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Memory Wars
Memory Wars is a six-part series about how Germany has confronted its horrific past and whether America could ever do the same. Public radio reporter Mallory Noe-Payne spent years covering policy and politics in Richmond, Virginia — the former capital of the Confederacy. Then she went to Germany. Through a year of in-depth reporting featuring a wide range of characters, Noe-Payne reveals the struggles it takes for a society to change its narrative, face up to an uncomfortable past, and pave the...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 91 ratings
Such an important series
Incredible connections made about traumatic events without dragging listeners through the trauma of it. Required listening if you’re an American.
no0pr5def via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/14/22
Thought provoking
This is informative, nuanced, thorough, in-depth journalism. Kudos to Michael Paul Williams and Mallory Noe-Payne. There should be “book club” discussions across the country on this thought provoking series. Episode 2 was exceptionally eye opening. More please!
RG143 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/22
Required listening!!!
Introspective, layered and timely, Mallory and Michael deftly plumb “uncomfortable” issues that challenge identity, morality, and empathy. You know, the core of what makes us human.
Flpgal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/22/22
Recent Episodes
How does a society create meaningful places of encounter? Spaces where you just can't look away from the past? On the final episode of Memory Wars, we go back to Germany one last time to explore the conflict and contestation over space. All with the story of a single cobblestone.
Published 08/04/22
Watching how Haley and Charlotte have explored and confronted their own histories made me think maybe it’s time to face up to my own ancestry. Back home in Virginia, the search yields some shocking truths. Once we accept culpability for a sinful past, what does accountability look like? Even...
Published 07/21/22
When Charlotte was a teenager she asked her mother a question: was my grandfather a Nazi? It began a years-long quest to learn more about what her ancestor had done, at a time when an entire country was learning to change its perspective. How do do we rewrite the story of our history?
Published 07/07/22
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