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Recent Episodes
  • Soleimani's Iran
    Jan 23, 2020 – 47:50
  • Everybody Knows Somebody
    Jan 16, 2020 – 59:21
  • There Will Be Bananas
    Jan 9, 2020 – 56:52
  • Resistance Is Futile
    Jan 2, 2020 – 36:59
  • The Moth
    Dec 26, 2019 – 36:38
  • The Phoebus Cartel
    Dec 19, 2019 – 34:55
  • America's Opioid Epidemic
    Dec 12, 2019 – 46:12
  • The Grid
    Dec 5, 2019 – 43:27
  • Conspiracy Theories
    Nov 28, 2019 – 43:48
  • A Year Of Wonders
    Nov 21, 2019 – 41:06
  • The Siege of Mecca
    Nov 14, 2019 – 44:21
  • Throughline Presents: Short Wave
    Nov 9, 2019 – 25:05
  • No Friend But The Mountains
    Nov 7, 2019 – 43:59
    Oct 31, 2019 – 43:52
  • The Dark Side Of The Moon
    Oct 24, 2019 – 40:42
  • A Borrowed Time
    Oct 17, 2019 – 44:06
  • The Commentator
    Oct 10, 2019 – 30:41
  • High Crimes and Misdemeanors
    Oct 3, 2019 – 19:32
  • American Exile
    Sep 26, 2019 – 55:40
  • Puerto Rico
    Sep 19, 2019 – 01:06:33
  • Three Chords And The Truth
    Sep 12, 2019 – 34:11
  • The Litter Myth
    Sep 5, 2019 – 35:48
  • On The Shoulders Of Giants
    Aug 29, 2019 – 40:12
  • Strange Fruit
    Aug 22, 2019 – 31:04
  • Mass Incarceration
    Aug 15, 2019 – 48:43
  • Scorched Earth
    Aug 8, 2019 – 31:42
  • Huey Long Vs. The Media
    Aug 1, 2019 – 32:00
  • Milliken v. Bradley
    Jul 25, 2019 – 36:37
  • Rules Of Engagement
    Jul 18, 2019 – 50:04
  • Four Days In August
    Jul 11, 2019 – 38:40
  • American Anthem
    Jul 4, 2019 – 28:02
  • Before Stonewall
    Jun 27, 2019 – 40:25
  • The X On The Map
    Jun 20, 2019 – 41:11
  • Apocalypse Now
    Jun 13, 2019 – 56:12
  • Mitch McConnell
    Jun 6, 2019 – 33:29
  • Savarkar's India
    May 30, 2019 – 34:27
  • A Dream Of Modern China
    May 23, 2019 – 47:29
  • El Libertador
    May 16, 2019 – 56:31
  • White Nationalism
    May 9, 2019 – 34:53
  • Outbreak
    May 2, 2019 – 22:22
  • Resistance Is Futile
    Apr 25, 2019 – 37:06
  • War Of The Worlds
    Apr 18, 2019 – 35:47
  • Nancy Pelosi
    Apr 11, 2019 – 24:16
  • Opioids In America
    Apr 4, 2019 – 44:47
  • The Phoebus Cartel
    Mar 28, 2019 – 32:46
  • The Border
    Mar 21, 2019 – 15:02
  • The Moth
    Mar 14, 2019 – 34:43
  • American Shadows
    Mar 7, 2019 – 41:35
  • High Crimes And Misdemeanors
    Feb 28, 2019 – 17:02
  • The Forgotten War
    Feb 21, 2019 – 34:13
Recent Reviews
  • Callap
    Super informative. Keep it coming!
    Really like the detail. Background info helps understand the wider picture. Very thorough. Thanks for the great work!
  • scared senior
    Slow down
    Speeding through explaining the information is a disservice to listeners. Dr. GC
  • Alex Sanchez 1214
    Highly Recommended
    “There will be Bananas” has bet the best episode yet!! Keep up the good work! This insightful podcast will help you better understand current events by understanding their historic timeline. Often times we are aware of certain events playing out but do we know why it’s happening in the first place. It’s a fairly new podcast but I love the idea of it and it has the potential to be a great one. Admirable work!!
  • elbel444
    One of the best podcasts out there. However in the two Iran episodes they rush or assume too much prior knowledge - please do a long explainer on Iran!
  • IS0001
    Excellent podcast!
    It is very smart and intelligent. Gives background on events that I was aware but didn't fully understood. I think it's a must for anyone in in history and also in understanding of the current events. It's helpful that having roots in the middle eastern cultures, they have insights and information not easily found. I highly recommend it.
  • doconawalk
    Fantastic, compelling, uniquely informative
    Been listening for a while and just listened to Marjorie Eaton’s “Everybody Knows Somebody” episode. Intelligently researched and rivetingly told. I felt compelled to comment. It’s highlight out of a podcast with many fantastic episodes. I learn something new every time I listen. Thank you for making this!
  • Bobbboooo
    My favorite podcast
    Please put out more content!!
  • Tiocfaidhárlálálá
    Soleimani’s Iran - Terrible episode
    Up till today I enjoyed this podcast. Today I listened to a full hour of bashing how bad Soleilmani was with no mention of the good things he did. They, like so much of the recent media want to portray him as pure evil, this is very rarely true of anyone. bottom line at the end of the day our country straight up ASSASSINATED a guy, something that is just lightly glossed over in the episode like it’s completely unimportant that we are ignoring international laws and murdering whoever we feel like.
  • *** Diabl0 ***
    Fascinating. Entertaining. Informative.
    Great snippets of history that are tied to modern/contemporary events. Gives one a much better understanding or insight into why things are the way they are. And - they’re always intriguing, interesting and sometimes fun!
  • Steffanwolf
    Dopest dope
    I ever smoked. Truly the dopest shizz nittle zim zam zop. ABBA zabba your my only friend Best way I ever learned anything. Constantly blowing my goddamn mind over and over like an orgasm.
    Well done
    Thanks for putting together a great podcast. One of the hosts pronounces the words “certain” “Britain” in a way I don’t like, but maybe I’m being weird.
  • Brucegmann
    Great history podcast
    History told with real facts even though it can hurt some feelings. I have learned a lot from this podcast. A must for your podcast library.
  • kumbafin
    Fascinating, detailed, engaging audio
    I have learned so much about history
  • ships31
    Interesting topic and excellent podcast
    A friend suggested this pose Adt and I simply love it. All the topic are so well researched and so unique. Keep the good work.
  • Dr. Lisa B
    “Everybody knows somebody” was riveting
    This is a decent podcast in general, the concept is excellent and I think the hosts have potential. But a change of approach was taken with the podcast talking about the history of the violence against women act, Titled “everybody knows somebody“. It is well researched, and the story is told in an extremely compelling way. While it left me with an understanding of of the past, it was an engaging episode that left me both wanting to know more as well as feeling that I should be doing more. Amazing.
  • SoulKontroller
    Excellent source of intellectual stimulation
    I can’t say enough great things about this podcast. It’s just so insightful & filled with so many interesting topics. The hosts and production crew do such a great job of doing their homework and creating so much interesting content. Thanks for spreading knowledge and sparking interest in topics I’d never consider or bringing light, hard facts and history to conspiracies I thought I was crazy to believe in. It’s all gods baby baby ....✌️✌️✌️✌️
  • Margaux M. Robles
    Good but tainted
    Hard work by talented people, but it definitely spoon-feeds the listener a la Radiolab. I am also unsubbing from all NPR podcasts now that I know they are sponsored by Exxon.
  • Nndokekoangkzkemdg
    You’d be crazy not to listen
    I discovered podcasts through radio lab and it had consistently been my favorite podcast for years. Until now. This is the most informative, entertaining, and eye opening podcast I’ve ever listened to. I hate history, it bores the hell out of me. But this telling of American and world history is unbelievable and always related back to the world we live in now. Impressive beyond imagination and surprisingly unbiased. Factual history instead of the white washed stuff you learn in school.
  • evan nathanael
    This is my favorite podcast and I look forward to Thursday for the first time in my life. Thursday can be a cool day now too. Thank you for rehabilitating Thursday for me.
  • SkylerJune
    Absolutely magnificent.
    This podcast is a fantastic listen. The information, the sound engineering, and the crew that puts it all together is phenomenal.
  • trelky
    Great content, poor feed management
    I really love the stories told on Throughline, but get bothered by the frequent repeats of old episodes. Would love if Throughline could number their episodes so I could quickly figure out if it’s old. An alternative solution would be to just not fill the feed every week - we understand that good storytelling takes time and you’re not going to have new episodes every week.
  • NPRisthebestever
    Rerun Podcasts
    I love the content of the podcasts, but what’s with the slight name change of the title and then release it as a “new” episode? Great writing but a little annoying when I think I’m listening to a new episode only to remember five minutes in that I vaguely remember the same thing from months before. “The Moth”, “The Phobeous Cartel”, etc. are all reruns. I would appreciate a heads up that I am listening to an old pod.
  • JulCrs
    I am absolutely and utterly enthralled by this podcast. I am so grateful that this exists in the world. Thank you
  • MaryJinthemorning
    This is a fantastic and fascinating show!
  • Debtastic0917
    Thank you
    Came for Iran explanation staying for all of this moving and digestible content you’ve created here! We all have a better chance to understand the world now and the effects of actions taken by world powers. Thank you. I really love history and this podcast is perfect.
  • gentle warrior.
    There will be Bananas.
    Thank you so much you guys! Growing up in Central America and hearing the stories from my dad who is a photographer and about everything he saw, I was taken back in my mind to those pleases that I have visited. Great work and great job Throughline.
  • Reggie 2
    One of the best podcast!
    Greta podcast!!! Simple love it ❤️
  • Fran from PT
    So well reported
    This program is incredibly well researched & totally engaging. I look forward to every episode!
  • DCwriter08
    Great episode
    Really enjoyed the recent episode on how conspiracy theories have shaped our country!
  • Autumn7345
    Great for historical context of World news.
    I’m in college and I’ve been trying to get more in touch with world news, but I often find I don’t understand the contextual roots of the problems being dealt with today. This podcast has been excellent at giving me insight for the social and political nuances at work beneath the greater issues. It’s very well done. Thank you to everyone who is contributing!
  • Wilderness guy
    This podcast sheds a great deal of light on the events and circumstances that shaped The world we live in
  • mdcooper88
    Love the in depth reporting
  • margieepargieee
    Great podcast with interesting topics. Don’t love the random music undertones intermittently throughout the episodes while people are talking. I find it distracting, but otherwise I love this podcast.
  • s__jav
    Best podcast
    This is the best podcast ever, full of knowledge, history and humor!
  • not_a_snob
    Pronunciation (non) issue
    There seems to be one commenter who is complaining repeatedly about Rund Abdelfatah’s pronunciation. Her pronunciation is perfectly fine. T-glottalization is prevalent in American English and it's even more intense in many dialects of British English. I have no idea why such an unremarkable thing is rankling that commenter so much, but they need to get a life instead of bizarrely posting nonstop about a nonissue. Geez Louise.
  • JTB1985
    I watch out for this podcast, and I feel very satisfied by every episode.
  • Bdawg1983!!
    Eye opening
    The truth is enlightening. This is an awesome podcast.
    Excellent history podcast
    The hosts are excellent and provide a great backstory to current events
  • mittenfish
    I love this podcast - the work that’s put into research and inviting experts to talk is evident throughout. I’m seeing comments about how some words are pronounced. I like hearing different regional and international accents and language construction. Our differences make the world a more interesting and rich experience.
  • Rio senior student
    Strong education
    This is one of my favorite podcasts, learning the backstory of current events- I have learned so much that I wish they taught us in school. I believe strongly in the importance of making these histories known. I would love to hear more about SE Asia’s history, the effects of the Vietnam war on the region, etc.
  • KrisD4
    Love this podcast overall. But, in regards to the episode on busing, there was misrepresentation. A Gallup poll in 1973 showed that among African Americans busing as a means of desegregation was only favorable by 9%. You relied heavily on the idea that white people’s racism was the driving force and then played sound bites of the lowest hanging fruit of racist white suburban mothers. You left a myriad of nuances out and only gave a voice to one black mother. By doing this you misrepresented the black community portraying them as defeatists who again got stepped on by whites. The black community deserved better than this.
  • maggieinnahdeburg
    I love love it! I know it’s petty but my only complaint is that the female host can’t pronounce t in the middle of a word which kind of drives me crazy.
  • Cece.Rider
    Sad imitation of Ira Glass. Had to stop listening.
    Yuk. The new generation taking over is trying to be Ira Glass, and they fail. Ira Glass didn't and doesn't involve the dribble talk and the phoney laughs. Oh, and let's not leave out the up-speak. This program could be so much better if the delivery was straightforward.
  • IzzyCelia
    Thought provoking, informative, and powerful
    I had been searching for so long for a podcast to get into, and then I found this! Throughline is informative and thought provoking, bringing to light so much forgotten or erased history that is crucial to understanding the current state of the world. I recommend this podcast to everyone I know and am so grateful it exists for the public! Thank you Throughline!
  • Namaste_NY
    Best episode so far: The Grid!
    Love the podcast, and side note, Ramtin Arablouei never ceases to amaze me with his apparently endless creativity, talent and energy! I cannot count the number of podcasts I listen to that include credits for his music or a variety of other contributions! The Throughline formula is excellent and each episode is sure to make you appreciate and better understand where we are and how we got here!
  • Trek Search
    Read your audience feedback!
    Many, many reviews call for a need for this kind of challenging subject matter. But the producers need to listen to reviews to make Throughline a better podcast. Three notes that are repeated in dozens of reviews: 1. Dramatic music is over the top and often unnecessary. 2. Narrators conversations among each other make it seem “high school.” 3. Narrators need to pronounce “T” and “N” in words like Britain, mountain and Manhattan. OxyContin has a ‘T’ in it. Please, please pronounce it correctly! It is very irriTaTing! The seriousness of much of the subject matter doesn’t deserve to be down-graded by the above traits.
  • queenofdance
    Worth the listen!
    Fantastic show with great hosts
  • dollarstoremakeup
    Excellent show!
    This is an incredibly informative podcast with lovely hosts 💗
  • KC1260
    Pronounce your T’s!!!
    Great content, but Manhattan and OxyContin have a hard T sound in their correct pronunciation! PLEASE try to say words like these correctly, it’ll make it a lot easier to mentally tune into your otherwise excellent podcasts! As I’m typing this review I hear you say “cer-en” instead of certain!!! C’mon, ya gotta try harder!
  • Lwork
    Wonderful Show
    I love this podcast and the way it relates history to what is happening today. I am interested in every episode and always learn something new. Small criticism, but I get sick distracted by the female narrator and the way she doesn’t pronounce the “T” in words. I most had to stop listening to the episode where she said “Oxycotton” over and over again. I hate that such a great show can be lessened by this avoidable issue.
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