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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.Subscribe to Throughline+. You'll be supporting the history-reframing, perspective-shifting, time-warping stories you can't get enough of - and you'll unlock access bonus episodes and sponsor-free listening. Learn more at
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4.6 stars from 15,533 ratings
What’s with the Audio Drops?
Usually, the audio quality of “Throughline” is impeccable. But the latest ADA episode - in Througline+ no less! - had periodic audio drops that took out so many words that it made it unlistenable. Obviously, this isn’t what I’m paying extra for.
cydwel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/04/23
Union episode
This episode was informative and deeply relevant now. Understanding the issues from a historical perspective was key - loved it - thanks for your work.
canadianpublicradionerd via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/03/23
The Absolute Best!
I look forward to listening to each episode of Throughline. I either learn something new or I am corrected on something I was sure I thought I knew. Whichever it is I am enlightened. The hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei are so good at making me feel I am included in the conversation....Read full review »
bailindsey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/30/23
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