Liz Covart is the host of the popular history podcast Ben Franklin's World. As someone with a Ph.D., she has worked hard to find success as a scholar in the world outside of academia. She talks with Colin about growing up in the Boston area, moving to California to study early American history with Alan Taylor, and the work involved in podcasting and staying relevant on social media. Her efforts have paid off, and last year she won Best History Podcast from the Academy of Podcasters. Interested in good history or even starting your own podcast? Liz is here to help.
Colin Bailey is best known for his work with the Vince Guaraldi trio, whose inspired music helped make the Charlie Brown television shows famous. Colin, though, has played drums with many of the best musicians in the business, from Victor Feldman, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, to Joe Pass, Mel Torme, and Joao Gilberto. Colin tells Colin about growing up in wartime England, his long career in jazz, his thoughts on the Beatles and Ginger Baker, his work on The Tonight Show, and why Astrud Gilberto owes him fifty dollars.
In the intro, Colin talks about Lucky, the last movie starring the great Harry Dean Stanton. To conclude the podcast, Colin offers some wisdom from Charles Bukowski about getting your work done.
Intro music: "Samba de Orfeu" from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus and "Charlie Brown Theme" from A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
Jarret Ruminski lives in Canada now, but he is an Ohio native who has long studied the American South. In the fall of 2017, he published his book The Limits of Loyalty: Ordinary People in Civil War Mississippi. Colin and Jarret talk about the Civil War, but also the perils of the history field and what it's like to be a "recovering academic." Also, what would a talk among historians-who-love-music be without a discussion of Drive-By Truckers? It's a conversation about history, surviving the Trump era, and life after grad school. Aspiring Ph.Ds, you have been warned!
Jon Bachman stops by again to talk music and history. As always, the conversation begins with a discussion of modal jazz, then makes twisted turns into Virginia folklorist A. K. Davis, southern mystic Edgar Cayce, and, of course, Johnny Cash. Also, Jon talks about the upcoming albums by his son, guitar wizard Daniel Bachman.
In the intro, Colin rambles about the recent blustery weather, the start of baseball season, and why you should never casually google Klaus Kinski.