BackStory with the American History Guys

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BackStory is a weekly one-hour public radio show that provides a national broadcast audience with an enjoyable and accessible way of engaging challenging themes in American history and how they connect with today. The show is hosted by renowned historians Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh. BackStory’s signature sound and spirit of inquiry emanates from the hearts and minds of its genial hosts, whose unscripted brilliance reflects a warmth and rapport that comes from their longtime friendship.

Please confirm carriage of BackStory with the American History Guys by contacting Andrew Parsons at (434) 982-2955 or andrewparsons@virginia.edu.

Moving from current headlines to drill down into U.S. history, each surprising BackStory episode features lively interviews with a diverse roster of scholars, experts, and ordinary citizens from around the country; listener calls; host discussions; and produced pieces. Topics are as diverse as college sports, reenactments, sugar, memorials, domestic terrorism, birthing, homeownership, the post office, philanthropy, protests, privacy, marriage, revivalism, and childhood—all in the context of American history.

Since BackStory first began as a monthly show in 2008, episodes have been broadcast by more than 130 primary stations in 39 states, 29 in the top 50 markets by population. Podcasts have been downloaded 1.4 million times.

BackStory is produced by VFH Radio at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Major funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional corporate, foundation, institutional, and individual support.

Please visit our station landing page for upcoming episodes, promotional photos, and other information.

 


Series

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188 Pieces

This series is for stations that want to subscribe to Backstory for WEEKLY deliveries using PRX's SubAuto system.

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203 Pieces

A collection of the best stories and features from BackStory, meant for excerpt by programs or stations.

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189 Pieces

BackStory is a weekly one-hour public radio show that provides a national broadcast audience with an enjoyable and accessible way of engaging challenging themes in American history and how they connect with today.

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4 Pieces

A collection of one-hour BackStory specials for use in station holiday programming.

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182 Pieces

Promos for stations airing upcoming episodes of BackStory with the American History Guys.

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A special three-part series of hour-long episodes exploring the causes and consequences of the American Civil War.


Pieces

Caption: A rabbit serves a meal to three kittens (Harry Whittier Frees, c1870)
This past March, Sea World announced it will stop breeding orca whales in captivity, and is phasing out its killer whale shows. Meanwhile, the elep...

Bought by KMUD, RadioFreePalmer, CI Dolphin Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WEZU and more


  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
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We’ll spend our last regularly scheduled broadcasts reviewing some of BackStory’s most memorable moments. We’ll revisit BackStory interviews with h...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, XRAY.fm, Troy Public Radio, WRGY, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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We’ll spend our last regularly scheduled broadcasts reviewing some of BackStory’s most memorable moments. We’ll revisit BackStory interviews with h...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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30-second promo for "Best Of BackStory Pt. 2” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

  • Added: Jan 24, 2017
  • Length: :30
Caption: BackStory with the American History Guys logo
30-second promo for "Best Of BackStory Pt. 1” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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We’ll spend our last regularly scheduled broadcasts reviewing some of BackStory’s most memorable moments. We’ll revisit BackStory interviews with h...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, XRAY.fm, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: BackStory with the American History Guys logo
30-second promo for "Best Of BackStory Pt. 1” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

  • Added: Jan 17, 2017
  • Length: :30
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Samples of BackStory's new short format, meant for morning, midday and afternoon news holes. Backstory is currently soliciting feedback from statio...

Bought by WEZU


  • Added: Jan 17, 2017
  • Length: 11:22
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: President Grant taking the oath of office, March 4, 1873., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
As Washington prepares for the next four years, BackStory looks back at some of the more dramatic presidential transitions from the past. On this s...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: President Grant taking the oath of office, March 4, 1873., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
As Washington prepares for the next four years, BackStory looks back at some of the more dramatic presidential transitions from the past. On this s...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, XRAY.fm, KMXT, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KVSC and more


  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10