The Last Archive

The Last Archive​ is a show about the history of truth, and the historical context for our current fake news, post-truth moment. It’s a show about how we know what we know, and why it seems, these days, as if we don’t know anything at all anymore. The show is driven by host Jill Lepore’s work as a historian, uncovering the secrets of the past the way a detective might. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

History
Society & Culture
1
HISTORY This Week: The Fairness Doctrine
Presenting an episode from another podcast we think you’ll like, called HISTORY This Week.
28 min
2
Epiphany
This season has chronicled a long, dark century of lies, fakes, frauds, and hoaxes. In the season 2 finale, Jill Lepore draws that history all the way down to the Capitol insurrection.
44 min
3
Hush Rush
In the 1980s, Rush Limbaugh transformed talk radio. In the process, he radicalized his listeners and the conservative movement.
47 min
4
Children of Zorin
In the 1970s, a Soviet journalist named Valentin Zorin made a series of documentary films about the United States. He was on a quest to unmask the United States by spreading doubt, conspiracy theories, and a strange cocktail of truth and misinformation.
48 min
5
It Came From Outer Space
In this episode, Jill Lepore follows the trail of disease conspiracies from Apollo 11 to COVID-19. In part two of our series about the moon landing: Apollo’s splashdown, and the tidal wave of doubt it set off.
46 min
6
Remote Control
In 1961, President Kennedy announced that the United States would go to the moon. Eight years later, the Apollo 11 astronauts set foot upon its surface. Millions of Americans watched live on their televisions as it happened, but somehow the pinnacle of man’s achievement became a wellspring of conspiracy theories.
47 min
7
Repeat After Me
One night in 1952, a Coloradan businessman hypnotized a local housewife. Under his spell, she began to recount her past life as a 19th-century Irish woman. He caught it on tape.
47 min
8
The Inner Front
During World War II, Nazi radio broadcast the voice of an American woman who came to be known as Axis Sally. She spoke, via shortwave radio, to American women, attempting to turn them against their country and the American war effort.
40 min
9
Believe It
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! was one of the most popular radio shows of the 1930s, and for good reason: Early radio, not unlike the Internet of nearly a century later, was obsessed with doubt about belief.
45 min
10
Monkey Business
In 1925, John Scopes, a high school teacher from Dayton, Tennessee, was put on trial for teaching evolution. It came to be called the "monkey trial," a landmark in the history of doubt.
46 min
11
Coming Soon: Season Two
Coming Soon: the second season of The Last Archive, a podcast about the history of truth and the shadow of doubt written and hosted by New Yorker writer and celebrated historian Jill Lepore.
1 min
12
Election Special
We're back with a special, election-themed episode of The Last Archive!
24 min
13
Tomorrowland
Who killed truth?
48 min
14
For the Birds
What can the evidence of birds tell us about climate change?
46 min
15
She Said, She Said
In 1969, radical feminists gathered in a church in Greenwich Village to speak about their experiences with abortion.
41 min
16
The Computermen
In 1966, just as the foundations of the Internet were being imagined, the federal government considered building a National Data Center.
41 min
17
Cell Strain
In the 1950s, polio spread throughout the United States.
45 min
18
Project X
The election of 1952 brought all kinds of new technology into the political sphere.
41 min
19
Unheard
In 1945, Ralph Ellison went to a barn in Vermont and began to write 'Invisible Man.'
39 min
20
The Invisible Lady
In 1804, an Invisible Lady arrived in New York City.
37 min
21
Detection of Deception
When James Frye, a young black man, is charged with murder under unusual circumstances in 1922, he trusts his fate to a strange new machine: the lie detector.
46 min
22
The Clue of the Blue Bottle
On a spring day in 1919, a woman’s body was found bound, gagged, and strangled in a garden in Barre, Vermont. Who was she?
42 min
23
Introducing The Last Archive
The Last Archive​:​ a new podcast about the history of evidence written and hosted by New Yorker writer, author, and celebrated historian Jill Lepore.
2 min