We have been in the studio a lot lately as we head for home on Season 5 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast.
So far this season we have talked with:
- Nicole Hemmer (University of Virginia) on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally
- Paul Putz (Messiah College) on “Sportianity”
- Michael Kazin (Georgetown University) on populism in America
- Catherine O’Donnell (Arizona State University) on Elizabeth Ann Seton, America’s first Catholic saint
- Chris Graham (Richmond Civil War Museum) on how churches deal with the legacy of racism
- Robert Whitaker (Louisana Tech University) on history and video games
- Daniel Rodgers (Princeton University) on John Winthrop’s “City Upon a Hill”
- Julie Reed (Penn State University) on Elizabeth Warren and American Indian identity
- Nicolas Proctor (Simpson College) on “Reacting to the Past” history pedagogy
- Jemar Tisby (University of Mississippi) on race and evangelicalism in American history
- Julian Zelizer (Princeton University) on American political history since Watergate
And we are not done!
This weekend we drop Episode 50 with Sara Georgini of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She will discuss her new book Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family.
Yesterday, we interviewed Nicole Kirk of Meadville-Lombard Theological School about her new book Wanamaker’s Temple: The Business of Religion in an Iconic Department Store. Episode 51 will drop in early May.
We have two more guest scheduled. Sam Wineburg of Stanford University will join us in May to discuss his new book Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone). And we wrap-up with history graduate student Bob Crawford, the bass player for the popular band The Avett Brothers!
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I want to end this post by bringing some of our needs to your attention. The podcast will be experiencing some transitions over the summer. Producer Drew Hermeling will continue with the podcast, but he will now need to juggle this work with a new teaching job beginning in August. I am hoping he will be able to stay with us.
Abigail LaBianca, our studio producer, is graduating in May. We are in the middle of securing her replacement, but we are trying to figure out how we are going to pay for this position as we move forward. Nearly all of our original funding for this position has now been spent. As always, we are taking things one day at a time.
I hope you enjoy the rest of Season 5. We are excited about these final four episodes and we really hope we can be back in the Fall! So is Ally: