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September 15, 2014

Before the First Shots are Fired

Retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni rose from simple roots to one of the highest positions in military leadership, and he didn’t miss a thing along the way. His new book, “Before the First Shots are Fired, How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield” is an incisive critique of armed engagements past …

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September 8, 2014

The 2014 Early Music Festival

This year’s Early Music Festival is a special one, emphasizing our musical connection with the mother country. Titled “From England to America:
Music, Musicians and Musical Events in Colonial Virginia,” it’s a four-day foray into the sounds of the past.

This week on the podcast, Jane Hanson and Michael Monaco of the Governor’s Music perform a snippet …

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August 25, 2014

African American Religion

To understand the history of African religion in the colonies, the first thing you need to know is that there wasn’t just one African religion. As people from different regions of the continent were transported to servitude, they carried with them the faiths of their homelands: monotheistic, polytheistic, nature-based, saint-centered, and more.

Historian Harvey Bakari describes …

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August 18, 2014

Decimus et Ultimus

Williamsburg is a town with a legacy of producing patriotic fervor. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, her streets have been paced by young men brimming with passion for the country they dream of creating.

One such young man marched under the mantle of a singular moniker: Decimus et Ultimus Barziza. Born with …

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August 11, 2014

The podcast asks: Who’s that guy?

The familiar face often leading Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums belongs to Lance Pedigo, a man who’s found some unexpected fame in keeping the tradition of military music alive in the Revolutionary City.

Known to fans near and far for his purposeful gaze and proud military posture, Pedigo often finds his image on brochures, calendars, …

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August 4, 2014

Spies in the Library

Secreted in the stacks of archives and libraries around the world are the stories of spies and their craft. Inspired by questions sparked by the AMC series, “Turn,” Reference Librarian Allison Heinbaugh stalked the rows of the John D. Rockefeller Library to penetrate the cover of Revolutionary agents.

Don’t be misled by the mild demeanor …

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