The Road to Now

The Road to Now
Conversations about how our shared & personal past brought us to where we are today.

#136 The City of the Future: Apex, North Carolina
Jul 15 • 39 min
Bob talks about his research on Apex, NC
#135 Surrender in the American Civil War w/ David Silkenat
Jul 8 • 45 min
Throughout the four years of the American Civil War, approximately one in four soldiers surrendered to the opposing army. In this episode, David Silkenat explains how looking at surrender as both an experience and a set of codes offers a new and insightfu
#134 The American Empire w/ Daniel Immerwahr
Jul 1 • 64 min
Is the United States an empire? Northwestern University’s Daniel Immerwahr thinks so. In this episode, he explains how this happened, the ways that US citizens have debates their country’s role in the world throughout history, and how a country born of an…
RTN Theology 10: The Life & Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jun 24 • 64 min
Bob Crawford and Chris Breslin examine the life, thought, and legacy of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Life, Beer & Politics w/ Gov. John Hickenlooper (Rebroadcast)
Jun 21 • 45 min
2020 Presidential Candidate & former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper talks about his new memoir “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics” and the ways that his peculiar & fascinating life interact with the greater history of our country.…
#133 Bonnaroo Past & Present w/ festival co-founder Ashley Capps (live from Bonnaroo)
Jun 16 • 51 min
Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps talks about the history of the festival (recorded live at Bonnaroo).
#132 In the Footsteps of Lafayette w/ Julien Icher
Jun 10 • 52 min
Julien Icher talks about his work mapping the Marquis de Lafayette’s 1824-25 farewell visit to the US as well as Lafayette’s life and contribution to both American and French history.
#131 Photographing the President w/ Pete Souza
Jun 3 • 47 min
As the person responsible for documenting the Obama Administration, Pete Souza spent more time with Barack Obama than almost anyone else. In this episode, Pete talks about his work as Chief Official White House Photographer, the state of American politics…
#130 Sources, Methods & Music w/ Robert Costa
May 28 • 58 min
Bob speaks with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa about the methods used by reporters covering the White House and Capitol Hill. Costa talks about how journalists build and maintain trust with confidential sources inside of the White House, how an…
#129 RTN Third Anniversary Party w/ Matt Negrin
May 20 • 38 min
On May 18 2016, Ben and Bob launched the first three episodes of their new podcast called The Road To Now. One of the guests in those episodes was a young journalist named Matt Negrin, who Bob met during a visit to the set of Bloomberg’s With…
#128 A Frail League of Friendship: The Articles of Confederation w/ Greg Jackson
May 6 • 60 min
In 1776, the US declared independence. Eleven years later, in 1787, delegates from 12 states (we’re looking at YOU Rhode Island) got together in Philadelphia and wrote the Constitution. In between those triumphant moments, there was the Articles of…
RTN Theology #9: Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity w/ Miguel De La Torre
Apr 29 • 36 min
In this episode of RTN Theology, Bob talks with Christian social ethicist-activist, author, and Professor at Iliff School of Theology, Dr. Miguel De La Torre. Bob and Miguel discuss liberation theology and the connection between the theology…
#127 The History of Privacy in Modern America w/ Sarah Igo
Apr 22 • 51 min
Bob & Ben speak with Vanderbilt University’s Sarah Igo to learn about the ways that Americans have claimed the right to privacy from the advent of “instant photography” in the 1890s to the rise of the internet in the 21st century.
#126 The Origins of American Immigration Policy w/ Hidetaka Hirota
Apr 8 • 47 min
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.
RTN Voices #1: The Life & Times of Rufus Allan Sevier (RTN April Fools Episode)
Apr 1 • 24 min
This episode launched April 1, 2019. It’s an April Fools trick, but we hope you enjoy it anyway! Rufus Allan Sevier was born on December 7, 1916 in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. More than a century later Rufus is in incredible health and is one…
RTN Theology #8 Elizabeth Seton and Catholics in Early America w/ Catherine O’Donnell
Mar 25 • 61 min
Bob speaks with Arizona State University Associate Professor of History Catherine O’Donnell about the prejudice Catholics endured in the years leading up to the American Revolution and how they gained the respect of George Washington as he sought French…
#125 When the Irish Invaded Canada w/ Chris Klein
Mar 18 • 46 min
In 1866, the Fenian Brotherhood, comprised primarily of Irish Civil War veterans, led a series of attacks on Canadian provinces just across the border from the United States. Their goal: seize Canadian territory and exchange it for Irish independence. In…
#124 Political Coalitions from 1990 to 2019 w/ Amy Walter
Mar 11 • 55 min
Amy Walter has been covering Congress and Congressional races since the early 1990s. In this episode, Amy joins Bob to talk about the political issues and strategies that took us from the era of Bill Clinton & Newt Gingrich to today, the reasons that…
#123 How to Tell a Good Story w/ Jakob Lewis
Mar 4 • 76 min
Ben sits down with Vox Familia’s Jakob Lewis to talk about what makes a good story.
#122 The Arctic w/ Heidi Bohaker & Alison Smith
Feb 25 • 61 min
When most of us think of the earth, we imagine going “north” as going “up.” Modern maps, however, obscure many geographic realities, including the existence of an Arctic world, which unites the US, Canada, Russia, Norway, Greenland and other countries…
RTN Theology #7 Remembering Walter B. Jones: Living by Faith and by Truth
Feb 18 • 52 min
In this episode of RTN Theology hosts Bob Crawford and Keith Larson share personal reflections on the life of North Carolina 3rd District Congressman Walter B. Jones who passed away on February 10th, 2019.
#121 Gender and History w/ Lisa Fine
Feb 11 • 60 min
Bob and Ben talk with Lisa Fine about the ways that viewing history through the lens of gender can help us understand the past. Lisa explains the origins of women’s history, the impact that gender theory had on the field of history, and why it’s important…
#120 The History of Influenza w/ John Barry
Feb 4 • 51 min
The influenza strain that hit the world in 1918 killed between 50 and 100 million people. It was not the first flu to have such an impact on humanity, and it also may not be the last. In this episode we talk with John Barry about his research on the…
#119 Karl Marx and History
Jan 28 • 44 min
Bob and Ben talk about how Karl Marx viewed history, what we can learn from it, and the ways Marx’s theory has both contributed to, and limited, historical research. This is part of an ongoing conversation between Bob and Ben on history and methodology…
#118 The GI Bill and the Legacy of Racial Discrimination w/ Louis Woods
Jan 21 • 81 min
Louis Woods joins us to explain how federal policies in 20th century, and particularly the GI Bill, excluded Black Americans from some of the most important sources of wealth acquisition in American history. We also talk about how the legacy of racism…
#117 American Slavery w/ Edward Baptist
Jan 14 • 57 min
Bob and Ben speak with Cornell University’s Edward Baptist about slavery’s origins, its evolution, and how enslaved people’s work laid the foundation for modern capitalism. He also shares stories of the people who suffered under- and those who profited…
#116 What is the Middle Class? w/ Scott Wasserman
Jan 7 • 47 min
Most Americans identify themselves as middle class. But what does that mean? Bob & Ben talk with The Bell Policy Center’s Scott Wasserman to talk about the challenges facing American workers, the difference between “middle class” and “working class,” and…
#115 The 1970s w/ Jefferson Cowie
Dec 17, 2018 • 67 min
The 1970s was a pivotal decade in American history. In a ten-year span, the United States admitted defeat in Vietnam, saw a President resign in shame, and came face to face with many of the atrocities it had committed abroad. American citizens also faced…
#114 Making the Government Talk: US Covert Operations and Freedom of Information w/ Peter Kornbluh
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode, Bob and Ben speak with National Security Archives’ Senior Analyst Peter Kornbluh about the National Security Archive and how he and others have used the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to the records of the Central Intelligence…
#113 War on the Banana Skin
Dec 3, 2018 • 37 min
Bob and Ben sit down to talk about the current events and historical questions that have been on their mind lately. They cover the GI bill delays that student veterans are currently facing, the one war that Teddy Roosevelt didn’t win, the tragedy of the…
#112 The Ottoman Empire and the Rise of the Modern Middle East w/ Eugene Rogan
Nov 19, 2018 • 61 min
At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the territory that we call the Middle East- including Syria, Iraq, Israel and Turkey- were part of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman alliance w/ Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War I provided Britain…
#23.2 Felon Disfranchisement and Citizenship in the US w/ Pippa Holloway (w/ update)
Nov 12, 2018 • 54 min
On November 6, 2018, the people of Florida voted to amend their state’s constitution to restore voting rights to an estimated one and a half million citizens who had lost this right due to a prior felony conviction. In recognition of this significant…
#111 Dvoƙák in America w/ Matt Negrin
Nov 5, 2018 • 55 min
What does it mean to be American? This isn’t just a question for us in 2018 — it was an unanswered question for the country in the late 19th century when it came to musical identity. And of all the people to try to answer it, it may have been the Czech…
#110 Gerry Adams and the Global Road to Peace
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
Gerry Adams has dedicated most of his life to finding an end to the conflict that has engulfed Northern Ireland since his youth. As the President of Sinn Féin, he played a crucial role in facilitating the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which brought about…
RTN Theology #6 The Road to Hope? The Challenges of Faith in Politics
Oct 22, 2018 • 88 min
Discussing the relationship between faith and the public sphere has been a part of America’s story since its beginning. Over the past decade, the presence of Christian faith in public policy and politics has been questioned and challenged in new and…
#109 Presidential Impeachment w/ Jeffrey Engel
Oct 15, 2018 • 79 min
Bob and Ben speak withSouthern Methodist University’s Dr. Jeffrey Engel about the history of Presidential impeachment and how understanding the past can inform the debates surrounding the impeachment of current and future Presidents. Jeff’s new book…
#108 From Scunthorpe to Brooklyn w/ The Ruen Brothers
Oct 8, 2018 • 51 min
Henry & Rupert Stansall (aka The Ruen Brothers) began their musical careers playing in the Working Men’s clubs of Scunthorpe in Northern England at a time in life when most of us were only beginning to discover music. In the almost two decades since,…
#107 Laughing at Stalin: The Politics of Humor w/ Jon Waterlow
Oct 1, 2018 • 85 min
Bob and Ben speak with Jon Waterlow about his new book It’s Only a Joke Comrade! Humor
#106 Why You Should Vote w/ Andy Bernstein
Sep 24, 2018 • 58 min
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 25th, and Bob and Ben are doing their part to get the word out. In this episode we speak with HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein to talk about the work HeadCount has been doing to get people…
RTN Theology #5 Jeremy Begbie on Theology Of And Through the Arts
Sep 17, 2018 • 68 min
This week Bob and Pastor Chris Breslin of Oak Church in Durham, NC sit down with Duke University, Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor of Theology Jeremy Begbie for a discussion about how we can see God’s presence in our own creative expression.…
#105 Charlie Cook on the 2018 Midterm Elections
Sep 10, 2018 • 51 min
This week we take a deep dive into the upcoming Midterm Elections with Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and NBC News political analyst, Charlie Cook. Since 1984 Charlie has been the preeminent election forecaster for politicians,…
#104 Bill Plante & Olivier Knox on Journalism and Politics (live at Glover Park Group)
Aug 22, 2018 • 72 min
Veteran journalists Bill Plante & Olivier Knox join Bob & Ben for a conversation about the press and how journalism has changed in recent years. Bill Plante covered politics for CBS News from 1964 until 2016, and had a front row seat to some of the most…
#103 How the American Dream Became Temporary w/ Louis Hyman
Aug 20, 2018 • 50 min
“Make American Great Again” is not a precise slogan, but it did capture the sense of anxiety many Americans feel about work in the 21st century. The “gig economy,” in which more and more American workers rely on multiple jobs, is certainly different from…
#102 Stand Up Comedy and Los Angeles w/ Pat Reilly
Aug 13, 2018 • 84 min
Ben talks with Sociologist Pat Reilly, whose research examines the organization and economics of stand up comedy in Los Angeles. Pat explains what makes stand up a unique form of entertainment, the ways stand up has changed since it began, and how comics…
#101 Nativism in American Politics w/ David Bennett
Jul 30, 2018 • 69 min
Bob & Ben speak with Syracuse University’s Dr. David Bennett to learn more about the history of nativism in the United States. Dr. Bennett discusses his book The Party of Fear: From Nativist Movements to the New Right in American History (Penguin, 1995,…
#100 RTN One Hundred
Jul 23, 2018 • 40 min
Bob and Ben reflect on the first one hundred episodes of The Road to Now, the state of politics, and what they’ve learned since the first episode launched in May 2016. Bob explains what he thinks most people get wrong about history and the way that…
RTN Theology #4: Kutter Callaway on Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms
Jul 16, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode of RTN Theology, Bob talks to Fuller Theological Seminary Assistant Professor Kutter Callaway about his new book, Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms (InterVarsity Press, 2018) and the need to change…
BONUS: Elvis Presley & America (from My History Can Beat Up Your Politics)
Jul 9, 2018 • 49 min
Bob and Ben join friend & fellow podcaster Bruce Carlson to talk about Elvis Presley and his impact on American society. (Originally aired on My History Can Beat Up Your Politics)
#99 The History & Politics of the World Cup w/ Alex Galarza & Matt Negrin
Jun 18, 2018 • 68 min
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is underway in Russia, so Ben sat down with soccer historian Alex Galarza and RTN favorite Matt Negrin to talk about the history of the World Cup. We discuss the corruption that has plagued FIFA, the controversy surrounding FIFA’s…
#33 Jim Cornette on the History of Professional Wrestling
Jun 11, 2018 • 50 min
There’s a good chance you don’t appreciate how engrained professional wrestling is in American history and culture, and this episode is about to change that. We didn’t know all this either until wrestling legend Jim Cornette was kind enough to spend an…
#98 Dwight Eisenhower & US Foreign Intervention in the 1950s w/ William Hitchcock
Jun 4, 2018 • 49 min
The world we live in today has Dwight Eisenhower’s fingerprints all over it. When Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address on January 17, 1960, he warned the American people of the growing influence of a “military-industrial complex.” What few people…
#97 Songs of Social Justice w/ Governor Martin O’Malley
May 28, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode of The Road to Now, recorded live at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, Governor Martin O’Malley join Bob & Ben for a conversation about history, music and politics. We discuss the history of immigration, how…
#96 Tyler Mahan Coe on Podcasting the History of Country Music
May 21, 2018 • 63 min
For the third installment of our Music May series, Ben caught up with Tyler Mahan Coe whose podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones dives into some of the most famous stories in the history of country music. Tyler talks about the calling that drove him to make…
#95 Tom Marshall on Writing Phish and Everything Else
May 14, 2018 • 68 min
We talk with Phish lyricist Tom Marshall to learn about the history of Phish and the life experiences that inspired the lyrics for some of the band’s most well-known songs. We also set the record straight about Tom’s life, discuss his podcast Under the…
#94 This Episode Kills Fascists: The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie w/ Deana McCloud
May 7, 2018 • 54 min
Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” is one of the well-known tunes in modern American society, but the song, and the man who wrote it, are far more complex and fascinating than most folks realize. In this episode Bob & Ben speak with Woody Guthrie…
#93 Woodrow Wilson & Presidential Morality w/ Patricia O’Toole
Apr 30, 2018 • 58 min
On The Road to Now, we talk a lot about how understanding history is essential to making informed political decisions. In today’s episode, Patricia O’Toole joins us to talk about her new biography of Woodrow Wilson, The Moralist, and what happened when a…
Catching Up: Sean Foley on Syria and the Middle East
Apr 27, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Sean Foley (Episode 53) returns to catch us up on the Syrian Civil War, where Isis, Assad and other players currently stand, and the implications of Donald Trump’s sudden reversal on American intervention in the conflict.
#92 The History of the Armenian Genocide w/ Ronald Suny
Apr 23, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode of The Road to Now we speak with Ronald Grigor Suny, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on the history of the Armenian genocide. Ron explains the process that led the Ottoman government to turn on its Armenian subjects and the…
#91 The History of Satire and the American Political Cartoon w/ Richard Samuel West
Apr 16, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode of The Road to Now, Richard Samuel West joins Bob and Ben for a conversation on the history of political cartoons in the United States.
#90 The History of the Cherokee Nation w/ John Sedgwick
Apr 9, 2018 • 52 min
We speak with John Sedgwick about new book, Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation (Simon & Schuster, 2018), and how the rivalry between two Cherokee leaders shaped the history of the Tribe and the United States as a…
#40 The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. w/ Clayborne Carson
Apr 2, 2018 • 27 min
April 4, 2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In honor or Dr. King’s legacy, this week we are re-airing our interview w/ Dr. Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History and Ronnie Lott…
RTN Theology #3: A Conversation with Kate Bowler
Mar 26, 2018 • 67 min
Chris Breslin recently invited Bob to be part of a live conversation with Kate Bowler to talk about the history of Christianity, their faith, and how the crisis of cancer has affected their relationships with God. Kate Bowler is Assistant Professor of the…
#89 The GOP and Tax Reform Revisited w/ Brian Riedl
Mar 19, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode, we speak with the Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl to get his perspective on taxation and its role in the economy since the 20th Century. Riedl explains the evidence that led him to advocate for small government, and breaks down why the…
#88 Taxation, the Great Depression, and the GOP Tax Reform w/ Robert McElvaine
Mar 12, 2018 • 46 min
Bob and Ben speak with Robert McElvaine, an expert on the history of the Great Depression, to get his take on what the past can teach us about tax policy and the economy. McElvaine explains why he thinks that history has disproven the Republican principle…
#87 All Roads Lead to Douglas Brinkley
Mar 5, 2018 • 57 min
During a recent tour with The Avett Brothers, Bob caught up with historian Douglas Brinkley to talk about history and the state of American politics. Brinkley shared his thoughts on the current state of Donald Trump’s Presidency, its parallels with Nixon,…
RTN Theology #2: Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?
Feb 26, 2018 • 63 min
In the second installment of RTN Theology, Bob speaks with Messiah College’s John Fea about Christianity in Early America and the ways that the founders viewed the relationship between faith and politics. Fea outlines the “5 Cs” of history, the importance…
#86 William McKinley and the Republican Party with Robert Merry
Feb 19, 2018 • 55 min
The Republican Party has changed a lot since a few former Whigs started the party in the 1850s. Today, the party’s legacy is usually defined in terms of well-known figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, but author Robert…
#85 The History of US-Mexican Relations w/ Bruce Carlson (Recorded Live in Riviera Maya, Mexico)
Feb 5, 2018 • 52 min
The Road to Now was lucky enough to be part of The Avett Brothers at the Beach music festival, so we invited our friend Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics to join us for a discussion of some key moments in the relationship between the…
#84 America’s Forgotten War: The War of 1812 w/ Don Hickey
Jan 22, 2018 • 45 min
The War of 1812 isn’t an event most of us get excited about. The conflict between the US and Great Britain lasted almost 3 years, but like a lot of sequels, it didn’t live up to the original. When the war was over, little had changed for either country’s…
#83 Foreign Policy in American History w/ Joyce Kaufman
Jan 8, 2018 • 52 min
There is no question that Donald Trump’s approach to foreign affairs is nothing we’ve seen from the Presidents who preceded him. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, Mark Landler argued that the Trump Administration has broken a 70-year tradition in…
#82 The History of Santa Claus and Christmas Culture w/ James Cooper
Dec 18, 2017 • 33 min
Christmas is just a week away, so 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…
#81 The History of Coffee w/ Mark Pendergrast
Dec 11, 2017 • 41 min
Americans love coffee. According to recent statistics, more than 60% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every day, and the market research firm Mintel predicts that coffee shops will take in more than $23 billion dollars in 2017. Our love for…
RTN Theology #1: The Intersection of Christianity & Culture in the United States
Dec 7, 2017 • 71 min
In the premier episode of our theology subseries, RTN Theology we welcome Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith to discuss the intersection of Christianity and culture in the United States. We also chat about his illuminating Op-Ed that appeared in the…
#80 Navajo Code Talkers, Pocahontas, & Native American History w/ Ashley Riley Sousa
Nov 30, 2017 • 30 min
A few days ago, President Donald Trump welcomed the Navajo Code Talkers to the White House. Instead of focusing solely on the veterans’ contributions during World War II, he used the event to take shots at Senator Elizabeth Warren, who he mocked as…
#47 The History of Christianity w/ Molly Worthen (Rebroadcast)
Nov 23, 2017 • 60 min
Are faith and reason compatible? How do people of faith reconcile themselves to a secular world? These are difficult and complex questions that have shaped America long before the founding of the United States. On this episode of The Road to Now, we sit…
#79 The Russian Revolution w/ Lewis Siegelbaum
Nov 16, 2017 • 47 min
The Russian Revolution that began with the fall of Tsar Nicholas II in February of 1917 and continued into a second revolution the following October, is unquestionably one of the most significant events in modern history. The October Revolution brought…
#78 The French Revolution w/ Peter McPhee
Nov 9, 2017 • 39 min
On August 4, 1789, the National Assembly of France adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which asserted the Enlightenment ideals of universal rights and democracy. Though the French Declaration shared a common ideological…
#77 Martin Luther & the Reformation with Donald Fortson
Nov 2, 2017 • 40 min
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther delivered his 95 Theses to the Catholic Church. We don’t know for sure if Luther actually nailed them to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, but we do know that his work changed the world. In recognition of the…
#76 History of American Cemeteries with Tanya Marsh
Nov 1, 2017 • 37 min
Death is something that all humans have in common. How we dealt with death is not. The cemeteries that occupy prominent places in the American landscape, as well as the twenty-one thousand funeral homes in operation across the country, are products of the…
#58 The History of North Korea w/ Sheena Greitens
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
North Korea is a hard place for most Americans to understand. Kim Jung-un and his inner circle keep a tight grip on information, and what the North Korean government does share with outsiders can be hard to decipher. What is clear though, is that the…
#56 The History of the Harlem Globetrotters w/ Ben Green
Oct 14, 2017 • 33 min
The Harlem Globetrotters are one of those great parts of American culture that almost everyone knows and loves. For most of us today, the Globetrotters are outstanding entertainers. But did you know that in the mid-20th century the Globetrotters were…
#55 Neil Hanson on the Mignonette & Everything Else
Oct 12, 2017 • 32 min
Neil Hanson is one of the most interesting people we know. He’s written books on World War I, the Spanish Armada, and the fire that destroyed London in 1666. He once teamed up with history’s greatest treasure hunter to tell the story of retrieving over…
#54 The (After)Life of James K. Polk w/ Tom Price
Oct 11, 2017 • 40 min
“Who is James K. Polk?” If you’re asking this question to yourself right now, you’re not alone. In fact, “Who is James K. Polk?” was a slogan Polk’s political rivals used to mock him in the 1844 Presidential election. This made sense at the time; despite…
#53 The History of Syria w/ Sean Foley
Oct 10, 2017 • 40 min
The Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, has been one of the most tragic events in recent history. The implications of the situation in Syria stretch far beyond the borders of the country, and the UN estimates that more than 5 million people have fled…
#52 Douglas Brinkley on Bob Dylan, John Kennedy, & the Rise of the American Individual
Oct 9, 2017 • 35 min
The 1960s was a decade of individualism, and few individuals from this era are as iconic as Bob Dylan and John F. Kennedy. For Dylan, the 60s was just the beginning of a half-century career that has included over 2,500 shows, 38 studio albums, 13 Grammys…
#51 The History of Golf w/ Tony Parker
Oct 7, 2017 • 38 min
Throughout the latter part of the 20th century the perception of Golf in popular culture was that of a sport for wealthy white men who gathered at their exclusive country clubs to make business deals over 18 holes of golf, all the while smoking expensive…
#50 Ambassador Jack Matlock on Diplomacy & US-Russian Relations
Mar 28, 2017 • 26 min
The Cold War that developed between the United States and the Soviet Union after World War II, defined the second half of the 20th century. In these years, the two so-called superpowers competed to win the hearts and minds of the world, all the while…