Does Colin love D.C.? He’s not sure. But earlier this month, he had a good weekend in the nation’s capital, where he visited the White House, saw a show, and got close to the Pentagon. They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but Colin did: comic and podcast guru Marc Maron, who was playing at the Warner Theatre. You’ll also hear about graffiti art, a Russian lifeguard, and Colin almost getting killed by an umbrella. It’s AmerikanRambler’s super terrific happy D.C. adventure!
Kathryn Shively Meier is a professor of the Civil War and military history at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She and Colin talk about how a California native with a background in poetry and opera became interested in the Civil War. They also discuss grad school, her prize-winning book Nature’s Civil War, and their mutual admiration for historians Charles Royster and Gary Gallagher.
David Cox is a UVA graduate, doctor of theology, and the author of The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee. He and Colin talk in Lexington (where Lee is buried) about the general’s religious beliefs and how he tried to live the life of a good Episcopalian. In the intro, Colin discusses how the late author James Dickey (who wrote Deliverance) seems to be following him around.
Mehdi Aminrazavi is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. A native of Iran, he received his education in the United States and has lived and taught in Virginia for decades. He and Colin talk about Islam: how it developed, its central beliefs and practices, and how it has evolved since the time of Mohammad.
In the second part of their talk, Colin and Dr. Johnson discuss the good old days of academia, the Obama presidency, and the dangers of thinking of America as a “post racial” society. Dr. Johnson also explains how he got from Syracuse to Washington, D.C., to the Northern Neck of Virginia. In the intro, Colin explores his dislike of Brad Pitt and his fondness for a certain French actress.
Dr. John L. Johnson in the 1970s while at Syracuse University
John L. Johnson lives in Virginia now, but he is a native of Detroit. He and Colin talk about his southern roots, slave ancestors, and his long career in education. Dr. Johnson also looks back at growing up in Michigan during World War II, entering college at 16, and his move to Syracuse University and later Washington, D.C. Also, in the introduction, Colin talks about “April Brain,” and why you might be feeling a little crazy this time of year.
Part two of Colin’s talk with Mark Stielper, an authority on Johnny Cash and the Cash family history. Episode two begins with a discussion of the talented and sometimes controversial June Carter Cash. And in the intro, Colin remembers Bob Wootton, who died on Sunday at the age of 75. Bob was Cash’s guitarist for 30 years and the keeper of the essential “boom chicka boom” sound after the death of Luther Perkins.