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: LIVE! Antifa, Cultural Appropriation, and Income Inequality

Melissa Murray, they are yours, they are lost, 2012

In this episode of Past Present, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the historical origins of Antifa, cultural appropriation, and the role of contract labor in an unequal society.  Antifa We discussed Antifa, which has been popularized by historian Mark Bray’s […]

Past Present Podcast: Hurricane Harvey, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Princess Diana

Hurricane Harvey Response

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil J. Young debate the natural and political implications of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the legacy of Princess Diana two decades after […]

Past Present Podcast: Nazis in Charlottesville, the Google Memo, and Blondeness

Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil at the White House, Washington, DC USA

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of neo-Nazis in the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the Google memo, and the political power of blondeness.  Nazis in Charlottesville We discussed the deadly attack […]

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 […]