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 Insurrection Episode
Bob Crawford is back, so he and Ben decided to take an episode to talk about recent political developments and where they (might) fit into our historical narrative.
Dark Archives w/ Megan Rosenbloom
Megan Rosenbloom joins Ben and guest cohost Tanya Marsh for a discussion about her new book Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020). Megan built a team of experts to test the validity of books claimed to be covered in the skin of human beings and traveled the world to find out more about the people and processes that led to both real and debunked works of anthropodermic bibliopegy.
Pragmatic History w/ Bill Scher
Journalist Bill Scher joins Ben for a conversation about political pragmatism and the accomplishments that come from compromise and playing the long game when it comes to institutional change. Bill also talks about how his life as a journalist led him to create his new podcast, When America Worked, which focuses on the people whose achievements were accomplished through pragmatism. Episode 1 “He Saved the World: Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.” is out now and available anywhere you get The Road to Now.
The History of Santa Claus and Christmas Culture w/ James Cooper
Ben and Bob caught up with Christmas expert James Cooper to find out the origins of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and all the other parts of Christmas that most of us take for granted. James explains how Santa Claus and Christmas traditions evolved around the world, and how a man who lived almost 2,000 years ago became one of the most recognizable characters in American culture.
(This is a rebroadcast of RTN #82, which originally aired in Dec. 2017)
The President’s Cabinet w/ Lindsay Chervinsky
Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky joins us to talk about the origins of the President’s cabinet and how the decisions George Washington made have outlasted his time in office by more than 200 years. We also discuss the changing role of the executive and why delaying the transition between incoming and outgoing Presidential administrations can have serious consequences for national security. Dr. Chervinsky's new book The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution is out now.
The History of the Lumbee Indians w/ Malinda Maynor Lowery
The Lumbee are the largest Indian tribe east of the Mississippi, and while few are familiar with their story, Lumbee history is remarkable both in itself and as a way to more richly understand the United States in general. In this episode we speak with UNC-Chapel Hill historian Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, whose life as a member of the Lumbee Tribe and a scholar who specializes in Native American history have made her a leading voice for the Lumbee community.
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Just finished The Insurrection episode. Another consistently great one. Great to hear intelligent people sharing logical opinions. Congrats on your masters Bob!
Interesting Topics & Strong Delivery
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I love RTN! This podcast has something for everyone. Super interesting conversation and backstory on topics relevant today.