Some of our favorite shows come from holidays and commemorations that get us thinking about history -- and our places in it. Here’s a sampling.
Dec 20, 2021
Do you need a revival? On the longest night of the year, join us to celebrate Yalda, a poetic Persian tradition. Then, a conversation about those we’ve lost with artist Gregory Porter.
Nov 1, 2021
This Halloween, we reveal its history and why connecting to the dead is important to so many, from Ireland, to Mexico, to NYC. Plus a guided meditation to help you connect, too.
Jul 5, 2021
Eddie Glaude and Imani Perry consider the question through the work of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Plus: How our country could enter a period of “post-traumatic growth.”
May 31, 2021
Composer Jason Moran takes Kai on a musical journey back to 1918, when a group of Black soldiers reinvented American music.
May 10, 2021
Erased from history. Ignored in public policy. This Mother’s Day, we ask how to truly value “motherwork.” Plus: The story of one “woke birth.”
Feb 1, 2021
We’ve got complicated relationships with this annual celebration -- from joy to frustration. So to launch our Future of Black History series, we ask how it began and what it can be.
Dec 28, 2020
A first draft of history for 2020, told through three very personal efforts to find -- and keep -- human connection amid a pandemic.
Jun 26, 2020
As the nation grapples with a reckoning, we pause to celebrate Juneteenth. Our holiday special, for Black liberation and the ongoing birth of the United States.
Jul 4, 2017
As we come to celebrate the independence of America on the Fourth of July, we talk about the holiday's past, present, and future.