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Untrammeled [2016]

Americans and the Wilderness [rebroadcast]

In this episode, Brian, Ed, and Peter return to America’s fascination with wild places and learn how we impact even the most remote corners of our country.

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Nose To The Grindstone

A History Of American Work Ethic

In this episode, the Guys look at how work has been understood and practiced.


Faith & The Presidency

In this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed, and Brian explore the relationship between American presidents and their spiritual beliefs.

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I would be very interested in an episode about the history of LGBT people in America. I was very surprised [...]