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Advertising in America


On this episode — how we love to persuade and be persuaded. Brian, Ed and Peter sell you a history of advertising in the United States.

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Black History Month

2015 Playlist


A playlist of BackStory segments in honor of this year’s Black History Month.

Middle Clash

Making It in America


As the President touts “middle-class economics,” the Guys go in search of middle America. They’ll explore the meaning of middle class and the origins of the idea itself.

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The 2015 Awards Show


As the Oscars approach, the Guys look back at the highs and the lows of history in pop culture in the past year.

Women at Work

A History


BackStory goes to work on stories about women at work. How has the way Americans value the work that women do — at home and beyond — changed over time?

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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