History on the Air

This will come as no news to many, but a relatively new radio show features the talents of three prominent historians.

What a terrific way to get the larger public to think historically. The summary from the website runs:

BackStory is a brand-new public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are.

See also this interesting piece on the History Guys that appeared in the Chronicle, Jeffrey R. Young, Drive-Time History, With a Dry Sense of Humor, 20 July 2009.