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BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.
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Charlottesville, VA

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BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

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English

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145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 434 924 3296


Episodes

Behind the Bylines: Advocacy Journalism in America

4/20/2018
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In 2015, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly challenged Univision journalist Jorge Ramos on his role as a voice for Latinos in America. In an interview with the reporter on the O’Reilly Factor, he called Ramos “an advocate for people who enter the U.S.A. illegally.” In recent decades, however, more journalists have vocally advocated for underrepresented communities. Websites like the theGrio.com are unapologetic about finding stories the mainstream media aren’t picking up. On this episode,...

Duration:00:48:40

Teen Activists: A History of Youth Politics and Protest

4/13/2018
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As students organize protests around the country, Joanne, Brian & Ed talk about the role young people have played in American politics. They’ll look at how the desegregation movement in Virginia was sparked in part by a 16-year-old girl, how young Americans made it okay to be independent voters and thinkers in the early centuries, a 1945 student walkout against integration, and the story of a young Lakota activist who travelled to Standing Rock when she was in high school. Learn more...

Duration:01:04:15

The Habit: Opioid Addiction in America

4/6/2018
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As the opioid epidemic continues, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams said this week that Americans should carry and learn to use naloxone, an overdose antidote. In this episode, Nathan, Ed and Brian look at America's long history with opioids - like opium, morphine and heroin. They’ll discuss how late 19th century doctors spurred the nation’s first addiction crisis and how race and class have shaped our perception of addicts and addiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:41:13

The Real Martin Luther King: Reflecting on MLK 50 Years After His Death

3/30/2018
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Civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago. Today he is celebrated as an American hero and championed in children’s books and inspirational posters. But have Americans lost sight of the real MLK? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:41

You Have The Right to Remain Silent: A History of the Miranda Warning

3/23/2018
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Fifty-five years ago this month, a man named Ernesto Miranda confessed to rape and kidnapping in a Phoenix police station. His trial would go all the way to the Supreme Court in one of the most well-known cases of the 20th century: "Miranda v Arizona." Nathan and Joanne look at the interrogation that led to the Supreme Court decision and ask how the Miranda warning transformed from technical bit of police procedure to pop-culture lexicon. Image credit: Ernesto Miranda, 1963. Source:...

Duration:00:34:11

Wherever Green is Worn: The Irish in America

3/16/2018
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On this St. Patrick’s Day special, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore Irish American culture and identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:46

Turf War: A History of College Sports

3/9/2018
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On this episode, Brian, Peter, and Ed unpack the origins of college sports and the ways universities originally justified athletics on campus. From the first collegiate PHYS ED program at Amherst College to the little-known story about the integration of the University of Alabama’s football team - the hosts discover why college sports even exist in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:29

Too Good To Be True?: Myths in American History

3/2/2018
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On this week’s episode, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan explore some of the stories Americans tell about our past and find the kernels of truth that lie at the heart of a few American legends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:55:46

Billy Graham, Black Panther and Haiti, and Thomas Edison’s Reputation

2/23/2018
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The BackStory hosts look back on the rise of influential pastor Billy Graham, who died this week. Nathan probes how Black Panther’s mythical kingdom of Wakanda is a fully realized dream of a black-led country. And Joanne introduces a new segment, in which the hosts reevaluate American icons and their reputations. First up, Thomas Edison: gifted inventor or corporate thief? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:25

Life After the Oval Office: Presidential Legacies

2/16/2018
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In honor of President’s Day, Joanne, Brian, and Nathan explore the ‘afterlives’ of presidents: what do they do with their time once they’re out of office -- and how do we remember them once they’re gone? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:46

Catholics in America

2/9/2018
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Ed, Brian and Nathan mark the beginning of Lent with an exploration of American Catholicism—recounting the struggles, triumphs, and unique impact of Catholics on the history of the United States. From Spanish missionaries on the California coast and early converts among the Mohawk, to JFK and modern nuns living in the Blue Ridge Mountains - BackStory considers how what it means to be Catholic in America has changed over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:51

Forgotten Flu: America & the 1918 Pandemic

2/2/2018
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The U.S. is in the grips of the worst flu season in nearly a decade, with hospitals full across the country. But it’s nothing compared to the flu season one hundred years ago, when a nationwide pandemic killed over half a million Americans. Brian, Nathan, and Joanne look back at the so-called “Spanish Flu,” how it affected the U.S., and why it’s often forgotten today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:00

US vs Them: Sports on the World Stage

1/26/2018
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This year’s Winter Olympics have already seen their share of drama -- and political jockeying -- and the games haven’t even begun. So, BackStory is digging into the history of the power of international sports. We’ll discuss how sports have been tangled up in what’s going on off the field, from Cold War politics to Americans’ sense of ourselves at home and abroad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:55:50

All that Glitters? Legacies of the California Gold Rush

1/19/2018
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Gold was discovered in California 170 years ago this month. It set off a mad rush from across the United States -- and around the world. Ed, Joanne, and Nathan delve into what happened in California after gold was found and some of the lasting impacts of the Gold Rush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:19

Presidents in the Public Eye, Slogans, and the Value of History

1/12/2018
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In this week’s roundtable conversation, Ed, Joanne, and Brian focus on President Trump’s Twitter habit and look back at how presidents have interacted with the public. They discuss this year’s Golden Globes, the scene of very public activism around the #TimesUp campaign - how have slogans affected the causes we’ve championed? Finally, how do we put a price on history? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:05

Schism: The Branch Davidians at Waco

1/5/2018
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most infamous law enforcement confrontations in American history: a bloody stand-off between federal agents and an apocalyptic Christian group known as the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas. In this episode, Brian and Ed explore the 51 day siege, and what the Branch Davidians actually believed. This episode is sponsored by Paramount Network’s presentation of WACO. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:27

History for the Headlines: 2017 in Review

12/29/2017
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On this episode, Brian, Ed, Joanne, and Nathan look back at the stories we produced in 2017. Topics include fake news, the opioid crisis, and the August 12th white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:11

Untrammeled: Americans and the Wilderness

12/22/2017
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With President Trump moving to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah, Brian, Ed, and Nathan return to our episode on Americans’ fascination with wild places. They explore how early European arrivals actually created wilderness out of a landscape long shaped by human intervention, how humans impact even the most remote corners of our country, and ask how our ideas about wild places have changed over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:47

What’s Cooking? A History of Food in America

12/15/2017
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It’s the holidays -- that time of the year when food is everywhere. So, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan sit down to discuss some of America’s many homegrown culinary traditions and what the food we eat says about American identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:22

Man of The People: A New Technology Falls Into the Wrong Hands

12/8/2017
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BackStory features a guest podcast this week, from Reply All. The episode, Man of the People, first aired on January 19, 2017. It’s about the rise and fall of an American demagogue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:33

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