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.
On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the history of America’s relationship to the largest marine mammals.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed revisits past segments that explore the issue of sports and equality throughout American history.
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.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, BackStory launches into the history of America’s race to the moon.
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.
On this episode of BackStory, Brian talks with historian Margaret O’Mara about Silicon Valley’s rise to global tech capital.
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.”
On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan discover how the Stonewall uprising led to a wave of activism, protest and political agitation. #Stonewall50
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne presents segments from BackStory's archive that look at religious identity in America.
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On this episode of BackStory, Nathan and Joanne dig into the history and explore the legacy of Roe V. Wade.
In this bonus content for BackStory listeners, author and historian Giles Milton of "Unknown History" podcast shares a segment from a recent episode about D-Day.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian explore the history of the wellness industry in the U.S.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Joanne explore Walt Whitman’s life and legacy in honor of the poet's 200th birthday.
On this episode of BackStory, Nathan, Ed and Brian explore the complicated - and often contentious - history of reparations in America.