Promos for Upcoming Shows

Series produced by BackStory with the American History Guys

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Promos for stations airing upcoming episodes of BackStory with the American History Guys.

New promos will come out every Monday on this page.

New episodes launch every Friday. To hear our most recent episode, click here.


42 Pieces

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Caption: "Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln," ca. 1920, Credit: Library of Congress
With Halloween coming up, and vampires or zombies regularly topping the box office, it seems Americans can't get enough of all things spooky. This ...

Bought by Louisville Public Media


  • Added: Oct 16, 2013
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Player for the Chicago Kent College of Law indoor baseball team, 1910 , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Turf War: A History of College Sports [2014]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/dat...

Bought by WUFT and KALW


  • Added: Mar 18, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: “Victory! Congress Passes Daylight Saving Bill,” detail from 1918 lithograph, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "On the Clock: A (Brief) History of Time [2014]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/d...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: The Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, decked out for the 1959 Academy Awards, Credit: UCLA Library
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "The 2014 Oscars Show," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag.

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 25, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: “The Almightier,” illustration from Puck, May 15th, 1907 , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "On the Money: A History of American Currency," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/dat...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: Detail from Chicago Department of Health vaccination poster, produced by the Works Progress Administration, late 1930s, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Contagion: Responding to Infectious Disease [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-spec...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: "Sugar - save it!" Detail from U.S. Food Administration poster, c1917, Credit: U.S. National Archives
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Sweet and Dangerous: A History of Sugar," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag.

  • Added: Feb 04, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: Affectionate Valentine couple, c1890, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Outed: Sexual Identity in America," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: Harlem Newsboy, 1943, by Gordon Parks, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Young Americans: A History of Childhood [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: Map of Mexico, 1847 , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Border Crossings: A History of US-Mexico Relations," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific ti...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: A rabbit serves a meal to three kittens (Harry Whittier Frees, c1870).
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "The Beasts Within: Domesticated Animals in America [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for stati...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: :30
Caption: New Harmony, as proposed by Robert Owen, 1838.
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/d...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: New York City policemen pour liquor into a sewer following a raid during Prohibition, c1921, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Cheers and Jeers: Alcohol in America [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific ti...

Bought by WHYY and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 24, 2013
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: “At it again,” Pope Leo XIII is depicted exerting influence “through the ballot box to the Constitution.” Puck, November 18th 1885., Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Wall of Separation: Church and State in America," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: “Testimony in the great Beecher-Tilton scandal case illustrated,” 1875 lithograph. , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Shocked and Appalled: A History of Scandal," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: President John F. Kennedy greets the crowd in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963, shortly before his assassination., Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Grassy Knolls: Conspiracy Thinking in American History," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specifi...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: Detail from 1919 Red Cross poster, “Facing the Future: Uncle Sam offers training to every man disabled in the service.”, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Coming Home: A History of War Veterans [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific ...

Bought by WLPR


  • Added: Nov 07, 2013
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 19th, 1863. , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Talk of the Nation: Oratory in America," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/date tag.

  • Added: Nov 12, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: Detail from United Cigar Stores Company lithograph, "Victory! Congress Passes Daylight Savings Time Bill," 1918, Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "On the Clock: A (Brief) History of Time [rebroadcast]," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2013
  • Length: :30
Caption: Rival factions of the Democratic Party tussle over President Martin Van Buren. Lithograph, 1837. , Credit: Library of Congress
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Splintered Parties: A History of Political Factions," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific t...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 23, 2013
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1