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BackStory

Summary: 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.

Podcasts:

 314: People Making History: The Power and Perils of Telling History Through Individual Stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2084

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian present and discuss a particular person from their time period, someone who they think sheds much-needed light on our current moment.

 313: Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2369

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.

 312: From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3059

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.

 311: "The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2690

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

 310: Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4471

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

 309: Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1869

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

 235: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3087

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

 308: The U.S. and Iran: A Brief History of an Often Tense Relationship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1948

On this episode of BackStory, Brian speaks with Hussein Banai about the history of U.S./Iran relations.

 307: Those Were The Days: Nostalgia in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4186

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan, and Joanne explore how a longing for bygone eras has shaped politics and culture throughout American history.

 257: Stuffed - Taxidermy in the History of America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4250

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian and Nathan explore the history of American taxidermy.

 306: The Best of BackStory 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2813

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.

 305: From BackStory to You: A History of Giving and Receiving | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3546

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore the many different forms gift giving has taken in American history.

 304: Telling Stories About the Past: Historians on Historical Fiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2675

On this episode, Nathan, Joanne, Brian and Ed turn our annual Holiday Book Show into an opportunity to talk all things historical fiction. They offer their picks for movies and books about history, and unpack the many ways fiction can help us understand the past.

 225: What's Cooking? A History of Food in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3009

Brian, Joanne, and Nathan sit down to discuss some of America’s many homegrown culinary traditions and what the food we eat says about American identity.

 303: Sunny Days: The History of Sesame Street in America and the World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3369

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Joanne explore the history of Sesame Street and what made a show about muppets and their neighbors so revolutionary.

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