Friday, August 28, 2015
Historian Linda Przybyszewski talks with Ed Ayers about professors of home economics in the first half of the 20th century, who taught their students to use principles of art and design in their wardrobes – and graded them on the outfits they wore to clas
Friday, July 31, 2015
Like millions of Americans this summer, BackStory is quitting the city and heading into the wild. In this episode, Brian, Ed, and Peter return to Americans’ fascination with wild places, and how we impact even the most remote corners of our country. The Guys explore how early European arrivals actually created wilderness out of a landscape long shaped by human intervention. They also find out how the city of San Francisco controlled the remote Hetch Hetchy valley, hundreds of miles away. Plus, they ask how our ideas about wild places have changed over time. Is there any wilderness left in the twenty-first century?
Friday, July 24, 2015
Brian Balogh speaks with Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, and Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of the man who ordered that strike, about the friendship that grew as both of them worked on a project to bring survivors’ stories to the U.S. This segment comes from our show on Reconciliation. You can listen to the whole episode here: http://bit.ly/1DBYRjL
Friday, July 03, 2015
Historian David Blight narrates a reenactment of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” in which Douglass highlights the hypocrisy of celebrating liberty in a nation that allows slavery. Brian, Peter, and Ed discuss how slavery and its end changed the meaning of the Declaration and the holiday, as demonstrated by Frederick Douglass’ July 4th oration.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Host Brian Balogh chats with legal historian Sarah Milov, about how both Big Tobacco and the anti-smoking lobby have breathed the language of civil rights. This segment comes from our show "Balancing Acts: Claiming Rights in America." You can listen to the whole show here: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/balancing-acts-2/
Friday, June 12, 2015
Scholar Su'ad Abdul Khabeer tells BackStory producer Kelly Jones about Islam’s impact on hip-hop - and how hip-hop opened doors between different Muslim communities. This story comes from the BackStory episode "Islam & the United States." http://backstoryradio.org/?p=17200
Friday, June 05, 2015
There are three major blackouts that New Yorkers still talk about- in 1965, 1977, and 2013. Producer Kelly Jones gathered stories from those who remembered the sudden change that came over the city that never sleeps when the lights went out.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Private investigator Ron Brown tells hosts Brian Balogh and Ed Ayers some more of the ways he can track people - including finding where you are, through your cell phone. This is a web extra for the BackStory episode “Keeping Tabs: Personal Data Collection in America.” You can listen to the episode here: https://soundcloud.com/backstory/keeping-tabs-personal-data For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, and for an array of resources on data collection and surveillance, check out BackStory’s website at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/keeping-tabs/
Friday, May 08, 2015
Listen to Zygmunt Plater discuss a very tense phone call he had about the snail darter – with the President of the United States. This is an excerpt from the BackStory episode “The Departed: Americans and Extinction.” For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, and for an array of resources exploring extinction in American history, check out BackStory’s website: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/the-departed/