BackStory http://wmra.org en Stars & Tsars http://wmra.org/post/stars-tsars <p>In the past year, the White House and the Kremlin have sparred over Syria, the Winter Olympics, and now, the crisis in Ukraine. It can be tempting to view these events through the familiar lens of the Cold War, but in this episode, the History Guys probe the deeper history of our relationship with Russia — and discover moments of comity as well as conflict.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 39356 at http://wmra.org Stars & Tsars Dust to Dust http://wmra.org/post/dust-dust <p>Scientists project that nearly 20,000 species across the globe are at a high risk of extinction, and that within the next 300 years, some 75 percent of all mammals could completely disappear from Earth.&nbsp;Experts say that we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction of life on earth. And what distinguishes it from the previous five extinctions is that it is being caused by humans.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38693 at http://wmra.org Dust to Dust Responsibility to Protect? http://wmra.org/post/responsibility-protect-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5em">In 1898, President McKinley called for war with Spain to liberate Cuba from the “barbarities, bloodshed, starvation, and horrible miseries now existing there”—offering a humanitarian justification that has underpinned other interventions, from Haiti in 1915 to Libya in 2011. But in 1994, President Clinton took a stance against intervening in Rwanda, even as the scale of the humanitarian crisis there became clear. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38382 at http://wmra.org Responsibility to Protect? Responsibility to Protect? http://wmra.org/post/responsibility-protect <p>With President Obama making the case for military action against Syria, <em>BackStory<b> </b></em>takes on the history of humanitarian intervention. In 1898, President McKinley called for war with Spain to liberate Cuba from the “barbarities, bloodshed, starvation, and horrible miseries now existing there” – offering the kind of humanitarian rhetoric that has come up time and time again in American history, justifying numerous interventions around the world – from Haiti in 1915 to Libya in 2011.&nbsp;But where does the idea of a humanitarian obligation originate? Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38042 at http://wmra.org Responsibility to Protect? Wage Hikes: A History of Getting Paid http://wmra.org/post/wage-hikes-history-getting-paid <p>In February, President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers. With minimum wage increases being debated in 24 states, Obama is also calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage for all workers — even as the CBO estimates that such a move could cost the economy 500,000 jobs. On this episode of BackStory, we’re exploring the history of American thinking about wage work. We’ll hear how the early colonies shifted away from indentured servitude, and toward racially-based slavery. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 37726 at http://wmra.org Wage Hikes: A History of Getting Paid Outed: Sexual Identity in America http://wmra.org/post/outed-sexual-identity-america <p>As the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach, countries around the world have expressed concerns over Russian legislation outlawing LGBTQ “propaganda.” The Obama administration called the law offensive, and the president pointedly chose several openly gay athletes for the US Olympic delegation. But recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage have highlighted our own internal debate on sexuality and its expression in the public sphere. So in this episode, we explore&nbsp;the often hidden stories of sexuality in American history.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 wmra 35551 at http://wmra.org Outed: Sexual Identity in America Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth http://wmra.org/post/independence-daze-history-july-fourth <p>In the early days <span class="nfakPe">of</span> our nation, <span class="nfakPe">July</span> Fourth wasn&rsquo;t an official holiday at all. In fact, it wasn&rsquo;t until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. So how did the Fourth become the holiest day on our secular calendar? Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:34:26 +0000 Matt Bingay 9141 at http://wmra.org New Weekend Schedule for WMRA http://wmra.org/post/new-weekend-schedule-wmra <p>WMRA is offering some exciting new weekend programs. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:17:19 +0000 Matt Bingay 8379 at http://wmra.org New Weekend Schedule for WMRA