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
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
Men Apologizing, Alabama Senate Race, Net Neutrality 2017-12-01
On the Take: Corruption in America 2017-11-24
The Thin Light of Freedom 2017-11-17
Red Dawn: Americans and the Bolshevik Revolution 2017-11-10
Other People’s Battles: American Volunteer Soldiers 2017-11-03
Close Encounters: UFOs in American History 2017-10-27
Boy Scouts Welcome Girls, Trump Drums Up Support for War, America as a Judeo-Christian Nation 2017-10-20
What’s in a Number? Thirteen in American History 2017-10-13
It is So Ordered: 4 Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court 2017-10-06
Enemies: A History of Bad Blood 2017-09-29
Longer Commutes, Equifax Data Breach, and Income Inequality 2017-09-22
The Melting Pot: Americans & Assimilation 2017-09-15
A Conversation with Karl Rove 2017-09-08

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