Rund Abdelfatah

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NPR history podcast 'Throughline' examines the rise of Halloween's popularity

Monday, October 30, 2023

Halloween is now a multi-billion dollar industry. The holiday traces its roots back about 2,000 years to the Irish countryside and a spiritual celebration known as Samhain.


NPR podcast 'Throughline' takes a closer look at the birth of a nation: Turkey

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

A century after the founding of the Republic of Turkey, NPR's history podcast Throughline examines the legacy of founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.


NPR's history podcast 'Throughline' revisits the fall of Tenochtitlán

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Throughline takes us back 500 years to understand the rise, fall and resilience of the great Aztec city Tenochititlán. The story of European dominance has been largely accepted as historical truth.


How did Ethiopia go from its leader winning the Nobel Peace Prize to war in a year?

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

In 2019, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize. A year later, he launched what has become the deadliest war of the 21st century. NPR's history podcast Throughline investigates.


NPR's history podcast 'Throughline' looks back on the 'lavender scare'

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The lavender scare was a moral panic that began in the early years of the Cold War. In 1953, President Eisenhower signed an executive order that banned LGBTQ people from serving in government.


How one woman set out to do something about the financial burden of motherhood

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

NPR's history podcast Throughline tells the story of Johnnie Tillmon, a Black mother on welfare, who fought for motherhood to be recognized as labor worthy of pay.


What is the Bechdel test? A shorthand for measuring representation in movies

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

In 1985, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel came up with criteria for whether she'd watch a movie. It's become known as the Bechdel test, and it's surprisingly hard for films to pass these days.


'Throughline' examines artificial intelligence — and these days AI is everywhere

Monday, March 27, 2023

Robots. Androids. The Terminator. C3P0. We've given a lot of names to AI: artificial intelligence. Some believe it's the key to humanity's future, others the first step towards our downfall.


'Throughline,' NPR's history podcast, digs into the origins of house music

Friday, March 10, 2023

Since Beyoncé's Renaissance album dropped last summer, house music has found its way back to mainstream audiences. Some are asking, "Is House back?" The truth is it never went away.


From the Warehouse to the world: Chicago and the birth of house music

Thursday, March 02, 2023

For the people who were there when it was invented in small clubs and basement parties in Chicago in the 1980s, house music was a force of nature. Four decades later, its impact is bigger than ever.


The story of 'Monopoly' and American capitalism

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Monopoly has been one of the best-selling board games in the United States for nearly a century now. And sure, maybe it's just a board game. But author Mary Pilon says Monopoly is much more than that.


At the center of 'Veneer Theory': Are people fundamentally good or evil?

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

NPR's history podcast Throughline investigates the root of "veneer theory" — that's when people believe that law and order is the only thing protecting us from the savagery of our neighbors.


Abortion was once common practice in America. A small group of doctors changed that

Thursday, January 19, 2023

The 50th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision is Jan. 22. NPR's podcast Throughline examines the debate about abortion, which wasn't always controversial. (Story aired on ATC on June 6, 2022.)


'Throughline': How one company contributed greatly to America's sweet tooth

Thursday, December 29, 2022

NPR's history podcast Throughline explains how in the 1970s Dwayne Andreas, CEO of Archer Daniels Midland, used the sugar market to popularize high fructose corn syrup.


Struggle for gender equality in Iran began generations before the latest protests

Thursday, November 10, 2022

In light of the ongoing protests in Iran, NPR history podcast Throughline explores Iranian women's long history of political activism.


The NPR podcast 'Throughline' examines how Korean culture went global

Monday, October 03, 2022

From BTS to Squid Game, South Korea reigns as a global exporter of pop culture. In the past two decades, government intervention has led the country to become a major driver of global soft power.


'Throughline': The origins of federal student loans and promises the government made

Thursday, August 11, 2022

At the start of the 20th century, only the most privileged could afford to go to college. Today millions of students pursue higher education, but collectively they owe $1.7 trillion in debt.


'Throughline': There's more to the board game Monopoly than you might think

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Monopoly is one of the best-selling board games in history — sales went up during the COVID-19 pandemic. The game is built on powerful American lore: anyone can rise from rags to riches.


'Throughline': The history of abortion after 1973

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

NPR's history podcast Throughline explores how opponents of abortion rights banded together, built power and launched one of the most successful grassroots campaigns of the past century.


Evangelicals didn't always play such a big role in the fight to limit abortion access

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

For years, Evangelical Christian political groups have mobilized around limiting access to abortion. But Evangelicals were not always so involved in this fight.