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The Road to Now is a history podcast that explains the story 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

194 The Rise and Fall of the American Suburbs w/ Kyle Riismandel

April 12, 2021No comment

#193 Understanding the American Rescue Plan Act w/ Erlinda Doherty

March 22, 2021No comment

#192 The History of Financial Bubbles w/ William Quinn

March 15, 2021No comment

Gerd Schroth’s Road from Child of Nazi Germany to American Citizen

March 1, 2021No comment

#191 A Conversation with Ken Burns

February 15, 2021No comment

#190 American Militias w/ Amy Cooter

February 8, 2021No comment

#189 Space Lasers

February 1, 2021No comment

#188 Why the 1776 Report Still Matters w/ John Fea

January 25, 2021No comment

#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
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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

Ken Burns is a legendary documentarian whose work has changed the way we understand our country's past. His newest...

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Joe Kwon

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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

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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

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