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BackStory

BackStory

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BackStory
BackStory

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 Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative About China

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan, Joanne and special guest host Erika Lee go beyond the standard narrative of US-China relations.

66 MIN3 d ago
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The Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative About China

Call To Arms: Enlistment in America

In this episode of BackStory, Ed, Joanne and Brian look at the many reasons for joining the US armed services - from a sense of patriotism, to escaping poverty, to earning American citizenship.

42 MIN6 d ago
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Call To Arms: Enlistment in America

Blasts from the Past: A History of Dynamite in the United States

In this episode, Brian teams up with Lizzie Peabody, host of Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian, to detonate some explosive stories in dynamite’s history.

35 MIN1 w ago
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Blasts from the Past: A History of Dynamite in the United States

Coming Up: The History of Dynamite in America

This is a preview of our upcoming episode, in which BackStory teams up with Lizzie Peabody, host of Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian, to present the explosive history of dynamite in America.

6 MIN2 w ago
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Coming Up: The History of Dynamite in America

Haunted Histories: A BackStory Halloween Special

On this episode, Joanne brings you a sampling of some of our spookiest segments just in time for Halloween.

37 MIN2 w ago
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Haunted Histories: A BackStory Halloween Special

Rallying Behind Racism: The Women of White Supremacy

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne dig into the little known history of white women and white supremacy.

55 MIN3 w ago
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Rallying Behind Racism: The Women of White Supremacy

"The Schizophrenic Sixties" from episode "States of Mind"

In this excerpt from the 2014 episode "States of Mind," sociologist Jonathan Metzl talks with Brian about the rise of black protest in the 1960s and 70s, and how it was increasingly redefined in psychiatric terms.

12 MINOCT 17
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"The Schizophrenic Sixties" from episode "States of Mind"

How Reconstruction Transformed the Constitution: A Feature Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Eric Foner

On this episode, Ed sits down with Eric Foner to talk about public perceptions of Reconstruction, the landmark amendments to the Constitution and how they have the power to change the country today.

36 MINOCT 12
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How Reconstruction Transformed the Constitution: A Feature Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Eric Foner

"Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" from episode #0136 "Where There's Smoke"

In this segment from BackStory’s 2015 show, “Where There's Smoke: A History of Fire,” host emeritus Peter Onuf presents a story by reporter Chelsea Davis about how San Francisco’s thriving Chinatown emerged from the ashes of the 1906 Earthquake and the fires that followed, despite efforts to suppress it.

14 MINOCT 10
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"Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" from episode #0136 "Where There's Smoke"

Sponsored: Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game

American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from the host of Wondery’s American History Tellers (Lindsay Graham) that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020. From the inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016, we’ll attempt to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty. Listen now at wondery.fm/backstory (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1481254566)

8 MINOCT 9
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Sponsored: Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game

Latest Episodes

The Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative About China

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan, Joanne and special guest host Erika Lee go beyond the standard narrative of US-China relations.

66 MIN3 d ago
Comments
The Chinese in American History: How Afong Moy, Mayling Soong and Bruce Lee Changed the Narrative About China

Call To Arms: Enlistment in America

In this episode of BackStory, Ed, Joanne and Brian look at the many reasons for joining the US armed services - from a sense of patriotism, to escaping poverty, to earning American citizenship.

42 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Call To Arms: Enlistment in America

Blasts from the Past: A History of Dynamite in the United States

In this episode, Brian teams up with Lizzie Peabody, host of Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian, to detonate some explosive stories in dynamite’s history.

35 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Blasts from the Past: A History of Dynamite in the United States

Coming Up: The History of Dynamite in America

This is a preview of our upcoming episode, in which BackStory teams up with Lizzie Peabody, host of Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian, to present the explosive history of dynamite in America.

6 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Coming Up: The History of Dynamite in America

Haunted Histories: A BackStory Halloween Special

On this episode, Joanne brings you a sampling of some of our spookiest segments just in time for Halloween.

37 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Haunted Histories: A BackStory Halloween Special

Rallying Behind Racism: The Women of White Supremacy

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne dig into the little known history of white women and white supremacy.

55 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Rallying Behind Racism: The Women of White Supremacy

"The Schizophrenic Sixties" from episode "States of Mind"

In this excerpt from the 2014 episode "States of Mind," sociologist Jonathan Metzl talks with Brian about the rise of black protest in the 1960s and 70s, and how it was increasingly redefined in psychiatric terms.

12 MINOCT 17
Comments
"The Schizophrenic Sixties" from episode "States of Mind"

How Reconstruction Transformed the Constitution: A Feature Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Eric Foner

On this episode, Ed sits down with Eric Foner to talk about public perceptions of Reconstruction, the landmark amendments to the Constitution and how they have the power to change the country today.

36 MINOCT 12
Comments
How Reconstruction Transformed the Constitution: A Feature Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Eric Foner

"Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" from episode #0136 "Where There's Smoke"

In this segment from BackStory’s 2015 show, “Where There's Smoke: A History of Fire,” host emeritus Peter Onuf presents a story by reporter Chelsea Davis about how San Francisco’s thriving Chinatown emerged from the ashes of the 1906 Earthquake and the fires that followed, despite efforts to suppress it.

14 MINOCT 10
Comments
"Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" from episode #0136 "Where There's Smoke"

Sponsored: Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game

American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from the host of Wondery’s American History Tellers (Lindsay Graham) that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020. From the inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016, we’ll attempt to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty. Listen now at wondery.fm/backstory (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1481254566)

8 MINOCT 9
Comments
Sponsored: Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game

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