BackStory Celebrates 10 Years With a Look Back and a New Prize in the Latest Episode

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BackStory, an American history podcast produced by Virginia Humanities, releases “The BackStory Prize: Our Choice for the Best Public History Project in America.”

Corridor 3 at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Photo credit: Equal Justice Initiative ∕ Human Pictures)

Corridor 3 at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Photo credit: Equal Justice Initiative ∕ Human Pictures)

BackStory celebrated ten years of American history audio storytelling by establishing an important new prize - the BackStory Prize for Public History.

BackStory, an American history podcast produced by Virginia Humanities, releases “The BackStory Prize: Our Choice for the Best Public History Project in America.”

BackStory celebrated ten years of American history audio storytelling by establishing an important new prize - the BackStory Prize for Public History – and made a show about it. In the episode, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman, Nathan Connolly and special guest judges Margot Lee Shetterly (author of Hidden Figures) and actor Chris Jackson (who played George Washington in “Hamilton” on Broadway) discuss the exhibitions, books, websites and museums that competed to become the winner of the first ever BackStory Prize.

The BackStory Prize: Our Choice for the Best Public History Project in America,” is available now. Find it and every episode of BackStory on the website (http://www.BackStoryRadio.org) or on popular podcatchers including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. BackStory publishes every week at noon and is available for free.

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About BackStory: BackStory brings historical perspective to the America of today. Each week, U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly look at current issues and trace them back to their roots in American history. From the days of the Early Republic to the 21st century, BackStory reveals the connections (and disconnections) between the past and the present. BackStory makes history accessible for listeners – not only in the United States, but around the globe.

BackStory is available for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and other apps. Get new episodes delivered directly to your device by following BackStory on your preferred podcatcher. New to podcasts? Just search for BackStory (and look for the blue logo in the “Society and Culture” category) and then click “Subscribe.”

About Virginia Humanities: Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. As the state humanities council, Virginia Humanities reaches millions in its estimated annual audience through festivals, grants, fellowships, digital initiatives, teacher institutes, radio programs, podcasts, apprenticeships, and school programs. Headquartered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia Humanities endeavors to serve Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth. To learn more visit VirginiaHumanities.org.

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