25 Sep 2022
Featuring Laura Weinrib on The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise. Did you know that the ACLU was founded as a radical labor organization allied with the IWW? Weinrib traces the rise of...
18 Sep 2022
Featuring Thulani Davis on The Emancipation Circuit: Black Activism Forging a Culture of Freedom, a monumental history of freedpeople organizing amid the Civl War and Reconstruction.
30 Jul 2022
Featuring Matt Christman on how American history brought us to this awful present.
14 Jul 2022
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18 Jun 2022
Know Your Enemy hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell on terrifyingly protean right-wing American politics.
10 Jun 2022
Patrick Blanchfield analyzes the long history of US gun violence and the American death drive.
05 Jun 2022
Dan’s second episode with historian Lily Geismer, who he interviewed in 2019 about Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. This interview is on Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt...
26 Feb 2022
Dan interviews historian Kim Phillips-Fein on Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan.
25 Sep 2021
It’s Occupy Wall Street’s tenth anniversary. Dan interviews Astra Taylor.
12 Aug 2021
Dan interviews historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez on her book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. “Having replaced the Jesus of the Gospels with the vengeful warrior...
28 Jul 2021
Inflation is once again at the center of political debate. Dan interviews Tim Barker to put monetary policy in its historical and class war context.
29 Jun 2021
Who governs? Upon closer inspection, the composition of the ruling class has undergone huge changes that are driving this political moment. Dan interviews Doug Henwood, the author of “Take Me to Your Leader,” an extensive...
21 Jun 2021
The history of the United States is in no small part the history of US intervention in Latin America. Historian Greg Grandin on his classic book Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the...
15 May 2021
Dan interviews historian Robin D.G. Kelley on his classic book
Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression.
03 Jan 2021
Dan interviews historian and essayist Gabriel Winant on the social worlds that make US politics and how that sociality is rooted in the economy, carceral state, social media, religion, and more. Read these n+1essays and...
29 Nov 2020
Guest host Astra Taylor interviews Thomas Frank about his book
The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism.
02 Oct 2020
Bathsheba Demuth on her monumental book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. From the 19th century through today, governments and capitalists on the Russian, Soviet, and American Arctic borderlands extract energy from...
03 Sep 2020
Dan interviews historian Matthew Countryman on his book
Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia.
16 Jul 2020
This is an incredible moment to learn about the Young Lords from historian Johanna Fernández, the author of
The Young Lords: A Radical History.
25 Jun 2020
Mike Davis on his classic book about why the US has long lacked strong socialist and labor politics. One recurrent answer: racism.
13 Apr 2020
Dan interviews historian Kim Phillips-Fein about her book Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics and about how the destruction of social democracy made today’s city where coronavirus is killing...
01 Nov 2019
The divide between Latin American and the United States was not always so evident. Across the hemisphere, creoles—the descendants of European settlers, born in the Americas—launched revolutions to cast off European rule and preserve their...
26 Jul 2019
Dan is taking his first week off ever in Dig history to finish his book. Here’s a classic from deep in the archives: our first interview with Aziz Rana, on his book The Two Faces...