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#41 The History of Health Insurance w/ Melissa Thomasson

The Road to Now

Release Date: 01/23/2017

#178 The Facebook Catastrophe w/ Roger McNamee show art #178 The Facebook Catastrophe w/ Roger McNamee

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In 2006, Roger McNamee played a crucial role in convincing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg not to sell his company to Yahoo!. Today, Roger is one of the most vocal critics of Facebook and believes the company has become a threat to democracy in the US. Bob and Ben talk with Roger about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, the role Facebook has played in spreading disinformation, and the steps he believes we should take to regain control over the tech giants of the modern world.

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#177 How the South Won the Civil War w/ Heather Cox Richardson show art #177 How the South Won the Civil War w/ Heather Cox Richardson

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The military engagements of the US Civil War came to an end in 1865, but the ideology of the confederacy was not so easily defeated. We speak with Heather Cox Richardson about her new book How the South Won the Civil War and how the worldview of antebellum southern elites came to be embraced by the “movement conservatives” in today's Republican party. Heather also talks about how she makes history relatable to a general audience & why she is fearful, but optimistic, about the future of democracy in the

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#176 Musical Chairs w/ Joe Kwon show art #176 Musical Chairs w/ Joe Kwon

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Cellist Joe Kwon joins Bob & Ben to talk about his journey from aspiring classical musician to Bob’s bandmate in The Avett Brothers. Joe shares his experiences as a Korean immigrant growing up in NC, why he decided to become a cellist, and where he learned to play standing up. Joe & Bob also discuss how they first met, Joes’ first show w/ the band, and why Joe has such a deep appreciation & passion for cooking and food.

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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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Fixing the American healthcare system has been one of the most difficult and divisive problems in modern US history. The Affordable Care Act has helped more Americans than ever gain insurance, yet the remaining problems have led the Republican-controlled Congress to put “repeal and replace” at the top of their legislative agenda in 2017. Why has health insurance been such a tricky issue in the United States? Why did our insurance model develop differently than in other industrialized countries, and how can understanding this help us overcome the problems we face today?

In this episode of The Road to Now, Dr. Melissa Thomasson helps us answer these questions by taking us through the history of the American health insurance system. We also offer up another installment of Path to the Present (the podcast within a podcast) in which Matt Negrin and Alex Trowbridge provide a concise history of the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Believe me- this episode is YOUGE!

Melissa Thomasson is Julian Lange Professor of Economics at the University of Miami and an expert on the economic history of the American health care system.

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