"BackStory with the American History Guys"--a new history-based public radio show produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and hosted by historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh--announces that a show on the history of populism in America is in the works. (Find more general information about "BackStory" at www.backstoryradio.org.)
Here is a short description of what we're up to with the "Populism" episode:
The Extraordinariness of the Ordinary: Populism in America
Joe the Plumber and his geographic equivalent, “Main Street,” were both major figures in Election ‘08. “We the People” have finally spoken and… wait a second, who’s “we” and what did “we” say, anyway? On this show, we’ll explore the many faces of populism — that notion of the power of ordinariness that Americans have both idealized and feared. We’ll ask how a term describing a 19th century agrarian reform movement came to stand in for the interests of average Americans, and explore the connections between populism and American religion. Was our Revolution the work of The People or a few powerful people? How, historically, have we translated “the voice of the people” into a language that makes sense to all of us?
"BackStory" is a call-in show, and invites your participation. Being a caller takes about ten minutes and involves posing a question or comment regarding the history of populism to the show's hosts and then sticking around for the conversation to follow. The discussion is taped, not live. In addition, if the history of populism in America is your field of study, producers invite your ideas and comments. Recording sessions will be held on the morning of December 5th.
PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO CATHERINE MOORE (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR POST A COMMENT ON www.backstoryradio.org IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING. Feel free to forward this message to anyone who may be interested.
The conversation begins on "BackStory"'s website--leave us a comment and see what others are saying at www.backstoryradio.org. We hope to hear from you soon!
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BackStory With the American History Guys
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