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BackStory

BackStory

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BackStory

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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

Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

A founding host of the show, Ed Ayers has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite BackStory moments touched on anniversaries and events related to his own field in American history: slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

39 MIN5 d ago
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Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian take a look at the complicated and often contentious relationship American officials and anti-racism activists have had with South Africa.

50 MIN1 w ago
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From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

"The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

This week, we're showcasing another incredible history podcast, American Hysteria.

44 MIN2 w ago
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"The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian learn about the history of the state of Florida.

74 MIN3 w ago
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Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

On this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf brings you some of his favorite segments from his time with the show.

31 MINJAN 25
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Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

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 MINJAN 18
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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 MINJAN 11
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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 MINJAN 3
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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 MIN2019 DEC 28
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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

Latest Episodes

Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

A founding host of the show, Ed Ayers has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite BackStory moments touched on anniversaries and events related to his own field in American history: slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

39 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian take a look at the complicated and often contentious relationship American officials and anti-racism activists have had with South Africa.

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

"The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

This week, we're showcasing another incredible history podcast, American Hysteria.

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
"The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian learn about the history of the state of Florida.

74 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

On this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf brings you some of his favorite segments from his time with the show.

31 MINJAN 25
Comments
Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

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 MINJAN 18
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 MINJAN 11
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 MINJAN 3
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 MIN2019 DEC 28
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
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The Best of BackStory 2019

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