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BackStory with the American History Guys: Full Episodes

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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.

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New episodes launch every Friday on this page.

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189 Pieces

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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...

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  • 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...

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: 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...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 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...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: 1899 illustration from Puck magazine, reading "The greatest department store on Earth; —and every day a bargain day.", Credit: Source: Library of Congress
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? The holiday season is notorious for bringing out the beast in shoppers. On this episode of Back...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: “Church and state – No Union upon any terms” by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly, Feb. 25, 1871. , Credit: Source: Library of Congress
From the persecution of Quakers in colonial Massachusetts, to 21st century battles over nativity scenes in public squares, the wall separating chur...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: 'Toward Los Angeles, Calif.,' by Dorothea Lange, 1937., Credit: Source: Library of Congress
Nieman-Marcus’ 2016 Christmas Book, which was first published nearly a century ago as a 16-page leaflet, is 300 pages long. According to Advertisi...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Dinner at Broad Channel, in Queens, New York City, c. 1910, Credit: Source: Library of Congress.
Three square meals a day - we’re used to hearing this when it comes to dining. But for many of us, eating is as much about socializing as it is abo...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Thanksgiving Turkey., Credit: Source: Library of Congress.
If a Pilgrim were to attend a contemporary Thanksgiving celebration, he or she would probably be stunned by our “traditional” foods. In this episod...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Utopia Ltd., a poster by Dietmar R. Winkler. , Credit: Source: Library of Congress.
In his recent book “Utopia for Realists,” Rutger Bregman advocates a 15-hour workweek, universal basic income, and open borders. Sounds like parad...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Only an emigrant. 1879, Credit: Source: Library of Congress.
With Donald Trump vowing to keep undocumented Mexicans out of the U.S. with a wall and Hillary Clinton promising the same immigrants a path to citi...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Voting in Washington, D.C., 1938, Credit: Source: Library of Congress
If the record TV viewership of the Clinton-Trump presidential debates is any guide, voter turnout for the November election could reach levels not ...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Promotional photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein’s monster. , Credit: Source: Wikimedia Commons
What’s a Halloween show without a look at horror, one of America’s favorite fascinations? Rooted in legend and culture, American horror plays on ou...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: A version of Barnum's Feejee Mermaid., Credit: Source: Unknown
America has a long and colorful history of confidence men and counterfeiters. On this episode of BackStory, we go back to the time when fake money...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Best Coat and Apron Mfg. Company : Attaching trouser buttons with automatic button-fastening machine , Credit: Source: Library of Congress
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have talked about loss of manufacturing jobs, and the importance of having things “Made In America.” In this ...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: President Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter meet at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to debate domestic policy during the first of the three Ford-Carter Debates. , Credit: Source: Wikimedia Commons
With the presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominating the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, we’re taking a look at the ...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Uncle Sam wants your privacy., Credit:  Source: Jeff Schuler via Flickr (https://secure.flickr.com/photos/jeffschuler/2585181312/in/set-72157604249628154)
Calls to pardon Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who blew the whistle on the NSA’s secret internet and phone surveillance programs, have i...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: "Quiet! Loose talk can cost lives." Office of War information 1943. , Credit: Source: National Archives
Americans have sought to censor all kinds of expression: political speech, music, radio, TV, film, even books. In this episode, Peter, Ed, and Bria...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9