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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When You Just Want to be Alone: The History of Solitude in America 2019-01-18
The BackStory Prize: Our Choice for the Best Public History Project in America 2019-01-11
Finding Americana: Butter Sculptures, Tiny Towns and Other Irresistible Gems 2019-01-04
What’s Cooking? A History of Food in America 2018-12-28
Playing the Past: Video Games and American History 2018-12-21
The BackStory Holiday Book Show: 19 History Books for the Holiday Season 2018-12-14
Out of the Closet: The LGBTQ Community in American History 2018-12-07
Forgotten Flu: America & the 1918 Pandemic 2018-11-30
Stuffed: Taxidermy in the History of America 2018-11-23
Divided States of America? The History of An Often Disjointed Union 2018-11-16
Lincoln the Lawyer: Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life and Career 2018-11-09
Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America 2018-11-02
The War to End All Wars: Remembering WWI 2018-10-26
To be a Citizen? The History of Becoming American 2018-10-19
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

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