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Best of BackStory: Listener Submissions

As BackStory wraps up production, we’ve been asking each of our hosts to select moments from the show’s history and compile their very own “Best of BackStory.” Now it’s your turn! We’re looking for suggestions for June’s Best of BackStory, the listener edition.  Leave us a voicemail at (434) 260-3320, telling us about your favorite […]

A Conversation with Kimberly A. Hamlin

In her latest book “Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener,” historian Kimberly A. Hamlin tells the story of an influential and fascinating woman who you likely have never even heard of. Helen Hamilton Gardener dedicated her life to championing women’s rights and pushing back against the sexual double standard. […]

A Conversation With Lizabeth Cohen

Urban renewal has received a bad rap over the last few decades. The phrase often brings to mind population displacement, the destruction of historic neighborhoods, and a general failure of the public sphere. But this is far from the whole story. Lizabeth Cohen’s book “Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban […]

Best of BackStory – Ed Ayers’ Playlist

As BackStory moves towards the end of its production, we’ve asked our hosts – both past and present – to select memorable moments from the show that we’re publishing as episodes once per month. As a founding host, Ed has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite […]

From New York to London: South African Music in Exile

Toward the end of, “From Music to Madiba: A History of U.S. Relations with South Africa,” Brian Balogh speaks with Louis Meintjes about the links between South African and American music and the political influence of music during apartheid. Meintjes describes how some musicians performed within the confines of the state-owned system of censored radio. […]

A Conversation with Jonathan Rosenberg

For many of us, political discourse is difficult to extricate from the cultural lexicon that mirrors and helps define it. Movies, music, award shows, and much much more, help us understand our world, and even have the potential to influence it. This interplay between culture and politics is nothing new, even if the lexicon has […]

Black History Month: BackStory Playlist

It’s Black History Month, when we recognize the achievements and history of African Americans throughout US history. BackStory frequently highlights these stories, whether across a whole show or in a specific interview. So to celebrate, we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorites from different time periods, generations, and viewpoints. The topics range […]

Best of BackStory – Peter Onuf’s Playlist

As BackStory moves towards the end of its production, we’ve asked our hosts – both past and present – to select memorable moments from the show that we’re publishing as episodes once per month. First up is Peter Onuf. Peter is the first (and only!) emeritus host. Peter retired from full time hosting duties in […]

An Interview with Nicholas Buccola

On February 18, 1965, two leading voices in American politics took the stage at Cambridge University to debate the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American negro?” On on side of the debate was James Baldwin, the prolific American writer and documenter of the ongoing civil rights movement. On the other […]

BackStory’s Top Blog Post of All Time

In honor of our last year of production, BackStory is bringing you memorable moments from outside of the podcast. In 2016, BackStory intern Elizabeth McCauley wrote a story about the windigo, a creature from the spiritual beliefs of the Algonquian peoples. The blog post served as a companion to the “Where the Windigos Are” segment […]

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