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BackStory

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BackStory
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BackStory

BackStory, Panoply

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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

What’s in a Number?: Thirteen in American History

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian explore stories of superstition and the surprising roles the number 13 has played across American history.

52 MIN3 days ago
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What’s in a Number?: Thirteen in American History

"Trade Winds" from episode #0141 “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.”

In this segment from BackStory’s 2015 show, “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.,” host emeritus Peter Onuf talks to historian John Haddad about how Americans smuggling opium into China during the 19th century led the Chinese to crack down on trade that was already very restrictive.

12 MIN5 days ago
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"Trade Winds" from episode #0141 “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.”

Standing Rock and the History of Indigenous Resistance in the United States

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan talks with historian and activist Nick Estes about his experience at Standing Rock, the history of Indigenous resistance, and the current state of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

37 MIN1 weeks ago
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Standing Rock and the History of Indigenous Resistance in the United States

"What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate" from episode #043 "Weathering the Storm"

In this segment from BackStory's 2012 show, "Weathering the Storm," host emeritus Peter Onuf learns from Oxford University professor Gareth Davies that responses to disasters are often fraught with politics.

12 MIN1 weeks ago
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"What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate" from episode #043 "Weathering the Storm"

BackStory’s Labor Day Special: A History of Work and Labor Relations in the U.S.

On this episode of BackStory, Brian presents a compilation of BackStory’s best segments about work and workers.

38 MIN2 weeks ago
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BackStory’s Labor Day Special: A History of Work and Labor Relations in the U.S.

"Let Freedom Ring" from episode #075 "Fierce Urgency of Now"

In this segment from BackStory’s 2013 show, “Fierce Urgency of Now: The 1963 March on Washington,” Ed talks with historian David Blight about the continuing impact of the Civil War in shaping the context within which the March on Washington took place.

11 MIN2 weeks ago
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"Let Freedom Ring" from episode #075 "Fierce Urgency of Now"

1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Joanne dig into the complicated history of 1619 and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies.

60 MIN3 weeks ago
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1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

Teaser: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

On Friday's episode, BackStory digs into the complicated history of 1619 and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies.

3 MIN3 weeks ago
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Teaser: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

"Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?"

Producer Nina Earnest explores how the professionalization of the Los Angeles Police Department ended up putting the department above the law they were supposed to enforce.

13 MIN3 weeks ago
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"Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?"

Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan, explore the ways “American Buddhism" has adapted and evolved throughout the 20th century.

64 MINAUG 17
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Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States

Latest Episodes

What’s in a Number?: Thirteen in American History

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian explore stories of superstition and the surprising roles the number 13 has played across American history.

52 MIN3 days ago
Comments
What’s in a Number?: Thirteen in American History

"Trade Winds" from episode #0141 “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.”

In this segment from BackStory’s 2015 show, “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.,” host emeritus Peter Onuf talks to historian John Haddad about how Americans smuggling opium into China during the 19th century led the Chinese to crack down on trade that was already very restrictive.

12 MIN5 days ago
Comments
"Trade Winds" from episode #0141 “They Might Be Giants: China and the U.S.”

Standing Rock and the History of Indigenous Resistance in the United States

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan talks with historian and activist Nick Estes about his experience at Standing Rock, the history of Indigenous resistance, and the current state of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

37 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Standing Rock and the History of Indigenous Resistance in the United States

"What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate" from episode #043 "Weathering the Storm"

In this segment from BackStory's 2012 show, "Weathering the Storm," host emeritus Peter Onuf learns from Oxford University professor Gareth Davies that responses to disasters are often fraught with politics.

12 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
"What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate" from episode #043 "Weathering the Storm"

BackStory’s Labor Day Special: A History of Work and Labor Relations in the U.S.

On this episode of BackStory, Brian presents a compilation of BackStory’s best segments about work and workers.

38 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
BackStory’s Labor Day Special: A History of Work and Labor Relations in the U.S.

"Let Freedom Ring" from episode #075 "Fierce Urgency of Now"

In this segment from BackStory’s 2013 show, “Fierce Urgency of Now: The 1963 March on Washington,” Ed talks with historian David Blight about the continuing impact of the Civil War in shaping the context within which the March on Washington took place.

11 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
"Let Freedom Ring" from episode #075 "Fierce Urgency of Now"

1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Joanne dig into the complicated history of 1619 and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies.

60 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

Teaser: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

On Friday's episode, BackStory digs into the complicated history of 1619 and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies.

3 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Teaser: 1619: The Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia

"Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?"

Producer Nina Earnest explores how the professionalization of the Los Angeles Police Department ended up putting the department above the law they were supposed to enforce.

13 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
"Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?"

Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan, explore the ways “American Buddhism" has adapted and evolved throughout the 20th century.

64 MINAUG 17
Comments
Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States

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