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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:

 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.

 280: Song of Ourselves? Walt Whitman and the American Imagination | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3981

On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Nathan and Joanne explore Walt Whitman’s life and legacy in honor of the poet's 200th birthday.

 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.

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