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Amerikan Rambler with Colin Woodward

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Amerikan Rambler discusses history, music, film, politics, and pop culture. The show is hosted by Colin Woodward, a Damn Yankee, historian, writer, and archivist. He is the author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He is writing a book on Johnny Cash. You can reach Colin at his Twitter, WordPress, and Facebook page.
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Aug 14, 2017

Recorded the day after the deadly rally, Colin talks about the battle over the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, and what it might mean for the debate over Confederate monuments in Richmond. Also, Colin remembers Dr. Chad Vanderford, a friend from Louisiana State University and scholar of early America, who died suddenly last week.   

Aug 8, 2017

Recorded back in July, part one of Colin's tour through his vinyl collection gives him the opportunity to discuss his eclectic taste in music. It also gives him to do "both halves" of his Ginger Baker impersonation. Plus, Jack Davis draws a Johnny Cash cover! Colin defends prog and Colin shows he knows next to nothing about Delaney and Bonnie! It's another solo podcast with Amerikan Rambler!

Aug 3, 2017

Allen Guelzo is a three time winner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize and a professor of the Civil War era at Gettysburg College. But as he tells Colin, he began as a scholar of colonial religion and philosophy. In their talk, Colin and Allen discuss religion, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee (about whom Dr. Guelzo is writing a much anticipated biography). Colin also asks about Dr. Guelzo's appearance on The Daily Show during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Jul 27, 2017

John J. Hennessy is an author and historian who has dedicated his career to the National Park Service. He is now chief historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He sat down with Colin for a talk at Chatham, a colonial mansion that overlooks the historic city of Fredericksburg. John discusses how he got involved in the NPS, his books on the battles of First and Second Bull Run, and how historians navigate the sometimes choppy political waters surrounding history.

Jul 18, 2017

After a 4th of July visit to North Carolina, Colin discusses being a "beach guy," a visit to a record store in Wilmington, and the logic behind people who fly both Confederate and United States flags. He concludes with a meditation of the meaning of patriotism in American politics today. 

Jun 30, 2017

A California native, Mike Caires got his Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia, where he studied under Gary Gallagher. For the past year, he worked at the American Civil War Museum in downtown Richmond. Mike has a book coming out next year on the economics of the Civil War. He and Colin discuss everything from ska music to the class divide in America, the continued importance of the Four Freedoms, and the perils and pleasures of grad school.

Jun 20, 2017

Recovering from a move to Richmond, Colin does another solo podcast, this time on Henry Charles Bukowski, the notorious Los Angeles skid row writer and poet. Colin talks about an ironic Bukowski-related Boston trip, getting to know "Hank" as a grad student, and the similarities between L.A. and Baton Rouge. Colin also reads passages from Post Office, Women, and Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Colin concludes that as far as Bukowski goes, you come for the debauchery but you stay for the social commentary. It's another R-rated episode!

Jun 5, 2017

Jean Violet, the lead singer of the band Kashmir, has been performing Led Zeppelin songs for a long time. In his talk with Colin, Jean talks about where he's from, how the band got started, and what his nephew's band Deviate the Plan has been up to. In the intro, Colin discusses his recent move to Richmond, a poignant Drive-By Truckers song, and how big an influence Led Zeppelin has been in his life.

Outro music: "It's a Fine Line," by Country Kitchen.

Jun 2, 2017

In their last porch talk (for a while anyway), Colin and Sydney (aka Bun and Hawk) recap their unusual experiences in Colonial Beach, Virginia ("the CB"). With a move to Richmond coming up, the two take time to talk about a foul-mouthed stalker, Basquiat paintings, and the moxie needed to start a restaurant. It's the most profanity-laden episode yet!

May 24, 2017

Does Colin love D.C.? He's not sure. But earlier this month, he had a good weekend in the nation's capital, where he visited the White House, saw a show, and got close to the Pentagon. They say you shouldn't meet your heroes, but Colin did: comic and podcast guru Marc Maron, who was playing at the Warner Theatre. You'll also hear about graffiti art, a Russian lifeguard, and Colin almost getting killed by an umbrella. It's Amerikan Rambler's super terrific happy D.C. adventure!

May 15, 2017

Kathryn Shively Meier is a professor of the Civil War and military history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She and Colin talk about how a California native with a background in poetry and opera became interested in the Civil War. They also discuss grad school, Kathryn's prize-winning book Nature's Civil War, and their mutual admiration for historians Charles Royster and Gary Gallagher.

May 3, 2017

David Cox is a UVA graduate, doctor of theology, and the author of The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee. He and Colin talk in Lexington (where Lee is buried) about the general's religious beliefs and how he tried to live the life of a good Episcopalian. In the intro, Colin discusses how the late author James Dickey (who wrote Deliverance) seems to be following him around.

Apr 26, 2017

Mehdi Aminrazavi is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. A native of Iran, he received his education in the United States and has lived and taught in Virginia for decades. He and Colin talk about Islam: how it developed, its central beliefs and practices, and how it has evolved since the time of Mohammad.

Apr 21, 2017

In the second part of their talk, Colin and Dr. Johnson discuss the good old days of academia, the Obama presidency, and the dangers of thinking of America as a "post racial" society. Dr. Johnson also explains how he got from Syracuse to Washington, D.C., to the Northern Neck of Virginia. In the intro, Colin explores his dislike of Brad Pitt and his fondness for a certain French actress.

Apr 19, 2017

John L. Johnson lives in Virginia now, but he is a native of Detroit. He and Colin talk about his southern roots, slave ancestors, and his long career in education. Dr. Johnson also looks back at growing up in Michigan during World War II, entering college at 16, and his move to Syracuse University and later Washington, D.C. Also, in the introduction, Colin talks about “April Brain,” and why you might be feeling a little crazy this time of year.

Apr 12, 2017

Part two of Colin's talk with Mark Stielper, an authority on Johnny Cash and the Cash family history. Episode two begins with a discussion of the talented and sometimes controversial June Carter Cash. And in the intro, Colin remembers Bob Wootton, who died on Sunday at the age of 75. Bob was Cash's guitarist for 30 years and the keeper of the essential "boom chicka boom" sound after the death of Luther Perkins.

Apr 7, 2017

Mark Stielper is a historian of Johnny Cash and the Cash family, who has been involved in many books and films. He also knew Johnny Cash personally and even played with him on stage in Virginia. After years of collaborations, he's now writing his own book on Cash. Colin and Mark discuss Johnny's life and career. It's a two part episode dedicated to the Man in Black.

Mar 21, 2017

Jim Hall worked as a newspaper writer for decades. Now, he's publishing history. Jim and Colin talk about Jim's journalism career in Bowling Green and Fredericksburg and his long study of racial violence in Virginia, which he began as a graduate student at VCU. Now, he has a book that examines the last lynching in northern Virginia.

Mar 7, 2017

Bernie Barclay was born in Ohio, but she’s lived in Virginia most of her life. She works with Colin at Stratford Hall. Their talk puts the “ramble” in Amerikan Rambler, covering everything from Iron Maiden and transgender bathrooms to growing up in Gloucester County, Turkish politics, and early Genesis. People born between 1972 and 1975 might be especially interested, but y’all should check this one out.

Mar 1, 2017

Dale Brumfield is an author, journalist, teacher, historian, and veteran of the Richmond zine scene of the early 1980s. He has written about his years working at an amusement park and is now finishing a new book on the prison system. Colin talks with Dale about saving an obscure Judd Nelson film, the alternative press in Richmond, and the history of the Virginia penitentiary.

Feb 17, 2017

Stephen Railton has taught in the English department at the University of Virginia for forty years. His specialty is nineteenth century American literature, and he has done major work on James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain. He’s also overseeing the Digital Yoknapatawpha project at UVA. Colin and Steve talk about Faulkner, his books, and how he ended up in Charlottesville

Feb 8, 2017

James “Bud” Robertson published his first book on the Civil War in 1963. Among other accomplishments, he taught at Virginia Tech for decades, has written the definitive biography on Stonewall Jackson, and acted as a historical consultant to the 2003 film Gods and Generals. Now, he’s working on a new book on Robert E. Lee. Bud talks with Colin about studying at Emory, being in the White House when JFK died, and his relationship with Robert Duvall.

Feb 1, 2017

Major Scott Slaten retired from the army after more than twenty years in the service. In this episode, he talks about how he got involved in the armed forces and how it took him from Italy to Germany, Kosovo to Iraq. It’s a two part tour through the last thirty years of U.S. military history.

Jan 26, 2017

Major Scott Slaten retired from the army after more than twenty years in the service. In this episode, he talks about how he got involved in the armed forces and how it took him from Italy to Germany, Kosovo to Iraq. It’s a two part tour through the last thirty years of U.S. military history.

Jan 17, 2017

Richard Meagher teaches politics and philosophy at Randolph-Macon College. He also recently took on the “heritage” crowd in several op-eds for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Colin talks with Rich about teaching, his recent forays into Confederatelandia, the Trump revolution, and, of course, good local craft beers.

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