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The Road to Now explains the history behind important events and outstanding individuals of today's world. Created in 2016 by Dr. Benjamin Sawyer and Bob Crawford, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers, The Road to Now has brought historians, politicians, journalists and artists to the table for conversations that illuminate the map that brought us to where we are today.

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Latest Episodes

#187 The Insurrection Episode

January 18, 2021No comment

#186 Dark Archives w/ Megan Rosenbloom

January 4, 2021No comment

#185 Pragmatic History w/ Bill Scher

December 21, 2020No comment

The History of Santa Claus & Christmas Culture w/ James Cooper (RTN #82 rebroadcast)

December 7, 2020No comment

#184 The President’s Cabinet w/ Lindsay Chervinsky

November 23, 2020No comment

#183 The History of the Lumbee Indians w/ Malinda Maynor Lowery

November 9, 2020No comment

Making The Call: Journalists, the Media, and Election Night 2020 with Matt Negrinds

October 30, 2020No comment

# 182 The Story of North Carolina Popular Music w/ David Menconi (ft. guest co-host Dolph Ramseur)

October 19, 2020No comment

Washington’s Farewell Revisited w/ John Avlon

October 5, 2020No comment

#181 More Questions Than Answers

September 21, 2020No comment

#180 The Transformation of American Policing w/ Stuart Schrader

September 7, 2020No comment

#179 The Pursuit of Happiness w/ Ravi Patel

August 24, 2020No comment
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Ravi Patel

Actor, Screen Writer/Director
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Joe Kwon

The Avett Brothers Cellist
Joe Kwon was born in Korea, raised in High Point, and has traveled near and far. He's probably most known for playing cello in...
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Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History
Dr. Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and the author of six books on US history. Her “Letters f...
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Dr. Louis Woods

University Historian
Dr. Louis Woods is an Associate Professor of African-American History in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State Uni...
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