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.


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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
Too Good To Be True?: Myths in American History 2018-03-02
Billy Graham, Black Panther and Haiti, and Thomas Edison’s Reputation 2018-02-23
Life After the Oval Office: Presidential Legacies 2018-02-16
Catholics in America 2018-02-09
Forgotten Flu: America & the 1918 Pandemic 2018-02-02
US vs Them: Sports on the World Stage 2018-01-26
All that Glitters? Legacies of the California Gold Rush 2018-01-19
Presidents in the Public Eye, Slogans, and the Value of History 2018-01-12
Schism: The Branch Davidians at Waco 2018-01-05
History for the Headlines: 2017 in Review 2017-12-29
Untrammeled: Americans and the Wilderness 2017-12-22
What’s Cooking? A History of Food in America 2017-12-15
Man of The People: A New Technology Falls Into the Wrong Hands 2017-12-08

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