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NPR’s Throughline - About The History You Never Learned - Coming To VPM

Co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei sit facing the camera in a gold-wallpaper room.
"Throughline" hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah will give you the stories and perspectives often missing from history textbooks to help you understand our world today. (Photo: Mike Morgan/NPR)

Starting February 14, VPM listeners will be able to hear the hit podcast “Throughline” Sunday mornings on VPM News. NPR’s history show provides the stories and perspectives often missing from history textbooks to help you understand events in the news and ideas dominating our national conversations today.

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Hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah (Photo: Mike Morgan/NPR)

Through immersive and sound-rich storytelling, co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei explain how the U.S. overthrew Iran's democratic government and changed the world; the direct line between slave patrols and modern American policing; why American “democracy” was designed to be unrepresentative and more.

Arablouei told NPR, "To understand today's conversations about major issues and events, we need to know the complete history of things like immigration, US-Iran relations and the opioid epidemic."

In its debut year, “Throughline” was named one of the best podcasts of the year by TIME and The Atlantic. It has also received critical praise from Oprah Magazine, GQ, The Guardian, Refinery29, The New Yorker, Esquire and Vanity Fair. 

"We want to bring history to life and make it feel urgent," said Abdelfatah. " ‘Throughline’ is an auditory experience. With sound design and music we create a world that listeners can immerse themselves in."

“Throughline” will air Sundays at 11 a.m. on VPM News beginning February 14. The show is also available on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, Pocket Casts, and wherever podcasts are available. 

VPM's vision involves more connected, informed and empathetic Virginians. We're excited to share this NPR history show that offers some of the perspectives often missing in history and how the past shapes things happening today.

Run Abdelfatah smiles at the camera.
Rund Abdelfatah began in journalism and has produced several podcasts at NPR since joining in 2014. (Photo: Mike Morgan/NPR)

Rund Abdelfatah has worked at NPR since 2014. She helped launch and produce “How I Built This,” “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” “Code Switch,” “The NPR Politics Podcast” and “TED Radio Hour,” among other projects. She got her start in journalism covering local and domestic politics at the Washington Bureau of the BBC.

Co-host Ramtin Arablouei smiles at the camera.
Ramtin Arablouei has worked on many projects, producing NPR's “How I Built This,” and composing for “Hidden Brain,” “Invisibilia,” “Embedded” and more. (Photo: Mike Morgan/NPR)

Before starting as the first producer on NPR's “How I Built This” in 2015, Ramtin Arablouei was a freelance composer, working on movies, commercials and podcasts. He has composed music for numerous podcasts at the top of Apple Podcasts' Top 10.