The Road to Now is a series of conversations that trace the historical roots of today’s events. Hosted by Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers & Dr. Benjamin Sawyer of Middle Tennessee State University, this podcast brings exceptional guests to the table to answer pressing questions and explain how our shared and personal past shape the world today. A member of the Osiris Podcast Network. *
The Rise and Fall of the American Suburbs w/ Kyle Riismandel
In the years after World War II, Americans moved to the suburbs in search of the peace and safety that many came to equate with the “American Dream.” By the end of the 1970s, however, suburbanites had come sense that their privileged was under siege from satanic cults, drug dealers and kidnappers. In this episode, Bob and Ben talk w/ Kyle Riismandel whose new book Neighborhood of Fear examines how Americans responded to the real & perceived threats of suburban life and in doing so changed American polit
Understanding the American Rescue Plan Act w/ Erlinda Doherty
The $1.9 billion stimulus plan that President Biden signed into law on March 11th has implications for everyone in the United States, but understanding it isn’t easy. In this episode we speak with Erlinda Doherty, who is Director of the Budgets and Revenue Committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) to find out more about how this plan is playing out at the state level and what it can tell us about American politics today.
The History of Financial Bubbles w/ William Quinn
Market bubbles can make and break fortunes, and which side of things you end up on has everything to do with what you’re holding when the bubble busts. But what separates a bubble from sensible investing? It’s always hard to tell in the moment, but history has some valuable lessons. In this episode, Ben talks with Dr. William Quinn, whose new book Boom and Bust lays out a brilliant formula for understanding the causes of financial bubbles and examines some of the biggest examples in history.
Gerd Schroth's Road from Child of Nazi Germany to American Citizen
he horrors of the Nazis and the destruction they left behind is something most of us learned about in history class, but for Gerd Schroth it is the story of his childhood. Born in Germany in 1938, Gerd came of age on the scorched earth left behind by the German war machine. Seventy-six years after the end of World War II, Gerd is still writing the story of his life. In this episode we revisit Gerd's personal story of life as a child of Nazi Germany, refugee, immigrant, and now, American Citizen.
A Conversation with Ken Burns
Ken Burns joins Bob and Ben for a conversation about American history and the themes he sees playing out in the US today. Ken shares his process for selecting subjects and explains how his new film Hemingway highlights the author's individual genius while also revealing the universal aspects of life that we share. We also discuss how our time & place shape what we see in history, the importance of acknowledging both the light and dark in the past, and why much of life’s meaning comes from the struggle.
American Militias w/ Amy Cooter
Bob and Ben talk with Dr. Amy Cooter, a sociologist at Vanderbilt University whose research examines American militias. Amy shares what she’s learned in the hundreds of hours she’s spent interviewing American militia members, how it can help us moving forward, and how different “nostalgic groups” have mobilized to defend their vision of America. She also explains the links between Waco, Ruby Ridge, and other events in the 1990s and the nostalgic groups of today.
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I am ashamed that it took me so long to donate and become a member. After spending most of my younger life in public school before finishing it off with Catholic guilt my understanding of history was a bit warped. This is more evident the older I get and the kids ask questions about the history of the US. Listening to this podcast and reading several books from authors on here I feel I starting to get a grasp on the founding of this country. Keep it up!
Coming Together with History
This podcast is like hanging out with some guys over beer, having the greatest, warmest conversation - and then you find out you’re friends with university professors. And they’re just guys you know. Based in the south (and southerners are the best story tellers!) this pod gets me out of the “coastal” mindset and takes me to a wonderful part of the country where life is recalled and shared in a different way. The conversations bring new perspectives and leaves you feeling relaxed and a little smarter. (You aren’t left alarmed with visions of doom.) Time to look forward to and really get connected.
Militia episode was great... they all are
maybe take it down a notch on the “listening is not agreeing” sentiment that was voiced a few times. Nobody is mistaking you for being a pro militia podcast.