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One Year
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The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may... more

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1990: The Angry Death of Kimberly Bergalis

Before 1990, there had never been a documented case of a patient getting HIV from a health care worker. Kimberly... more

21 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
1990: Art on Trial

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most famous photographers in the world—and one of the most controversial. When his work... more

14 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
1990: Bush vs. Broccoli

In March 1990, a story broke that shocked the nation: George H.W. Bush had banned broccoli from Air Force One.... more

07 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
1990: Mandrake the Magician

A middle-aged single dad in Chicago was outraged by all the cigarette billboards popping up in Black communities. In 1990,... more

30 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
1990: Pizzastroika

Pizza Hut’s adventure in the Soviet Union was unlike any restaurant opening before or since. It involved a fleet of... more

22 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
One Year: 1990 Trailer

Coming Wednesday Nov. 22, the sixth season of One Year covers 1990. It was a year when a controversial art... more

15 Nov 2023 · 1 minute
1955: The Hiroshima Maidens

Ten years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 25 women who’d been disfigured by the blast came to the United... more

06 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
1955: The Cutter Incident

Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine transformed America and the world in ways that seemed unimaginable. But in 1955, there was a... more

28 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
1955: Siberia, USA

When Alaskans wanted their own mental-health facility, a rumor took hold all over America. This week, Evan Chung traces the... more

21 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
1955: The Weather Girls

In the early days of television, women struggled to find their place. In 1955, they got it: forecasting the weather,... more

14 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
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