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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.

    313: Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

    313: Best of BackStory: The Time Ed Ayers Marched Into Richmond

    A founding host of the show, Ed Ayers has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite BackStory moments touched on anniversaries and events related to his own field in American history: slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

    • 39 min
    312: From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

    312: From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa

    On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Ed and Brian take a look at the complicated and often contentious relationship American officials and anti-racism activists have had with South Africa.

    • 50 min
    311: "The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

    311: "The Gay Agenda" from American Hysteria

    This week, we're showcasing another incredible history podcast, American Hysteria.

    • 44 min
    310: Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

    310: Seminoles, Retirees and Florida Man: A Brief History of the Sunshine State

    On this episode of BackStory, Joanne, Nathan and Brian learn about the history of the state of Florida.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    309: Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

    309: Best of BackStory: The Time Peter Onuf Declared Independence

    On this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf brings you some of his favorite segments from his time with the show.

    • 31 min
    235: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

    235: The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

    On this episode of BackStory, Ed, Brian, Nathan and Joanne explore the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

searchingforsandwiches ,

Sad to see you go

Backstory has been one of my favorite podcasts. Thank for the superb work.

Rich Woolery ,

Thank you

I am saddened for the end of Backstory-I recommended it to my high school students-but I am so thankful for the great work you have done. I wish you the best and will read your books.

Mipearl ,

Goodbye Back Story

I feel so sad. I just learned about Back Story several weeks ago and I always learn something worth knowing. Quite often I’ll look further into the days subject. Today you made the announcement that you will be saying good bye. I look forward to listening to all your back shows. Good luck in all that you do. I’m sure it will be interesting.

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