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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.

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A fantastic listen

Public radio provides the podcasting community with some of its greatest gems, and BackStory is the latest and greatest podcast for your listening pleasure. Each week Ed, Brian and Peter engage us in a lively discussion of current affairs, and color the interaction with analysis and anecdotes from American history. The three hosts complement each other nicely both in knowledge and in personality, and no matter what the topic you'll leave feeling better informed (and inexplicably happier - I think it's Ed's southern drawl). Highly recommended for anyone with the history bug - or anyone who wants some lively and interesting listening for the ride to work!

Smart guys, witty analysis

Car Talk meets the History Channel - with the high quality you'd expect from UVA professors.

One of the BEST history podcasts out there

As an avid public radio listener, I've always wondered why there aren't any HISTORY shows in the public radio lineup. Until now. BackStory does what few other news media outlets manage to do: it shows up every week with the historical context to that week's big news. And it does so in an extremely listenable way, with high production values and a healthy dose of humor. Highly recommended for anybody with even a passing interest in American history. (Also recommended for those who couldn't care less -- this show will make you care!)

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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