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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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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.

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.

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