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Miss America’s Secret Past w/ Amy Argetsinger

The Miss America pageant has always had its critics, but the stories of the organization and...

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#260 Presidential Transitions w/ David Marchick

January 20th was the official halfway mark of the Biden Administration’s first term. That...

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#259 Silent Spring Revolution w/ Douglas Brinkley

At the end of World War II, the United States had few laws protecting the environment. Just 30...

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#258 The Feres Doctrine (Part II) w/ Maximillian Potter & Richard Stayskal

This is part two of our conversation w/ Maximillian Potter & Richard Stayskal. For part 1,...

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#257 The Feres Doctrine w/ Maximillian Potter & Richard Stayskal

Since 1950, the Feres Doctrine has prevented active-duty members of the US Armed Forces from...

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The Bering Straight: An Environmental History w/ Bathsheba Demuth

In 1848, New England ships crossed the Bering Strait in pursuit of the bowhead whales that...

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Uncivil Christmas: The Civil War & Christmas in Williamsburg w/ Carson Hudson

Bob & Ben speak w/ historian Carson Hudson, whose program “Uncivil Christmas”...

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#256 The Legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson w/ Mark Updegrove & Mark A. Lawrence

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Presidency is bookended by the tragedies of JFK’s assassination...

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The History of Santa Claus & Christmas Culture w/ James Cooper (A Holiday Classic!)

Christmas expert James Cooper joins Bob and Ben to explain how Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and...

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The History of St. Jude Children’s Hospital w/ Richard Shadyac

On February 4, 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors in Memphis, TN...

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#254 Midterm Postmortem Happy Hour w/ Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin joins Bob and Ben to break down the midterm elections (and several unrelated...

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#253 Searching for America’s Emotional Source Code with Dov Baron

This week on the Road to Now, Bob welcomes leadership consultant, author, and speaker Dov Baron....

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Chernobyl, The Last Czars, and the Pros & Cons of Dramatizing History w/ Philippa Heatherington & Jon Waterlow

The Netflix series The Last Czars and HBO’s Chernobyl have (in very different ways) brought...

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#252 Deathcare Revolution w/ Tanya Marsh

Death is something that we all have in common, but what happens to our remains can vary. In this...

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#252 Deathcare Revolution w/ Tanya Marsh

Death is something that we all have in common, but what happens to our remains can vary. In this...

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#252 Deathcare Revolution w/ Tanya Marsh

Death is something that we all have in common, but what happens to our remains can vary. In this...

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#251 The West Wing & Beyond w/ Pete Souza

Pete Souza has spent more time inside the ‘Presidential bubble’ than almost anyone....

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#250 Celebrating Levon Helm w/ John Barry & Larry Campbell

Although he passed away a decade ago, Levon Helm is still the voice of Americana music. Always...

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#249 The Corruption of Libertarian Philosophy w/ Andrew Koppelman

Libertarianism has had a tremendous influence on American politics, but according to Andrew...

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Journalism & Politics w/ Bill Plante & Olivier Knox

Bill Plante was a remarkable reporter. He spent four tours as a CBS correspondent in Vietnam, he...

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