Published: January 23, 2015
Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics — some of which made it on the air! Episodes about higher education and the United States’ 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! Propose a topic below and explain why you think it would make a compelling subject for us to tackle.
If you’ve never listened to BackStory, spend some time in our archive of past shows to get a sense of what we’re all about. You can also take a look at what others have pitched in the past here, here, or here. Basically, we’re looking for topics we can trace over the entire course of American history, rather than single chapters from that history. (In other words, “the history of the car” = Bad / “the history of American transportation” = Better)
To suggest a topic, either join the discussion below OR send an email detailing your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
From time to time, we’ll also include radio features by outside producers. Visit our freelancer’s page for more information about what we’re looking for, a list of upcoming show topics (and tape deadlines!), and pay rates.