Politics and History

Hatshepsut statue, partially defaced
Audio

For centuries, even the memory of Hatshepsut was erased. By the men who followed her. Now, Egyptologist Kara Cooney has written about the great Egyptian queen — a woman who should have become legend — as well as the many other women who ruled ancient Egypt.

Length: 
10:33
The women who rule (this hour)
Airdates: 
June 09, 2018

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.More

Circe
Audio

In Homer's "The Odyssey," Circe was a Greek goddess who turned Odysseus’ men into pigs. Today, Circe finally gets to tell her side of the story, thanks to novelist Madeline Miller.

Length: 
11:28
Antigone
Articles

Writer, classicist, and stand-up comic Natalie Haynes makes a strong case for reading ancient Greek and Roman literature in the modern age.

Length: 
7:23
Haleema reporting in Pakistan
Articles

You could say that the work of nation-building is never really done. Haleema Shah has been thinking about that after a recent trip to a country close to her heart — Pakistan.

Length: 
14:21
A splintering world.
Airdates: 
May 12, 2018
November 03, 2018

All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do?More

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