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Bridge for Sale

Deception in America [rebroadcast]


On this episode of Backstory, we’ll explore the fascinating history of confidence men and counterfeiters in the U.S. And we’ve got a bridge on our hands you might want. Trust us.

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Let’s Make Up

Reconciliation & Its Limits


To mark the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise, the Guys dig up buried hatchets to help us explore Americans’ best and worst efforts at making amends. What are the limits of reconciliation?

The Future Then

Visions of America Yet to Come


Flying cars, 3-hour workdays, meals in a pill, nuclear holocaust — what has the future held? On this episode, the Guys revisit yesterday’s visions of tomorrow, and what they say about the moments in time that conjured them up.

Islam & the United States


The long history of Islam in America, from the narratives of Muslim slaves to the Nation of Islam and the Black Power movement of the 1960s. What has it meant to be Muslim in America — and how has the idea of Islam in the U.S. changed over time?

What Gives

Generosity in America


Public radio listeners, beware: pledge drive season is upon us. So in this episode, we ask, “What gives?” The stories we’re working on explore giving in American history and consider the meaning of charity, philanthropy and reciprocity.

Pitch a Show


Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics — some of which made it on the air! Listeners suggested episodes about higher ed and U.S.-Mexico relations, and lots of individual stories also had their origins in your brains. Help us keep up the process!

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