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#154 America's First War on Christmas w/ Bruce Carlson

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Release Date: 12/16/2019

#162 The Presidents’ Day Rundown show art #162 The Presidents’ Day Rundown

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The Road to Now is celebrating our fourth Presidents’ Day by launching our first Presidents’ Day episode! To mark this momentous occasion, Bob and Ben both sat down with a list of three significant moments in presidential history and discussed how they changed the country. Are there Roosevelts? Yes. Are there presidents born in three different centuries? Yes. Should you listen instead of asking any more question? Yes! We hope you enjoy the episode! Edited by Gary Fletcher & part of the Osiris Network.

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#161 Food in the Era of Adulteration w/ Benjamin Cohen show art #161 Food in the Era of Adulteration w/ Benjamin Cohen

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When it comes to food, knowing what you’re getting can be tricky. On the surface, words such as “pure” and “natural” seem straightforward, yet defining them in the modern world has required experts, laws, & administrative structures. In this episode, Bob & Ben speak with Dr. Benjamin Cohen about the pure food crusades of the late nineteenth century, the origins of the Food & Drug Administration (1906), and the lessons this era offers us as we seek to make decisions about food policy in the 21st ce

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#160 NASCAR and Moonshine w/ Kyle Petty and Dan Pierce (Recorded Live at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC) show art #160 NASCAR and Moonshine w/ Kyle Petty and Dan Pierce (Recorded Live at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC)

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NASCAR has a reputation as a family-friendly organization, but its history is inseparable from the moonshining and bootlegging of the prohibition era. While today's cars have little in common with their mid-20th century predecessors, many of the sports traditions have endured. In this episode, Bob and Ben talk with third-generation racer Kyle Petty and Dr. Dan Pierce of UNC-Asheville to find out more about the history of stock car racing and the changes that have transformed the sport in the 21st Century.

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#159 The History of Charlotte, NC  w/ Thomas Hanchett & Pam Kelley (Recorded Live at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC)  show art #159 The History of Charlotte, NC w/ Thomas Hanchett & Pam Kelley (Recorded Live at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC)

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Charlotte, NC has grown tremendously in the last half-century, yet it still lacks a clear national identity. Bob & Ben both spent pivotal years of their lives in the Queen City, so they dedicated the first portion of RTN Live in Charlotte to a conversation on the city and its history with two people who know it best: historian Dr. Thomas Hanchett (author of Sorting Out the New South City) & journalist Pam Kelley (author of Money Rock). The show opens w/ musical guest David Childers.

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#158 Live in Carrboro, NC- Charisma in American Politics & Society w/ Molly Worthen, Doug Heye & Rufus Edmisten (Recorded at Cat’s Cradle) show art #158 Live in Carrboro, NC- Charisma in American Politics & Society w/ Molly Worthen, Doug Heye & Rufus Edmisten (Recorded at Cat’s Cradle)

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Dr. Molly Worthen (History, UNC--Chapel Hill), Doug Heye (CNN/former RNC Communication Director) & Rufus Edmisten (Deputy Chief Council, Senate Watergate Committee/ former NC Secretary of State & Attorney General) join Bob & Ben for a conversation about charisma in American politics and society. Recorded live at the legendary Cat’s Cradle on Jan. 25, 2020.

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#157 The State of the Union w/ Matt Negrin show art #157 The State of the Union w/ Matt Negrin

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After our last episode on the separation of powers in the Constitution, we heard from several listeners who said they wished we’d spent more time on the topic. The people have spoken, so we’re following up with another episode on modern politics & the Constitution w/ special guest Matt Negrin!

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#156 Executive Boundaries show art #156 Executive Boundaries

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2020 begins with an Impeachment Trial in the Senate and will end with a Presidential election, so Bob and Ben are kicking off the year discussing the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. Their conversation covers the articles of impeachment against Trump, the gap between the modern Presidency and the Executive imagined by the founders, and the problems that might be solved by changing our expectations of Presidents moving forward.

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#155 Uncivil Christmas w/ Carson Hudson show art #155 Uncivil Christmas w/ Carson Hudson

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In our final episode of 2019, Bob & Ben speak w/ historian Carson Hudson, whose program “Uncivil Christmas” tells of life in Williamsburg, Virginia during the years of the Civil War. Carson explains the politics and culture of the era, the major role that music played in uniting (and dividing) Americans during the war, the challenges of understanding how people in the past experienced war, and the ways that the Civil War still looms large in American culture today.

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#154 America's First War on Christmas w/ Bruce Carlson show art #154 America's First War on Christmas w/ Bruce Carlson

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On Dec. 25, 1776, George Washington & his men celebrated their first post-Declaration of Independence Christmas by crossing a freezing river to mount a surprise attack against their enemies. The plan worked, but almost 250 years later the story of Washington crossing the Delaware might surprise you too. RTN favorite Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics joins Bob & Ben for a conversation about these recognized, yet little-known battles & how they affected the the war for independence.

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#153 Floating Coast: The Environmental History of the Bering Strait w/ Bathsheba Demuth show art #153 Floating Coast: The Environmental History of the Bering Strait w/ Bathsheba Demuth

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In 1848, New England ships crossed the Bering Strait in pursuit of bowhead whales. About a century and a half later, Bathsheba Demuth graduated High School in Iowa and moved north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. Now Bathsheba joins Ben for a conversation about her research, how her fascination with the arctic led her to dedicate much of her life to understanding Beringia, and the ways that an environmental perspective allows us to better understand our place in the world and that of others.

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On December 25, 1776, George Washington and his men celebrated their first post-Declaration of Independence Christmas by crossing a freezing river to mount a surprise attack against their enemies. The plan worked, but almost 250 years later the story of Washington crossing the Delaware might surprise you too. In this episode, RTN favorite Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics joins Bob & Ben for a conversation about one of the US’s most recognized, yet little-known battles and how it affected the course of the Revolutionary War.

If you enjoy this episode, check out My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, available anywhere you get The Road to Now. You can also hear Bruce in RTN Episode 85: The History of US-Mexican Relations w/ Bruce Carlson, recorded live from Avetts at the Beach in 2018.  

The Road to Now is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.