180 episodes

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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    • 4.6, 2.3K 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
2.3K Ratings
2.3K Ratings
Ken in AZ ,

Great perspective from smart historians.

I appreciate the historical perspective the hosts bring to current events. Surprised to see criticism of their “liberal” views given fairly innocuous comments about what our founders, and historical figures would think of current trends.

Jo Jo dis'in clown ,

Stay out of politics

I enjoyed this podcast until the liberal views and obvious bias host interject there opinions. Just stick to the facts and keep you political views out of the subjects.

Fool'sGoldfinch ,

A Great Listen

Approaching American history with humor and respect, the Backstory hosts do a fantastic job of combining interesting narrative history and style with a hard and well researched take on the facts. Fills a rare niche in history podcasts in that it neither goes for “shocking/hardcore” narrative content that is ultimately familiar to most history readers, nor is it a bone dry series of lectures. Fantastic show.

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