The Way of Improvement Leads Home

The Way of Improvement Leads Home
Hosted by John Fea and Drew Dyrli Hermeling
A biweekly discussion dedicated to American History, historical thinking, and the role of history in our every day lives. Cohosted by John Fea and Drew Hermeling.
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Episode 38: Jesus Is the Rock That Rolls My Blues Away

Christianity has had a complicated relationship with rock and roll music. For some, this style is the “devil’s music,” arguing that even Christian rock music is evil. For others, rock and roll is just an art form like any other, whether the lyrics are “secular” or faith inspired. Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling both discuss their experiences with rock music and the Christian faith. They are joined by Randall Stephens, author of The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll.




Episode 37: Should You Go to Grad School?

Episode 37: Should You Go to Grad School? The Way of Improvement Leads Home

May 5, 2018 • Anyone who has been paying attention to higher ed and the humanities knows that job prospects for recently minted Ph.Ds are abysmal. So why do people keep choosing to engage in...

| May 5, 2018

Episode 36: The 18th-Century Atlantic World

Episode 36: The 18th-Century Atlantic World The Way of Improvement Leads Home

April 21, 2018 • Those of us who consider ourselves to be early American historians have been engaging with "the Atlantic World" paradigm for some time now. But what is the Atlantic World and why...

| April 21, 2018

Episode 35: Global Hockey

Episode 35: Global Hockey The Way of Improvement Leads Home

April 7, 2018 • Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling return to a beloved subject, sports culture. While they have previously discussed baseball, the Olympics, and soccer, in this...

| April 7, 2018

Episode 34: Twitterstorians

Episode 33: The Power of Sport The Way of Improvement Leads Home

March 24, 2018 • Although many assume that historians are stuck in the past, social media has revolutionized the ways in which historians engage with the public. Twitter has become an especially...

| March 24, 2018

Episode 33: The Power of Sport

Episode 33: The Power of Sport The Way of Improvement Leads Home

March 3, 2018 • As we wrap up the Winter Olympic season, host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling return to a favorite subject, the power of sport. In this episode, John discusses the...

| March 3, 2018

Episode 32: The Politics of Sex

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February 17, 2018 • Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling continue to explore the many facets of the Culture Wars. Today, they tackle the often taboo subject of sex and politics. John...

| February 17, 2018

Episode 31: Searching for Christian America in a Boston High School

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February 4, 2018 • The practice of historical thinking requires training. In this episode, host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling discuss this crucial habit of the mind, especially within a...

| February 4, 2018

Episode 30: The Evangelicals

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December 21, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 30: The Evangelicals

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December 21, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 29: Libertarianism and Democracy

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November 19, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 28: That Memphis Sound

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October 29, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 27: From Mount Vernon to Mar-a-Lago

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October 15, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 26: The Way of Improvement Returns to the Classroom

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October 1, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville

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September 17, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

| September 17, 2017

Episode 24: The Way of Improvement Leads to Ben Franklin’s World

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June 18, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 23: Giving in America

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May 21, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 22: The History of American Healthcare

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May 7, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 21: Why We Need More Historians in the Silicon Valley

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April 23, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 20: La Vida Baseball

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April 9, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

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Episode 19: American Prophets

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March 26, 2017 • A production of the Way of Improvement Leads Home, a blog dedicated to reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life....

| March 26, 2017

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