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BackStory

By BackStory

BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities. There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.

  1. 1.
    304: Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction12/6/2019
    43:05
  2. 2.
    225: What's Cooking? A History of Food in America11/29/2019
    48:39
  3. 3.
    303: Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World11/22/2019
    54:39
  4. 4.
    Sponsored: Introducing Clearstory, from This Old House11/20/2019
    25:06
  5. 5.
    302: The End of an Era: History That Was Made - and Unmade - in the 2010s11/15/2019
    28:09
  6. 6.
    301: The Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative About China11/11/2019
    1:05:02
  7. 7.
    195: Call To Arms: Enlistment in America11/8/2019
    41:19
  8. 8.
    300: Blasts from the Past: A History of Dynamite in the United States11/1/2019
    34:00
  1. 9.
    Coming Up: The History of Dynamite in America10/29/2019
    4:44
  2. 10.
    299: Haunted Histories: A BackStory Halloween Special10/25/2019
    35:44
  3. 11.
    298: Rallying Behind Racism: The Women of White Supremacy10/18/2019
    53:59
  4. 12.
    "The Schizophrenic Sixties" from episode "States of Mind"10/16/2019
    10:40
  5. 13.
    297: How Reconstruction Transformed the Constitution: A Feature Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Eric Foner10/11/2019
    35:23
  6. 14.
    "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" from episode #0136 "Where There's Smoke"10/9/2019
    12:50
  7. 15.
    Sponsored: Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game10/8/2019
    7:10
  8. 16.
    296: Darkness Over the Plain: The Bison in American History10/4/2019
    46:27
  9. 17.
    231: Life After the Oval Office: Presidential Legacies10/2/2019
    47:37
  10. 18.
    295: Impeachment Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: High Crimes and Misdemeanors in American History9/27/2019
    28:41
  11. 19.
    Sponsored: Introducing Lost at the Smithsonian with Aasif Mandvi9/26/2019
    6:35
  12. 20.
    294: The Long Shadow of the Plantation: How a Weighted Past Creates a Complicated Present9/20/2019
    56:03
  13. 21.
    218: Close Encounters: UFOs in American History9/18/2019
    1:01:12
  14. 22.
    216: What’s in a Number?: Thirteen in American History9/13/2019
    50:45
  15. 23.
    "Trade Winds" from episode #0141 “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.” 9/11/2019
    11:28
  16. 24.
    293: Standing Rock and the History of Indigenous Resistance in the United States9/6/2019
    36:29
  17. 25.
    "What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate" from episode #043 "Weathering the Storm"9/4/2019
    11:19
  18. 26.
    292: BackStory’s Labor Day Special: A History of Work and Labor Relations in the U.S.8/30/2019
    37:29
  19. 27.
    "Let Freedom Ring" from episode #075 "Fierce Urgency of Now"8/28/2019
    9:43
  20. 28.
    291: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia8/23/2019
    58:35
  21. 29.
    Teaser: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia8/22/2019
    1:50
  22. 30.
    "Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?"8/21/2019
    11:57
  23. 31.
    290: Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States8/16/2019
    1:02:49
  24. 32.
    184: Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America8/14/2019
    37:08
  25. 33.
    289: Man Up: A Look at Masculinity in American History8/9/2019
    26:41
  26. 34.
    “Armed For Freedom” from episode #183 “Taking it to the Streets”8/7/2019
    10:21
  27. 35.
    Sponsored: Introducing Sean Carroll's Mindscape8/5/2019
    8:34
  28. 36.
    252: Thar She Blows Again: The History of Whales and America (Part 2)8/2/2019
    1:03:17
  29. 37.
    251: Thar She Blows: The History of Whales and America7/31/2019
    43:08
  30. 38.
    288: Making the Team: Sports and Equality in American History7/26/2019
    27:59
  31. 39.
    "Jose Julio Henna & the Invasion of Puerto Rico" and "What is Puerto Rico?" from episode 248 "After Hurricane Maria"7/24/2019
    18:14
  32. 40.
    287: Moon, Man, and Myths: The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 117/19/2019
    1:04:26
  33. 41.
    286: Historians in the Press: Why Citation by the Media is Important, Even if it Rarely Happens7/17/2019
    27:20
  34. 42.
    285: How Silicon Valley Remade America in Its Image: A History of Digital Disruption7/12/2019
    32:11
  35. 43.
    212: The Melting Pot: Americans and Assimilation7/5/2019
    1:00:36
  36. 44.
    284: A History of Stonewall, the Riot That Started the LGBTQ Revolution6/28/2019
    49:23
  37. 45.
    283: In God We Trust? The History of Religious Identity in America6/21/2019
    39:24
  38. 46.
    Sponsored Promotion: Bleeped6/18/2019
    10:15
  39. 47.
    282: The Many Lives of Roe v Wade: The Little Known History Behind the Famous Ruling6/14/2019
    1:04:06
  40. 48.
    Sponsored Promotion: Unknown History Podcast6/11/2019
    15:25
  41. 49.
    281: Mind, Body and Spirit: The History of Wellness in America6/7/2019
    56:05
  42. 50.
    280: Song of Ourselves? Walt Whitman and the American Imagination5/31/2019
    1:04:51

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