About The Road to Now

RTN Cohosts Ben Sawyer and Bob Crawford

RTN Cohosts Ben Sawyer and Bob Crawford

As individuals, we make sense of our place in the world through our own personal experiences. We weave a unique narrative, but the world we recognize comes from those who came before us. The Road to Now podcast seeks out those stories through a series of conversations with pioneering individuals. In short, we look at the road of the past to understand how we arrived in the present.

The Team

Bob Crawford


Bob plays bass for the Grammy-nominated band, The Avett Brothers and managing director at The Press On Fund. Bob is also an avid reader of history, and is currently pursuing his MA in History. His favorite president is Martin Van Buren (he has a signed letter by MVB hanging in his house).

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer

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Ben earned his PhD in history from Michigan State University in 2013, and has taught history for over a decade. He is a former Fulbright Fellow in Russia (2011-2012) and has published on the exchange of ideas between the US and Russia in the 20th century. Ben is also a stand-up comedian who has performed across the US, and the writer/host of the live comedy game show Perfect Timing. He has been in car accidents on three continents.

Gary Fletcher
Audio Editor


Gary Fletcher is a comic and audio editor based in Nashville, TN. He is the founder of Nashville comedy outfit Corporate Juggernaut and the producer and cohost of the Osiris Podcast Which Is Better?. Gary handles the audio work and graphic design at RTN, so if you need some help with your own podcast, email him at Gary.M.Fletcher@gmail.com. Bob and Ben aren’t sure what they’d do without him.

Austin Sawyer
Social Media Manager

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Austin is a music business major at Middle Tennessee State University and the singer/guitarist for the band Drumming Bird. He is not related to Ben, but is Ben’s former student. Bob & Ben expect great things out of him. 

Chris Breslin
RTN Theology Co-host

Chris is the proud husband to Rachel, dad and jungle gym to Noa, Titus, Emett, and Simeon. A native Central Floridian, Chris moved to Durham in 2006. He holds an MDiv from Duke Divinity School and regularly assists in the Intro to New Testament course. He’s the founding pastor of Oak Church, the creative director and shipping assistant for Rach's thriving cottage-industrial venture, Bullpin Apparel. He enjoys reading and learning about intersections between theology and the arts, tending a small flock of laying hens named after pop divas and soul singers, adding to his vinyl music collection, and following FSU football, Bulls baseball, and Duke hoops.