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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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    • 4.6, 2.4K 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
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Degerfors ,

Horizon Stretching!

I have been listening to this podcast since I first heard it on our local NPR station. It just gets better and better. This season has been especially good. The subjects have not been traditionally historical. Instead, they are more inclined to be on Social Justice. The podcast is delivered by well educated and thoughtful historians and they give me material to think about. They stretch my horizons as any good class should.

Roscoegregg ,

COME ON!

It is with a heavy heart that I am Unsubscribing from Back Story. I have listened from the begining and unll recently realy found it interesting. Thanks for that Back Story.

The last season has become dissapointing and somewhat insulting. The Back Story editorial staff has decided history told with a preconcived bias is just great.The constant interjection of racism, sexism and social injustice into almost every topic is misguided at best and dishonest at worst.

I am an unapologetic liberal. I am not an Alt Right white guy who fears immigration or laments my loss of status in a changing culture. I have worked for and with LGBT, Women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Natives and people from many other backgrounds. I have allways viewed themas equal partners. I have always worked to judge each person on their merit.

We are a great culture. We are a culture with a great deal to learn and change. We can only do that when we approach subjects like histoiry honestly withou bias. This important fact is no longer consodered important at Back Story.

I know propaganda when I see it. I do not look to Joseph Goebbels and Rush Limbaugh for history because they are biased. Sadly I now must put Back Story into the same bucket.

This kind of yellow journalism is in my considered opinion is weak minded, dishonest and divisive. The editors at back story are doing more harm than good for the causes the seem to support.

Saddly I Say Good Bye,
Randy

the barfle ,

It used to be great

I loved this show for about five years. I always wished US history had been taught this way in school. I listened to it during my commute, and I always felt like it made me understand how we came to be the way we are.
But lately, the topics have turned far more liberally political with emphasis on how white people oppress black people. Yes, I understand slavery and reconstruction were terrible times for blacks, but US history has a much wider story than that, which is why I stopped subscribing. Sorry, American History Guys. You had a great thing going, but you lost it.

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