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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

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.

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Live And Let Spy

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former Soviet spymaster Oleg Kalugin reminisces about his time recruiting Americans to spy for the USSR-- and how the U.S. eventually became his home.

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Smoking or Non?

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/

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Muslims on the Mic

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

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WEB EXTRA: Voices from the Dark

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.

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Web Extra: Ron Brown, PI, from "Keeping Tabs"

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/

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Fastball

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is America’s national pastime too slow? Major League historian John Thorn and famously off-speed pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee toss around this old debate.

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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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