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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. *

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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. *

    #165 Saving America’s Cities w/ Lizabeth Cohen

    #165 Saving America’s Cities w/ Lizabeth Cohen

    The suburbanization of the American landscape after World War II left the country’s urban centers in crisis. Revitalizing cities was no easy task, and many of the most inspiring plans for reconstructing America’s urban space went unfulfilled. These visions may have never come to fruition, but Lizabeth Cohen says there is much to learn from the visionaries. Dr. Cohen joins us for a conversation about her new book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #164 What('s) A Disaster

    #164 What('s) A Disaster

    Disasters abound, and what comes next is all about making good decisions. Ben talks about the Nashville tornado of 1998, the Nashville tornado of 2020, and the coronavirus, and Dr. Andy Bruno shares his expertise on the origins of natural disasters and what we can learn from studying them in history.

    • 33 min
    The History of Coal w/ Chuck Keeney

    The History of Coal w/ Chuck Keeney

    Bob and Ben speak w/ Chuck Keeney about the history of coal in the United States. Chuck explains the ways that the coal industry has shaped not only the physical landscape of mining towns, but also, through lobbying efforts and information campaigns, the way we understand our nation’s history. Chuck is uniquely qualified to tell the story of coal- he had a PhD in history from West Virginia Univ. & is the great-grandson of coal miner/ labor organizer Frank Keeney.

    • 36 min
    #163 The Avett Brothers Archive w/ Tim Mossberger

    #163 The Avett Brothers Archive w/ Tim Mossberger

    Tim Mossberger talks about how he became the Avett Archivist, where he gets his rare items, and how he processes, preserves, and organizes the massive amount of material he’s acquired over the years. Bob and Tim also talk about the history of The Avett Brothers & the turning points that helped the band bring their music to a wider audience.

    • 49 min
    #162 The Presidents’ Day Rundown

    #162 The Presidents’ Day Rundown

    The Road to Now is celebrating our fourth Presidents’ Day by launching our first Presidents’ Day episode! To mark this momentous occasion, Bob and Ben both sat down with a list of three significant moments in presidential history and discussed how they changed the country. Are there Roosevelts? Yes. Are there presidents born in three different centuries? Yes. Should you listen instead of asking any more question? Yes! We hope you enjoy the episode! Edited by Gary Fletcher & part of the Osiris Network.

    • 43 min
    #161 Food in the Era of Adulteration w/ Benjamin Cohen

    #161 Food in the Era of Adulteration w/ Benjamin Cohen

    When it comes to food, knowing what you’re getting can be tricky. On the surface, words such as “pure” and “natural” seem straightforward, yet defining them in the modern world has required experts, laws, & administrative structures. In this episode, Bob & Ben speak with Dr. Benjamin Cohen about the pure food crusades of the late nineteenth century, the origins of the Food & Drug Administration (1906), and the lessons this era offers us as we seek to make decisions about food policy in the 21st ce

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Coxeyjohn ,

Wow.

I’ve been listening to these guys for a few weeks now (I’ve listened to Bob for a number of years now because He plays lead bass in “The Avett Brothers”). I had the pure pleasure of seeing Ben and Bob live at a local venue in NC called “Cats Cradle”. They have such a good dynamic of flow and knowledge and their guests are always great to listen to aswell. If you love American history and how we got to where we are now in our nation, consider giving these two the listen that they deserve. Thanks so much gentlemen!

Much love.

- Johnny C. from “States Away Podcast “

Kylet66 ,

Brain power!

I will start by saying I am a HUGE Avett Brothers fan and that is how I heard of this podcast. Following the band and wanting to know a little more about Bob brought me here, who knew. This podcast is amazing! Such open discussions on topics I care about and spun around a country I love. There is so much intelligence here but also just down to earth information without screaming opinions or pushing a agenda! Intelligent, down to earth discussions...I’m addicted!

Sayruhbeth ,

Wide range of topics

You can easily find something that sparks your interest, and once you listen to one episode, it’s easy to get hooked. Bob and Ben are engaging hosts who ask great questions. And Ben’s infectious laugh gets me every time. Definitely recommend.

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