Season 1

Our favorite historians and their friends give their take on a piece of pop culture to add context and perspective to our favorite media. We’ll unpack an iconic moment or phenomenon in movies, music, television, and more, from show business’s love of Blaccent to deep cuts from our favorite childhood cartoons.

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Historian's Take

Where Did The Blind & Black Musician Trope Come From?

Why does blindness seems like a common thread among Black musicians?

Where Did The Blind & Black Musician Trope Come From?

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Historian's Take

What We Can Learn From These Native American Comedies

A new wave of Native American comedies, by native peoples, are taking back the narrative.

What We Can Learn From These Native American Comedies

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Historian's Take

What Does Dirty Dancing Have To Do With Abortion?

Dirty Dancing is an iconic film from 1987, but do you remember what it’s really about?

What Does Dirty Dancing Have To Do With Abortion?

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Historian's Take

What Is Pansexuality And Why Is It So Popular In Modern TV

Defining pansexuality can be tricky. Also, how do you distinguish between pan and bi?

What Is Pansexuality And Why Is It So Popular In Modern TV

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Historian's Take

What Is The Asian Himbo And Why Is This Character So Popular

We break down Hollywood’s new type of character: The Asian Himbo.

What Is The Asian Himbo And Why Is This Character So Popular

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Historian's Take

How Black and Asian Audiences Found Justice in 1970s Films

We unpack the history of how and why Black Kung Fu films became a sensation in the 1970s.

How Black and Asian Audiences Found Justice in 1970s Films

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Historian's Take

What Is Blaccent And Why Do People Keep Using It?

What does history tell us about the origins and evolution of Blaccent?

What Is Blaccent And Why Do People Keep Using It?