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
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.
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.