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Conventional Wisdom [2016]

A History of American Political Conventions [rebroadcast]


American political conventions haven’t always been so predictable. Before becoming scripted for television, conventions were often where pressing issues of the day got hashed out and careers were made or ruined. In this hour of BackStory we venture into the back rooms, the chaotic halls, and the streets where these dramas unfolded.

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You’ve Come A Long Way?

A History Of Women In Politics


On this episode of BackStory, we look at the many different political roles that women have filled – from republican mothers to benevolent reformers to political candidates.

Wish You Were Here

A History of American Tourism


In this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed and Brian explore the history of Tourism.

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