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/
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.