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