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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:

 279: Paying for the Past: Reparations and American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4479

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan, Ed and Brian explore the complicated - and often contentious - history of reparations in America.

 Sponsored Promotion: Introducing The Shrink Next Door | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 781

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.

 Sponsored Promotion: Family Ghosts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 605

Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace...these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. And by engaging with each others’ legends, maybe we can see each others’ reality more clearly. On Family Ghosts, the families are real, the ghosts are metaphorical, and the truth is always relative.

 234: You Have The Right to Remain Silent: A History of the Miranda Warning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2108

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan and Joanne look at the interrogation that led to the landmark Supreme Court case "Miranda v. Arizona."

 278: The Year of the Woman: A History of Women in Congress | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3326

On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Joanne look at the history of women in Congress.

 277: The Civil War in the 21st Century: A New Museum Marks an Old Conflict | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3379

On this episode of BackStory, Ed and senior producer Melissa Gismondi get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the American Civil War Museum.

 276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3679

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

 275: Alternative Facts, Falsehoods and Delusions: The Lies We've Told Ourselves and Each Other in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1829

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan digs into the BackStory archives to bring you a selection of segments that look at alternative facts in American life.

 274: Death on the Assembly Line: Industrial Tragedies in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4307

On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan consider the history of industrial disasters and how they’ve changed the nature of American capitalism.

 273: All the Presidents’ Vetoes: A Brief History of Saying No to Legislation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2417

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Brian look at presidential vetoes through two periods in American history.

 236: Teen Activists: A History of Youth Politics and Protest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3967

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Brian and Ed talk about the role young people have played in American politics.

 272: Burnt Corks & Cakewalks: The Toxic Legacy of Blackface in American History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4056

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Brian explore the history of blackface and look to explain its long life in American culture.

 243: Shore Thing: A History of the Beach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3125

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Joanne, and Brian dip their toes into four tales from America’s shoreline.

 271: Oh, Bloody Hell: BackStory’s History of Profanity in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3412

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian and Nathan look at the history of profanity in America.

 270: Shattering the Glass Ceiling in America: BackStory Celebrates Women's History Month | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2393

On this episode of BackStory, Brian showcases our favorite segments that highlight female achievement in American history.

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