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Bill Clinton, the NYC Subway, and GOP’s Tax Plan

Past and Present Episode 109

In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the recent reckoning with Bill Clinton’s legacy, the state of the New York City subway, and the new tax reform measure.

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Liz Smith, Interracial Friendships, and Roy Moore

Past and Present Episode 108

In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Liz Smith and the history of gossip columns, whether interracial friendships are possible, and evangelical responses to Roy Moore’s pedophilia scandal.

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Democratic Wins, Twitter, and The Snowy Day

Past and Present Episode 107

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the Democratic wins in the recent off-year elections, the doubling of Twitter’s character limit, and the release of a postage stamp based on Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day.

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Kevin Spacey, Company Towns, and the Reformation

Past and Present Episode 106

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate Kevin Spacey’s coming out amid charges of pedophilia, the 21st century company town, and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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JFK Files, Joni Mitchell, and Anxiety

Past and Present Episode 105

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the declassification of the JFK files, Joni Mitchell, and our age of anxiety.

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Girl Scouts, #MeToo, and HIV/AIDS

Past and Present Episode 104

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the Girl Scouts in light of the Boy Scouts’ recent decision to admit girls, #MeToo activism, and how Michael Friedman’s recent death of HIV/AIDS helps us understand the illness in historical context.

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Harvey Weinstein, Pumpkin Spice, and the Dove Ad Controversy

Past and Present Episode 103

In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and the culture that enables him, the history of the pumpkin spice phenomenon, and the controversy over a Dove soap advertisement.

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Bronx School Killing, Romance Novels, and Game Shows

Past and Present Episode 102

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate a fatal stabbing at a Bronx high school, the history of the romance novel and its critics, and the evolution of the game show genre.

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The Equifax Hack

Past and Present: Bonus Episode 4

In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Equifax hack.

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