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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.

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 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.”

 284: A History of Stonewall, the Riot That Started the LGBTQ Revolution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3053

On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan discover how the Stonewall uprising led to a wave of activism, protest and political agitation. #Stonewall50

 283: In God We Trust? The History of Religious Identity in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2454

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne presents segments from BackStory's archive that look at religious identity in America.

 Sponsored Promotion: Bleeped | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 705

Bleeped is a new podcast about censorship and the people who stand up to it.

 282: The Many Lives of Roe v Wade: The Little Known History Behind the Famous Ruling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3936

On this episode of BackStory, Nathan and Joanne dig into the history and explore the legacy of Roe V. Wade.

 Sponsored Promotion: Unknown History Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1015

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.

 281: Mind, Body and Spirit: The History of Wellness in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3455

On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian explore the history of the wellness industry in the U.S.

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