Transcripts (20)

The Spotted Owl


  • about 24 hours ago
  • 35:31

The story of how the Endangered Species Act went from unanimous passage under a Republican president to becoming a deeply partisan wedge. The act was passed to protect big, beloved animals like bald eagles and blue whales; no one thought it would apply to a motley, reclusive owl. In this episode from Oregon Public Broadcasting's Timber Wars, a story about saving the last of America's old growth forests and the push to roll back environmental protections.

The Invention of Race


  • 6 days ago
  • 43:00

The idea that race is a social construct comes from the pioneering work of anthropologist Franz Boas. During a time when race-based science and the eugenics movement were becoming mainstream, anthropologist Franz Boas actively sought to prove that race was a social construct, not a biological fact.

BONUS: Louder Than A Riot


  • 9 days ago
  • 52:06

This week we're bringing you something extra, an episode from the NPR Music series, Louder Than A Riot. The series examines the relationship between hip hop and mass incarceration and you can find the rest of the series here.

The Shadows of the Constitution


  • 13 days ago
  • 46:42

The Constitution is like America's secular bible, our sacred founding document. In her play, What the Constitution Means to Me, Heidi Schreck goes through a process of understanding and realizing what the document is really about – who wrote it, who it was for, who it protected and who it didn't. Through Heidi's personal story, we learn how landmark legal cases have affected not just her family but generations of Americans.

Bush v. Gore and Why It Matters in 2020


  • 20 days ago
  • 31:52

In the 2000 presidential election, results weren't known in one night, a week, or even a month. This week, we share an episode we loved from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders that revisits one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. history and what it could teach us as we wait for this election's outcome.