Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical nature of history, and often looked to the past when writing about the future. Along with her warnings is her message of hope - a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perished in her books, came a story of rebuilding, of repair.

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JFhistThis is a fantastic podcast, I can’t recommend it highly enough. So engaging and informative.Score: 5/5

Excellent!These beautiful stories, shape the way I see the world around me..Score: 5/5

Really interesting basis for a podcast.I’m a new listener, but Im glad I tuned in. The concept is really interesting…going back in time to understand the present. I took very little interest in history when I was younger, so I have a real gap in my knowledge in that regard. I did find most history a bit abstract for my liking, but because this relates it to the present my curiosity is peaked and stay engaged. Really enjoy the dynamic between Rund and Ramtin..Score: 5/5

What journalism is supposed to beVigorously researched, unafraid of nuance or complexity, empathetic yet interrogative, always compelling. I absolutely love this podcast and hope its influence continues to grow. Thank you for embodying the principles of good journalism..Score: 5/5

Digging deeper than the headlinesThank you guys for digging deeper and making me more knowledgeable! Amazing how much of pop culture and accepted wisdom that we accept without even knowing their origins or repercussions today. Great jump-off point for research into stuff you didn't even know you would be interested in. I recommend this podcast in the similar vibe to 'Reply All' '99 percent invisible' with a wide range of topics. Enjoy, fellow podcast listeners!.Score: 5/5

Outstanding!This has quickly become my favourite podcast show. It’s so well researched and put together. I can’t recommend this podcast enough..Score: 5/5

OutstandingReally good podcast! Looking forward to the next episode!.Score: 5/5

Love this so much!It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Hurray for Throughline!This is such an interesting show. It’s so well produced, jam packed with really fascinating content and a covers a wide array of topics. I don’t ever write reviews, and I love podcasts, But I’ve listened to all the available episodes already, some more than once. So so so so so so good.Score: 5/5

UK listener.I’ve just listened to the episode about evangelicals and it was excellent. This shows is such a good podcast..Score: 5/5

BrilliantI have just listened to the Solaimani episode. Brilliant analysis and very powerful episode- the best I have heard with a lot of background about the region. Thank you to your guests as well for their insight and objectivity..Score: 5/5

Love it butYou should list when it's a repeat episode.Score: 3/5

Brilliant 🙌Storytelling at its best. Accomplishes it’s mission to connect the past to present and reshape the common Western narrative. I learn something new with every episode..Score: 5/5

My favourite podcastThroughline is, hands down, my favourite podcast - every episode is meticulously researched, brilliantly presented and manages to be deeply educational and deliciously entertaining. Splendid work guys, love it!.Score: 5/5

More crass production values from NPRWhy do these people value the words they write and the ideas they convey so lightly that they have to overdub everything with intrusive music?? Am I the only one who hates this dumbing down! LET ME LISTEN TO THE CONTENT! In just the same way as mainstream media polluted our TV with picture-in-picture and one or more tickertapes running across every screen, now they are spoiling the podcast genre with their crazy production values. Enough, already..Score: 2/5

Such a great podcast!I get so excited every time a new episode comes out! I love the choice of topic for these podcasts and the presenters are really interesting and engaging. Excellent.Score: 5/5

Great start!So far so good. Reminiscent of one of my favourite podcasts: undone, by Gimlet. Keep up the good work..Score: 5/5

ExcellentFascinating topics and really well produced..Score: 5/5

Simply BrilliantAs a massive consumer of podcasts, Throughline is in my top 2. It never fails to educate in a nuanced and engaging way. Beautifully produced and meticulously researched it elevates subject matters by incorporating new perspectives to existing narratives. With Thank you so so much for existing..Score: 5/5

Love itWhat a great podcast. Well produced and definitely well worth a listen.Score: 5/5

OutstandingAn excellent podcast. Can’t wait to hear more!.Score: 5/5

First-class podcastingI've been effectively looking for a podcast just like this for over a year. Brilliant selection of topics, concise and clear episodes. 🙌.Score: 5/5

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Excellent background contextGives informative background and context to some of the big issues of 21st Century. Love this podcast!!!!.Score: 5/5

Very relevant in today’s political climateWell presented and informative podcast.Score: 5/5

Please provide trigger warnings for the sake of survivorsPlease provide trigger warnings for episodes that mention sexual violence for the sake of survivors dealing with PTSD. They should be afforded the courtesy of choosing whether or not to expose themselves to triggers that may provoke episodes of anxiety, or worse..Score: 4/5

Good, but why the weird music?The first few episodes have been very good and I’ve found them very informative. However, this most recent episode on India is almost totally ruined by this weird spa/new age music in the background. It sort of fades in and out constantly, with no discernible relationship to the content. Really distracting and I finally gave up on the episode - hopefully the next episode won’t have the same problem..Score: 4/5

Great idea but poor executionGreat idea for a podcast but the hosts come across as childish. The narration lacks the gravitas these stories deserve. The background music often doesn’t match the tone of the subject matter either. Poor execution NPR..Score: 2/5

Totally bigoted views on hindus and IndiaListened to two podcasts and both were filled with hatred for hindus. Seems like the creators have not done any research and just started talking whatever they have read on anti India newspapers. No idea what CAA is but giving views on it, no knowledge on Ram mandir, no knowledge on who were targeted on Delhi riots. Do some research before shamelessly demeaning someone..Score: 1/5

Little-known background on the big issuesThis podcast delves into the back-story of some of the current events we hear about every day. It provides interesting stories and context on the news and stories, background that is rarely provided elsewhere. One of my new go-tos!.Score: 5/5

Thoughtful, well researched and timely!!Congratulations! A podcast that better allows us to have the backstory to many of the issues of today. Delivered in a folksy easy going manner by two very able journalist and their knowledgeable guests this is a great podcast for everyone. Recommended..Score: 5/5

Zombies will never be the sameWow - you guys have an amazing podcast! I will never view zombies in the same light again.... Instructive, entertaining, and very well produced podcast. One of my faves!.Score: 5/5

Great, but....This has become one of my favorites alongside Revisionist History, Against the Rules etc; the historical contexts of the discussions gives a perspective that has shifted some of my strongly held beliefs. It’s a great show! But, replaying older episodes from the SAME series, or playing episodes from ANOTHER podcast, not as bonus content, but as a regular weekly release is confusing. I get that the older episodes may have become more relevant based on recent happenings but we can always go back and listen to them whenever we want. And if it’s a case of not having any content scheduled for the week? Just don’t release anything for the sake of keeping up with a schedule! If there’s nothing new to talk about, I don’t see the point in replaying an entire episode I had listened to weeks before! I rarely leave reviews because I like to enjoy content as it’s creators intend it to be; my opinion doesn’t always matter. But in this instance, I just can’t wrap my head around this confusing tactic, especially when it’s happening more than once on the same podcast..Score: 5/5

The bestMost sophisticated podcast anywhere.Score: 5/5

Phoebus Cartel Episode - SpecificallyPlease don’t invite the host who told this episodes story, back to this show. Stick with the regular hosts. Her voice is so annoying, I couldn’t even focus on this interesting piece. This is not theatre. Speak normally. And if that is how she actually sounds in real life, ugh. No thank you.Score: 1/5

Nutritious AND Delicious for all mindsJust try it. Each show is a gem of information you will enjoy taking in. AND you will be a better citizen after consuming..Score: 5/5

Excellent PodcastReally good work at collecting pieces of history and sharing them with an audience. Mention plus for episodes about Middle East region..Score: 5/5

I’m all for it.If you’re looking for a digestible version of politics, history, ..., this is really a good one..Score: 5/5

Well done!The backstory to events that I want, with insightful commentary..Score: 5/5

Great show, great stories, great team, just... greatCannot say enough good things about this show. Knowing the history of our current times is so important and this team dives deep into the interesting and controversial, and shine some light on key elements of our shared history that give me pause at times. Education wrapped between entertainment and interest, best sandwich ever..Score: 5/5

So good!Really appreciate the great work you guys are doing! Thx!.Score: 5/5

Great BeginningThe host present their material in an open, natural voice. It’s both fun and informative. Can’t wait to see how this develops..Score: 5/5

Importance of education/historyI very much appreciate hearing about history. Just listened to the story of Billie Holiday and it opened my 🇨🇦eyes & ears..Score: 5/5

Well informed researchWell done on the Electoral College edition. Calling fellow humans 3/5ths of a person is a disgrace, doing for political expediency is utterly appalling. Foe examples of electoral governance tHe US would do well to look at countries like Australia with its independent Elecroral Commission. It works well when it’s depoliticized..Score: 5/5

Making history interestingGreat job Rund, Ramtin and team! I always look forward to new episodes. Your show is great at weaving a very interesting podcast. Keep it up..Score: 5/5

I LOVE THIS SHOWSo much to learn from this podcast! I love how in-depth and accessible it is. Fascinating topics and guests. Really, really worth listening to!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!This podcast is so incredibly well produced and researched. After listening to the first episode “4 days in August” I became addicted and have been listening non stop !.Score: 5/5

Makes me love historyWonderfully researched and produced podcast! Love it!.Score: 5/5

Extraordinary, engaging history lessonsI’ve never heard history told in a way that is so deeply relevant to today. My teenagers are just as engaged as I am. We are hearing stories and voices that we never knew existed..Score: 5/5

A MUST-LISTEN PODCASTAmazing. Heartfelt. Empathetic. Incredible. Throughline is everything that is human in the world. It brings light to the “untold” side of every story told. I wait on the episode release every week. This podcast grounds me every week and reminds me of what is good, what is real, and what is bias. Thank you for putting in the work to release this incredible podcast..Score: 5/5

MehThe topics are generally very interesting, but their content often overlaps with that found in other podcasts released around the same time, giving a feeling of repetitiveness. The hosts and/or editors have made the choice to include the hosts’ thoughtful-sounding “hmmm”’s during interviews, which I find annoying and distracting. The ominous background music is over-the-top and often mismatched with what’s being said. Worth listening to if you’re an infrequent listener of podcasts dealing with history, politics and/or race relations. Otherwise, it’s probably one to avoid..Score: 2/5

Easily my favouriteI save the episodes for I can listen to them while driving my 9 and 10 year olds to hockey. They are hooked. Selected stories have tremendous relevance to today. Story craft is exceptional. Music is hauntingly complementary. Best of all the 2 hosts are wonderful with the best names in edutainment..Score: 5/5

Very informativeWith so much information coming at us, I really appreciate the research and investigating that goes into this podcast. Love the hosts!.Score: 5/5

Great work and very interesting!Listened to the first episode twice and has instantly become one of my favourite, but also necessary, podcasts!.Score: 5/5

Make your own content pleaseI really liked this podcast at first, now they are constantly playing other podcasts episodes instead of putting out their own content. Including releasing an episode on Mitch Mcconell on June 6 2019, the 75th anniversary of D day... missed out on a major historical moment to show someone else’s podcast.. and a few months in they’re already replaying their first episode instead of putting out new content..Score: 3/5

Unbelievably informativeOne of my favourite podcasts. It is so informative and interesting. Helps you get a full perspective!.Score: 5/5

P much the best podcastI’m tired so I’m not leaving a real review.Score: 5/5

Interesting but repetitiveGreat stories but not worth a subscribe. Out of just a few episodes, so many are repeats or rehashes or edits from other podcasts, it just gets infuriating. What is new content is really fascinating and decently laid out, an enjoyable listen..Score: 3/5

Simply simpleFor simpletons.Score: 1/5

America = WorldSuffers from the belief that world-shaping events only happen in or involve the USA..Score: 1/5

Great showWhat a great show, which is really insightful and gives you wonderful detailed context as to the history of today’s news events. Looking forward for future episodes..Score: 5/5

Great showLove this show. Great research and editing. The production makes for a great listen..Score: 4/5

Dropping science!Amazing history lessons delivered in a really intelligent way. Like a 2019 public enemy album without the bomb squad beats. Thanks for doing what you’re doing. Very appreciated..Score: 5/5

Wonderfully produced and researchedI love listening to these fresh young beautiful voices. Even with subjects I know a fair amount about, I still always learn some new factors and perspective. And even more, my kids will listen in voluntarily when it’s on. That says something about how captivating it is for sure..Score: 5/5

Excellent!This is an intriguing podcast and every episode has been as equally interesting as the last. I was trying to find a good history podcast and am so glad that this one came up..Score: 5/5

We are already convinced!I used to listen to this show religiously and promoted it to others. It has always had a liberal agenda in its story telling, but that’s fine because that’s who its audience is. They used to focus on broad subjects that explained how it shaped our modern history on varied subjects, however for the past 6 months I feel like I’m having the history of equality shoved down my throat in every episode. Yes I understand it’s modern but those of us who are already convinced are tired of hearing about it, C19 and Trump. Remember that’s all we hear in the news and we try to escape it by listening to you..Score: 1/5

I’ve been waiting for a show like this!One of NPR’s best podcasts! I love history and I’ve wanted NPR to do something like this for ages. I love that they cover regions of the world whose histories are not often taught in American schools. It helps so much to understand current events when so often the news only gives us a superficial understanding. And not only that, they tell complex stories in such an engaging fascinating way..Score: 5/5

ThroughlineInteresting and informative. Cannot miss a single episode. Great job!.Score: 5/5

Excellent podcast!This podcast and it’s focus on tracing the history of relevant political and social issues is both extremely interesting & important. I learn something new with every episode!.Score: 5/5

Amateurish - Read a book insteadAmateurish and Incredulous hosting. Multivocal narration in the style of those ads with people completing each other’s sentences. All set to an irritating beat..Score: 2/5

Love this podThank you for making this podcast!! A fantastic historical look at events that have our world for a better understanding of the world around us. Who knew I liked history??? Keep it up!!.Score: 5/5

The best!I grew up through most of these events and even observed them from the front seat. The narrations are very accurate , breath taking and revealing. Thank you for such a high quality Journalism about our recent history..Score: 5/5

You need to start actually hosting your own show!!I’ve got to say, I loved this podcast when it first came out but I am frankly appalled at the amount of listening to someone else’s podcasts just played on your show. It’s lazy and infuriating for the listener. I like Rund and Ramteen, listening to the hosts is how most people choose their podcasts. But simply saying “here is a topic we think is interesting and here are some other people we think covered it well” (like the Mitch McConnell episode) was downright frustrating. If I wanted to listen to someone else’s podcast, I would. I can’t believe NPR is allowing their own show to simply play someone else’s show because what, you didn’t want to do your own homework?? Shocked and furious..Score: 2/5

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Love this pod!Super dope content!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant!I look forward to this podcast every week, its very engaging and entertaining, as well as very informative. If you like history and want to understand our current events this podcast would definitely help make sense of things..Score: 5/5

Learn something you probably didn’t learn in History classI learn something new every time I listen. I love the way the hosts riff off of each-other. Their voices are also soothing and easy to listen to..Score: 5/5

Great music but can we not have it intruding all over the content?Such great content. I always want to hear the speakers and the inquiry. And I don’t want to put down the composers of the musical scores because they are accomplished. But I almost can’t listen to this podcast because the music is so intrusive. I’ve seen other reviews for your show agree, but apparently you don’t actually want to hear from your listeners? I’m listening to Victoria nurse try to tell her origin story and it we get really dramatic violins and vibes and it’s over sentimentalizing a strong woman’s coming of age at Berkeley story. I work in the theater and we would refer to this as creating emotional wallpaper with sound. Trust your audience, we don’t need to be led so heavy handedly.Score: 4/5

History can be fun!I’ve never submitted a podcast review but this is no ordinary podcast. And it’s definitely not the stuffy history lecture we all had to endure in high school! It is engrossing, enlightening, entertaining, and at times electric... (who knew I had so many ‘E’s in me!). Harkens to our past but there is always a connection to our present and possible future. Keep up the great work!.Score: 5/5

The Anatomy of AutocracyExcellent! Superb! Brilliant... Thank you for making us understand so clearly.Score: 5/5

LOVE NEW EPISODESKeep up the good work. Some very enlightening information across diverse subjects: Middle East/Muslims, opiates, police officers, prison/solitary confinement, Billie Holiday, slavery, litter Would appreciate the listing the initial aired date of the re-runs..Score: 5/5

Definitely not unbiasedI feel that the content of this podcast should be reviewed by Apple. Some of the episodes definitely sound like an attempt to brainwash listeners by providing a one sided biased view..Score: 2/5

EducationThroughline is the only podcast I listen to twice because the subjects they cover are often new to my knowledge base and covered in such great depth, they are worth a second listen. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Amazing PodcastThis show is a treat to listen to! So much info offered here that is not a chore to take in like other shows or papers. Thanks for the great work you guys do!.Score: 5/5

The Bronze Age CollapseThank you for helping me to see that the people of the past were just like us..Score: 5/5

Intrusive music makes it too hard to listen to.I really want to listen, but intrusive music spoils the spoken contributions. What a waste..Score: 3/5

No flavorI love history but the hosts don’t seem to..Score: 2/5

Amazing changesSince I was in school and studied there has been so many blanks filled in the history I learned. Mind blowing revelation in some episodes.Score: 5/5

One of My Favorite Podcasts EverI truly love every single episode Throughline does.. from the top notch production to the deep stories to the nuance. They bring to light stories we should all know as humans in this age. I highly highly recommend.Score: 5/5

Biased Left, but GoodWhile I regularly listen, I do so with the understanding this podcast approaches its topics with a degree of liberal or left bias. Depending on your point of view, that can be good or bad. For me it helps to see a different point of view, and that is why I listen..Score: 4/5

One of my favourite podcasts. Their series during the election was gripping.I love NPR podcasts in general but this has something for everyone. Highly highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

History made interestingThe perfect podcast for new learners in the sector as well as more experienced people as well in order to grasp the current conversations in the industry!.Score: 5/5

Anatomy of AutocracyYour interview with Timothy Snyder was especially instructive and useful..Score: 5/5

Absolutely incredible each and every show!This show gives me so much hope and joy. Strange to say about a historical based podcast, I guess but it’s absolutely true. The sense of peace is palatable and I always feel a bit calmer after each episode. Cliche maybe but knowledge really is power and for myself it’s been absolutely vital during these strange days. Thank you, each of you that make this show what it is from the bottom of my heart!.Score: 5/5

Awesome!!!I’m better for having listened. One of the best!.Score: 5/5

What a jokeThis woke podcast has so much hate embedded in it.Score: 1/5

Maybe the best podcast out there right nowThe production value is high. The hosts have really settled into the show in a nice way. The music adds a ton of drama and intrigue, probably the best music usage in a podcast like this I’ve heard. The guests are always great, and seem to be picked based on their knowledge, not on their celebrity. It’s just a fascinating and exciting show..Score: 5/5

One of the best NPR podcasts!!I listen to a bunch of NPR podcasts and this is definitely one of the absolute best. They break down complex topics so well and helps to understand why things are the way they are now.Score: 5/5

NYT even uses this Podcast for IdeasTo give credit where it is truly due, throughline posted an episode on Dec 2, 2020 about the origins of modern White Supremacy movements. On Jan 12 2021, the New York Times published an article by Alexandra Alter outlining many of the same ideas shared in the episode, and even used quotes from the same specialist who was featured on the podcast episode. Just thought I’d share this to show how important and thoughtful this podcast is. Thank you Throughline, you guys are awesome !!.Score: 5/5

Who says history is boring?The more we understand about how we got here the better chance we have of charting a smart path forward. Thanks Throughline!.Score: 5/5

Something to Look Forward to.I genuinely love listening to this podcast. I tell everyone about it because it’s one of the few ways that I have learned historical narrative in such a way that it draws me in. It covers topics not often discussed in history class and brings life to a multitude of topics. You won’t regret listening..Score: 5/5

AutocracyExcellent episode with Timothy Snyder. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Pleasantly surprisedI listen to the npr news podcast and usually can’t stand their other podcast recommendations because I don’t appreciate what appears to be a constant lefty bias. I really enjoyed this one because it focused on actual historical facts. I took one star off because one of the narrators included a bit of info as fact, but then said it had been alleged at the time in a local newspaper. Anyways, I love Octavia Butler and can’t wait to hear about her in the next one! Super excited about it!.Score: 4/5

Love it!Maybe I’m biased because I’m a huge fan of history, but I like the premise of this podcast:Taking current events, and almost reverse-engineering them to events that happened in the past. It’s done very well..Score: 5/5

All the “hmm” and “yeah” are distractingI really love the show but for some reason in the “Impeachment” episode Rund is using all of these soft-spoken assertions while the guest is speaking which can be very distracting. I hope it doesn’t become a thing. Keep up the good work!.Score: 3/5

Great show, one of the greatest around!I can’t believe I have been following this show for so long and just now it occurred to me to write this review. But this show is just unbelievably well produced, interesting, extremely educative, and just highly addictive. It is like I never have enough of it and find myself going back to older episodes all the time. Well done guys! I love this show!.Score: 5/5

Great but ditch the background musicThere is too much music in the background throughout the episode. It makes me feel disconnected from the speakers..Score: 4/5

A podcast to get lost in time with!So glad a family member turned me on to this well constructed podcast! Love digging into each subject with the hosts and invited experts..Score: 5/5

Love it!This show is awesome, y’all should make it into a tv show.Score: 5/5

Never thought I would love history so much!This podcast has made me love history! I never thought I would enjoy listening to history so much! I love how this podcast is written and produced! I look forward to listening to all your podcasts..Score: 5/5

Lacking honest discourseSo one-sided and biased. Hard to to take seriously.Score: 2/5

One of the best podcasts out thereI absolutely love your podcast!! Keep up the good work! Don’t stop .. Milorad, Grapevine, TX.Score: 5/5

Loved the Octavia Butler EpisodeThis episode was so gripping that I paused the show halfway through and put in an order for two of her books. Thank you for the education and opportunities to broaden my horizons..Score: 5/5

GarveyVery good podcast about a person I knew little or nothing about, balanced and a great listen - would really like to hear a podcast about the women who were part of the Black Panthers in Oakland, from what I’ve read they don’t get the coverage deserved particularly about their community support - thanks for the podcast.Score: 5/5

🙄All the interjections while a guest is speaking are unnecessary and annoying. “Hmm” “yeah”. What happened to just letting them speak and saving your sounds until after?.Score: 2/5

One of the best podsAlways great topics and discussion.Score: 5/5

Thought-provoking and insightfulSmart discussion everyone should hear. I like to share what moves me and given the times, this brought it home to me. Give yourself the gift of meaningful ideas rooted in meticulous analysis..Score: 5/5

SuperbAmazing journalism-keep it up guys!.Score: 5/5

PhenomenalI’ve been really enjoying this podcast and burning through episodes since I discovered in a few weeks ago. After listening to War of Worlds their episode on the Shia-Sunni strife I felt compelled to leave a review. I was so impressed with the way that they took a complicated topic and broke it down into manageable pieces. I have been trying to get a basic understanding of this and for the first time I found something that not only made sense to me but was entertaining.Score: 5/5

Real History!This podcast does an amazing job of presenting real history-the true story. It goes in depth but is easily understood and followed and takes the past and ties it all into the present. This is my favorite history podcast I have ever found. Love it!!.Score: 5/5

I can’t recommend this podcast enough!I just finished listening to the entire Throughline archive. Rund and Ramtin taught me more about history than I ever learned in school! I am so thankful for this amazingly engaging content and the hard work required to produce this show! Keep it up, team!.Score: 5/5

Essential listeningHaving Throughline walk me through the historical context of current events is invaluable. As a history major, I know how important context is, but I learn something new with every episode. Great production, great guests, great journalism..Score: 5/5

Thanks for adding to my educationI am currently listening to your latest episode. I just wanted to say thank you so much for adding to my education around Marcus Garvey and era when he was alive and active. I. Have known his name and a little about him for years. However, this episode shows that there is so much more I need to learn. I need to read more about him. Thank you..Score: 5/5

IncredibleOf the many many podcasts jockeying for your attention, this one is most deserving. Educational and compelling, love it!.Score: 5/5

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Has already become my favourite History podcast.Just believe me. This podcast is so good. From the soothing melody voices to the actual content. So good..Score: 5/5

ClumsyThe recent episode with Timothy Snyder was disappointing. I’ve listened to Throughline before but every response from Snyder was followed by a bunch of dead air as the presenters stumbled to put the next question to him. Made the program feel under prepared - certainly poorly edited..Score: 3/5

Outstanding journalism!Accessible yet nuanced coverage of current events within their historical context! Great work folks. Love from Aotearoa..Score: 5/5

Exploring untold historySimply outstanding. As a lover of history, you have already shown me parts of history I did not know existed. Thankyou..Score: 5/5

What every history class should beAs a high school teacher, I would love for EVERY history class to be like this! It’s a pity that here in Australia our national history curriculum is so boring I feel sorry for the kids. Well done to all involved in the production of this fabulous podcast..Score: 5/5

Learning about the unsung historiesLove the Podcast! First two episodes were well-thought and provocative. This show is open and candid about America and her past dealings. Keep it International guys! (Even though I love your domestic stuff) -Jerry from Melbourne Australia.Score: 5/5

IncredibleThis podcast is intriguing, educational, and very well put together. Perfect for history lovers and for those who like to connect the dots throughout history. Would highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

Thank you guysTheir ‘brother and sister’ chemistry, natural curiosity and love for sound. (Drop Electric Y’all) make for a transcendent journey through the ages. Transporting our fallible minds around the spiral of time. Giving us a unique perspective that will make u seem the smartest in the room. With unmatched wisdom. :).Score: 5/5

Best new showLove everything about this podcast. Some new ones take some time to find their feet, this one hits the ground running. If you love history and want more depth to your news stories, listen. You won’t regret it..Score: 5/5

The end is nighI predict the episode about astrology will mark the podcast’s slide into irrelevant, tedious right-on-ness. Far from free and hard hitting, it’s as if this show would rather cosset than expose its listeners’ feeble mindedness. The credulity, the incuriosity, the ahistorical smugness in the regurgitation of loaded information will cruel this show forever. It’s unfathomable that a show about the diddle that is astrology doesn’t mention America’s long history of its marks, sorry people, falling to cons, hoaxes, and assorted forms of chicanery. It’s like they’ve never heard of grifters, carny barkers, snake oil, Uncle Remus, Herman Melville, PT Barnum, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Flan O’Connor, Bernie Madoff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donald Trump, or the rest of the panoply of US spivs and chancers. To round off, meretricious, unctuous guests Christino and Bobrick sure saw the show’s presenters coming, and they didn’t need no star chart..Score: 1/5

FantasticAn must-listen if you want to understand the essential context behind much of the news we hear today..Score: 5/5

A pack of wolves ... disturbingThe story this tells of pockets of the white power sub culture in American society is truly frightening. The last 4 years seems only to have legitimised these groups... America used to be a beacon for democracy & values for the world... but not now. Your reporting is very powerful. Julie A very happy Australian resident.Score: 5/5

Love ThroughlineAn intelligent, thought provoking and always challenging listening. I learn something new from every episode..Score: 5/5

Good content, annoyed at constant switching voicesReally like the content but I find it really irritating and hard to follow when you switch back and forth between who is narrating so frequently..Score: 3/5

First time listening from AustraliaGreat podcast - it has always been somewhat incomprehensible to Australians why Universal healthcare is such a controversial topic in the USA when it seems a no brainer - costs less overall and it is fairer. This podcast sheds light on how it all came about Karin S.Score: 5/5

A show for real fansThis show is a breath of fresh air. I should know, I'm a true fan..Score: 5/5

Going back in time, to understand the presentThat’s the tag line of the show, and a very apt one at that. The way that the hosts weave interview content and historical facts into a chronological narrative is really engaging. Of course, being an NPR podcast, one can expect the content to be quite US-centric - there are some episodes I choose to skip over because it simply doesn’t feel relevant to me, from halfway across the world. But I recently listened to the episode on the history of the US census, and having learnt some stuff about censuses and demography in school, I found that this was a really interesting way to understand the ways that political context and social norms at the time influence the seemingly objective collection of population data. I wasn’t disappointed (and with Throughline, I almost never am). It’s rigorous in its research, meticulous in its planning, and enthralling in its presentation. Great stuff, team :-).Score: 5/5

Thank YouI love the format, and the execution..Score: 5/5

Top notchAn intriguing and valuable look into how moments in the past have shaped our present. Love it! Really great stuff..Score: 5/5

Excellent podcast from every angleThroughline has fast become one of my favourite podcasts. The subject matter always shines new light on both little discussed and heavily broadcast news events, clearly and logically linking today’s issues with the historical factors that led us there. The reporting is always dynamic and engaging and never dry. The hosts are both incredible and strike exactly the right tone. Plus drop electric provides the perfect soundtrack each episode, their music compliments the reporting so well! It’s always a pleasure when a new episode drops, keep up the great work team!.Score: 5/5

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Throughline Podcast Episodes

Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction

Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical nature of history, and often looked to the past when writing about the future. Along with her warnings is her message of hope - a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perished in her books, came a story of rebuilding, of repair.

Marcus Garvey: Pan-Africanist

Decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey attracted millions with a simple, uncompromising message: Black people deserved nothing less than everything, and if that couldn't happen in the United States, they should return to Africa. This week, the seismic influence and complicated legacy of Marcus Garvey.

The Lasting Power Of Whitney Houston's National Anthem

Why does Whitney Houston's 1991 Super Bowl national anthem still resonate 30 years later? Listen to this episode from our friends at It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders where they chat with author and Black Girl Songbook host Danyel Smith about that moment of Black history and what it says about race, patriotism and pop culture.

What Happened After Civilization Collapsed

What happens after everything falls apart? The end of the Bronze Age was a moment when an entire network of ancient civilizations collapsed, leaving behind only clues to what happened. Today, scholars have pieced together a story where everything from climate change to mass migration to natural disasters played a role. What the end of the Bronze Age can teach us about avoiding catastrophe and what comes after collapse.

The Anatomy Of Autocracy: Masha Gessen

Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen talks to us about how the rule of the people becomes the rule of the one, the role of the media, and what we can learn about the building blocks of autocracy from the work of philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt, and what history tells us are the ways to dismantle it.

The Anatomy of Autocracy: Timothy Snyder

When a mob of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, they also incited a defining moment in United States history. Now what? Historian Timothy Snyder talks to us about how we got here and what an insurrection could mean for the future of America.


When Andrew Johnson became president in 1865, the United States was in the midst of one of its most volatile chapters. The country was divided after fighting a bloody civil war and had just experienced the first presidential assassination. We look at how these factors led to the first presidential impeachment in American history.

Outside/In: Everybody Knows Somebody

In the mid-1980's a woman who didn't consider herself a feminist was asked to solve perhaps the biggest problem women face. How she and a small group of people seized on that rare moment and fought back in the hopes that something could finally be done.

Outside/In: War of the Worlds

The Sunni-Shia divide is a conflict that most people have heard about - two sects with Sunni Islam being in the majority and Shia Islam the minority. Exactly how did this conflict originate and when? We go through 1400 years of history to find the moment this divide first turned deadly and how it has evolved since.

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