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The Road to Now

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The Road to Now
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The Road to Now

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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. *

Latest Episodes

Research!

Bob and Ben talk about some of the incredible resources that are now available electronically and how they have opened up new opportunities for historians. Bob talks about how his research on Monsanto, which he’s conducting for his US business history seminar, is adding to his greater project on the history of the Research Triangle Park and Apex, NC. Ben also talks about some of his interesting finds working in Russian archives and how publicly-accessible databases have provided some valuable material for his work.

35 MIN2 days ago
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Research!

How Talk Radio Took Over the Republican Party w/ Brian Rosenwald

Brian Rosenwald joins Ben and Bob to discuss his new book Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over A Party That Took Over the United States, which traces the emergence of talk radio as a major powerhouse in shaping the Republican Party. Brian explains how conservative talk radio and hosts such as Rush Limbaugh came to have tremendous influence over the GOP’s policy agenda, ultimately laying the groundwork for Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Republican Primary.

69 MIN1 weeks ago
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How Talk Radio Took Over the Republican Party w/ Brian Rosenwald

The Last Czars, Chernobyl, and the Pros & Cons of Dramatizing History w/ Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow

The Netflix series The Last Czars & HBO’s Chernobyl have brought Russian/Soviet history to TVs across the world. Ben sits down with fellow historians Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow to discuss the two series, what they got right, & how producers & scholars might benefit most from collaboration. Philippa, who is a featured scholar in The Last Czars, shares her experience being interviewed, her impression of the show, and her work to correct errors that viewers identified after release.

57 MIN2 weeks ago
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The Last Czars, Chernobyl, and the Pros & Cons of Dramatizing History w/ Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow

RTN Theology #12 Community Building, Conversation & Corner to Corner

Chris has a conversation with C. Christopher Smith, author of How the Body of Christ Talks. Bob and Chris also speak with Will Acuff of Corner to Corner in Nashville, TN about the amazing community organizing & empowerment work he, his wife Tiffany, and their team are doing with the youth in their community. Throughout the episode you’ll hear music from Russ Mohr, from his recent collaboration, The Kingdom Sessions.

86 MIN2 weeks ago
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RTN Theology #12 Community Building, Conversation & Corner to Corner

Citizen Coke: The History of Coca-Cola w/ Bartow Elmore

Ever wonder how the Coca-Cola Company used a brown fizzy drink to fuel a corporate juggernaut? The answer, says Ohio State historian Bartow Elmore, has everything to do with its business structure. In this episode, Bart offers his take on how Coke went from Atlanta soda parlors in the late 19th century to markets across the globe in less than a century, all along reaping tremendous benefits from public infrastructure while passing the bulk of its environmental costs on to others.

65 MIN3 weeks ago
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Citizen Coke: The History of Coca-Cola w/ Bartow Elmore

Healthcare, the Law and the Future(s) of Privacy w/ Roy Wyman

Technology is transforming the production & availability of knowledge. Many experts predict AI & nanotechnology will soon bring about a massive change in the ways we work, relate to one another, and are known, but skeptics point to the industrial revolution to dismiss these concerns. In this episode Ben speaks with Roy Wyman, who specializes in healthcare law and the relationship of technology to medicine, to find out how recent innovations are already affecting our lives, and where the future may take us.

71 MINAUG 19
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Healthcare, the Law and the Future(s) of Privacy w/ Roy Wyman

The Power of Story (live from NCSL’s 2019 Legislative Summit)

We make sense of our place in the world through stories. Our history as individuals & communities is always present, but the parts we emphasize & forget are crucial in understanding the world today and the decisions we make going forward. In this episode, Bob, Ben & storyteller Donna Washington speak about the power of story & its potential for helping inspire action in a live forum hosted by National Conference for State Legislatures’ Executive Director Tim Storey as part of NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

63 MINAUG 12
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The Power of Story (live from NCSL’s 2019 Legislative Summit)

RTN Theology #11 The Character of Virtue w/ Stanley Hauerwas

Chris Breslin speaks w/ Dr. Stanley Hauerwas’ on the recent passing of his friend, Jean Vanier, the life of the church in the era of Trump, and what it means to become people of virtue & character. Dave Fitch shares the ways that Dr. Hauerwas has shaped his life & work and also shares his most recent book project, The Church of Us vs. Them. Dr. Hauerwas also reads a chapter on the virtue of Justice from his recent book of letters to his Godson. Featured music by Deeper Well Music Collective’s Volume III

81 MINJUL 29
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RTN Theology #11 The Character of Virtue w/ Stanley Hauerwas

Making Fun of History: Creating Serious Games w/ Ben Sawyer

Creating games that are both fun and educational takes a lot of work, but Digitalmill’s Ben Sawyer has been doing it successfully for more than two decades. In this episode he explains the art of creating serious games and discusses his work on the American Revolution-based game “Revolutionary Choices.” Just to clarify: Yes, there are two Ben Sawyers on this episode. We promise you’ll be able to tell them apart. The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. This episode was edited by Gary

56 MINJUL 22
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Making Fun of History: Creating Serious Games w/ Ben Sawyer

The City of the Future: Apex, North Carolina

When the city of Apex, NC was founded in 1873, it was little more than a railroad stop with a tiny rural population. In the last half-century, however, the development of the Research Triangle Park has thrust the town into the 21st century with tremendous force, with the population increasing more than tenfold in the last three decades. In spite of all this change, Apex has retained its historic beauty and continues to be a highly-desirable place to live. In this episode, Bob talks about his research on Apex, which he conducted as part of his graduate coursework at Arizona State University. The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

39 MINJUL 15
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The City of the Future: Apex, North Carolina

Latest Episodes

Research!

Bob and Ben talk about some of the incredible resources that are now available electronically and how they have opened up new opportunities for historians. Bob talks about how his research on Monsanto, which he’s conducting for his US business history seminar, is adding to his greater project on the history of the Research Triangle Park and Apex, NC. Ben also talks about some of his interesting finds working in Russian archives and how publicly-accessible databases have provided some valuable material for his work.

35 MIN2 days ago
Comments
Research!

How Talk Radio Took Over the Republican Party w/ Brian Rosenwald

Brian Rosenwald joins Ben and Bob to discuss his new book Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over A Party That Took Over the United States, which traces the emergence of talk radio as a major powerhouse in shaping the Republican Party. Brian explains how conservative talk radio and hosts such as Rush Limbaugh came to have tremendous influence over the GOP’s policy agenda, ultimately laying the groundwork for Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Republican Primary.

69 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
How Talk Radio Took Over the Republican Party w/ Brian Rosenwald

The Last Czars, Chernobyl, and the Pros & Cons of Dramatizing History w/ Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow

The Netflix series The Last Czars & HBO’s Chernobyl have brought Russian/Soviet history to TVs across the world. Ben sits down with fellow historians Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow to discuss the two series, what they got right, & how producers & scholars might benefit most from collaboration. Philippa, who is a featured scholar in The Last Czars, shares her experience being interviewed, her impression of the show, and her work to correct errors that viewers identified after release.

57 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The Last Czars, Chernobyl, and the Pros & Cons of Dramatizing History w/ Philippa Hetherington & Jon Waterlow

RTN Theology #12 Community Building, Conversation & Corner to Corner

Chris has a conversation with C. Christopher Smith, author of How the Body of Christ Talks. Bob and Chris also speak with Will Acuff of Corner to Corner in Nashville, TN about the amazing community organizing & empowerment work he, his wife Tiffany, and their team are doing with the youth in their community. Throughout the episode you’ll hear music from Russ Mohr, from his recent collaboration, The Kingdom Sessions.

86 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
RTN Theology #12 Community Building, Conversation & Corner to Corner

Citizen Coke: The History of Coca-Cola w/ Bartow Elmore

Ever wonder how the Coca-Cola Company used a brown fizzy drink to fuel a corporate juggernaut? The answer, says Ohio State historian Bartow Elmore, has everything to do with its business structure. In this episode, Bart offers his take on how Coke went from Atlanta soda parlors in the late 19th century to markets across the globe in less than a century, all along reaping tremendous benefits from public infrastructure while passing the bulk of its environmental costs on to others.

65 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Citizen Coke: The History of Coca-Cola w/ Bartow Elmore

Healthcare, the Law and the Future(s) of Privacy w/ Roy Wyman

Technology is transforming the production & availability of knowledge. Many experts predict AI & nanotechnology will soon bring about a massive change in the ways we work, relate to one another, and are known, but skeptics point to the industrial revolution to dismiss these concerns. In this episode Ben speaks with Roy Wyman, who specializes in healthcare law and the relationship of technology to medicine, to find out how recent innovations are already affecting our lives, and where the future may take us.

71 MINAUG 19
Comments
Healthcare, the Law and the Future(s) of Privacy w/ Roy Wyman

The Power of Story (live from NCSL’s 2019 Legislative Summit)

We make sense of our place in the world through stories. Our history as individuals & communities is always present, but the parts we emphasize & forget are crucial in understanding the world today and the decisions we make going forward. In this episode, Bob, Ben & storyteller Donna Washington speak about the power of story & its potential for helping inspire action in a live forum hosted by National Conference for State Legislatures’ Executive Director Tim Storey as part of NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

63 MINAUG 12
Comments
The Power of Story (live from NCSL’s 2019 Legislative Summit)

RTN Theology #11 The Character of Virtue w/ Stanley Hauerwas

Chris Breslin speaks w/ Dr. Stanley Hauerwas’ on the recent passing of his friend, Jean Vanier, the life of the church in the era of Trump, and what it means to become people of virtue & character. Dave Fitch shares the ways that Dr. Hauerwas has shaped his life & work and also shares his most recent book project, The Church of Us vs. Them. Dr. Hauerwas also reads a chapter on the virtue of Justice from his recent book of letters to his Godson. Featured music by Deeper Well Music Collective’s Volume III

81 MINJUL 29
Comments
RTN Theology #11 The Character of Virtue w/ Stanley Hauerwas

Making Fun of History: Creating Serious Games w/ Ben Sawyer

Creating games that are both fun and educational takes a lot of work, but Digitalmill’s Ben Sawyer has been doing it successfully for more than two decades. In this episode he explains the art of creating serious games and discusses his work on the American Revolution-based game “Revolutionary Choices.” Just to clarify: Yes, there are two Ben Sawyers on this episode. We promise you’ll be able to tell them apart. The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. This episode was edited by Gary

56 MINJUL 22
Comments
Making Fun of History: Creating Serious Games w/ Ben Sawyer

The City of the Future: Apex, North Carolina

When the city of Apex, NC was founded in 1873, it was little more than a railroad stop with a tiny rural population. In the last half-century, however, the development of the Research Triangle Park has thrust the town into the 21st century with tremendous force, with the population increasing more than tenfold in the last three decades. In spite of all this change, Apex has retained its historic beauty and continues to be a highly-desirable place to live. In this episode, Bob talks about his research on Apex, which he conducted as part of his graduate coursework at Arizona State University. The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.

39 MINJUL 15
Comments
The City of the Future: Apex, North Carolina