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Throughline
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.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 10,752 ratings
Well informed research
Well done on the Electoral College edition. Calling fellow humans 3/5ths of a person is a disgrace, doing for political expediency is utterly appalling. Foe examples of electoral governance tHe US would do well to look at countries like Australia with its independent Elecroral Commission. It...Read full review »
paultoloui via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/30/20
Informative
This addresses questions I often have: How did we get here? I really enjoyed the episode on Health Insurance.
taytayeats via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/27/20
Eye Opening On Many Levels
Knowledge is power...as is delivery. Throughline does a wonderful job of presenting not just politics, but history and information as a whole. They touch on various topics that aren’t just limited to current events, but topics you’d never thought about but relevant to your day to day life, in an...Read full review »
MsKittykat1326 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/20
Recent Episodes
Frederick Douglass dreamed of a country where all people could vote and he did everything in his power to make that dream a reality. In the face of slavery, the Civil War and the violence of Jim Crow, he fought his entire life for what he believed was a sacred, natural right that should be...
Published 10/29/20
Drunken brawls, coercion, and lace curtains. Believe it or not, how regular people vote was not something the founding fathers thought much about, or planned for. Americans went from casting votes at drunken parties in the town square to private booths behind a drawn curtain. In this episode, the...
Published 10/22/20
What is it, why do we have it, and why hasn't it changed? Born from a rushed, fraught, imperfect process, the origins and evolution of the Electoral College might surprise you and make you think differently about not only this upcoming presidential election, but our democracy as a whole.
Published 10/15/20
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