Now & Then

How can the past help inform today’s most pressing challenges? Every Tuesday, award-winning historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman use their encyclopedic knowledge of US history to bring the past to life. Together, they make sense of the week in news by discussing the people, ideas, and events that got us here today. Now and Then is produced by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

History
Society & Culture
News Commentary
1
Immigration: Defining ‘Us’ and ‘Them’
43 min
2
Mad About Monarchy
47 min
3
When Parties Push Back
47 min
4
Forgiving (and Unforgiving) Debts
41 min
5
Encore: Abortion: Whose Choice?
42 min
6
Vacation Nation
45 min
7
From Monopoly to Mystery Date
47 min
8
Does Anyone Love Taxes?
48 min
9
Tracking History's Mysteries
46 min
10
Gastropod: The Milk of Life
50 min
11
Militia Movements
47 min
12
Racism and the Second Amendment (with Carol And...
42 min
13
Alcohol in American Politics
42 min
14
Processing Roe’s Reversal in Real Time
33 min
15
Encore: Investigating Democracy
44 min
16
Nostalgia & Political Power
49 min
17
The Mirage of Money (or, NFTs, WTF?)
46 min
18
Free Speech: What IS Cancel Culture?
53 min
19
Free Speech: The Power of an Independent Press
53 min
20
Free Speech: The Government and Us
45 min
21
The Weeds: How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Ended
35 min
22
A Disability Discourse
48 min
23
American Jews and the American Story
50 min
24
Tax Dollars and Tech Dollars: Who Supports Soci...
41 min
25
Don’t Say Gay: A Queer History
44 min
26
Ketanji Brown Jackson, Criminal Justice, & Publ...
40 min
27
War Crimes & War Codes
42 min
28
Statecraft, Secrets, and Lies
58 min
29
Women Warriors: Ukraine & Beyond
42 min
30
Avatars of Democracy: Zelensky & More
50 min
31
Heather Cox Richardson's Interview with Preside...
31 min
32
Defining the State of the Union
46 min
33
Bans, Schools, & Power: False Majorities
48 min
34
Bans, Schools, & Power: Public Education
44 min
35
Bans, Schools, & Power: Book Panics
47 min
36
The Culture of Cash
52 min
37
CAFE Insider Special 1/27: Breyer Retires
0 min
38
When Americans Can't Turn Away
44 min
39
Restitution & Reparations
42 min
40
The Lure of Political Outsiders
59 min
41
Historians Have Their Heroes
48 min
42
God & Morality in American Politics
55 min
43
Disinformation and Democracy
54 min
44
Encore: Creating Federal Holidays, July 4th to ...
50 min
45
Thanksgiving Wars
47 min
46
Mill ‘Girls,’ Company Men, & the Great Resigna...
39 min
47
Associations: From the Masons to the Mob
61 min
48
Democracy Is In the Mail
42 min
49
Gastropod: Trick or Treat: Soul Cakes, Candy Co...
47 min
50
Voting Rights: The Big Picture (ft. Carol Ander...
44 min
51
The Rise of Bully Politics
43 min
52
Speakers of the House: Velvet Gloves and Iron F...
49 min
53
Split Party Politics
46 min
54
Government Debt Roulette
44 min
55
New York, New York
48 min
56
Abortion: Whose Choice?
42 min
57
Climate Control
44 min
58
Attacking and Defending Voting Rights
51 min
59
Afghanistan & American Styles of War
52 min
60
Treason(ish)
48 min
61
A Backstage Peek
26 min
62
Projecting America at the Olympics
51 min
63
The Human Toll of Infrastructure
50 min
64
Culture Wars
42 min
65
Judging the Supreme Court
47 min
66
Creating Federal Holidays, July 4th to Juneteenth
50 min
67
Corrupting the Commonwealth
44 min
68
QAnon, Cults, and Cutlery
43 min
69
Battling Over Critical Race Theory
56 min
70
Investigating Democracy
43 min
71
Entangling Alliances
45 min
72
Introducing Now & Then
2 min