In the “American Tapestry: We Tell Ourselves Stories”, Andrew Roth explores the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking “What is the ‘story of America’? Is there such a thing? Is there only one story, or are there many stories? If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?”
Ep 22 - American Freedom Holidays
This episode, which first aired in July, 2021, asks “Who was Francis Scott Key and why did he write ‘The Defence of Fort McHenry’ and how did that become ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’”? Which child of immigrants wrote “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “The Washington Post March”? Which other immigrant wrote “God Bless America”? And who was “the Yankee Doodle Dandy” who wrote “It’s a Grand Old Flag”? And who was Katharine Lee Bates, the poet Boston.com called “a gay, feminist badass from Massachusetts” who wrote “America the Beautiful”? Like they say on the late night infomercials, ‘all this and more’ as we explore American patriotic music and the freedom of which it sings – American freedom holidays on The American Tapestry Project.
Ep 21 - Baseball Music: An American Art Form
This episode of The American Tapestry Project explores that uniquely American art form – baseball music. From 1858’s “The Baseball Polka” to the Dropkick Murphy’s 21st century punk rock recreation of the Boston Red Sox’s “Tessie”, we’ll hear the music and learn the backstory behind some classic American tunes celebrating America’s grand old game – baseball. “All this and more”, as they say on late night TV, on Episode 22 of The American Tapestry Project.
Ep 20 - Hiding in Plain Sight: Benjamin Franklin
This episode of The American Tapestry Project explores the story of Benjamin Franklin – Hiding in Plain Sight. We’ll explore and ask “who was this man whose name you probably know as well as your own but about whom you probably know very little at all? We’ll ask and answer “who was this son of an immigrant candle maker and his wife, who, born into obscurity, upon his death was one of the most famous men in the world? “All this and more”, as they say on late night TV, on Episode 20 of The American Tapestry Project.
Ep 19 - Women In History
This episode of The American Tapestry Project celebrates Women’s History Month by telling the stories of four 19th century women who changed America. Tune in and meet Margaret Fuller, Sarah Josepha Hale and Lydia Maria Child. Never heard of them? All the more reason to hear their stories and how they prepared the way for the modern American woman. Fuller, Hale, Stone and Child – four names you need to know! “All this and more”, as they say on late night TV, on Episode 20 of The American Tapestry Project.
Ep 18 - Happy New Year & Auld Lang Syne
This episode of The American Tapestry Project continues exploring those things Americans love in common – holidays! In this episode we look at the history of New Year’s celebrations, ask why champagne, where did New Year’s resolutions begin, are there any great New Year’s tunes, who was Robert Burns and what does Auld Lang Syne mean, where did it originate and what is its definitive version? All this and more” on Episode 18 of The American Tapestry Project.
Ep 17 - A-Caroling We Will Go: American Christmas Carols
This episode of The American Tapestry Project continues exploring those things Americans love in common – holidays! Today we’re going caroling looking into the history of American Christmas carols – both religious and festive. What was the first American carol? Is it true “Jingle Bells” was written as a drinking song for hot-rodding sleigh racers? How is it that many of the iconic American Christmas songs were written by Jewish artists. Yes, a-caroling we will go discovering the back story to many of America’s best loved Christmas songs. All this and more” on Episode 17 of The American Tapestry Project.
5 Star Podcast
I have learned so much with this podcast. Dr. Roth’s storytelling of America is incredible! A joy to listen to.
Andy does a great job detailing our American History, how it ties together and how it brings us to where we are today.