History for the Future

Through interviews with historians and journalists, History for the Future explores the historical roots of contemporary social issues and policies, often revealing the hidden assumptions and political choices defining the present.

By Kevin C. Brown | Economy
Enjoy this new episode of History for the Future, featuring an interview with Professor Scott Nelson, from the College of William and Mary. Scott’s most recent book is Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend (2006). He is now at work on a book on financial panics in American history. Read his most recent article, “Mad Men in the He-Cession: Masculinity, macaroni, and mayhem in America’s financial panics,” from The Chronicle of Higher Education, and check out the episode! More
By Kevin C. Brown | Urban Policy
This brand new episode of History for the Future features an interview with Caroline Acker, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. We talk about the development of American drug policy, the meaning of addiction, her work in co-founding Prevention Point Pittsburgh (the area needle exchange program), and drug policy under Obama…And yes, she even briefly mentions Richard Nixon. Listen, enjoy, comment, and go forth. More