‘BackStory’ Going Weekly in May

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities-based radio show “BackStory With the American History Guys” is joining the ranks of “Car Talk” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” On May 11, the show — which features U.Va. history professors Brian Balogh and Peter Onuf, plus their former colleague, Ed Ayers, now president of the University of Richmond — will go weekly, nationwide.

From their press release:

Each week the new BackStory will link past and present, as Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf move from today’s headlines to drill down into U.S. history. BackStory’s genial, internationally renowned historian-hosts will bring your audience lively interviews with a diverse roster of guest scholars, other experts, and ordinary citizens from around the country; listener calls; produced pieces; and revealing discussions. The thought-provoking shows will delve into topics like childbirth, homeownership, college sports, philanthropy, protests, sugar, public health, farming, pets, guns, privacy, free speech, utopias, populism, exceptionalism, and the postal service—all in the context  of U.S. history.

You can read more about the big transition here.

(UPDATED, Feb. 14, 12:15, to correct that weekly move will begin May 11, not the fall.)

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