Rachel Quimby, Associate Producer of the new history-focused radio show BackStory, has submitted this description of the program. Readers of the Encyclopedia Virginia blog should check it out . . .
VFH radio is proud to announce the launch of BackStory with the American History Guys—the nation’s ONLY call-in history show! Each week, renowned (but never stuffy) historians Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh rip a topic from the headlines and find its connections (and sometimes its disconnections) to the past.
Still not sure what to expect?
Tony, BackStory’s Senior Producer, likes to think of the show as a ride down a dirt road in the flatbed of an old Chevy pickup truck . . . driven by three really smart historians.
Andrew, BackStory’s Executive Producer, sees it more as a great conversation with three pals (one of whom is a university president) around the kitchen table.
As for me—I don’t much care for similes (but I admit to having thought of the show as a moist towelette for the mind).
My grandmother, on the other hand, said this: “The BackStory brings me such naches—I laughed ’til I plotzed. May it be around for a thousand years. Kenehora. Though it’s a shanda my Rachel’s in radio. She’s got such a shayna punim.
Join us as we plumb history’s depths!
IMAGE: The History Guys (l to r) Onuf, Balough, and Ayers