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#162 The Presidents’ Day Rundown

The Road to Now

Release Date: 02/17/2020

I Can’t Breathe: Surviving the Dual Pandemics of Racism and Covid-19 w/ Louis Woods show art I Can’t Breathe: Surviving the Dual Pandemics of Racism and Covid-19 w/ Louis Woods

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As Americans grapple with the devastation wrought by the dual pandemics of racism and Covid-19, it is critically important to understand the vast racial disparities Covid-19 has exposed within the African American community (specifically), but communities of color (generally). In this episode, Dr. Louis Woods speaks with experts in multiple fields to examine how the sudden shock of the Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated the centuries-old pandemic of racism in western culture, and particularly in the US.

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#175 The Death of Expertise w/ Tom Nichols show art #175 The Death of Expertise w/ Tom Nichols

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Tom Nichols is University Professor at the Naval War College, where he specializes in international affairs, and a respected commentator on US politics and international security. Bob and Ben speak with Tom about the current state of American politics and his book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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#174 Direction w/ Michael Bonfiglio show art #174 Direction w/ Michael Bonfiglio

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Michael Bonfiglio is an award-winning filmmaker whose work as a director and producer includes May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017), the ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries You Don’t Know Bo: The Legend of Bo Jackson (2012) and Doc & Darryl (2016), and From the Ashes (2017). Mike joins Ben & Bob to talk about the art of making documentary films, how his work engages with the historical narrative, and how the coronavirus epidemic has changed filmmakers work.

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#173 The South w/ Trae Crowder show art #173 The South w/ Trae Crowder

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Since going viral with his Liberal Redneck videos in 2016, comedian Trae Crowder has become well-known for sharing a perspective that is southern in origin, but not quite what most people expect. In this episode, Trae joins Bob and Ben for a conversation about southern culture, the south’s bizarre embrace of Donald Trump, and how his work helped a lot of southerners with less conservative viewpoints to ‘come out of the closet.

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#172 Fourth Anniversary Party show art #172 Fourth Anniversary Party

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There was a lot happening when Bob & Ben launched the first episode of The Road to Now on May 19th, 2016. It was the year of a Presidential election, there was an intense feeling of partisanship in the air, and people were everywhere- at concerts, in classes, on the sidewalk….

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#171 Baseball in Context w/ Jayson Stark show art #171 Baseball in Context w/ Jayson Stark

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Bob & Ben talk with award-winning sportswriter Jayson Stark about baseball’s place in American culture, how the scandals in the sport reflect moments in American history, and how Major League Baseball has persevered through some of our country’s hardest times. Jayson also talks about his path from beat writer to award-winning sportswriter, what he considers important when casting his vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and why nobody wants to visit the National Baseball Hall of Purity.

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#170 Soviet Soldiers and the Red Army in World War II w/ Brandon Schechter show art #170 Soviet Soldiers and the Red Army in World War II w/ Brandon Schechter

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On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany launched an attack on the USSR that caught Soviet leaders completely off guard. Over the next four years, the Red Army was transformed, as were the lives of its more than 34 million men & women. In this episode, Ben speaks with Brandon Schechter about his book The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects and how examining the objects used during World War II can give us a deeper understanding of soldiers’ lives and the war as a whole.

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# 169 The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached w/ Mark Doyle show art # 169 The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached w/ Mark Doyle

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The Kinks are one of the great rock bands of the 20th century, and like all artists, they reflect the times and places they’ve inhabited. In this episode, we speak with Mark Doyle about his excellent new book The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached (Reaktion Books, 2020) and how the band, their origins, and Ray Davies’ lyrics can teach us a lot about both the real and imagined spaces of mid-20th Century England.

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Technology and the Mind w/ Nicholas Carr show art Technology and the Mind w/ Nicholas Carr

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Many of us are beginning to sense that technology is affecting the way we think and interact with one another. How is the internet affecting our brains, and should we be concerned about it? How is the internet different from other media technologies such as print, radio and television? And is google making us stupid? In this episode of the Road to Now, we get the answer from New York Times Best Selling Author Nicholas Carr. (This is a rebroadcast of an episode that originally aired on March 20, 2017)

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#168 Breaking Down the 5G Conspiracy w/ Stacy Wood  show art #168 Breaking Down the 5G Conspiracy w/ Stacy Wood

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As people try to make sense of the Coronavirus epidemic, some have unfortunately turned to conspiracy theories linking Covid-19 to the installation of 5G networks. In this episode, Bob and Ben speak with Stacy Wood about her research on conspiracy theories, the past conspiracy theories that have converged in the 5G theory, and the reasons some people are willing to accept these explanations of the world in spite of strong evidence to the contrary.

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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!

 

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

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