Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer is a contributing editor to US News & World Report and host of the Past Present podcast. She works as a research associate at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and the University of Sydney's US Studies Centre.

Past Present Podcast: Boy Scouts, Eugenics, and Eloping

Boy Scouts

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s divisive speech before the Boy Scouts, the return of eugenics in criminal justice, and the rising wave of elopements. Boy Scouts Donald Trump’s recent speech at the […]

Past Present Podcast: LIVE! Libraries, the Hamptons, and the Summer of Love

Library

In this week’s special live episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love. Libraries Donald Trump’s proposed budget allots zero federal dollars […]

Past Present Podcast: Higher Ed & the GOP, the Reverse Great Migration, and Immigration in California

Immigrant Sign

On this week’s episode of Past Present, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate Republicans’ increasing distrust of higher education, the reverse Great Migration of African Americans to the South, and the last remaining fleeing immigrants sign in California. Higher Ed + […]

Past Present Podcast: Pride Month, the Paris Accords, and Kathy Griffin

Pride

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the politics of pride marches, the history of climate change, and Kathy Griffin and the politics of offense.  Pride Month June marks Pride Month, although Donald Trump’s White […]