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Throughline
Throughline
NPR

Throughline is a time machine. Each episode, we travel beyond the headlines to answer the question, "How did we get here?" We... more

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Episodes

The Creeping Coup

Sudan has been at the center of a deadly and brutal war for over a year. It's the site of... more

18 Jul 2024 · 50 minutes
The Roots of Poverty in America

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet over 10 percent of people – nearly... more

11 Jul 2024 · 49 minutes
Road to Rickwood: The Holy Grail of Baseball

Birmingham, Alabama was one of the fiercest battlegrounds of the Civil Rights Movement. And in order to understand the struggle,... more

04 Jul 2024 · 57 minutes
Pop Music's First Black Stars

Today, the U.S. popular music industry is worth billions of dollars. And some of its deepest roots are in blackface... more

27 Jun 2024 · 49 minutes
The Lavender Scare (Throwback)

One day in late April 1958, a young economist named Madeleine Tress was approached by two men in suits at... more

20 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
A History of Zionism

Since October 7th, the term Zionism has been everywhere in the news. It's been used to support Israel in what... more

13 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
The Whiteness Myth (Throwback)

In 1923, an Indian American man named Bhagat Singh Thind told the U.S. Supreme Court that he was white, and... more

06 Jun 2024 · 49 minutes
The Rules of War

International courts investigating alleged war crimes have made headlines often in recent months. An arrest warrant has been issued for... more

30 May 2024 · 51 minutes
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
Throughline
The Creeping Coup
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