Podcast 43: Jim Hall

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Jim Hall worked as a newspaper writer for decades. Now, he’s publishing history. Jim and Colin talk about Jim’s journalism career in Bowling Green and Fredericksburg and his long study of racial violence in Virginia, which he began as a graduate student at VCU. Now, he has a book that examines the last lynching in northern Virginia.

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Podcast 42: Bernie Barclay

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Bernie Barclay was born in Ohio, but she’s lived in Virginia most of her life. She works with Colin at Stratford Hall. Their talk puts the “ramble” in Amerikan Rambler, covering everything from Iron Maiden and transgender bathrooms to growing up in Gloucester County, Turkish politics, and early Genesis. People born between 1972 and 1975 might be especially interested, but y’all should check this one out.

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Podcast 41: Dale Brumfield

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Dale Brumfield is an author, journalist, teacher, historian, and veteran of the Richmond zine scene of the early 1980s. He has written about his years working at an amusement park and is now finishing a new book on the prison system. Colin talks with Dale about saving an obscure Judd Nelson film, the alternative press in Richmond, and the history of the Virginia penitentiary.

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Podcast 40: Stephen Railton

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Stephen Railton has taught in the English department at the University of Virginia for forty years. His specialty is nineteenth century American literature, and he has done major work on James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain. He’s also overseeing the Digital Yoknapatawpha project at UVA. Colin and Steve talk about Faulkner, his books, and how he ended up in Charlottesville.

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Podcast 39: James I. Robertson

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James “Bud” Robertson published his first book on the Civil War in 1963. Among other accomplishments, he taught at Virginia Tech for decades, has written the definitive biography on Stonewall Jackson, and acted as a historical consultant to the 2003 film Gods and Generals. Now, he’s working on a new book on Robert E. Lee. Bud talks with Colin about studying at Emory, being in the White House when JFK died, and his relationship with Robert Duvall.

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Podcast 38: Major Scott Slaten, Part II

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Major Scott Slaten retired from the army after more than twenty years in the service. In this episode, he talks about how he got involved in the armed forces and how it took him from Italy to Germany, Kosovo to Iraq. It’s a two part tour through the last thirty years of U.S. military history.

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Podcast 37: Scott Slaten

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Major Scott Slaten retired from the army after more than twenty years in the service. In this episode, he talks about how he got involved in the armed forces and how it took him from Italy to Germany, Kosovo to Iraq. It’s a two part tour through the last thirty years of U.S. military history.

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