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A Society and Culture podcast featuring Edward L. Ayers and Brian Balogh
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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 Virginia Humanities.
There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.


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Recent Episodes

282: The Many Lives of Roe v Wade: The Little Known History Behind the Famous Ruling
In 1973, the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion. But since then, the court’s findings have been simultaneously celebrated and contested. Now, Roe is in the news again. States including Alabama and Missouri have passed laws that …
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281: Mind, Body and Spirit: The History of Wellness in America
Recent estimates have put the value of the “Wellness Industry” at $4.2 billion, with celebrities like Jay-Z and Gwyneth Paltrow offering advice on how to get, and stay, well. But being holistically healthy hasn’t always involved a daily dose of med…


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Cleantech reviewed this podcast on Jun 16th, 2017
"Excellent perspectives, well narrated, natural and fun. It gets a little long, to be expected of profs who really know their subjects. "
Sarah Breau reviewed this podcast on Mar 13th, 2019
"The first few seasons were stellar. Then they decided they needed to add some new voices, and many of the newer episodes lost their keen focus, or were remixes of earlier episodes. I stopped subscribing to it. I would definitely recommend checking it out though."

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Sep 4th, 2015
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May 31st, 2019
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