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Jill Lepore

The Last Archive

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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.

The Last Archive is a history show. Our evidence is the evidence of history, the evidence of archives. Learn more about we turned historical record into a podcast.


People have asked about teaching The Last Archive, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. We are here to help! There’s lots in the show that can be used in college or high school classes, and even some middle school classes.


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