Jill Lepore launches a podcast on history and truth

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 03:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Sifting through mountains of dusty records to piece together stories is what historian and author Jill Lepore, Harvard’s David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, does for a living. In her new podcast, “The Last Archive,” Lepore is hunting for clues again, this time to solve a murder mystery. Fashioned after radio dramas of the 1930s, season one takes listeners on a journey through the last century examining the evolution of standards of evidence, proof, and knowledge to parse out why notions of truth have become so slippery. Along the way Lepore delves into a series of smaller mysteries involving a dead body, an invisible man, Wonder Woman, Amazon’s Alexa, and more as she unravels “a much bigger intellectual and political history.” Q&A Jill Lepore GAZETTE: Why did you decide to create a podcast? LEPORE: Mainly because it’s fun and because it’s different. I love old radio and audio storytelling. I did a three-part series for “The New...

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