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Imagined Nations

Depictions of American Indians

On this show, we’re taking a long look at how native people have been represented — and misrepresented — in U.S. history. We’ll also ask how Native Americans themselves have challenged and reinvented those depictions.

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Counter Culture

A History of Shopping

When did coveting your neighbor’s possessions go from sin to virtue? We’ll look at this questions and more just in time for you to ponder your last-minute holiday purchases.


Uses & Abuses of Executive Power

Call it a special American condition — the fear that any one person or party could wield too much power over the body politic. On this episode, we ask how perceptions of authoritarianism, and responses to it, have changed over time.

The Future Then

Visions of America Yet to Come

Flying cars, 3-hour workdays, meals in a pill, nuclear holocaust — what has the future held? On this episode, the Guys revisit yesterday’s visions of tomorrow, and what they say about the moments in time that conjured them up.

What Gives

Generosity in America

In this holiday season, we explore giving in American history — and consider the meaning of charity, philanthropy and reciprocity.

Pitch a Show

Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics — some of which made it on the air! Listeners suggested episodes about higher ed and U.S.-Mexico relations, and lots of individual stories also had their origins in your brains. Help us keep up the process!


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Indians on the Gridiron

The Legacy of the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

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The Elephant(s) in the Room

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