187 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

Nc voters ,

Loving every thing about this

I’ve been listening to Backstory for about 2 1/2 years, and eagerly await every episode. I have replayed some of the episodes from archive also and really enjoy a multi century perspective on history. I especially enjoyed the episode about the Charlottesville neo nazi March, with a lot of local Charlottesville history as a big part of the story.

Eric_cc ,

Strong Political Bias

I love history and was super excited when I found this podcast and the extensive episode list. Unfortunately, this show is Heavily liberal and opinionated in the worst way. History is a subject where strong political bias is not welcome because you want to consider the past objectively. History is not a tool to push a political narrative. If you’re politically brainwashed this may just be the show for you. For the freethinkers of the world, this is a big thumbs down.

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.

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