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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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Jennifer Marshburn

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I have a related question to Alane above - like many people, I've become much more politically active since the [...]