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BackStory

BackStory

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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.

Latest Episodes

The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

51 MIN8 h ago
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The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

On this episode of BackStory, Brian speaks with Hussein Banai about the history of U.S./Iran relations.

32 MIN1 w ago
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The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

Those Were The Days: Nostalgia in American History

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan, and Joanne explore how a longing for bygone eras has shaped politics and culture throughout American history.

69 MIN2 w ago
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Those Were The Days: Nostalgia in American History

Stuffed - Taxidermy in the History of America

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian and Nathan explore the history of American taxidermy.

70 MIN3 w ago
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Stuffed - Taxidermy in the History of America

The Best of BackStory 2019

On this episode of BackStory, Brian brings you a sampling of some of our favorite segments from the past year. BackStory is funded in part by our listeners. You can help keep the episodes coming by supporting the show: https://www.backstoryradio.org/support

46 MIN2019 DEC 21
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The Best of BackStory 2019

From BackStory to You: A History of Giving and Receiving

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore the many different forms gift giving has taken in American history.

59 MIN2019 DEC 14
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From BackStory to You: A History of Giving and Receiving

Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction

On this episode, Nathan, Joanne, Brian and Ed turn our annual Holiday Book Show into an opportunity to talk all things historical fiction. They offer their picks for movies and books about history, and unpack the many ways fiction can help us understand the past.

43 MIN2019 DEC 7
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Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction

What's Cooking? A History of Food in America

Brian, Joanne, and Nathan sit down to discuss some of America’s many homegrown culinary traditions and what the food we eat says about American identity.

50 MIN2019 NOV 30
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What's Cooking? A History of Food in America

Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Joanne explore the history of Sesame Street and what made a show about muppets and their neighbors so revolutionary.

56 MIN2019 NOV 23
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Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World

Sponsored: Introducing Clearstory, from This Old House

Brought to you by This Old House, Clearstory sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes.

26 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Sponsored: Introducing Clearstory, from This Old House

Latest Episodes

The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

51 MIN8 h ago
Comments
The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

On this episode of BackStory, Brian speaks with Hussein Banai about the history of U.S./Iran relations.

32 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship

Those Were The Days: Nostalgia in American History

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan, and Joanne explore how a longing for bygone eras has shaped politics and culture throughout American history.

69 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Those Were The Days: Nostalgia in American History

Stuffed - Taxidermy in the History of America

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian and Nathan explore the history of American taxidermy.

70 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Stuffed - Taxidermy in the History of America

The Best of BackStory 2019

On this episode of BackStory, Brian brings you a sampling of some of our favorite segments from the past year. BackStory is funded in part by our listeners. You can help keep the episodes coming by supporting the show: https://www.backstoryradio.org/support

46 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
The Best of BackStory 2019

From BackStory to You: A History of Giving and Receiving

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore the many different forms gift giving has taken in American history.

59 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
From BackStory to You: A History of Giving and Receiving

Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction

On this episode, Nathan, Joanne, Brian and Ed turn our annual Holiday Book Show into an opportunity to talk all things historical fiction. They offer their picks for movies and books about history, and unpack the many ways fiction can help us understand the past.

43 MIN2019 DEC 7
Comments
Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction

What's Cooking? A History of Food in America

Brian, Joanne, and Nathan sit down to discuss some of America’s many homegrown culinary traditions and what the food we eat says about American identity.

50 MIN2019 NOV 30
Comments
What's Cooking? A History of Food in America

Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Joanne explore the history of Sesame Street and what made a show about muppets and their neighbors so revolutionary.

56 MIN2019 NOV 23
Comments
Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World

Sponsored: Introducing Clearstory, from This Old House

Brought to you by This Old House, Clearstory sheds light on the surprising stories behind our homes.

26 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Sponsored: Introducing Clearstory, from This Old House

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