60 episodes

Roundhouse Crosstalk is a Podcast hosted by the California State Railroad Museum located in Sacramento California. Our lives are made of railroad stories, and we tell the stories of the railroad through the stories of people. Roundhouse Crosstalk amplifies the stories of people whose jobs, experiences, and legacy intersect with the history of the railroad.

Roundhouse Crosstalk CSRM

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Roundhouse Crosstalk is a Podcast hosted by the California State Railroad Museum located in Sacramento California. Our lives are made of railroad stories, and we tell the stories of the railroad through the stories of people. Roundhouse Crosstalk amplifies the stories of people whose jobs, experiences, and legacy intersect with the history of the railroad.

    Train Stories: Railroads in Kids Books

    Train Stories: Railroads in Kids Books

    In this episode of Roundhouse Crosstalk we interview Lev Grossman and Sam Sedgman, two bestselling children's book authors, about how they use the railroad in their stories and what the railroad means to them. For more Roundhouse Crosstalk follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more please visit our website: https://anchor.fm/california-state-railroad   



    For more information about the books discussed in this podcast please visit: https://levgrossman.com & https://samsedgman.com

    • 42 min
    Train Songs That Tell the Story of the South with Professor Scott Huffard

    Train Songs That Tell the Story of the South with Professor Scott Huffard

    Join us for this week’s episode of Roundhouse Crosstalk, where we trace the changing relationship between the American South and the railroad through song. Both the railroad and the South have become symbols of the past in the American psyche. How did this association come to be and what can music teach us about it? Stay tuned to find out!

    You can read Professor Huffard’s article, “Ten Train Songs that Tell the Story of the South,” here: https://bittersoutherner.com/ten-train-songs-that-tell-the-story-of-the-south

    You can follow Professor Huffard on twitter here: https://twitter.com/shuffard

    You can access Professor Huffard's website here: https://scotthuffard.wordpress.com/

    • 48 min
    Local Resilience: The Solano Train Ferry and Technological Progress

    Local Resilience: The Solano Train Ferry and Technological Progress

    Join us for this week's episode of Roundhouse Crosstalk, where we interview Leann S. Taagepera a student in the California State University Sonoma Cultural Resources Management Program. The California State Railroad Museum has partnered with California State Universities to provide students with a platform to create and showcase digital exhibits for our museum. This episode looks at the Solano Train Ferry and its unique place in local and regional history. It offers us a chance to look at how communities interact and respond to technological change. 



    Solano Train Ferry Digital Exhibit: https://express.adobe.com/page/PYBA6LKpCYnAi/

    More Student Digital Exhibits: https://www.californiarailroad.museum/education/laboratory-of-learning-1/student-exhibits

    • 20 min
    Railroad Time: The Railroad and the Invention of Time Zones

    Railroad Time: The Railroad and the Invention of Time Zones

    Join us for this week's episode of Roundhouse Crosstalk! Have you ever wondered how timezones got their shape? Or if time was always so important to people? Were cavemen running around worried about being late? Well, in this week's episode we speak with Dr. Scott Johnston about his new book The Clocks Are Telling Lies. We discuss the invention of standard time and its connection to railroad history as well as look at different proposed models of universal time keeping. 



    The Clocks Are Telling Lies: https://www.amazon.com/Clocks-are-Telling-Lies-Construction/dp/0228008433

    • 36 min
    Music in Kansas City: The Railroad and Entertainment

    Music in Kansas City: The Railroad and Entertainment

    Tune in to this week’s episode of Roundhouse Crosstalk, where we talk about the history of Kansas City’s music scene in relation to its development as a railroad town with Dr. Gabriella Roderer. What happens to the music scene when the railroad comes to town? And what can the changes in Kansas City tell us about the rest of America?

    You can find Dr. Roderer's website here: https://www.gabriellaroderer.com/

    • 44 min
    The Life of the Rich and Famous: A Pride Month Exploration of the Lives of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg with Tony Reevy

    The Life of the Rich and Famous: A Pride Month Exploration of the Lives of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg with Tony Reevy

    Welcome to Roundhouse Crosstalk! June is Pride Month, so for this week’s episode we talk with Tony Reevy, author of The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, about Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, owners of the Gold Coast private rail car we have right here at the museum. Beebe and Clegg were not only influential train photographers, but also icons of high society and some of the earliest and most famous gay men to live openly in American history. Stay tuned to find out more about Lucius Beebe’s celebrity lifestyle as well as his influence on railroad photography.

    You can find Tony Reevy’s book here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-railroad-photography-of-lucius-beebe-and-charles-clegg-tony-reevy/1127691228

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

joyandrews ,

Very informative

I enjoy the episodes and can’t wait for more.

lizlovelight ,

Great context

Please, Host, stop saying “umhmm” or “wow” or “yeah” let your guest talk, you don’t need to say anything to encourage them. If you must, nod to them but don’t say anything. It’s soooo distracting. Don’t make a noise unless you’re adding to the conversation

OscAIba ,

Love it

Very well explained

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