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The Great War

The Long Shadow of WWI

World War I became known as the war to end all wars. But a century from when fighting began, it’s become a war that’s often forgotten in American history. In this episode, we’re exploring the long shadow of the conflict across modern America.

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Americans and the Wilderness

As the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act approaches, BackStory heads into the wilderness, exploring Americans’ fascination with – and fear of – wild places, and the ways in which humans have impacted even the most remote corners of the country.

Pitch a Show

Spring/Summer 2014

Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics – some of which made it on the air! Episodes about higher education and the US relationship with Mexico were pitched by listeners, and lots of individual stories had their origins in your brains as well. So help us keep up the process!


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Very excited to hear this topic. I'm currently living down in Floyd, VA where the "back to the land" movement [...]


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I've been fascinated by the great naturalist and conservationist John Muir since reading a collection of his writings last year. [...]