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.

 


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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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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: President Grant taking the oath of office, March 4, 1873., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
30-second promo for "Four More Years: Presidential Inaugurations [rebroadcast]” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

  • Added: Jan 10, 2017
  • Length: :30
Caption: Student nurses being trained in nutrition, New York, 1942 – photographed by Fritz Henle , Credit: Source: Library of Congress
Good fats vs. bad fats, milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, red meat, red wine, carbs, sugar -- all have been the subject of conflicting nutritional...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WUFT, KREV-LP, XRAY.fm, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Student nurses being trained in nutrition, New York, 1942 – photographed by Fritz Henle , Credit: Source: Library of Congress
Good fats vs. bad fats, milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, red meat, red wine, carbs, sugar -- all have been the subject of conflicting nutritional...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Student nurses being trained in nutrition, New York, 1942 – photographed by Fritz Henle , Credit: Source: Library of Congress
30-second promo for "Health Nuts: A History of Nutritional Advice [rebroadcast]” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

  • Added: Jan 03, 2017
  • Length: :30
Caption: Group reading newspapers with news of death of Woodrow Wilson, Feb. 1924, Credit: Source: Library of Congress
As 2016 comes to a close, we’re turning back the clock and looking back on the history behind some of the year’s biggest headlines. From the parti...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Group reading newspapers with news of death of Woodrow Wilson, Feb. 1924, Credit: Source: Library of Congress
As 2016 comes to a close, we’re turning back the clock and looking back on the history behind some of the year’s biggest headlines. From the parti...

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


  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Group reading newspapers with news of death of Woodrow Wilson, Feb. 1924, Credit: Source: Library of Congress
30-second promo for "History For The Headlines: 2016 In Review” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

Bought by WPCA-LP


  • Added: Dec 27, 2016
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Boy in prayer shawl, 1911.
On Dec. 24th, Jewish communities across the country begin celebrating Hanukkah. The annual holiday celebrates the victory of the Jews over the Gree...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WRIR, KQAL, RadioFreePalmer, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Boy in prayer shawl, 1911., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
On Dec. 24th, Jewish communities across the country begin celebrating Hanukkah. The annual holiday celebrates the victory of the Jews over the Gree...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Boy in prayer shawl, 1911., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
30-second promo for "Judaism In America [rebroadcast]” with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag

Bought by WCPN


  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1