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.
Burnt Corks & Cakewalks: The Toxic Legacy of Blackface in American History
On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Brian explore the history of blackface and look to explain its long life in American culture.
Shore Thing: A History of the Beach
On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Joanne, and Brian dip their toes into four tales from America’s shoreline.
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