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.
In this special bonus episode, Ed talks with David K. Randall, author of Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian explore the history of the wellness industry in the U.S.
In this edition of the “Best of BackStory,” Brian brings you three of his favorite interviews from his time at BackStory.
This week on BackStory, Ed and Joanne explore the life and legacy of Pauli Murray.
What’s Ray Saying? is a podcast that takes a deeper view into Black life in America by examining the intersection of history, narrative, and experience.
The coronavirus might be new. But this is by no means the first time that America and the world have been in the grips of a deadly virus.
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Ed speak with two scholars who are offering new takes on the Civil War you think you know.
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian present and discuss a particular person from their time period, someone who they think sheds much-needed light on our current moment.
A founding host of the show, Ed Ayers has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite BackStory moments touched on anniversaries and events related to his own field in American history: slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian take a look at the complicated and often contentious relationship American officials and anti-racism activists have had with South Africa.
This week, we're showcasing another incredible history podcast, American Hysteria.
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian learn about the history of the state of Florida.
On this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf brings you some of his favorite segments from his time with the show.
On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
On this episode of BackStory, Brian speaks with Hussein Banai about the history of U.S./Iran relations.