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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:

 Teaser: 1619, First Africans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 200

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.

 "Above the Law" from episode #104 "Serve and Protect?" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 807

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.

 290: Enlightened America?: A History of Buddhism in the United States | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3859

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

 184: Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2318

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne consider the origins of illegal immigration and look at how the government’s deportation powers have grown over time.

 289: Man Up: A Look at Masculinity in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1691

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian and host emeritus Peter Onuf explore the changing perceptions of American manhood.

 “Armed For Freedom” from episode #183 “Taking it to the Streets” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 711

In this segment from BackStory’s 2017 show, “Taking it to the Streets,” Brian and Ed talk to Adam Winkler of UCLA about when the Black Panthers became one of the first groups to claim gun ownership as a constitutional right.

 Sponsored: Introducing Sean Carroll's Mindscape | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 604

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.

 252: Thar She Blows Again: The History of Whales and America (Part 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3887

On this episode of BackStory, Ed joins Brian, Nathan and Joanne as they continue to explore the history of America’s relationship to the largest marine mammals.

 251: Thar She Blows: The History of Whales and America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2678

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the history of America’s relationship to the largest marine mammals.

 288: Making the Team: Sports and Equality in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1769

On this episode of BackStory, Ed revisits past segments that explore the issue of sports and equality throughout American history.

 "Jose Julio Henna & the Invasion of Puerto Rico" and "What is Puerto Rico?" from episode 248 "After Hurricane Maria" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1184

In this segment from BackStory's 2018 show, "After Hurricane Maria," Brian, Ed and Nathan take a look at the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

 287: Moon, Man, and Myths: The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3956

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, BackStory launches into the history of America’s race to the moon.

 286: Historians in the Press: Why Citation by the Media is Important, Even if it Rarely Happens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1730

On this special episode of BackStory, Nathan and Ed talk to Professor Sarah Milov about her omission in the credits of last week's Here & Now and about the broader issues facing historians who are regularly in the media.

 285: How Silicon Valley Remade America in Its Image: A History of Digital Disruption | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2021

On this episode of BackStory, Brian talks with historian Margaret O’Mara about Silicon Valley’s rise to global tech capital.

 212: The Melting Pot: Americans and Assimilation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3726

On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan wrestle with a long-running tension in our country’s history: what it means to assimilate and “become American.”

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