 37 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the continued unrest in Portland and the deployment of federal forces to quell it. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: …
239: Margaret Sanger
Jul 28 • 37 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the decision by the Planned Parenthood Federation of New York to disavow Margaret Sanger for her ties to eugenics. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
238: Karens
Jul 21 • 37 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the “Karen” meme. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The “Karen” meme, referring to a white woman weaponizing that…
237: Student Visas
Jul 14 • 41 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss student visas and the most recent immigration restrictions put forth by the Trump administration. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
236: Social Media Deplatforming
Jul 7 • 41 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the deplatforming of extremists by social media sites from Reddit to YouTube. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Social…
235: Defund the Police
Jun 30 • 45 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the movement to defund the police. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Calls to have become a rallying cry among protestors…
234: Bostock v. Clayton County
Jun 23 • 34 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss Bostock v. Clayton County, the recent Supreme Court decision protecting gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
233: Larry Kramer, Playwright and AIDS Activist
Jun 16 • 36 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the life and legacy of playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Pioneering AIDS…
232: Police Violence
Jun 9 • 41 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the recent protests over police brutality. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis…
231: Nursing Homes during Coronavirus
Jun 2 • 38 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the history of nursing homes in the moment of coronavirus. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Nursing home residents are ….
230: The Inspectors General Firings
May 26 • 32 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss President Trump’s recent firings of four Inspectors General. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: President Trump has been…
229: Little Richard
May 19 • 33 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of Little Richard. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Musical legend of bone cancer. Niki referred to…
228: Ahmaud Arbery
May 12 • 35 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery was in Satilla Shores, Georgia….
227: Meatpacking Plants and the Defense of Production Act
May 5 • 38 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss meatpacking plants and the Defense Production Act. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: President Trump has used the Defense…
226: The Lockdown Protests
Apr 28 • 32 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss protests against the current national lockdown. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Protestors against national lockdown…
225: Vote-by-Mail and USPS
Apr 21 • 36 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the prospect of large-scale voting by mail come November and the fate of the U.S. Postal Service. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
224: Hydroxychloroquine
Apr 14 • 29 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Trump is pushing as a potential cure for the coronavirus. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
223: Tiger King
Apr 7 • 38 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the new Netflix series, Tiger King. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: is as social distancing has increased appetite for…
222: School Closings
Mar 31 • 34 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the history of school closings. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Schools all over the United States are , perhaps months,…
221: Cabin Fever
Mar 24 • 33 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the history of “cabin fever.” Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: As social distancing becomes the new norm for many…
220: Quarantines
Mar 17 • 36 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of the quarantine. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: As the , quarantining is becoming a fact of life. Natalia…
219: Plastic Bag Bans
Mar 10 • 31 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the bans on single-use plastic bags. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: On March 1, a went into effect in New York City….
218: Fat Activism
Mar 3 • 36 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of fat activism and the body positivity movement. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: In recent years, “body…
217: COVID-19 and Protective Face Masks
Feb 25 • 29 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss COVID-19 and the history of protective face masks. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The threat of coronavirus has lately…
216: A Proposal to “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”
Feb 18 • 35 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss an architectural proposal to “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.” Support Past Present: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Conservative…
215: The 2020 Iowa Caucuses
Feb 11 • 36 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the debacle of this year’s Iowa caucuses. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The 2020 Iowa caucus was . Natalia cited …
214: Moderate Republicans
Feb 4 • 42 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the shrinking number of moderate Republicans in the GOP. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Where have all the moderate…
213: Little Women
Jan 28 • 35 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Greta Gerwig’s…
212: Jeopardy!
Jan 21 • 40 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the longevity of the game show Jeopardy! Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Jeopardy! is thanks to its GOAT tournament….
211: The Australian Bushfires
Jan 14 • 32 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the devastating bushfires in Australia. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Fire is . Natalia referred to this…
210: U.S. Embassy Attack in Baghdad
Jan 7 • 37 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Iraqi militants in Baghdad last week….
209: The “OK” Sign, Black Israelites, and CIA Disguises
Dec 24, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss controversy over the “OK” sign, the Black Israelite sect, and the history of CIA disguises. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
208: Cockfighting, Athletic Doping, and Didone
Dec 17, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss a cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Russia’s Olympic ban for doping its athletes, and the dawn of a new era in fonts. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
207: Virginity Tests, International Achievement Tests, and the End of the 2010s
Dec 10, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss virginity tests, international achievement tests, and the end of the 2010s. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The rapper…
206: War Crimes, Controversial Food Takes, and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments
Dec 3, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss President Trump’s pardons of war criminals, controversial opinions about food, and the practice of indigenous land acknowledgments. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
205: Pete Buttigieg, Groypers, and Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary
Nov 26, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the political ascent of Pete Buttigieg, infighting within the far right, and the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
204: LIVE! With Emily Bazelon, Author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
Nov 19, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki interviewed Emily Bazelon about her new book, . Support Past Present on Patreon: In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History: recommended the work of New York Times editor Lindsay Crouse,…
203: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Rep. Katie Hill, and Booing
Nov 5, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the scandal over Representative Katie Hill, and the booing of President Trump at a baseball game. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are…
202: Elijah Cummings, Homelessness, and Amusement Parks
Oct 29, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the life and legacy of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the rising trend of homelessness, and a new documentary about a dangerous New Jersey amusement park. Support Past Present on Patreon: …
201: Automation, Male Baldness, and Paula White
Oct 22, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the anxiety over automation, new treatments for male baldness, and the controversial Trump spiritual advisor Paula White. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
200: Rudy Giuliani, Greta Thunberg, and Vaping
Oct 15, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss Rudy Giuliani’s political career, the climate activist Greta Thunberg, and the controversy over vaping. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
199: Whistleblowers, Church Arsons, and Co-Working Spaces
Oct 8, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the role of whistleblowers in American politics, the recent string of church arsons, and the trend of co-working spaces. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
198: Ukraine, Declining Bird Populations, and Luxury Parking
Oct 1, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss Ukraine’s connection to the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, the declining bird population of North America, and the high price of parking spaces in New York City. Support Past Present on…
197: Shane Gillis and Saturday Night Live, Saudi Arabia, and Telephone Calls
Sep 24, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss anti-Asian comments by comedian Shane Gillis, an attack in Saudi Arabia, and the not-so-lost art of the telephone call. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
196: FBI on College Campuses, John Bolton, and Technology and Women’s Voices
Sep 17, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss government surveillance of American universities, the political career of John Bolton, and the technological and cultural reasons women’s voices are often insulted as “shrill.” Support Past…
195: Franco Columbu, Kamala Harris, NYC’s Gifted and Talented Program
Sep 10, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the legacy of late bodybuilder Franco Columbu, the candidacy of Kamala Harris, and a proposal to eliminate selective testing for New York City public high schools. Support Past Present on Patreon: …
194: David Koch, Bedbugs, and Breaking Up
Sep 3, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the legacy of late billionaire David Koch, the menace of bedbugs, and why so many people are choosing to remain friends after a breakup. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
193: Twins, the Equinox Boycott, and “The Hunt”
Aug 20, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss social media “twinfluencers,” a boycott of fitness brands Equinox and SoulCycle, and the controversy over the film The Hunt. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
192: Anti-Latino Nativism, Ronald Reagan, and Sound Baths
Aug 13, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the history of anti-Latino nativism, newly discovered racist comments by Ronald Reagan, and the growing popularity of sound baths. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
191: Baltimore, Marianne Williamson, and a National Service Requirement
Aug 6, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss President Trump’s insults to Baltimore, the presidential candidacy of self-help guru Marianne Williamson, and a proposal for a national service requirement. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here…
190: Boris Johnson, Purity Culture, and Spaying and Neutering Dogs
Jul 30, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the death knell of “purity culture,” and new controversy over spaying and neutering dogs. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
189: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary, “Go Back to Where You Came From,” and Air Conditioning
Jul 23, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the history of telling immigrants and minorities to “go back” to where they came from, and whether or not air conditioning is sexist. Support Past Present…
188: Women’s World Cup, Ross Perot, and Jeffrey Epstein
Jul 16, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the Women’s World Cup, the life and legacy of Ross Perot, and the case against Jeffrey Epstein. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
187: School Busing, Girlboss, and Lil Nas X
Jul 9, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the recent debate over school busing, the launch of the women’s networking platform, “Girlboss,” and the rapper Lil Nas X. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
186: Iran, E. Jean Carroll, and Knitting
Jul 2, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the recent escalation of tensions with Iran, new allegations of rape against President Trump, and controversy on the knitting social media network Ravelry. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here…
185: Alan Brinkley, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Lesbian Cruises
Jun 25, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the recent passing of two major figures: political historian Alan Brinkley and socialite fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and the historical significance of a viral Buzzfeed essay about attending a…
184: YouTube, Tariffs, and Elizabeth Warren
Jun 18, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss YouTube’s role in political radicalization, the history of tariffs, and the presidential candidacy of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
183: LIVE! The Stonewall Uprising, Jazzercise, and C-SPAN
Jun 11, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the significance of the Stonewall Uprising, the legacy of Jazzercise, and the fortieth anniversary of C-SPAN. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
182: The 1994 Crime Bill, Mount Everest, and the Grand Canyon
Jun 4, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the 1994 Crime Bill, a surge in deaths among Mount Everest climbers, and controversy over a plan to build a luxury complex at the Grand Canyon. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links…
181: Student Loans, Fur Bans, and TWA
May 28, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss billionaire Robert F. Smith’s historic gift to the Morehouse College class of 2019, a proposed fur ban in New York City, and the opening of a chic new hotel in the TWA terminal. Support Past Present…
180: Sex Strike, David McCullough, and Doris Day
May 21, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss a proposed “sex strike,” historian David McCullough’s new book, and the life and legacy of Doris Day. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
179: Electability, Caster Semenya, and Rachel Held Evans
May 14, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the concept of “electability,” the gender policing of South African runner Caster Semenya, and the legacy of Christian writer Rachel Held Evans. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some…
178: John Singleton, Anti-Semitism in the New York Times, and TikTok
May 7, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the legacy of filmmaker John Singleton, an anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times, and the latest social media sensation, TikTok. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
177: Ancestry.com, Vigilante Border Patrol Groups, and Cargo Shorts
Apr 30, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss outrage over an Ancestry.com ad, vigilante groups policing the U.S.-Mexico border, and the controversy over cargo shorts. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
176: Notre Dame Cathedral, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and the Center for American Progress
Apr 23, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral, President Trump’s attacks against Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and the history of liberal think tanks. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are…
175: Stephen Miller and DHS, Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Movement, and Adjunct Professors
Apr 16, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the influence of Trump adviser Stephen Miller, the resurgence of measles in the United States and the anti-vaccination movement, and the plight of adjunct professors. Support Past Present on…
174: Reparations, Leggings, and Nipsey Hussle
Apr 9, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the case for reparations, why leggings are so controversial, and the legacy of rapper Nipsey Hussle. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this…
173: The Mueller Report, the Electoral College, and Arugula Lettuce
Apr 2, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the Mueller Report, the movement to end the Electoral College, and why not many Americans eat arugula lettuce. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
172: “Operation Varsity Blues,” the White Supremacy Terrorist Attack in New Zealand, and Beto O’Rourke
Mar 26, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the college admissions scandal, the white supremacy terrorist attack in New Zealand, Beto O’Rourke’s bid for the presidency. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
171: “Cancel Culture,” Hobbies, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302
Mar 19, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss “cancel culture,” the lost art of hobbies, and the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash. Support Past Present on Patreon: On this week’s Past Present episode, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman…
170: “Finding Neverland,” Luke Perry, and the United Methodist Church and LGBTQ Christians
Mar 12, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss “Leaving Neverland,” a new documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged child abuse, the legacy of late “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Luke Perry, and the United Methodist Church’s decision to…
169: Jussie Smollett, Christopher Hasson, and Debunking Psychics
Mar 5, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the scandal over Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack, Christopher Hasson’s terrorist plot, and how the internet is helping debunk mediums and psychics. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are…
168: Karl Lagerfeld, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lee Radziwill
Feb 26, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of Karl Lagerfeld, controversies over the Pledge of Allegiance, and the death of Lee Radziwill. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
167: Cardi B, Jeff Bezos, and Lyndon LaRouche
Feb 19, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the celebrity of Cardi B, Jeff Bezos’ “below-the-belt selfie,” and the death of Lyndon LaRouche. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this…
166: Blackface, Venezuela, and Conversation Hearts
Feb 12, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of blackface, political upheaval in Venezuela, and the demise of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
165: Howard Schultz, Gay Priests, and Ted Bundy
Feb 5, 2019 • 49 min
In this podcast, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss Howard Schultz’ presidential bid, gay men in the priesthood, and the enduring fascination with serial killer Ted Bundy. Support Past Present on Patreon: On this week’s Past Present episode,…
164: Marching on Washington, the LA Teachers’ Strike, and Cities and Economic Inequality
Jan 29, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss marching on Washington as a form of political protest, the Los Angeles teachers’ strike, and how American cities reflect economic inequality. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links…
163: Gillette’s New Ad, Rep. Steve King, and Cursive’s Decline
Jan 22, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the new Gillette commercial “We Believe,” Rep. Steve King’s controversial comments, and the decline of cursive in American schools. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
162: The Green New Deal, Marie Kondo, and National Emergencies
Jan 15, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the Green New Deal, the KonMari craze, and the history of national emergencies. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Twitter…
161: “Fault Lines,” Dry January, and the Sex Recession
Jan 8, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia welcome Princeton historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer to discuss their new book, Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, followed by a discussion of “Dry January,” and new findings…
160: The Weekly Standard, Sheryl Sandberg, and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Dec 25, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the closing of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard, changing public perceptions of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and the controversy over the 1944 Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold…
159: Classical Statues, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Oklahoma Land Rights
Dec 18, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the disputed whiteness of classical statues, the Emmy Award-winning show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Native American claims to land rights in Oklahoma. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are…
158: George H.W. Bush, Exorcisms, and the Squatty Potty
Dec 11, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush, the resurgence of exorcisms, and the viral popularity of the Squatty Potty. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
157: Inmate Firefighters, China’s Social Credit System, and Chanukah
Dec 4, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss convict firefighters, China’s new social credit system, and the history of Chanukah. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s…
156: Segregation Academies, the Death of an American Missionary, and Victoria’s Secret
Nov 27, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss segregation academies, the death of an American missionary, and the declining market share of lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
155: The 2018 Recounts, Jim Acosta, and Bedtime Stories
Nov 20, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the aftermath of the midterm elections with special guest, Slate senior political correspondent Jamelle Bouie, the revocation of CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” to the White House, and the…
154: The 2018 Midterm Elections, Gab, and Movember
Nov 13, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the midterm elections, the alt-right social media platform Gab, and Movember. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here are some links and references…
153: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, the Closing of Rural Hospitals, and the Political Mobilization of Orange County Women
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the massacre of Jews at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, the closing of rural hospitals, and the political reawakening of women in Orange County, California. Support Past Present on Patreon: …
152: U.S.-Saudi Relations, Trans Americans, and Horror Movies
Oct 30, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the history of U.S.-Saudi relations in light of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administration’s policies toward transgender people, and the continued popularity of horror movies….
151: Black Women’s Political Power, the End of Sears, and Corporate Art Patronage
Oct 23, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, Niki, and guest historian Leah Wright Rigueur discuss black women and electoral politics, the closing of Sears, and corporate art patronage. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
150: LIVE! George Soros, “Grievance Studies,” and Bavarian Hipsterism
Oct 16, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the right’s obsession with George Soros conspiracy theories, the recent “grievance studies” hoax, and the rise of Bavarian folk dress as a form of hipsterism. Support Past Present on…
149: Binge Drinking, McCarthyism, and Women’s Rage
Oct 9, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the history of binge drinking, why McCarthyism is back in the news, and the political power of women’s rage. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
148: High School Yearbooks, Trump and Immigrants, and Barstool Sports
Oct 2, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of high school yearbooks, how the Trump administration is defining immigrants as “public charges,” and the awful misogyny of Barstool Sports. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here…
147: Brett Kavanaugh, Fraternity Hazing, and the Natural Beauty Industry
Sep 25, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming Supreme Court confirmation, fraternity hazing, and the booming natural beauty industry. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
146: Crafting, the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the Marshmallow Test
Sep 18, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the new reality show Making It, the 2008 financial collapse ten years later, and the death of Walter Mischel, the social psychologist who created the “marshmallow test.” Support Past Present on…
145: Nike’s Colin Kaepernick Ad, the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, and Robin Leach
Sep 11, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss Nike’s controversial signing of Colin Kaepernick as the face of their Just Do It campaign, the anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a senior Trump administration official, and the recent death of…
144: John McCain, the Catholic Church Scandals, and Loneliness
Sep 4, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of Senator John McCain, the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, and the latest panic over loneliness. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
Bonus Episode 6: Omarosa
Aug 21, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the release of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the White House, a new book by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
143: LIVE! Latinos in the Hamptons, Grift, and Rosé Wine
Aug 14, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of Latinos in the Hamptons, the problem of grift in Washington, and the sudden popularity of rosé wine. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
142: Institutionalizing Children, Referees, and Charlottesville
Aug 7, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the history of the institutionalization of children, the thankless job of refereeing youth sports, and the legacy of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, one year after the Unite the Right…
141: Sacha Baron Cohen, the Yoga Vote, and Middle Children
Jul 31, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, the viability of a “yoga vote,” and the demographic shift bringing about the disappearance of the middle child. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some…
140: Treason, Accents, and Outdoor Play
Jul 24, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the definition of treason, the significance of linguistic accents, and a new practice of prescribing outdoor play. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
139: Thai Cave Rescue, Breastfeeding, and Fleece Vests
Jul 17, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the children rescued from a Thai cave, the Trump administration’s approach to breastfeeding policy, and the fleece vests that have become a staple uniform of the finance industry. Support Past Present…
138: Democratic Socialists, Court Packing, and Audiobooks
Jul 10, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the rise of Democratic Socialists, plans for packing the Supreme Court, and the increasing popularity of audiobooks. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here…
137: Civility, Gays and Gyms, and Mr. Rogers
Jul 3, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate recent claims that the Left is destroying civility in politics, the LGBTQ+ history of American gym culture, and a half-century of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Support Past Present on Patreon: …
136: Anthony Bourdain, Family Values, and Ageism
Jun 26, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the legacy of Anthony Bourdain, the end of “family values” conservatism, and ageism as a form of discrimination. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
135: U.S.-Canada Relations, Kate Spade, and A.P. History
Jun 19, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the historical relationship between Canada and the United States, the legacy of the late designer Kate Spade, and the controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history course. Support…
134: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Presidential Pardons, and Separated Families
Jun 12, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Donald Trump’s use of the presidential pardon, and the American tradition of separating families. Support Past Present on Patreon: …
133: Twinks, a Manhattan Con Artist, and the Ford Mustang
Jun 5, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the rise of the “twink” aesthetic, Manhattan con artist Anna Sorokin/Delvey, and the cultural endurance of the Ford Mustang. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
132: Incels, Mormonism and Race, and Millennials and Personal Finance
May 29, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the “incel” community, the role of race in Mormon history, and the thrift-shaming of millennials. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this…
131: The Israeli Embassy, Tom Wolfe, and Sports Gambling
May 22, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the movement of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the life and legacy of the late author Tom Wolfe, and the legalization of sports gambling. Support Past Present on…
130: “This is America,” NRATV, and Instragramming Museums
May 15, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Childish Gambino’s viral video “This is America,” the launching of NRATV, and how Instagram is changing museums. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
129: the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the Golden State Killer, and Remembering the Holocaust
May 8, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the Golden State Killer, and the news that Americans are forgetting the Holocaust. Support Past Present on…
128: Sean Hannity, Gayborhoods, and Running Tutus
May 1, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the Sean Hannity phenomenon, battles over the “gayborhood,” and the popularity of running tutus. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this…
127: Barbara Bush, Starbucks, and the U.S. Census
Apr 24, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the life and legacy of Barbara Bush, Starbucks’ race problem, and the U.S. Census. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: …
126: Sinclair Broadcasting, Tony Robbins, and Early Admissions
Apr 17, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the rise of Sinclair Broadcasting, life coach Tony Robbins’ dismissal of the #MeToo movement, and the fraught history of college early admissions. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some…
125: Roseanne, NFL Cheerleaders, and Instant Pot
Apr 10, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the return of the television series Roseanne, the unfair treatment of NFL cheerleaders, and the sudden popularity of the Instant Pot. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and…
Bonus Episode 5: Stormy Daniels
Apr 3, 2018 • 24 min
In this episode, Niki and Natalia debate the Stormy Daniels scandal. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Stormy Daniels gave a much awaited interview to last week. Natalia…
124: Cambridge Analytica, the Austin Serial Bomber, and Stanford’s “Manel”
Mar 27, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the historical significance of Cambridge Analytica and its relationship with Facebook, a serial bomber in Austin, and an all-white, all-male history conference at Stanford. Support Past Present on…
123: Rex Tillerson, Women’s Obituaries, and National Geographic
Mar 20, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Donald Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson, the New York Times publishing obituaries for women it overlooked historically, and National Geographic’s self-study of its past racist coverage. Support…
122: Trump’s Tariffs, Weight Watchers for Teenagers, and Disneyland Workers
Mar 13, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate President Trump’s proposed tariffs, Weight Watchers’ bid for teenage dieters, and Disneyland’s underpaid workers. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
121: Billy Graham, High School Activism, and Teachers’ Strikes
Mar 6, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the life and ministry of Billy Graham, youth activism after the Parkland shootings, and the West Virginia teachers’ strike. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references…
120: Black Panther, Adam Rippon, and Plastics
Feb 27, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the blockbuster film Black Panther, the ascendancy of Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, and the preponderance of plastics in contemporary life. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links…
119: Presidential Portraits, Down Syndrome, and Sanitation Workers
Feb 20, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the release of the Obamas’ presidential portraits, the first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome, and the storied history of the sanitation worker. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some…
118: the Nunes Memo, the Stock Market Fall, and the 2018 Winter Olympics
Feb 13, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the Nunes memo and the GOP’s attack on the FBI, the recent stock market plummet, and the prospect of Korean reconciliation through the Winter Olympics. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here…
117: The Flu, Chief Wahoo, and Female Pain
Feb 6, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the flu, the fate of the Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo, and the normalization of female pain. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned during…
116: Homeschooling, Government Shutdowns, and Tide Pods
Jan 30, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of homeschooling in an abuse case in California, the recent government shutdown, and why people are eating Tide Pods on social media. Support Past Present on Patreon: Here are some links…
115: Tonya Harding, Prison Book Bans, and the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal
Jan 23, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate Tonya Harding’s comeback, book bans in prison, and the 20th anniversary of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. Support Past Present at Patreon: Here are some links and references mentioned…
114: Alt-Right Asian Fetish, Temporary Protected Status, and Raw Water
Jan 16, 2018 • 66 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the Asian fetish of some alt-right white nationalists, President Trump’s plan to revoke protections for Salvadorans, and the raw water craze. Support Past Present at Patreon: …
113: African-American Intellectuals, Southern Democrats, and LaCroix Sparkling Water
Dec 26, 2017 • 67 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss a feud between African-American intellectuals Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the electoral prospects for southern Democrats, and why LaCroix Sparkling Water has become an obsession….
112: “Cat Person,” Black Maternal Mortality, and Elf on the Shelf
Dec 19, 2017 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the viral New Yorker short story “Cat Person”, the disproportionately high maternal death rate among black women, and the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. Support Past Present on…
111: Etiquette Books, a Royal Engagement, and National Monuments
Dec 12, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the resurgence of etiquette books, the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement, and President Trump’s decision to limit the size of two national monuments. Support…
110: Time Inc., Massage Envy, and Net Neutrality
Dec 5, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the purchase of Time Inc. by the Meredith Corporation, sexual assault claims at a chain of massage spas, and net neutrality. Support Past Present on Patreon for as little as $1 a…
109: Bill Clinton, the NYC Subway, and GOP’s Tax Plan
Nov 28, 2017 • 56 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the recent reckoning with Bill Clinton’s legacy, the state of the New York City subway, and the new tax reform measure. Support Past Present for as little as $1 a…
108: Liz Smith, Interracial Friendships, and Roy Moore
Nov 21, 2017 • 60 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Liz Smith and the history of gossip columns, whether interracial friendships are possible, and evangelical responses to Roy Moore’s pedophilia scandal. Support Past Present on…
107: Democratic Wins, Twitter, and The Snowy Day
Nov 14, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the Democratic wins in the recent off-year elections, the doubling of Twitter’s character limit, and the release of a postage stamp based on Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Support Past…
106: Kevin Spacey, Company Towns, and the Reformation
Nov 7, 2017 • 55 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Kevin Spacey’s coming out amid charges of pedophilia, the 21st century company town, and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Support Past Present on Patreon for as little as $1 a…
105: JFK Files, Joni Mitchell, and Anxiety
Oct 31, 2017 • 61 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the declassification of the JFK files, Joni Mitchell, and our age of anxiety. Support Past Present on Patreon for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast
104: Girl Scouts, #MeToo, and HIV/AIDS
Oct 24, 2017 • 64 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the Girl Scouts in light of the Boy Scouts’ recent decision to admit girls, #MeToo activism, and how Michael Friedman’s recent death of HIV/AIDS helps us understand the illness in historical context.
103: Harvey Weinstein, Pumpkin Spice, & the Dove Ad Controversy
Oct 17, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and the culture that enables him, the history of the pumpkin spice phenomenon, and the controversy over a Dove soap advertisement.
102: Bronx School Killing, Romance Novels, and Game Shows
Oct 10, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate a fatal stabbing at a Bronx high school, the history of the romance novel and its critics, and the evolution of the game show genre.
Flashback! Hawaii
Oct 3, 2017 • 15 min
In this week’s flashback episode, we revisit our segment on the history of Hawaii.
Bonus Episode 4: The Equifax Hack
Sep 26, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Equifax hack.
101: LIVE! Antifa, Cultural Appropriation, and Income Inequality
Sep 19, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the historical origins of Antifa, cultural appropriation, and the role of contract labor in an unequal society.
100: DACA, Louise Hay, and an All-Female Lord of the Flies
Sep 12, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the White House’s announcement to end DACA, the death of New Age guru and publisher Louise Hay, and the prospect of an all-female Lord of the Flies remake.
99: Hurricane Harvey, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Princess Diana
Sep 5, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the natural and political implications of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the legacy of Princess Diana two decades after her death.
98: Afghanistan, Plus-Size Clothing, and Swearing
Aug 29, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s proposal for Afghanistan, plus-size clothing, and why swearing is on the rise.
97: Nazis in Charlottesville, the Google Memo, and Blondeness
Aug 22, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of neo-Nazis in the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the Google memo, and the political power of blondeness.
96: Stolen Valor, MLMs, and Private Roads
Aug 15, 2017 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate lying about Vietnam, multi-level marketing companies, and the privatization of public roads.
95: MS-13, R. Kelly, and Doctor Who
Aug 8, 2017 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the place of MS-13 in the history of street gangs, R. Kelly’s sex cult, and the controversy over the first woman actor to play Doctor Who.
94: Boy Scouts, Eugenics, and Eloping (Updated)
Aug 2, 2017 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s divisive speech before the Boy Scouts, the return of eugenics in criminal justice, and the rising wave of elopements.
93: LIVE! Libraries, the Hamptons, and the Summer of Love
Jul 25, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s special live episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love.
92: Higher Ed & the GOP, the Reverse Great Migration, and Immigration in California
Jul 18, 2017 • 56 min
On this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Republicans’ increasing distrust of higher education, the reverse Great Migration of African Americans to the South, and the last remaining fleeing immigrants sign in California.
91: Charlie Gard, Xennials, and Trump’s New York
Jul 11, 2017 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the case of Charlie Gard and parental rights, the new Xennial generation, and how New York City made Donald Trump.
90: Coconut Oil, Genetic Testing, and Porn
Jul 4, 2017 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the American Heart Association’s denunciation of coconut oil, the growing use of genetic testing for genealogy, and the history of porn.
89: Amazon & Whole Foods, Summer Jobs, and Gerrymandering
Jun 27, 2017 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the disappearing teen summer job, and the politics of gerrymandering.
88: Theresa May, Goop, and Father’s Day
Jun 20, 2017 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil and Natalia debate the outcome of the recent British election, Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, and the history of Father’s Day.
87: Pride Month, the Paris Accords, and Kathy Griffin
Jun 13, 2017 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the politics of pride marches, the history of climate change, and Kathy Griffin and the politics of offense.
86: Truckers, NATO, and Spelling Bees
Jun 6, 2017 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of the long-haul trucker, the future of NATO, and the national spelling bee.
85: The Cosby Trial, Wonder Woman, and Fidget Spinners
May 30, 2017 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate jury selection in the Bill Cosby trial, Wonder Woman and feminism, and the fidget spinner.
84: Comey’s Firing, Teeth & Dentistry, and the Bachelorette
May 23, 2017 • 59 min
On this week’s show, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Jim Comey’s firing, teeth and dental care, and the Bachelorette’s first black star.
83: HBCUs, Rebecca Tuvel, and Commencement Speeches
May 16, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Rebecca Tuvel controversy, and commencement speeches.
82: Fyre Festival, the 1992 LA Uprisings, and North Korea
May 9, 2017 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the causes of the Fyre Festival fiasco, the anniversary of the LA uprisings, and the history of US-North Korea relations.
81: The First 100 Days, Hawaii, and FGM
May 2, 2017 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate Trump’s first 100 days, the history of Hawaii, and the rise of female genital mutilation in the United States.
80: Universal Basic Income, Scientific Racism, and Malls
Apr 25, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the push for universal basic income, the rising visibility of scientific racism, and the disappearance of shopping malls.
79: The Unfriendly Skies, Trump & Syria, and the Easter Egg Roll
Apr 18, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate United’s rough treatment of its passengers, Trump’s missile attack on Syria, and the White House Easter egg roll.
78: The Graham Rule, the Nuclear Option, and Pepsi Protesting
Apr 11, 2017 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate Mike Pence’s rules for women colleagues, the end of the Senate filibuster, and Pepsi’s attempt to coopt Black Lives Matter.
The AHCA, Children’s Sleep, and Planets
Apr 4, 2017 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the fate of the American Health Care Act, the constructed nature of children’s sleep, and Pluto’s place among the planets.
76: Intersectionality, Beauty & the Beast, and Defunding the NEH & NEA
Mar 28, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate whether intersectionality is a religion, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and Trump’s plan to defund the NEA and NEH.
75: The LSAT, George W. Bush, and Corporal Punishment
Mar 21, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Harvard’s decision to drop the LSAT, George W. Bush’s newfound popularity, and corporal punishment.
74: Wiretapping, Wellness Real Estate, and Late-Night TV
Mar 14, 2017 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s wiretapping allegations, “wellness real estate,” and late-night TV.
73: The Women’s Strike, Anti-Semitism, and Robots
Mar 7, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the complicated politics of the women’s strike, the rise of anti-Semitism in America, and humanity’s relationship to robots.
72: Milo & CPAC, Professor Politics, and Momastery
Feb 28, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate CPAC’s decision to disinvite Milo Yiannopoulos, legislation to require political balance in university faculties, and Christian blogger Momastery’s announcement of her lesbian engagement….
71: Paid Protestors, Secondhand Smoke, and Ivanka Trump
Feb 21, 2017 • 51 min
On this week’s Past Present podcast, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of “paid protestors,” the science of secondhand smoke, and the failing fortunes of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.
70: Valentine’s Day, Obama & Black History, and Andrew Jackson
Feb 14, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the bawdy history of Valentine’s Day, Obama’s role in elevating black history, and the parallels between Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump.
69: Refugees, Uber, and Dystopian Novels
Feb 7, 2017 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate American policy toward refugees, the politics of Uber, and the rising sales of dystopian novels.
68: Betsy DeVos, Executive Orders, and Playgrounds
Jan 31, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate Betsy DeVos and school privatization, the uses of executive orders, and the growing call for more dangerous playgrounds.
67: Plagiarism, Ringling Bros., and Sugar & SNAP
Jan 24, 2017 • 61 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the dangers of plagiarism, the fate of the circus, and whether sugary drinks should be restricted for SNAP recipients.
66: The Women’s March, Russia, and Obama’s Farewell
Jan 17, 2017 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the women’s march on Washington, US-Russian relations, and Obama’s final speech to the nation.
65: North Carolina, Pot Legalization, and Alabama Football
Jan 10, 2017 • 64 min
On this week’s show, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of democracy in North Carolina, the trend toward legalization of marijuana, and the dominance of Alabama football.
Bonus Episode 3: Michelle Obama
Jan 3, 2017 • 27 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the legacy of departing First Lady Michelle Obama.
Flashback! David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, and Phyllis Schlafly
Dec 27, 2016 • 38 min
In this week’s special flashback episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia look back at three historical figures who died in 2016.
64: Aleppo, Japanese Internment, and Kwanzaa
Dec 20, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate US involvement in Syria, the legacy of Japanese-American internment, and the 50th anniversary of the first Kwanzaa.
63: Taiwan, the Oakland Fire, and Black Santa
Dec 13, 2016 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the future of the One-China policy, the tragedy of the Oakland fire, and the Mall of America’s first black Santa.
62: Fidel Castro, Liberalism’s Future, and Fake News
Dec 6, 2016 • 62 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Fidel Castro’s legacy, the future of liberalism, and the rise of fake news.
61: Trump University, Pence and Hamilton, and Turkeys Gone Wild
Nov 29, 2016 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Trump University fraud settlement, Mike Pence’s reception at Hamilton, and the wild turkey’s distaste for the wild.
60: International Adoption, Steve Bannon, and Safety-Pin Politics
Nov 22, 2016 • 64 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of citizenship in international adoption, Steve Bannon’s appointment as Trump’s chief strategist, and the place of safety pins in sartorial politics.
59: Second Redemption, Glass Ceilings, and Global Populism
Nov 15, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s special election episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the onset of the Second Redemption, the highest and hardest glass ceiling, and the place of Donald Trump in global populism.
58: Standing Rock, the FBI, and Political Pundits
Nov 8, 2016 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the standoff at Standing Rock, the political role of the FBI, and the role of political pundits.
57: The World Series, Texting and Driving, and Vegas, Baby!
Nov 1, 2016 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the history of the world series, texting while driving, and the history of Vegas.
56: Rigged Elections, Wikileaks, and Self-Care
Oct 25, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the history of rigged elections, Wikileaks, and the importance of self-care.
55: Sexual Harassment, Scary Clowns, and Pit Bull Bans
Oct 18, 2016 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Donald Trump and sexual harassment and assault, the great clown scare of 2016, and pit bull bans.
54: Transparent, Wells Fargo, and Cable News
Oct 11, 2016 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the place of Transparent in the history of LGBTQ representation on television, fraud at Wells Fargo, and the 20th anniversary of Fox News.
53: Presidential Debates, Stop and Frisk, and Fat Shaming
Oct 4, 2016 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the presidential debates, the constitutionality of stop and frisk, and obesity and medical care.
52: Brangelina, EpiPens, and Dr. Oz
Sep 27, 2016 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the dissolution of the Jolie-Pitt marriage, the price of EpiPens, and Dr. Oz and medical entertainment.
51: Presidential Health, Free Pre-K, and Star Trek
Sep 20, 2016 • 60 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate secrecy and presidential health, New York City’s universal pre-kindergarten, and the legacy of Star Trek.
50: Mother Teresa, the Alt-Right, and Taco Trucks
Sep 13, 2016 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the canonization of Mother Teresa, the rise of the alt-right, and the menace of taco trucks.
49: Colin Kaepernick, Burkinis, and Crime at Walmart
Sep 6, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the national anthem, France’s burkini ban, and Walmart’s high crime rate.
48: Baton Rouge, Christian Intellectuals, and Teaching Trump
Aug 30, 2016 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate flood relief in Louisiana, the disappearance of Christian intellectuals, and teaching Trump in the classroom.
Gone Fishing
Aug 23, 2016 • 2 min
We’re out on vacation — see you next week!
47: Voting Rights, Olympics Coverage, and Think Tanks
Aug 16, 2016 • 56 min
On this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate recent court decisions on voting rights, sexism in Olympics commentary, and corporate influence in think tanks.
46: Khizr & Ghazala Khan, Roger Ailes, and Juicing
Aug 9, 2016 • 53 min
On this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the Khans and the politics of grief, Roger Ailes and sexual harassment at Fox News, and the history of juicing.
45: Veeps, Beach-Going, and the Olympic Doping Scandal
Aug 2, 2016 • 57 min
On this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the changing role of the vice presidency, the history of beach-going, and the Russian doping scandal overshadowing the Rio Olympics.
44: Pokemon Go, Turkey’s Coup, and the Irony of Reform
Jul 26, 2016 • 54 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the history of Pokemon Go, the near-coup in Turkey, and the unintended consequences of political reform.
43: Dallas, Conventions, and Vaccines
Jul 19, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the police shooting in Dallas, the role of conventions in presidential politics, and the rise of anti-vaccine activism. Time stamps Dallas: 4:13 Conventions: 19:33 Vaccines:…
42: Elie Wiesel, Clinton’s Emails, and Guns N Roses
Jul 12, 2016 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Elie Wiesel’s impact on Americans’ memory of the Holocaust, the place of Clinton’s email controversy in presidential scandals, and the legacy of Guns N Roses.
41: Pat Summitt, Hellerstedt, and the Democratic Sit-In
Jul 5, 2016 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the legacy of basketball coach Pat Summitt, the place of Women’s Whole Health v. Hellerstedt in America’s abortion debate, and the House Democrats’ sit-in over gun control.
40: Brexit, Camps for Grownups, and Trump’s Missing Campaign
Jun 28, 2016 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the politics of Brexit, the growing popularity of adult summer camps, and Donald Trump’s missing campaign. Time stamps: Brexit: 3:15 Camps: 15:00 Campaign…
39: Orlando - The City Beautiful, Histories of Violence, and Presidential Empathy
Jun 21, 2016 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the Orlando shooting, focusing on the city’s history, the attack’s place in multiple histories of violence, and the role of presidential empathy in response to national crises. Time…
38: Muhammad Ali, Brock Turner, and the First Woman Nominee
Jun 14, 2016 • 54 min
On this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the aftermath of the Brock Turner trial, and America’s first woman nominated to the presidency by a major party.
37: Harambe the Gorilla, Baylor Football, and Peter Thiel’s Gawker Vendetta
Jun 7, 2016 • 59 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the death of Harambe the gorilla, the coverup of sexual assault in the Baylor football program, and Peter Thiel’s legal vendetta against Gawker.
36: Trump’s Tax Returns, Hiroshima, and High Heels
May 31, 2016 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the history of presidential candidates and tax returns, Obama’s visit to Japan, and feminism and footwear.
35: Lethal Injection, PC Culture, and Closeted Clinton Voters
May 24, 2016 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate lethal injection and the death penalty, the return of political correctness, and the secret shame of voting for Hillary Clinton.
34: Multicultural Evangelicalism, the End of Running, and Facebook in India
May 17, 2016 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the changing racial demographics of American evangelicalism, the decline of running, and Facebook’s digital imperialism.
33: Dennis Hastert, Phyllis Schlafly, and Malia’s Gap Year
May 10, 2016 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Dennis Hastert’s sentencing, the coup facing Phyllis Schlafly and Malia Obama’s pre-Harvard gap year.
32: Prince, America First, and the Degree Divide
May 3, 2016 • 47 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Nataliadebate Prince’s career, Donald Trump’s America First foreignpolicy, and educational divide in partisan politics.
31: Tubman Twenties, Adult Toys, and Whole Foods Politics
Apr 26, 2016 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decision to put Harriet Tubman on the $20, the history of sex toy regulation, and the politics of Whole Foods.
30: Political Violence, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Prisons for Profit
Apr 12, 2016 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump and political violence, the nostalgia of Kimmy Schmidt, and the origins of prisons for profit.
29: Flashback! Woodrow Wilson, SoulCycle, and Bernie Sanders
Apr 12, 2016 • 40 min
In this week’s special flashback episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at Princeton, the spiritual origins of SoulCycle, and Bernie Sanders’s place in America’s socialist tradition.
28: Bathroom Politics, Spring Break, and the Heroin Crisis
Apr 5, 2016 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the politics of public bathrooms, the history of Spring Break, and the origins of the American heroin crisis.
27: Hulk Hogan v Gawker, Parental Leave, and Bernie’s Scandinavia
Mar 29, 2016 • 46 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil delve into the privacy laws protecting Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, the fight for paid parental leave, and the left’s love of Scandinavia.
26: Merrick Garland, Misty Copeland, and Contested Conventions
Mar 22, 2016 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Misty Copeland and the future of ballet, and the history of contested conventions.
25: Nancy Reagan, OJ Simpson, and Presidential Bodies
Mar 15, 2016 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Nancy Reagan’s legacy, the impact of the OJ Simpson trial, and the politics of presidential bodies.
24: Trump’s Evangelicals, the KKK, and CrossFit
Mar 8, 2016 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate Trump’s hold on the white evangelical vote, the politics of the KKK, and the place of CrossFit in fitness history.
23: Apple v. US, Michael Pollan, and Guantanamo Bay
Mar 1, 2016 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the government’s attempt to hack the iPhone, Michael Pollan’s new documentary “Cooked,” and Obama’s latest attempt to close Guantanamo Bay.
22: Antonin Scalia, Samantha Bee, and the Grammys
Feb 23, 2016 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate Scalia’s legacy, women in comedy, and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy performance.
21: The Zika Virus, Beyonce’s Formation, and Hillary Clinton’s Feminism Problem
Feb 16, 2016 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Zika virus and public health, Beyonce’s Formation, and Hillary Clinton’s feminism problem.
20: Clinton & Reconstruction, Curvy Barbie, and Bernie Sanders’s (Un)Religion
Feb 9, 2016 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Hillary Clinton’s comments on Reconstruction, Mattel’s release of a curvy Barbie doll, and Bernie Sanders’s religious (non)affiliation.
19: #OscarsSoWhite, Oprah & Weight Watchers, and the Iowa Caucuses
Feb 2, 2016 • 46 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate racism and the Oscars, Oprah and the history of Weight Watchers, and why Iowa comes first.
18: Flint’s Water, New York Values, and Wheaton College
Jan 26, 2016 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the origins of Flint’s water crisis, Ted Cruz and New York values, and Wheaton College and evangelical higher education.
17: David Bowie, Bikini Bodies, and Natural Born Citizens
Jan 19, 2016 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate David Bowie’s legacy, the history of bikini bodies, and Ted Cruz’s citizenship.
16: The Oregon Standoff, Executive Orders, and Downton Abbey
Jan 12, 2016 • 46 min
In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the roots of the Oregon standoff, Obama’s use of executive orders, and Anglophilia and Downton Abbey.
15: Star Wars, Marriage Inequality, and Tamir Rice
Jan 5, 2016 • 48 min
Episode 15: Star Wars, Marriage Inequality, and Tamir Rice
Bonus Episode 2: Life Coaches
Dec 29, 2015 • 15 min
Bonus Episode 2: Life Coaches
14: The War on Christmas, Food Insecurity, and Political Spouses
Dec 22, 2015 • 50 min
Episode 14: The War on Christmas, Food Insecurity, and Political Spouses
13: The Sharing Economy, Affirmative Action, and American Fascism
Dec 15, 2015 • 53 min
Pasta Present
12: Facebook Philanthropy, Baby Names, and Prayer Shaming
Dec 8, 2015 • 46 min
Past Present
11: Refugees, Woodrow Wilson, and Instamoms
Dec 1, 2015 • 50 min
Episode 11: Refugees, Woodrow Wilson, and Instamom
10: Thanksgiving Feasting, Football Controversies, and Black Friday Shopping
Nov 24, 2015 • 43 min
Episode 10: Thanksgiving Feasting, Football Controversies, and Black Friday Shopping
9: Campus Unrest, Dating in the Digital Age, and the Immigration Impasse
Nov 17, 2015 • 46 min
Episode 9: Campus Unrest, Dating in the Digital Age, and the Immigration Impasse
8: Failed Frontrunners, the Modern Period, and Trigger Warnings
Nov 10, 2015 • 43 min
Episode 8: Failed Frontrunners, the Modern Period, and Trigger Warnings
7: Benghazi, Ben Carson, and the End of Reality TV
Nov 3, 2015 • 48 min
Episode 7: Benghazi, Ben Carson, and the End of Reality TV
6: Bernie Sanders, Fitbit Corporatism, and Halloween (All Grown Up)
Oct 26, 2015 • 44 min
Bernie Sanders, Fitbit Corporatism, and Halloween (All Grown Up)
5: Playboy, Political Parties, and the Whitening of American Cities
Oct 20, 2015 • 46 min
Episode 5: Playboy, Political Parties, and the Whitening of American Cities
4: Yale’s Confederate Past, Selfie Shaming, and Carly Fiorina, Feminist?
Oct 13, 2015 • 45 min
Episode 4: Yale’s Confederate Past, Selfie Shaming, and Carly Fiorina, Feminist?
Bonus Episode: The Many Histories of Gun Control in America
Oct 7, 2015 • 22 min
Episode B1: The Many Histories of Gun Control in America
3: Pope Francis, Quit Lit, and Donald Trump
Sep 29, 2015 • 51 min
Pope Francis, Quit Lit, and Donald Trump
2: Planned Parenthood, SoulCycle, and Caring Corporations
Sep 29, 2015 • 46 min
Planned Parenthood, SoulCycle, and Caring Corporations
1: Kim Davis, Teacherpreneurs, and Taylor Swift
Sep 26, 2015 • 46 min
Civil disobedience, education reform, and Taylor Swift’s wayward colonialism