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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Thar She Blows Again: The History of Whales and America (Part 2) 2018-10-12
Thar She Blows: The History of Whales and America 2018-10-05
Land of the Free? The History of Incarceration in the U.S. 2018-09-28
Close Encounters: UFOs in American History 2018-09-21
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The History of America’s Wealthy Elite 2018-09-14
After Hurricane Maria: The History of Puerto Rico and the United States 2018-09-07
Fit to Print?: A History of Fake News 2018-08-31
Hot Enough For You? The History of Climate Change 2018-08-24
In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud: A History of the Atomic Age 2018-08-17
A More Perfect Union? The Reconstruction Era 2018-08-10
The Battle for Charlottesville's Soul: One Year Later, A Community Looks Back 2018-08-03
Elementary Mr. President: Sherlock Holmes, the Supreme Court and Dr. Spock 2018-07-27
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

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