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Mythos and Melodrama in the Philippines (Throwback)

Welcome to the "Epic of Marcos." In this tale of a family that's larger than life, Ferdinand Marcos, the former... more

23 May 2024 · 51 minutes
The Mandela Effect

For nearly thirty years, the South African government held a man it initially labeled prisoner number 46664, the anti-apartheid activist... more

16 May 2024 · 54 minutes
The Labor Of Love (Throwback)

There's a powerful fantasy in American society: the fantasy of the ideal mother. This mother is devoted to her family... more

09 May 2024 · 51 minutes
The 4th Amendment: Search and Seizure

The Fourth Amendment is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures." But — what's... more

02 May 2024 · 48 minutes
The Ghost in Your Phone (Throwback)

It's hot. A mother works outside, a baby strapped to her back. The two of them breathe in toxic dust,... more

25 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
Ralph Nader, Consumer Crusader

Whether it's pesticides in your cereal or the door plug flying off your airplane, consumers today have plenty of reasons... more

18 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
The 14th Amendment

Of all the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the 14th is a big one. It's shaped all of our lives,... more

11 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
The Land of the Fee (Throwback)

Tipping is a norm in the United States—and it's always been controversial. The practice took off after the Civil War,... more

04 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
A History of Hezbollah

Hezbollah is a Lebanese paramilitary organization and political party that's directly supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the... more

28 Mar 2024 · 49 minutes
The Great Textbook War

What is school for? Over a hundred years ago, a man named Harold Rugg published a series of textbooks that... more

21 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Mythos and Melodrama in the Philippines (Throwback)