CRN: First Men In: U.S. Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day

In the tradition of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, The First Men In tells the story of the American paratroopers who took on one of the most imporant and dangerous missions of World War 2. On the eve of D-Day, the 82nd Airborne division parachuted into key positions along the Normandy coast, spearheading the assault on Fortress Europe. The lightly-armed soldiers put themselves in between the vulnerable landing beaches and relentless enemy assaults, purchasing with their blood the critical hours the Allies needed to get ashore.

The author of First Men In:G,V U.S. Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day, Ed Ruggero, joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now.

CRN: Historian and author Rick Britton

Local author and historian Rick Britton joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with another quiz. Rick is the editor of the Magazine of Albemarle County History. This year’s lead article is about 4.500 captured prisoners of war who were quartered in Charlottesville during the Revolutionary War. Rick wanted listeners to identify one of two place names in the area that come from the names of men who were kept here.



CRN: Archaeologist Bill Kelso on Jamestown’s 400th

Jamestown Archaeologist Bill Kelso joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to talk about the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first successful English colony in North America. Kelso led efforts to discover the original footprint of the fort, which was for decades thought to have been lost. He and Coy also discuss the Queen’s visit, the fate of the colony at Roanoke Island, and the recent federal recognition of several of Virginia’s Indian tribes.



CRN: Recalling The Cigarette Century

Alan Brandt is Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard University, and the author of the Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America. He joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to recount the days when cigarettes were everywhere, including a Camel advertisement in Times Square that blew smoke. How did we go from aggressive marketing of then to today when tobacco companies have largely moved their profit targets overseas? Brandt explains in this riveting interview.



Monticello Podcasts: Restoration of Monticello’s Dependencies

Plantation houses across the South often contained spaces devoted to various household tasks and the preparation, preservation, and storage of food and drink. These were often separate structures, or outbuildings, arranged near the main house. Such work areas at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, called the Dependencies, were located mostly out of the sight of visitors and the main house, as they were situated below the terraces and in the cellars. Sean Tubbs reports.



Original Knickerbocker: The Life of Washington Irving

Author and historian Andrew Burstein’s new book is the Original Knickerbocker: The Life of Washington Irving. He joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to discuss how Irving was a giant celebrity in the first half of the 1800’s, but most historians say he’s only a minor figure. There are only a few biographies written about him, and Burstein’s book is the first since 1935. Burstein calls Irving the Benjamin Franklin of the 19th century, and says Europeans saw Irving as an American original.



Misquoting Jesus: An interview with religious scholar Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman is the chair of the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s an expert on the early Christian church and the life of Jesus. He joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to discuss his bestselling book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Ehrman traces the early evolution of the Gospels and how slight alterations came about by early scribes who may have made copying mistakes, introducing apocryphal stories. But he says archaeological work is helping scholars like himself find out more about the real history of the New Testament. Ehrman also says the idea of the inerrancy of the Bible is a product of the 20th century. You can also tune in for a twenty second definition of the Gnostics!



Author Examines Supreme Court’s Key Decisions

Author and Attorney Michael Trachtman joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to discuss his new book, The Supreme’s Greatest Hits: 34 Supreme Court Cases that Most Directly Affect Your Life. “During the Alito and Justice Roberts hearings it became more and more apparent to me that there was a tremendous amount of misinformation being doled out to the electorate, to American voters, to the public in general.”

Trachtman examines the cases that “really affect the way people live and really go a long way toward defining what we call our American way of life.”



Charlottesville–Right Now: Robert E. Lee’s engineering career

Local historian Rick Britton joins Coy Barefoot every Friday to talk about days gone by in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This week, Robert E. Lee’s work in the Army Corps of Engineers before becoming the head of the Confederate Army. Rick explains how Lee helped save the harbor in St. Louis