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.
The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America
It turns out that all good things must come to an end...including BackStory.
Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America
This Friday we’re airing the final episode of BackStory, in which Nathan, Joanne, Ed, and Brian explore different kinds of finales throughout American history.
Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked
In this best of BackStory, we present three of our listener’s favorite interviews from the show.
Introducing: Seizing Freedom
Ending slavery in America required so much more than battlefield victories or even official declarations. Black people battled for their own freedom, taking incredible risks for a country that had actively denied their right to it. Coming Fall 2020.
Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America
On this episode of BackStory, Joanne is joined by Jonathan Wells and Nancy Metz to tell the story of Dickens’ tumultuous -- but ultimately triumphant -- relationship to the United States and his American readers.
The Clue of the Blue Bottle from "The Last Archive"
On this episode of The Last Archive, historian Jill Lepore tells the story of a Spring day in 1919, when a woman’s body was found bound, gagged, and strangled in a garden in Barre, Vermont.
Interesting and Well Researched
This podcast is just wonderful. Every episode is well-researched, interesting, and often funny. I always learn something new and never fail to see another side of the subject being discussed, which is great. They're not afraid to take on current events and controversies - and always make sure to present the subject in a historical, balanced manner. Thanks!