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 the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.


Title Date published
The Melting Pot: Americans & Assimilation 2018-07-20
Shore Thing: A History of the Beach 2018-07-13
What’s in a Number? Thirteen in American History 2018-07-06
Saving American History 2018-06-29
Summer Reading List: 14 History Books You’ll Want to Read 2018-06-22
The Camera Never Lies? History Through the Viewfinder 2018-06-15
Death Before Dishonor: Shame and Reputation in American History 2018-06-08
Are We There Yet? Americans On Vacation 2018-06-01
Reflecting on Darkness: Lynching; Americans and the Holocaust 2018-05-25
Upward Nobility: American-Made Royalty 2018-05-18
Shock of the New: The Legacy of the 1893 World’s Fair 2018-05-11
Crowning Glory: A History of Hair in America 2018-05-04
“Dear Mr President…”: Letters to FDR, #twitterstorians, and one man's experience of slavery's legacy 2018-04-27
Behind the Bylines: Advocacy Journalism in America 2018-04-20
Teen Activists: A History of Youth Politics and Protest 2018-04-13
The Habit: Opioid Addiction in America 2018-04-06
The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death 2018-03-30
You Have The Right to Remain Silent: A History of the Miranda Warning 2018-03-23
Wherever Green is Worn: The Irish in America 2018-03-16
Turf War: A History of College Sports 2018-03-09

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