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.
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.
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!
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."
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!