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The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Customer Reviews

Dumbed down

Fascinating topic, far too much irrelevant banter from the hosts, who seem to be trying to spoon-feed you information. Their insistence that they too knew nothing about this before researching the show sounds irritating rather than charmingly humble. Would expect better from NPR.

Good information, but feels disjointed, and all over the place

Overall I enjoyed the information presented in the podcast, but it was difficult to keep track of who was talking and why. Throughout the podcast the speakers switch for seemingly no reason. It comes off as disjointed when the two actual podcast speakers are talking over one another, or completing sentences, not because it’s natural, but because they wanted it to sound that way. I’m not sure what the goal was for that, but it distracts from the information being talked about when it’s a mans voice for a 95% of the sentence, then it’s the woman’s voice finishing the sentence. Or it’s the expert on the subject matter being cut and edited into the beginning and endings of sentences. Very strange style choice. I also want to mention the idiolect of both podcast hosts; they sound like two teenagers giving a presentation in high school. The information, again, was great, but the inflection on their words made it sound very gossipy, and not official or serious. It sounded like two people telling you about this story at a party or something. It’s hard to find the right words for how it sounded, but that was my best shot.

I think they have a great chance of making this a worthy historical podcast, but they just need to work out some of the kinks first.

Terribly Overproduced

If you like hipster hosts who whisper and space sounds while a dude is talking about Iran then this horribly over produced and terribly written podcast from NPR is for you!

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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