The Last Archive

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The Last Archive Presents: The Chronicles of Now

July 23, 2020 - 16:50
The Last Archive presents: The Chronicles of Now. Three billion birds have gone missing in North America over the past 50 years. Or is...

Tomorrowland

July 16, 2020 - 48:50
For ten episodes, we’ve been asking a big question: Who killed truth? The answer has to do with a change in the elemental unit of...

For the Birds

July 9, 2020 - 46:43
In the spring of 1958, when the winter snow melted and the warm sun returned, the birds did not. Birdwatchers, ordinary people, everyone...

About The Show

The Last Archive​ is a show about the history of truth, and the historical context for our current fake news, post-truth moment. It’s a show about how we know what we know, and why it seems, these days, as if we don’t know anything at all anymore. The show is driven by host Jill Lepore’s work as a historian, uncovering the secrets of the past the way a detective might.

More Episodes

The Last Archive Presents: The Chronicles of Now

July 23, 2020 - 16:50
The Last Archive presents: The Chronicles of Now. Three billion birds have gone missing in North America over the past 50 years. Or is...

Tomorrowland

July 16, 2020 - 48:50
For ten episodes, we’ve been asking a big question: Who killed truth? The answer has to do with a change in the elemental unit of...

For the Birds

July 9, 2020 - 46:43
In the spring of 1958, when the winter snow melted and the warm sun returned, the birds did not. Birdwatchers, ordinary people, everyone...

She Said, She Said

July 2, 2020 - 41:49
In 1969, radical feminists known as the Redstockings gathered in a church in Greenwich Village, and spoke about their experiences with...

The Computermen

June 25, 2020 - 41:33
In 1966, just as the foundations of the Internet were being imagined, the federal government considered building a National Data Center....

Cell Strain

June 18, 2020 - 45:30
In the 1950s, polio spread throughout the United States. Heartbreakingly, it affected mainly children. Thousands died. Thousands more...