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August 3, 2020
The word “Hiroshima” may bring to mind a black-and-white image of a mushroom cloud. It’s easy to forget that it’s an act..
The word “Hiroshima” may bring..
June 10, 2020
What will it take to make the United States a more fully-functioning democracy, and how can we, as citizens, bring about..
What will it take to make the ..
May 27, 2020
How well do the news media serve us as citizens, and what role does the notion of “objective,” or “neutral,” journalism ..
How well do the news media ser..
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May 13, 2020
In most American schools, children *hear about *democracy, but don’t get to *practice *it. What would a more engaged bra..
In most American schools, chil..
April 29, 2020
“America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has ..
“America” and “empire.” Do tho..
April 17, 2020
The conservative, neoliberal counterrevolution in the face of expanding democracy in America: It started long before Don..
The conservative, neoliberal c..
April 1, 2020
In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi to place themselv..
In the summer of 1964, about a..
March 27, 2020
In this special episode, host John Biewen and series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss
the coronavirus pandemic a..
In this special episode, host ..
March 17, 2020
The Great Depression presented a crisis not only for the U.S. economy, but for American democracy. President Franklin Ro..
The Great Depression presented..
March 4, 2020
People fighting for more democracy in the United States often have to struggle against sexism and racism. In fact, those..
People fighting for more democ..
February 19, 2020
After the Civil War, a surprising coalition tried to remake the United States into a real multiracial democracy for the ..
After the Civil War, a surpris..
February 5, 2020
In the decades after America’s founding and the establishment of the Constitution, did the nation get better, more just,..
In the decades after America’s..
January 22, 2020
In the summer of 1787, fifty-five men got together in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States, re..
In the summer of 1787, fifty-f..
January 8, 2020
In the American Revolution, the men who revolted were among the wealthiest and most comfortable people in the colonies. ..
In the American Revolution, th..
December 18, 2019
Our season-long series will touch on concerns like authoritarianism, voter suppression and gerrymandering, foreign inter..
Our season-long series will to..
July 17, 2019
The concluding episode in our series, Seeing White. An exploration of solutions and responses to America’s deep history ..
The concluding episode in our ..
July 3, 2019
When it comes to U.S. government programs and support earmarked for the benefit of particular racial groups, history is ..
When it comes to U.S. governme..
June 19, 2019
For years, Myra Greene had explored blackness through her photography, often in self-portraits. She wondered, what would..
For years, Myra Greene had exp..
June 5, 2019
For hundreds of years, the white-dominated American culture has raised the specter of the dangerous, violent black man. ..
For hundreds of years, the whi..
May 22, 2019
The story of Bhagat Singh Thind, and also of Takao Ozawa – Asian immigrants who, in the 1920s, sought to convince the U...
The story of Bhagat Singh Thin..
May 8, 2019
In 1919, a white mob forced the entire black population of Corbin, Kentucky, to leave, at gunpoint. It was one of many r..
In 1919, a white mob forced th..
April 24, 2019
Scientists weren’t the first to divide humanity along racial – and racist – lines. But for hundreds of years, racial sci..
Scientists weren’t the first t..
April 10, 2019
“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they r..
“How attached are you to the i..
March 27, 2019
When it comes to America’s racial sins, past and present, a lot of us see people in one region of the country as guiltie..
When it comes to America’s rac..
March 13, 2019
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen heard next to nothing about the town’s most important historical event. In..
Growing up in Mankato, Minneso..