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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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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.

    326: Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

    326: Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: A History of True Crime in America

    On this episode of BackStory, Joanne and Ed shine a light onto the dark history of true crime in modern American history.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    325: American Empire: From Scene on Radio

    325: American Empire: From Scene on Radio

    “America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time?

    • 1 hr 16 min
    324: Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

    324: Best of BackStory: The Time Joanne Freeman Went to Congress

    In this best of BackStory, Joanne presents three striking conversations from her time on the show.

    • 44 min
    276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

    276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

    On this episode of BackStory, Brian and Nathan reveal the rich history of socialism in the United States.

    • 59 min
    323: Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

    323: Zooming Ahead: How Virtual Learning is Shaping the College Classroom

    On this episode of BackStory, Brian dives into the topic of teaching and where the virtual college classroom fits into the history of higher education in the United States.

    • 21 min
    322: 1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

    322: 1980s Environmentalism and How the Reagan-Era Shaped the Natural World

    On this episode of BackStory, Ed and Brian dig into the 1980s and explore how actions in both federal policy and grassroots movements shaped environmentalism.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Waste my time why don't you ,

Going to miss it

Great show. Will miss it when they go dark later this year.

Tonya Harding Junior ,

Giving it five stars just to spite the moron who gave it two stars for being political

Eat it.

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Ha become too political

This was once my favorite podcast, but no longer. This last year it seems like it is less historic fact and more political commentary. Sadly it has developed a theme of oppression history in lieu any positive or progressive facts. I will be dropping it for now.

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