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Speed Through Time :The Changing Pace of America [Full Episode]

Friday, May 22, 2015

For the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, BackStory goes into overdrive with a show all about speed in America. How fast — and slow — has life moved in different eras? And how has the pace of social change, well, changed over time? Join Brian, Ed and Peter as they head out to the racetrack, the ballpark and the trading floor ... and hustle from the halls of the Supreme Court to the speedy courtrooms of Reno, Nev. — once the divorce capital of America.

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Cops on Camera

Friday, May 15, 2015

Madison, Ala., Police Chief Larry Muncey considers the pros and cons of video technology in law enforcement, and the philosophy of community policing.

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WEB EXTRA: Snail Darters, Pork, and Presidents

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/

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Round and Round We Go

Friday, May 01, 2015

Hosts Brian Balogh and Peter Onuf call up Gary Anderson, who designed the iconic recycling symbol back when he was in college.

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Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel

Friday, April 24, 2015

At a live performance marking the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Union troops in the capital of the Confederacy, the Guys discuss how the memory of Richmond’s fall has changed, and take questions from the audience.

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Listener Calls

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Guys take calls from listeners with thoughts on the laws of war.

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Trials & Tribunes

Friday, April 10, 2015

Scholar Elizabeth Leonard talks with host Brian Balogh about the trials of the surviving suspects in Lincoln’s assassination, conducted in an atmosphere of fear and suspicion of a vast Confederate plot.

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The Takeaway

School Discipline: When Local Police Call the Shots

Friday, April 10, 2015

An investigation from the Center for Public Integrity finds that schools refer racial minorities and students with disabilities to police at rates much higher than their white peers.

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A Big Tent

Friday, April 03, 2015

Historian Grant Wacker recalls the moment that propelled America’s most successful preacher, Billy Graham, onto the national stage.

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Public Pools, Contested Waters

Friday, March 27, 2015

Historian Jeff Wiltse speaks with host Ed Ayers about how public pools have gone from a place to get clean to a place for recreation, and exposed class and racial tensions along the way.

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A-dressing a Mystery

Friday, March 20, 2015

Scholar and chef Ben Davison helps the Guys answer a burning question: What’s the origin of Thousand Island dressing, anyway?

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Green Superheroes

Friday, March 13, 2015

Producer Andrew Parsons talks with comic book author Denny O’Neill and historian Bradford Wright, about Green Lantern and Green Arrow – two green superheroes who helped lead the way to more socially-conscious comic books in the 1970s.

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Roger Ekirch on Segmented Sleep

Friday, March 06, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Middle Ground

Friday, February 27, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Cold War Corn Diplomacy, from "Green Acres"

Friday, February 13, 2015

With the American History Guys

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On the Books

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Binary Coeds

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Straight to the Moon

Friday, January 30, 2015

With the American History Guys

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The Myth Of “Malaise”

Friday, January 23, 2015

With the American History Guys

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In Their Own Words

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the American History Guys

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