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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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Feb 28, 2018

Greg Hansard just finished his first book, German Sailors in Hampton Roads: A World War I Story at the Norfolk Navy Yard, and he talks with Colin about teaching full time after many years of adjunct work and having a 9-5 gig. He also discusses his grandfather's experiences in France in World War II, playing baseball in Germany, and the joys of craft beer. You know, the usual stuff you hear at an Applebee's.

In the intro, Colin talks about getting over yet another cold, his unabashed love for his old Zune, and the uncertainties of owning a Mickey Mouse record player.   

Feb 20, 2018

Historian and confirmed Anglophile Graham Dozier returns to the podcast to talk about his recent visit to London, where Colin lived for a semester back in 1996. Listen as two Civil War guys manage to get through a whole conversation without discussing Richmond monuments! Instead, Colin and Graham discuss why Cromwell died three times, the Mouse Trap's pretty good run, and the pointless mudbath that was World War I. It all begins and ends with the Beatles, of course.

So, hold on tight to your bumper shoot, have a bite of spotted dick, and try not to spill your cuppa Earl Grey. It's the most English episode yet (Patrick Carr excepted)!

Feb 15, 2018

It's part two of Colin's talk with Gettysburg College professor and author Pete Carmichael. Hear more about Pete's work, the Civil War, and today's politics of commemoration.

In the intro, Colin talks about seeing a bunny movie and how it didn't quite make as much of an impact as seeing Nazis melted when he was five.

Feb 7, 2018

Pete Carmichael is one of the busiest Civil War historians working today. He talks with Colin about growing up in Indiana, living in Richmond, and landing in Pennsylvania. He's now a professor of history and the Civil War at Gettysburg College. He has a book coming out in the fall on the "common" soldier of the Civil War. He discusses his latest work, but Colin and Pete cover everything from sports to the Confederate monuments debate. It's a two-part Amerikan Rambler extravaganza!

In the intro, Colin talks about the Super Bowl, the late comedian Bill Hicks, and the odd similarity between one Confederate soldier and Dustin Hoffman.   

Feb 6, 2018

The Rambler be ramlin'. Enjoy this fire pit chat as Colin talks about recent movies, writing projects, TV shows, and the 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this episode, Colin hopes to answer timeless questions such as: Why doesn't Link Wray get the credit he deserves? What is Danny McBride doing in an Alien movie? And just what is Yoda's problem, anyway? It's another amazing episode of free content!

Feb 1, 2018

Michael Streissguth is a music writer, teacher, and filmmaker. His latest project is the documentary film he directed, The Nighthawks on the Blue Highway. He and Colin talk about how he got interested in music as a kid growing up in D.C., his books on Johnny Cash, and his collaboration with the Nighthawks. He also discusses his earlier work on Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold. Lot of music talk here! 

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