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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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Jan 6, 2017

On the mend from another mutant pig virus, Bun and Hawk look back on the shit storm that was 2016. Listen as they go over the the “Death List,” which leads to some ill-prepared commentary about the many celebrities who left us last year. Bowie. Prince. Merle Haggard. Carrie Fisher. Two members of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. This episode covers everything from Phantasm and Time Bandits to the real-life inspiration for Don Draper. Bun and Hawk: what better way to usher in 2017?

Dec 13, 2016

Scott Hill was born in Texas, but he is a proud Coloradan. The son of a navy pilot, he works at the birth site of George Washington in the Northern Neck of Virginia. He’s devoted life to public history and the National Park Service. Scott and Colin talk about everything from the Civil War to the National Holocaust Museum to Ford’s Theater.

Dec 7, 2016

Steve Katz is a guitarist, songwriter, and author, known for his work with Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and as the producer for three Lou Reed albums. Colin and Steve talk over dinner about music, politics, and Steve’s memoir, Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years. They also try to answer the question: is Steve Katz a rock star?

Nov 21, 2016

Fredericksburg is a nice place to spend a day thinking about and experiencing history. It's also a good place to get a cup of coffee. But Colin's recent visit to Fredericksburg took place in the wake of what historians should be calling the Revolution of 2016. The Rambler discusses what he thinks of Trump and how his election will affect the country.

Nov 16, 2016

Gary Olsen lives in Virginia, but he grew up in the Boston area, where he studied film at Emerson College. After thirty years in the Justice Department, Gary now spends his retirement days lecturing on movies. He recently concluded a monthly series at the Fredericksburg public library on great directors and best picture contenders. Gary and Colin talk about everything from Scorsese to Hitchcock, to D. W. Griffith and Spielberg (and how Jaws may have both saved and ruined Hollywood).

Nov 4, 2016

In this episode, Colin talks about three things: Foghat, his visit in September to the Antietam battlefield, and Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. It's his most Maryland episode yet!

Nov 1, 2016

Karen Louvar is Collections Manager at Stratford Hall. She now lives in Virginia, but her moves across the country tell us a lot about surviving in the 21st century economy. Karen talks with Colin about growing up in West Virginia, her years in college in Kentucky, and the eternal resting place of "Socks," the presidential cat.

Oct 26, 2016

Ira Berlin has been called "one of the greatest living historians of slavery in the United States." His works include Slaves without Masters, Many Thousands Gone (which won the Bancroft Prize), and more recently, The Long Emancipation. He has taught at the University of Maryland for a half century and got his degree at the University of Wisconsin. But he was raised in the Bronx. Here, Dr. Berlin talks about his first plane ride, activism in the 1960s, and why he chose to exchange a lab coat for the historian's garb. Also, Ira and Colin share their thoughts about the 2016 election.

Oct 24, 2016

Bun and Hawk take another swipe at doing a porch podcast. Despite Bun's difficulty staying awake, the two manage to have fun talking about renting in Richmond (including an unpleasant encounter with a rat), Halloween's past and present, and the Trump campaign. Also, Colin manages to ask a question that allows him to do his Marc Maron impersonation.

Oct 24, 2016

William C. Davis is one of the most prolific and prodigious of American historians. Over the past forty years, he has focused on the Civil War era and southern history, writing about everything from Jefferson Davis to the Texas Revolution to--as he shows in his newest book--a New Orleans prostitute who claimed to be a Confederate soldier. Davis worked for 20 years at Civil War Times Illustrated, and has won the prestigious Jefferson Davis award four times. He talks to Colin about growing up in Missouri, college in California, his work ethic, and the near loss of Gregory Peck's hat.

Note: This is a shorter version of a previous podcast. The introduction has been abbreviated to a few minutes.

 

Oct 21, 2016

William C. Davis is one of the most prolific and prodigious of American historians. Over the past forty years, he has focused on the Civil War era and southern history, writing about everything from Jefferson Davis to the Texas Revolution to--as he shows in his newest book--a New Orleans prostitute who claimed to be a Confederate soldier. Davis worked for 20 years at Civil War Times Illustrated, and has won the prestigious Jefferson Davis award four times. He talks to Colin about growing up in Missouri, college in California, his work ethic, and the near loss of Gregory Peck's hat.

In the intro, Colin talks about his battles with a "Mutant Pig Virus" and getting the attention of Foghat during their recent trip to Colonial Beach for Bike Fest.

Sep 29, 2016

Daniel Crofts taught at the College of New Jersey for almost forty years. He is the author of Reluctant Confederates and more recently Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery. Here, he talks with Colin about growing up in Chicago, studying under C. Vann Woodward at Yale, and his adventures teaching in China, following in the footsteps of his missionary grandfather.  

Sep 14, 2016

Amerikan Rambler's first female guest is an important one: his wife! It's also the first podcast the Rambler has done from his front porch. Listen to the soothing sounds of crickets as Sydney and Colin (aka Bun and Hawk) discuss marriage and kids, Pablo Escobar, and the high turnover rate of Foghat. Pull up a rocking chair, pour a glass of wine, and join these two crazy kids for a good ol' downhome southern PG-13 chat.

Sep 9, 2016

Phil Mark has worked at Stratford Hall for nine years as the Director of Preservation. He talks with Colin about growing up outside of Flint, Michigan, raising three kids, and an unpleasant encounter with a Georgia hillbilly. Also, Colin talks about his Labor Day Sunday watching Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band.

Sep 6, 2016

In this episode, Colin uses the Netflix drama Narcos as a jumping off point for talking about his fascination with the deep, deep South: the Caribbean and South America. Along the way, he discusses his trips to the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, bossa nova, and a cranky Massachusetts tour guide in Key West.

Sep 6, 2016

Colin's 41st birthday led to him getting a new computer, which he had mixed feelings about. He spent the anniversary of the battle of Second Bull Run at the battlefield, which provides lessons for even the most hardened Civil War scholar. Also, a showing of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Byrd Theatre last weekend in Richmond turns out to have been the best way to remember Gen Wilder. 

Aug 26, 2016

James Kelly has worked in museums for his whole career, and he and Colin used to work together at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. On this episode, Jim talks about growing up near Philadelphia, his years in Nashville as a grad student, and his childhood obsession with Captain Hook.

Aug 16, 2016

Chip Jones works at Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and the home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence. He’s also a Hokie, football fan, and veteran of the Iraq War. He talks with Colin about growing up in Virginia, college, and his experiences in the Mid-East. Give it a listen!

Aug 8, 2016

Todd Schall-Vess has been manager of the Byrd Theatre for almost 20 years. The Byrd was built in 1928 and is a historic landmark. It’s also one of Colin's own 7 Wonders of the World. In this episode, Colin talks with him about trying to make money in the movie biz, events at the Byrd, and Todd’s favorite movies.

Jul 29, 2016

It’s been hot, baby, and it’s that time of year when people start acting especially crazy. So why not talk politics? A recent, not-for-the-first-time watching of Dirty Harry leads to a discussion of how fascism continues to be a major trope in American politics.

Jul 22, 2016

In this episode, Colin talks about his earliest obsession: baseball. He explores why he's a devoted Red Sox fan, how the game has changed (and how not so much), and why 1994 was when baseball started to go bad, got better, got worse, and will always endure.

Jul 16, 2016

Ed Ayers and Gary Gallagher are two of the best southern historians working today. Ed Ayers is from Tennessee, taught at UVA, and is now president emeritus and professor at the University of Richmond. Gary Gallagher came to UVA by way of Penn State, University of Texas, Colorado, and Los Angeles. Both are now working in the field of Civil War studies. Ed Ayers new book, The Thin Light of Freedom, will be published next fall. Gary Gallagher's most recent book is The American War, which he co-wrote with scholar Joan Waugh, is available in bookstores now.

It's a long episode, but a good one. Give it a listen!

Jul 5, 2016

In this episode, the Colin talks about the patron saint of American Film, Quentin Tarantino, who has directed some Colin's favorite movies, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Colin saw the Hateful Eight, and he discusses that wild ride, along with the rest of the Tarantino oeuvre. Also, Colin talks about a New Year's Eve watching of A Clockwork Orange, why he's not a big fan of The Big Lebowski, and why he wants to call the movie Planet Terror "Planet World."

Jul 1, 2016

Nelson Lankford is the author of several books about the Civil War, including Richmond Burning and Cry Havoc! A Virginia native who received his Ph.D. at Indiana, he was the editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography at the Virginia Historical Society for 30 years. He is retired now, but he still lives in Richmond. He talks with Colin about doing Civil War history, the publishing industry, the writing process, and the recent exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It’s a long talk, but a good one. Check it out!

Jun 30, 2016

A mini-cast about Colin's recent trip to Montpelier, the home of James Madison, which had some interesting artwork. The Rambler also talks briefly about finding the gravesite for Stonewall Jackson's left arm.

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