Not Past It

Updated: 10 Apr 2024 • 152 episodes

Ever wonder why the world is the way it is? Like, 1000s of years of humanity and this is the version of the world we came up with. This one? Same. Each Wednesday on Not Past It host Simone Polanen will pick a moment from that very same week in history -- and tell you how it shaped our lives today.

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In 1955, Dr. Mary Calderone assembled a group of 43 medical minds in a private location in upstate New York. This event would be one of the first abortion conferences in America - sponsored by Planned Parenthood. The discussions, and a book that came out of it, was one of the first steps on the path to Roe v. Wade. Not

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03 Apr 2024 • EN

How The Joker Came To Be

Zap! Boom! Pow! This April fool’s week, comic book writer Evan Narcisse joins us for a history domino adventure. We trace how one hilarious 17th century scientific discovery shoots its way through gun history, card games and lands on the birth of an iconic and villainous comic book funnyman. And watch out! Along the wa

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In April 1993, thirty years ago this month, two guys from Queens who called themselves The Jerky Boys released a self-titled comedy album. It went on to sell over a million copies, making it one of the most successful comedy records of all time. But almost as soon as they made it big, they crashed. So how did these pra

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Looking to blame someone for America’s metric system woes? Well! Look no further than Joseph Dombey, whose sole mission was to bring the meter and the kilogram to Thomas Jefferson 228 years ago. Unfortunately, on March 21, 1794, this unlucky Frenchman was caught by pirates. The first of many ill-fated events that led t

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On a spring night in the late 90s, folks in Arizona looked up at the night sky and saw … something. Something they couldn’t understand. On March 13, 1997, many people witnessed one of the most famous mass UFO sightings in American history, The Phoenix Lights. Not Past It takes a look back at that night and tries to und

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06 Mar 2024 • EN

#OscarsSoWhat?

On February 26, 2017, “Moonlight,” won the Oscar for Best Picture. But an envelope mishap nearly overshadowed the indie movie’s big moment. It’s a story from our not so distant past, but it tells us pretty much everything we need to know about Hollywood and awards season. We take a look at the history of the Academy, t

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