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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.

Customer Reviews

Don't have to be American to like it

I heard about this podcast via either 99% Invisible or The Memory Palace; I can't recall which at the moment. I'm always eager to try a new history podcast, but, as a Canadian, I wasn't convinced I'd be enthralled by American history, told by Americans. Well, was I ever wrong. This is a great podcast. The delivery is interesting and amusing at times and the information seems balanced, as far as I've been able to compare with other sources. It's definitely worth a listen and I don't think I've been disappointed with an episode yet - even some episodes I was sure would cause my eyes to glaze over, based on the topic. Two enthusiastic Thumbs up!

From Canada

My great grandma fell in love with a Métis gentleman back in the mid 1930’s. My great grandfather was an alcoholic and abused his wife and eldest daughter who was my grandmother. They fled to Edmonton and lived together since my great grandfather didn’t believe in divorce and was illegal in Canada till well years later. They were married in 1948 and all of her great grandchildren and grandchildren saw the love they had for each other. Because of this my grandma married a Métis gentleman in 1936 and their love lasted till grandfather died in 1987.


Few current events are without precedent. Backstory reminds us of this, easing our fears, and encouraging us toward hope. Backstory offers us the deep relevance of history, and the future relevance of the past.

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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