Throughline

NPR

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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Our Editor's Take

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Throughline tells the stories of people and events that shaped the world. Each edition of the podcast shares in depth the history and meaning behind a person or event that has changed the course of human civilization. Episodes cover a range of modern political debates and civil rights issues. Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei host the series, produced by NPR.

The show doesn't only concern itself with what happened but also attempts to explain why it happened. By understanding the motivations behind historical events, listeners can understand the present. Episodes explore figures like Vladimir Putin and events like the Olympics. The topics covered relate to the way people live their lives today. The hosts share details about events and people from different perspectives. Each episode is well-researched and often includes guests' opinions and inputs.

The podcast began back in February 2019. Since then, it's become a favorite with listeners and critics alike. It has won many awards, including a Peabody Award. It was also nominated for Best History Podcast by the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Throughline is a must-listen for anyone who wants to understand the world they live in today. Listeners can enjoy a new episode every Thursday on Amazon Music.

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