BackStory

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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 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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In this episode, Joanne, Brian, and Nathan discuss stories of love that challenged social norms and transcended class, race, and gender. They explore how people subverted laws banning interracial marriage, and why a wave of heiresses running away with their coachmen caused a moral panic in the Gilded Age.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nathan talks with historian Rhae Lynn Barnes about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page and its link to a long and disturbing history of blackface minstrelsy. They discuss how white civic organizations used minstrel shows for fundraising, why the era known as Jim Crow is named after a minstrel character, and what must happen to prevent people from donning blackface going forward. …
Nathan showcases some of BackStory’s best content about African American history in honor of Black History Month. In this episode, hear about one historian’s heartbreaking research into the human effects of lynching to the extraordinary story of Korla Pandit, the turban-wearing showman of California’s cocktail lounges. We’re also sharing a segment from “Scene On Radio” about the racial cleansing …

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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. "
 

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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 4th, 2015
Latest Episode
Feb 15th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
207
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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