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Bob Crawford (The Avett Brothers) & Dr. Ben Sawyer (MTSU History) share conversations with great thinkers from a variety of backgrounds – historians, artists, legal scholars, political figures and more –who help us uncover the many roads that run between past and present.

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    • 4.8 • 427 Ratings

Bob Crawford (The Avett Brothers) & Dr. Ben Sawyer (MTSU History) share conversations with great thinkers from a variety of backgrounds – historians, artists, legal scholars, political figures and more –who help us uncover the many roads that run between past and present.

For more information, visit TheRoadToNow.com
If you'd like to support our work, join us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheRoadToNow

    Catching Up w/ Heather Cox Richardson

    Catching Up w/ Heather Cox Richardson

    Heather Cox Richardson returns to the show to talk history, politics, and life in general. Heather shares her thoughts on what history has to teach us about navigating division and finding unity, the sources she thinks are critical in following US policy, and why she remains optimistic despite increasing polarization in American society. She also discusses what she’s learned from her public engagement work on facebook and from “Letters From an American,” where she has published her thoughts daily for over two years now.
    Dr. Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and co-host of the Now & Then podcast (w/ Joanne Freeman). She is also the author of multiple books including West From Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War (Yale Univ. Press, 2008) and, most recently, How the South Won the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2000). You can follow her on twitter at @HC_Richardson.
    If you enjoy this episode, check out our previous conversations w/ Heather Cox Richardson in RTN episode #177 How the South Won the Civil War and #38 The History of the Republican Party.
    This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

    • 55 min
    Primary Problems w/ Brian Rosenwald

    Primary Problems w/ Brian Rosenwald

    Brian Rosenwald joins Bob and Ben to talk about the state of American political media, its impact on the divide between Democrats & Republicans, and how the party primary election process in most states exacerbates the problem. Brian also discusses his book Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took over a Political Party that Took Over the United States, (Harvard University Press, 2019) and how his conclusions are holding up three years after publication.
    Dr. Brian Rosenwald is scholar in Residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Media Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and senior editor of Made By History, a Washington Post history section. You can follow him on twitter at @brianros1.
    If you enjoy this episode, check out Brian’s previous appearances on the Road to Now in episodes #30 The Origins of Conservative Talk Radio and #142 How Talk Radio Took Over the Republican Party.
    This episode was edited by Ben Sawyer.
     
     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Origins of American Immigration Policy w/ Hidetaka Hirota

    The Origins of American Immigration Policy w/ Hidetaka Hirota

    Hidetaka Hirota joins Bob and Ben for a conversation about the history of immigration law in the United States and the ways that government officials have decided who could and could not enter the United States. Hidetaka discusses the creation of Federal immigration law and the ways that looking at state immigration policies in the early to mid-19th century can help us understand the Immigration and Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882.
    Dr. Hidetaka Hirota is Associate Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley who specializes in the history of US immigration. His book Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) has won multiple awards.
    Want to support The Road to Now and get extra episodes and other content? Join us on Patreon!
    This is a rebroadcast of RTN #126 which originally aired on April 8, 2019. This rebroadcast was edited by Ben Sawyer.

    • 45 min
    The 6th Anniversary Show w/ Matt Negrin

    The 6th Anniversary Show w/ Matt Negrin

    The Road to Now just celebrated its 6 year anniversary, so we invited our old friend (and all-time record holder for most RTN appearances) Matt Negrin to join us for a conversation about what's happening in the world and how to deal with it. Along the way, our Associate Producer, Gary Fletcher drops in for an update, and our friend (and long-time Patron) Fig White gets surprisingly brought into the conversation as well.
    Click here to watch the video of this episode on YouTube.
    Like a lot of anniversaries, this episode went to some surprising and unplanned places, but we'll be back to business as usual next week!
    This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

    • 50 min
    Attention

    Attention

    Bob and Ben catch up to talk about Jonathan Haidt’s recent article in the May issue of The Atlantic, “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” and their take on the problems of social media and the solutions posed by Haidt and others.
    This episode was edited by Ben Sawyer

    • 29 min
    Freedom of Speech w/ Lynn Greenky

    Freedom of Speech w/ Lynn Greenky

    The first amendment right to the freedom of speech is a cornerstone of American liberty, but this broad principle becomes a bit narrower when put into practice. Why, for example, is burning an American flag in protest protected by the first amendment but burning your draft card is not? Lynn Greenky, whose new book When Freedom Speaks: The Boundaries and Boundlessness of our First Amendment Rights joins Ben and Bob to answer these questions and others in a master session on the freedom of speech.
    Lynn Greenky is a former lawyer and current teaching professor in Syracuse University’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, where she teaches a course on the First Amendment. Her book, When Freedom Speaks, will be available on May 15th from Brandeis University Press and can be pre-ordered from her website, LynnGreenky.com.
    This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
427 Ratings

427 Ratings

JonR79 ,

Good Show

I love listening to this show and learning about various historical subjects from various perspectives. I look forward to new episodes every Monday when I wake up! So glad I found this podcast a few years back when they did a segment on SiriusXM POTUS channel.

Seahawksfan73 ,

One of the better history pods available

Excellent podcast with interesting subjects. Love how they let guests explain their answers rather than cutting them off. Show also does not come off as overtly political which can be hard to find.

Lisa@1969 ,

Episode 220

Really enjoyed this one! Made me want to revisit the museum.

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