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Many thanks to all you responsible citizens of BackStory who voted for your favorite show idea! Behind the scenes, teams of archaic statisticians and historical engineers have been carefully tabulating the results. So what ARE the results, you ask? Three awesome new shows! (Well, make that two awesome new shows and one radical show-to-be…) Be sure and check out The More Things Change: Presidential Transitions and From Whales To Wind: A History of Energy in our archive. And help us out by weighing in on The Extraordinary Ordinary: Populism in America, a future show that grew out of your Anti-Intellectualism idea below.
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You spoke and we listened! Based on feedback from you the BackStory listening audience, we’ve compiled the following list of possible show topics for the next season of BackStory. Vote once (and only once) for your favorite topic. Whichever topic comes out on top will be worked into the next season. Vote Now!
From Whales to Wind: Fueling America
Fourthtower wrote “I’d love to see something in the history of energy. Edison and Rockefeller versus Tesla, coal and steam power, the building of the great dams for water, etc…that might educate on how we got where we are now, what other paths we could have taken and why we didn’t.”
Man’s Best Friend: Americans and Their Animals
Lauren wrote “The relationship of Americans and animals (people claim today that the emotional investment in pets, acted out in economics, is unlike anything previously).”
Ping Pong Relations: China & the U.S.
Rebecca wrote “How about something on relationship between China and US and shifting views of China. . . RR, exclusion, open door, missionaries, Pearl Buck, WWII and the good Asians, cold war, Nixon, adoption of Chinese children by US families, human rights questions, global warming, Olympics, etc.”
Read My Lips: Presidential Expectations vs. Presidential Realities
Matt wrote: “How about this for a topical show: How do presidencies past relate to the promises made on the campaign trail?”
Location, Location, Location!: Boom & Bust of American Cities
Meredith wrote: “I would be interested in a program on the topic “birth of a city, or location, location, location” — although the topic of Gold Rush is bad for your purposes, the Gold Rush fostered the birth of cities like San Francisco. Natural resources in different parts of the country as well as financial and human resources along with circumstances spawned tremendously fast growth in certain areas. Why? Financial institutions and ports also could be examined as to how certain communities thrive and some don’t.”
Ordinary Guys: (Anti-)Intellectualism in American History
Jon wrote: “When did it become so uncool to be smart in America? When did being supremely educated become a red flag of “elitism” rather than, oh, I don’t know, something that might make you aptly qualified to lead? Has this always been the case?”