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Crowning Glory

A History of Hair in America


On this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore some of the many meanings Americans have attached to hair.

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Preview the New BackStory!


BackStory is going through some big changes. Take a listen to this preview and learn about everything that’s going into the new BackStory – premiering on Feb. 3!

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