VFH’s BackStory Celebrates Episode 200!


For more than nine years, BackStory, produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, has taken its audience on an exploration of the history behind today’s headlines. Created by Andrew Wyndham and first introduced as a “Car Talk”-style monthly radio show in 2008, BackStory then featured noted historians Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh as its hosts.

Today, BackStory is a weekly podcast with historians Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly joining Ayers and Balogh. Together they continue to make history engaging, accessible, and often downright fun.

The celebration began June 30th, when BackStory’s 200th episode debuted on its podcast network partner, Panoply. In the episode, the hosts contextualized the fast-paced news of the day, explored an archive segment still relevant to today’s headlines, and brought back founding host Peter Onuf.

Festivities continue through the following week with giveaways, favorite memories from hosts, and a soft launch of BackStory’s new website.  Listeners are encouraged to join in by submitting a favorite episode or memory using #BackStory200 on their favorite social media platform.

Listeners have supported BackStory from the beginning and continued support is key to our growth. So, fans old and new can help ensure BackStory achieves another 200 episodes by supporting production through this Booster fundraiser: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/backstory200.

Through the years, BackStory has looked at pivotal points in history with a fresh perspective, or revealed lesser-known moments with curiosity. Hundreds of guests and listeners have contributed their voices to shows, while thousands more tuned in every week. Today, BackStory is downloaded millions of times every year by listeners around the globe.

Join BackStory in celebrating the milestone of 200 episodes as we look forward to making many more.

About BackStory

BackStory brings historical perspective to the America of today. Each week, U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman, and Nathan Connolly look at current issues and trace them back to their roots in American history. From the days of the Early Republic to the 21st century, BackStory reveals the connections (and disconnections) between the past and the present. BackStory makes history accessible for listeners – not only in the United States, but around the globe. BackStory is freely available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or other favorite podcast apps.

About Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through community programs, digital initiatives, grants and fellowships, radio programs, and the Virginia Center for the Book. To learn more, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.