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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 70 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Ed AB Canada ,

From Canada

My great grandma fell in love with a Métis gentleman back in the mid 1930’s. My great grandfather was an alcoholic and abused his wife and eldest daughter who was my grandmother. They fled to Edmonton and lived together since my great grandfather didn’t believe in divorce and was illegal in Canada till well years later. They were married in 1948 and all of her great grandchildren and grandchildren saw the love they had for each other. Because of this my grandma married a Métis gentleman in 1936 and their love lasted till grandfather died in 1987.

Wintergear ,

Perspective

Few current events are without precedent. Backstory reminds us of this, easing our fears, and encouraging us toward hope. Backstory offers us the deep relevance of history, and the future relevance of the past.

Christine in Waterloo ,

April 22nd - Loved the most recent episode!

Thank you for teaching me about Ida B Wells! What an incredible woman. I’m going to read that biography I think.

As always, love this show.

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