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American Rambler with Colin Woodward

Based in Richmond, Virginia, American Rambler discusses history, music, film, politics, and pop culture. The show is hosted by Colin Woodward, a historian, writer, and archivist. Episodes feature long form interviews that looks at people's upbringing, education, career path, and creative work. Along the way, Colin talks with guests about how artists and intellectuals must navigate the changing technological, creative, and political waters in America. it's a show that talks about everything from the Civil War to Netflix.
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Now displaying: January, 2019
Jan 29, 2019

Jon Bachman stops by again to talk with Colin about a film he recently saw and is excited about, Rumble: Native Americans Who Rocked the World. Jon discusses Link Wray's Virginia connections, Jon's family's own music history, the realities of teaching history to the pubic, and of course, politics. It's an episode that covers everything from The Divine Comedy (the 1940s one) to Carl Jung!

Jan 25, 2019

John Heckman is the Tattooed Historian. He is prone to go "all in" when it comes to his work. But as he tells Colin, it took him a while before he decided history was what he wanted to do with his life. Despite the fact that he was running a Civil War artillery unit as a living historian in his teens, he tried accounting and other jobs before realizing history was his true passion.

John now has a podcast, where he is talking with some of the best historians in the field about their craft. His story shows how our fear of failure--hopefully--is eventually overcome by our fear of never having done what we really want to do.

Jan 13, 2019

Over the past thirty years, Brian Palmer has worked at various jobs around the globe as a journalist, filmmaker, photographer, and teacher. He is based in Richmond now, but he is originally from the northeast, where he attended Brown University. Since then, he has covered news in places as diverse as China and Iraq.

Recently, Brian published an article, "The Costs of the Confederacy" in Smithsonian, which examines how public dollars have been used in the South to fund "heritage" projects and their warped take on slavery and the Civil War. Brian's fascination with history, our racial past, and public memory has served him well as he fights a new battle to reclaim an African American cemetery in Richmond's East End. 

Jan 11, 2019

In preparation for a talk he recently gave at an undisclosed location, Colin talks about his career as an archivist, which began in 2007 at the Virginia Historical Society and has continued on to Smith College, the University of Arkansas Little Rock, and Stratford Hall. What's it like being an archivist, and how does a historian make the transition from graduate school to the archives world? Listen and find out! 

Jan 4, 2019

Dave Coogan is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also the editor of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, which collects stories from various people who who found themselves in the criminal justice system in Richmond. A native of New England, Dave talks about how he ended up in Virginia and how a horrible crime in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond led him on a path to his current work. He talks with Colin about the importance of getting people--whether criminals, students, or family members--to tell their stories. And he will soon be telling more stories on his own podcast.

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