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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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Tyrannophobia

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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Jim Markley

Commented on: The Future Then

When does the future begin? For George Orwell's 1984 (published in 1948) it was 36 years off. For Arthur C.Clarke [...]

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Why does Congress complain about executive orders, while passing laws that grant the president so much power? I think it's because, [...]