About The Road to Now

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.

Our goal

Understanding the present by looking to the past

Show founders

Bob Crawford plays bass for the Grammy-nominated band, The Avett Brothers. In his spare time, Bob enjoys studying early American history. Fun fact: Bob has a letter signed by his favorite president, Martin Van Buren

Dr. Ben Sawyer teaches history at Middle Tennessee State University. Ben studied in Russia as Fulbright scholar. Outside of class, Ben moonlights as a stand-up comedian. He also hosts the game show, Perfect Timing.  

Ian Skotte works as a communications content specialist with a flare for history. Ian edits and books guests for the show and primarily is our man behind the scenes.

The three have travelled the globe pursuing their passions and find inspiration in studying the past.