Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

The History of Now

On this week’s episode, “The History of Now,” we’re taking a look back at some of our stories from the past year. If you’re a regular listener, you know that we love history. We make documentaries about hidden chapters, lesser known figures, and surprising moments of history. Our stories air on this podcast, of course, and on NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered. So, one of the questions we always ask ourselves is how can we make stories about history that can air alongside the news?


This past year, history has felt more relevant than ever. With the help of our producers at Radio Diaries, we’re looking back at a few stories that delve into the past, but feel especially relevant today. Producers Nellie Gilles, Alissa Escarce and Mycah Hazel sit down with our host Joe Richman to discuss the relevance of – and some surprising stories behind – our stories The Story of Jane, The End of Smallpox and The Almost Astronaut. 



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