BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are.
BackStory is now broadcast weekly by 173 stations in 31 states and Washington D.C. (14 in top-50 markets), including WBEZ Chicago, WAMU Washington D.C., WFYI Indianapolis, KALW San Francisco, WFPL Louisville, Oregon’s Jefferson Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, WHRV Norfolk, WCVE Richmond, KUAR Little Rock, WCAI Cape Cod, KUOW-HD Seattle, and WABE-HD Atlanta. More than 40 stations air BackStory as specials—including WLRN Miami, KNPR Las Vegas, WCPN Cleveland, WWNO New Orleans, KUOW Seattle, and WABE Atlanta. And BackStory podcast downloads have exceeded 7.8 million—the program is averaging more than 389,000 online plays per month.