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Banned [2016]

A History of Censorship [rebroadcast]

In this episode, Peter, Ed, and Brian mark the annual Banned Books Week with an uncut account of censorship in American politics, media, and culture.

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American Horror Story

In this episode of BackStory, the Guys look at the different forms horror has taken in American culture and explore why Americans found the things that scared them so, well scary.

A History of Manufacturing in 5 Objects

In this episode of BackStory, we take a look at the many objects that have improved–and sometimes consumed– our lives.

Fighting Words

A History of Debate in America

In this episode of BackStory, we’re taking a look at the history of debates and considering if Americans talk to–or just at–each other.

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