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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

The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

It turns out that all good things must come to an end...including BackStory.

81 MINJUL 3
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The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

This Friday we’re airing the final episode of BackStory, in which Nathan, Joanne, Ed, and Brian explore different kinds of finales throughout American history.

7 MINJUL 1
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Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

In this best of BackStory, we present three of our listener’s favorite interviews from the show.

52 MINJUN 27
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Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

Introducing: Seizing Freedom

Ending slavery in America required so much more than battlefield victories or even official declarations. Black people battled for their own freedom, taking incredible risks for a country that had actively denied their right to it. Coming Fall 2020.

20 MINJUN 25
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Introducing: Seizing Freedom

Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne is joined by Jonathan Wells and Nancy Metz to tell the story of Dickens’ tumultuous -- but ultimately triumphant -- relationship to the United States and his American readers.

41 MINJUN 20
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Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America

The Clue of the Blue Bottle from "The Last Archive"

On this episode of The Last Archive, historian Jill Lepore tells the story of a Spring day in 1919, when a woman’s body was found bound, gagged, and strangled in a garden in Barre, Vermont.

58 MINJUN 13
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The Clue of the Blue Bottle from "The Last Archive"

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 MINJUN 6
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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 MINMAY 30
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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 MINMAY 22
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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 MINMAY 16
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Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

Latest Episodes

The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

It turns out that all good things must come to an end...including BackStory.

81 MINJUL 3
Comments
The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

This Friday we’re airing the final episode of BackStory, in which Nathan, Joanne, Ed, and Brian explore different kinds of finales throughout American history.

7 MINJUL 1
Comments
Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

In this best of BackStory, we present three of our listener’s favorite interviews from the show.

52 MINJUN 27
Comments
Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

Introducing: Seizing Freedom

Ending slavery in America required so much more than battlefield victories or even official declarations. Black people battled for their own freedom, taking incredible risks for a country that had actively denied their right to it. Coming Fall 2020.

20 MINJUN 25
Comments
Introducing: Seizing Freedom

Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne is joined by Jonathan Wells and Nancy Metz to tell the story of Dickens’ tumultuous -- but ultimately triumphant -- relationship to the United States and his American readers.

41 MINJUN 20
Comments
Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America

The Clue of the Blue Bottle from "The Last Archive"

On this episode of The Last Archive, historian Jill Lepore tells the story of a Spring day in 1919, when a woman’s body was found bound, gagged, and strangled in a garden in Barre, Vermont.

58 MINJUN 13
Comments
The Clue of the Blue Bottle from "The Last Archive"

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 MINJUN 6
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 MINMAY 30
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 MINMAY 22
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 MINMAY 16
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Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

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