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Caption: A version of Barnum's Feejee Mermaid. It may actually be his... in true Barnum fashion, the origins are unknown.
In America, you can be anything you want to be. Or anyone. Literally. So on this edition of BackStory, we dig into the long story of confidence men...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WRGY, RadioFreePalmer, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WEZU and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Pedro Pan girls, Florida City, Fla., 1962.  , Credit: Courtesy of Ileana Ortega Menéndez.
Stories about the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S./Mexico border filled news pages this summer. It’s often been referred to as an im...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Academic Gowns, American Usage,” chromolithographic print by Julius Bien & Co., 1903.
Fall's here, and all across the country, college students are returning to campus - and so is BackStory. Last year, President Obama proposed sweepi...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WRGY, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KBRP Community Radio, WRIR and more


  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The police in Gary, Ind., 1908, Credit: Library of Congress
Brian Balogh speaks with former Senator Fred Harris about the commission convened by President Lyndon Johnson in the dark days of the 1967 Detroit ...

Bought by KVSC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 10:24
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The police in Gary, Ind., 1908, Credit: Library of Congress
For many Americans, the storyline that played out on August 9th in Ferguson, Mo. — when an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white polic...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WXDU, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KBRP Community Radio, WRIR and more


  • Added: Sep 19, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: The mountain pass, Sierra Nevada, Credit: Library of Congress
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, BackStory heads into the wilderness, exploring Americans’ fascination with, and fear of, wi...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Victory of the USS Constitution over the HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812, by Anton Otto Fischer, Credit: U.S. Navy - Naval Historical Center
Two hundred years ago this month, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the War of 1812 raged around him. But few Americans know mu...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Depiction of the 1833 Leonid meteor storm, in Bible Readings for the Home Circle (1889).
On this episode of BackStory, we’re taking on space. From Cotton Mather’s list of every comet since the beginning of time (415, to be exact), to th...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Depiction of the 1833 Leonid meteor storm. , Credit: Bible Readings for the Home Circle (1889).
Americans have had an ongoing fascination with the skies above us, so in this episode, we’re taking on space. How have people made sense of meteors...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KBRP Community Radio, and WRGY


  • Added: Aug 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Depiction of the 1833 Leonid meteor storm, in Bible Readings for the Home Circle (1889).
30-second promo for "Starry-Eyed: A History of the Heavens," with a 5 second hole for station-specific time/date tag

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas Nast, "The Brains", Credit: Wikimedia Commons
It’s a worry as old as the Republic: Do politicians look out for the public good, or their own private interests? But what exactly Americans consid...

Bought by XRAY.fm, WEZU, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KBRP Community Radio, WRPI and more


  • Added: Aug 08, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Thomas Nast, "The Brains", Credit: Wikimedia Commons
30-second promo for BackStory episode, 'On the Take: Corruption in America,' with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag. Ful...

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 05, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ansel Adams, Boulder Dam 1941, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Western U.S. is in the grip of a punishing drought. Reservoir levels are dropping, and farmers are struggling to ensure water access for their ...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Ansel Adams, Boulder Dam 1941, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Western U.S. is in the grip of a punishing drought. Reservoir levels are dropping, and farmers are struggling to ensure water access for their ...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, Capital Public Radio, KBRP Community Radio, WRGY, KUOW and more


  • Added: Aug 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Ansel Adams, Boulder Dam 1941, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
30-second promo for BackStory episode, 'Tapped Out: Thirsting For Fresh Water,' with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag. ...

Bought by Capital Public Radio and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 30, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
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Episode #3 travels into the realm of memory as Howard Nemerov and Gwendolyn Brooks read poems about childhood and the fleeting nature of time.

Bought by XRAY.fm, WTJU, KYRS, KFAI, KMXT and more


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 14:20
  • Purchases: 6
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Episode #2 takes listeners on several poetry journeys: to Africa with James Baldwin and on an interplanetary rocket-poem trip with Allen Ginsberg a...

Bought by XRAY.fm, PRX Remix, KYRS, KFAI, KMXT and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 21:26
  • Purchases: 7
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Episode #1 explores how poetry enables people to channel the voices of others and features excerpts from Studs Terkel’s interviews with Elma Stucke...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KYRS, KMXT, KFAI, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 15:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: pork walk, Credit: archive
Passions for food and music shine through the nation of Catalunya.The traditional, the innovative, the very local and the trans-Mediterranian fusio...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
Caption: Warren Krane
Commander Warren Krane and the crew of the Peregrine arrive at Hermitage Station in a remote region of space to attend an Officer's Ball where the ...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2013
  • Length: 21:58
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Host Brian Balough explores the meaning of "wartime" with Mary Dudziak, an historian at Emory University's School of Law. Well after V-J Day, Dudz...

Bought by WEZU, Radio Newark, KBRP Community Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 10:50
  • Purchases: 4
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Host Peter Onuf talks with Amy Greenberg, an historian at Pennsylvania State University, on the rogue diplomat that ended the Mexican-American War ...

Bought by Radio Newark and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 11:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Presbyterian church in Vardy, Tennessee, was a community center for some Melungeon families. , Credit: Mary Helen Miller
The Melungeons were a mixed-race group in southern Appalachia with an elusive history. Now some Melungeon descendants are looking to DNA testing fo...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Feb 12, 2013
  • Length: 16:56
  • Purchases: 1
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John Guare's story of connection and deception.

Bought by KRCB, KWMR, KKRN, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW and more


  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Are you mom enough? That's the question being posed to mothers across Tennessee and the nation this week by a controversial TIME...

  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 02:08