Skipped History with Ben Tumin

Historical satirist Ben Tumin takes a look at the overlooked ideas, people and events that still shape the US today.

  • The "Surreal" SCOTUS Case on Indian Adoptions

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    A conversation with Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher about the Indian Child Welfare Act and "centuries of precedents that don't seem to matter to the justices."

  • 150 Years of "Zero-Sum Thinking" on Immigration

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    "Since the 1870s, we’ve had a restrictionist, gatekeeping system, but it’s possible to widen access if we want to. The thing preventing us, as it’s always been, is racism."

  • Slowing Our Roll on Silicon Valley

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    Silicon Valley's story isn't heroic visionary entrepreneurship. It's a long tale of dispossession, discrimination, and failing forward in California, according to Malcolm Harris.

  • Professor Kevin M. Kruse on "Suburban Secession"

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    As the Atlanta suburbs shape up to be the critical battleground of Georgia's senate race, Skipped History catches up with Kevin Kruse to talk about the history of suburban politics and how Americans got stuck in their cars. 

  • Abortion and Birth Control Have Always Been Linked

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    I spoke to Dr. Kelly O'Donnell and Professor Lauren MacIvor Thompson, two experts on reproductive history, to learn how the Dobbs v. Jackson decision could affect birth control access and about birth control history in general.