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We are gearing up for Season 5 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. Stay tuned. New episodes are almost here!
If you are interested in conversations and commentary with some great historians and historical thinkers, you are not going to want to miss this upcoming season. We hope you will download episodes, write reviews of the show at your favorite podcast sites, and share the podcast with your friends. We also invite you to support us financially. The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast is funded primarily by listeners. Check out how you can contribute at our Patreon page. All donor money, of course, goes to the production and development of the podcast. It is used to pay our producer and studio engineer.
We accept pledges and one-time gifts. And you may be eligible for a free The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast coffee mug or a free signed book (including Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump).
Here is a quick summary of all of our episodes:
Episode 1: Jim Grossman, the Executive Director of the American Historical Society, reminds us that “Everything Has a History.”
Episode 2: Historian Daniel Williams talks about the history of the pro-life movement in America.
Episode 3: Yoni Appelbaum, Ideas Editor at The Atlantic, helps us think historically about electoral politics.
Episode 4: Stanford’s Sam Wineburg talks about historical thinking “and other unnatural acts.”
Episode 5: Tim Grove of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum talks about museums and writing history for children.
Episode 6: Nate DiMeo of the wildly popular podcast “The Memory Place” talks about telling stories about the past.
Episode 7: Paul Lukas of ESPN talks about history, memory, nostalgia, and sports uniforms.
Episode 8: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon Reed and Peter Onuf discuss the complex life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson.
Episode 9: Author Marc Dolan discusses the historical, political, and spiritual significance of Bruce Springsteen.
Episode 10: Thomas Jefferson living history interpreter Steve Edenbo talks about what it is like to be a Jefferson re-enactor in a post-Hamilton world.
Episode 11: Historian Ann Little reflects on the writing of biography through the 18th-century life of Esther Wheelright.
Episode 12: Slate‘s Rebecca Onion talks about bringing good history to the public.
Episode 13: NPR reporter Sarah McCammon tells us what it is like to follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
Episode 14: Historian Amy Bass joins us to talk Olympics, baseball, and sports history.
Episode 15: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, the co-author and illustrator of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War, discusses graphic novels as a way of communicating history to the public.
Episode 16: Award-winning historian Manisha Sinha teaches us about the history of abolitionist movement.
Episode 17: Douglas Bradburn, CEO of Mount Vernon, talks with us about George Washington and his Virginia estate.
Episode 18: Historian Bruce Berglund discusses religion and culture in 20th century Prague and we explore the internationalization of American history.
Episode 19: Documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier talks about his film: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story.
Episode 20: Historian Adrian Burgos Jr., editor-in-chief of La Vida Baseball, tackles race, ethnicity, and American baseball.
Episode 21: Scott Hartley, author of The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts will Rule the Digital World, argues that we need more historians in the Silicon Valley.
Episode 22: Bancroft Prize-winning historian Nancy Tomes discusses the history of health-care in America.
Episode 23: Amanda Moniz of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History talks about the history of philanthropy in the United States.
Episode 24: Podcaster Liz Covart talks about podcasting and her popular podcast Ben Franklin’s World.
Episode 25: Kelly Baker, a historian of the KKK, helps us put the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia into historical context.
Episode 26: Kevin Gannon, aka “The Tatooed Prof,” talks history pedagogy and introduces us to his “Teaching Manifesto.”
Episode 27: Historian Julian Chambliss interprets Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago in the context of Florida history, environmental history, and populism.
Episode 28: We talk soul music with Jeff Kollath, executive director of the Stax Museum in Memphis.
Episode 29: National Book Award finalist Nancy MacLean discusses libertarianism and the threat to democracy.
Episode 30: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Francis Fitzgerald discusses the history of American evangelicalism.
Episode 31: History teacher Mike Milway and his students talk about historical thinking in the classroom and the mission of Boston Trinity Academy.
Episode 32: Historian R. Marie Griffith discusses the links between sexual politics and evangelicalism in modern America.
Episode 33: Historian Amy Bass tells us the story of an amazing group of Somali refugees and their quest to win the Maine state soccer championship.
Episode 34: Princeton historian Kevin Kruse tells us what it is like to be a prominent Twitterstorian.
Episode 35: Historian Bruce Berglund is back to talk about his new project on global ice hockey.
Episode 36: Historian Timothy Shannon introduces us to Peter Williamson, an 18th-century life that spans both sides of the Atlantic.
Episode 37: Historian Erin Bartram, the author of the viral blog post “The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind,” helps us answer the question: “Should You Go to Graduate School?”
Episode 38: Randall Stephens talks about the complicated relationship between Christianity and rock ‘n’ roll.
Bonus Live Episode: John and Drew talk about the podcast and digital humanities at the Messiah College Educator’s Day.