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BackStory

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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

Another Burden to Bear: A History of Racial Health Disparities in America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Brian learn about how different communities have struggled to acquire adequate health care.

57 MIN4 h ago
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Another Burden to Bear: A History of Racial Health Disparities in America

Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Ed shine a light onto the dark history of true crime in modern American history.

68 MIN1 w ago
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Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

American Empire: From Scene on Radio

“America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time?

76 MIN2 w ago
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American Empire: From Scene on Radio

Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

In this best of BackStory, Joanne presents three striking conversations from her time on the show.

44 MIN3 w ago
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Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan reveal the rich history of socialism in the United States.

61 MINMAY 9
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Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

On this episode of BackStory, Brian dives into the topic of teaching and where the virtual college classroom fits into the history of higher education in the United States.

21 MINMAY 2
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Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian dig into the 1980s and explore how actions in both federal policy and grassroots movements shaped environmentalism.

61 MINAPR 25
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1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

Give Us the Ballot: From LBJ and the Great Society

How did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off such an extraordinary set of accomplishments on the domestic front? That’s the question "LBJ and the Great Society" will be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.

52 MINAPR 18
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Give Us the Ballot: From LBJ and the Great Society

Best of BackStory: The Time Nathan Connolly Had A Close Encounter

In this best of BackStory, Nathan presents three of his favorite interviews from his time on the show.

37 MINAPR 11
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Best of BackStory: The Time Nathan Connolly Had A Close Encounter

Overcoming An Outbreak: How San Francisco Survived the Plague

In this special bonus episode, Ed talks with David K. Randall, author of Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.

25 MINAPR 10
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Overcoming An Outbreak: How San Francisco Survived the Plague

Latest Episodes

Another Burden to Bear: A History of Racial Health Disparities in America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Brian learn about how different communities have struggled to acquire adequate health care.

57 MIN4 h ago
Comments
Another Burden to Bear: A History of Racial Health Disparities in America

Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Ed shine a light onto the dark history of true crime in modern American history.

68 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

American Empire: From Scene on Radio

“America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time?

76 MIN2 w ago
Comments
American Empire: From Scene on Radio

Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

In this best of BackStory, Joanne presents three striking conversations from her time on the show.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan reveal the rich history of socialism in the United States.

61 MINMAY 9
Comments
Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

On this episode of BackStory, Brian dives into the topic of teaching and where the virtual college classroom fits into the history of higher education in the United States.

21 MINMAY 2
Comments
Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian dig into the 1980s and explore how actions in both federal policy and grassroots movements shaped environmentalism.

61 MINAPR 25
Comments
1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

Give Us the Ballot: From LBJ and the Great Society

How did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off such an extraordinary set of accomplishments on the domestic front? That’s the question "LBJ and the Great Society" will be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.

52 MINAPR 18
Comments
Give Us the Ballot: From LBJ and the Great Society

Best of BackStory: The Time Nathan Connolly Had A Close Encounter

In this best of BackStory, Nathan presents three of his favorite interviews from his time on the show.

37 MINAPR 11
Comments
Best of BackStory: The Time Nathan Connolly Had A Close Encounter

Overcoming An Outbreak: How San Francisco Survived the Plague

In this special bonus episode, Ed talks with David K. Randall, author of Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.

25 MINAPR 10
Comments
Overcoming An Outbreak: How San Francisco Survived the Plague

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