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One Year

Slate Podcasts

The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may have forgotten, or one you’ve never heard of before. What were the moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more? And how does the nation’s past shape our present? read less

Our Editor's Take

The One Year podcast analyzes historical events that shaped America. Anyone interested in American history may find the show fascinating. This investigative podcast is well-researched, with quality narration and presentation. Topics include intriguing cultural and political phenomena, infamous people, and events.

Josh Levin hosts One Year. He has worked for Slate since 2003. As per the podcast title, each season focuses on one year in US history. The episode “1995: The Man Who Didn't Bomb Oklahoma City” is a good example of the show. Many people may think of the Oklahoma City bombing when it comes to 1995. Authorities thought a Muslim-American man might have had something to do with the bombing. He didn't, and the podcast tells his story.

On a lighter note, 1995 was also the year of a bilingual music phenomenon. Los del Rio's song “Macarena” became a massive success. On the podcast, listeners will learn how that song went from chart-topping to most-hated. These two stories highlight the varied nature of One Year. The host and producers of the podcast do a great job bringing up long-forgotten incidents. Many of these incidents impact today's America.

Some events narrated on the podcast often relate to current events. The anti-gay rights movement in 1977, championed by Anita Bryant, is the focus of an episode on the show. Was Jesus on a tortilla? Whatever happened to the first soap opera on the internet? How is anyone able to pull off a fake Oxford University? One Year has the answers to these questions and many more interesting facts. Fans of this podcast may also appreciate Hang Up and Listen. Levin also cohosts that Slate sports podcast.

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