4.4: Roadside Attractions (Monuments)

August 2, 2018

In this collaboration with The Story Behind podcast, we explore the story behind Roadside Attractions. We take a look at how three Roadside Attractions have impacted and been impacted by community: including the world's largest beagle, the world's (former) largest cherry pie pan, and the Unclaimed Baggage Center (a museum of lost luggage). 

To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com      

Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark & Emily Prokop
Music by Utidur, Mike Durek, and Ryan Andersen / Courtesy of Free Music Archive
Sponsors: Podbean

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4.3: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (Majority Vote)

March 29, 2018

When a rural town's only high school is in jeopardy, the community comes together to change it in some very radical ways. And then the school, in turn, changes the community.

To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com      

Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark
Other music by Jon Luc Hefferman, Kai Engel, Mike Durek, Squire Tuck, Broke for Free, David Hilowitz, and Lee Rosevere / Courtesy of Free Music Archive
Sponsors: Podbean, Blue Sky Vacations

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4.2: Greensburg, Kansas (The Tornado)

March 15, 2018

A tornado forever changes the rural town of Greensburg in the most unexpected way. And we separate ideas and movements from the constraints of politics.     

To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com      

Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark    
Research Assistance by Torey Griffith     
Music by Saito, Chris Zabriskie, Kai Engel, David Mumford, Lee Rosevere, Idmonster / Courtesy of Free Music Archive    Podcast Promo: Pretend Radio     
Sponsors: Podbean

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4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)

March 1, 2018

A rural town, known as The Troll Capital of the World, unites over the attemped banning of a book reading and its very close-to-home consequences.   

To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com    

Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark  
Research by Vanessa York, Nicola Jezequel, Shannon DeFilippas, Jennifer Menges  
Guests: JoEllen Graber, Amy Lyle, and Sarah  
Library recordings from: Carly Fisher, Jane Burns, and Julie Plotkin  
Featuring "Legend of the Wild Horse" by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton  
Other music by Lee Rosevere, Borrtex, Ketsa, Derek Clegg, Chris Zabriskie / Courtesy of Free Music Archive  

Sponsors: Podbean

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Season 4: Prologue

February 28, 2018

Our Americana returns tomorrow, with 12 new stories about community in Small Town America. #FindYourPlace in America.

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Austin, Indiana (An Interlude): A Personal Story

October 31, 2017

REBROADCAST: Josh recounts his personal survival story from a sexual assault that resulted in contracting HIV. It highlights America's complicated relationship with both sexual assault and health care.

It seemed an appropriate time to rebroadcast. Listener warning advised.

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Season 3 Outro

September 11, 2017

We close off season 3 with updates. Updates on past guests, updates on Josh, and previews for his other podcasts.

Updates on:
Benny - Salem , Oregon
Brit Webb - Marfa, Texas
Rosie & Kate - Chincoteague, Virginia
Rabia & Jenn - City Island, New York
Eugene Amos - Gold River, British Columbia

Previews for Josh's other shows:
PLAYLIST, Season 1
The Karen & Ellen Letters, Season 2

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S03|E12: Hometown Stories: Jen (Palm Beach, Florida)

July 28, 2017

We head to South Florida to take a very candid look at the struggles of drug addiction and recovery through the lens of a listener.

Music by: El Perro del Mar, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, and Freya Ridings

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S03|E11: A Year of Podcasting (Nina Innsted, Chris Braaten, Deana Marie)

July 6, 2017

In our final celebration of other podcasts, we talk Detroit with Nina Innsted, Bakersfield with Chris Braaten, and Philly with Deana Marie.

Music by: Custodian of Records, Zachary Wilson, Ryan Little, Audiobinger, and Cloudjumper

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S03|E10: A Year of Podcasting (WY, LA, OK w/ Jeremy Collins & Holly Hall)

June 18, 2017

Our Americana continues celebrating its first birthday by honoring podcasting. In the second of a three part series with various podcasters, Josh sits down with Jeremy Collins (Podcasts We Listen To) and Holly Hall (The Most Wonderful Wonder) to talk about the strange transition from New Orleans to Casper, Wyoming; and how a country band with a love of dark history created one of the most unique podcasts out there.

Music by: Welcome Little Stranger David Szesztay Kosta T Hyson Charles Atlas Vi-Fi

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S03|E09: A Year of Podcasting (North Carolina w/ Steven Pappas)

June 8, 2017

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Our Americana celebrates its first birthday by honoring podcasting the best way we know how: through origin and community. In the first of a three part series with various podcasters, Josh sits down with Steven Pappas of the Is This Adulting? podcast to talk very candidly about his North Carolina upbringing, mental health, religion, evolving ideology, and what it means to be a progressive southern boy.

Music by: Dave Depper, Will Bangs, Milky-Chu, Jon Watts, Johnny_Ripper, and Evgeny Grinko

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S03|E08: Roadside Attractions (The World’s Biggest Fish)

June 1, 2017

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Hot off the heels of #VanLife, we stick to the open road and explore American Roadside Attractions. Manatees, vacuums, Big Fish, and some listener stories.

Music by: Drake Stafford, Broke For Free, Three Chain Links, Maxim Kornyshev, Will Bangs, and Cloudjumper

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S03|E07: In America (#VanLife2)

May 19, 2017

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Josh catches up with the four #VanLifers who he chatted with last July. Jennifer and Josh talk about the privilege of experience. Alex finds solace and liberation in a disconnected life. And we find out whether Giddi and Jace made it back out onto the road after having their baby.

Sponsor the show: www.patreon.com/ouramericana www.paypal.me/ouramericana

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#VanLife (Rebroadcast)

May 3, 2017

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A rebroadcast of S02|E05 and a primer for this week's forthcoming episode.

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S03|E06: Austin, Indiana: Part 2 (The Next Right Thing)

April 28, 2017

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Seth tries to uncover how exactly the epidemics began and continue to occur. Jesse comes through recovery and starts the long road to creating a new life for himself. Holli, once a beacon for hope in Austin, struggles with the intersections of religion, media, and welfare; and then ultimately loses hope, herself.

Sponsor the show at www.Patreon.com/OurAmericana -or- www.PayPal.com/me/OurAmericana

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S03|E05: Austin, Indiana (An Interlude)

April 19, 2017

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We pause the story in Austin, to talk more personally about HIV.

Music by Chris Zabriskie & Luke Pigott.

Sponsor the show at www.Patreon.com/OurAmericana -or- www.PayPal.com/me/OurAmericana

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S03|E04: Austin, Indiana: Part 1 (Five Percent)

March 31, 2017

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In a small, rural Indiana town, what started as a drug epidemic became an HIV crisis. Government, religion, public health, the community, and the media coalesce in their various attempts to help a town in peril.

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S03|E03: Green Bank, West Virginia (The Quiet Zone)

March 22, 2017

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In a town with no radio or cellular waves, with no wifi or cable, life is wonderfully quiet. We examine our strange relationships with technology and meet a woman who suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity so bad, she spent a year living in a Faraday cage.

To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com

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S03|E02: Fairfield, Iowa (Microcommunities/Microcosms)

March 13, 2017

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In a rural Iowa town rooted in Transcendental Meditation and home to the microcommunity movement, community-building and intention have been redefined.

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S03|E01: Longville, Minnesota (Bruno)

February 28, 2017

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A northern Minnesota town, struggling to find its economic identity, gets a little help from an unlikely resident and his uncanny routine. Plus, turtle racing. To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com

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Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)

February 14, 2017

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(Original Broadcast: 11/25/16) In 2013, hundred dollar bills started mysteriously appearing throughout Salem, Oregon; in diaper boxes, tip cups, people's cars. This is the story of the mysterious person hiding them, and how their generosity became contagious.

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The Karen & Ellen Letters Preview

February 7, 2017

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Take a minute (or seven) to check out the newest podcast to join the Our Americana Podcast Network: The Karen & Ellen Letters are found correspondence between two teenage girls and their landlord, over a three year period, from the '80s. This podcast is the reading of those letters and a re-telling of my journey to validate their authenticity. Plus, a weekly roundtable of guest commentators.

www.karenandellen.com

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Season Three Preview

February 6, 2017

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"America is what happens when a community comes together to overcome what feels insurmountable." Our Americana returns on February 28 with 13 episodes over 14 weeks: 9 new towns, roadside attractions, a follow-up on #VanLife, and an update episode.

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Gold River, British Columbia: Part II (Of Stars)

January 24, 2017

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(Original broadcast: 9/22/16) This episode concludes the story of Luna the Whale and his time in Gold River. The town comes together to save Luna, and the town struggles in the wake of his absence and the lessons learned.

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Gold River, British Columbia: Part 1 (Luna the Whale)

January 17, 2017

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(Original broadcast: 9/15/16) In 2001, the small town of Gold River was adopted by a baby orca. Over the next five years, Luna the Whale would both unite and spark debate amongst the previously segregated town. And he would put this isolated Vancouver Island community on the map and at the forefront of an even bigger conversation about what happens when conservation and humanity collide.

Featured Music: Dave Depper, Lee Rosevere, Cloudjumper, Sergey Cheremisinov, Aaron Mist

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Year-in-Review (16, 17)

January 6, 2017

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In this hastily edited, year-in-review episode, I break from tradition to muse on Our Americana’s journey as a podcast and answer some FAQs, look into season three and Our Americana’s new projects, highlight some of 2016’s best podcasts, and share my countdown playlist of 2016's best songs.

See you all in February.

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S02|E07: Petoskey, Michigan (Holiday Open House)

December 1, 2016

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This week is Petoskey's Holiday Open House. In our Season Two Finale, I checked in with some old and new friends as they prepare for the big event; including the event coordinator and the local journalist covering it. Special thanks to Sufjan Stevens, who was raised in Petoskey, for providing the holiday soundtrack.

This week's guests: Kalin Sheick, Matt Mikus, Katie Potts, Andi Symonds, and Zoe Marshall-Rashid.

Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana

Featured Music: Sufjan Stevens - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Sufjan Stevens - Silent Night; Sufjan Stevens - Put The Lights On The Tree; Sufjan Stevens - I'll Be Home For Christmas; Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band - Deck The Halls; Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band - Sleigh Ride; Seth Partridge - Snow Falling On A Quiet Valley; Rue Royale - Deck The Halls; The Nancies - Song For A Winter's Night Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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Hometown Stories: Adrienne (New Bern, NC)

November 29, 2016

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Our Americana listener Adrienne walks us through her hometown. We talk about how tragedy shaped her, politics and conversation in North Carolina, and life in a town full of memories. Plus, a song about bears.

Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Featured Music: Rho - Long Drive Home; Scott Holmes - Childhood Memories; Luke Pigott - Mourning Breathing; Ballpen - The Hometown Dream; Podington Bear - Clouds Pass Softly Deux; Podington Bear - Little Do; Podington Bear - Sunset Stroll; Adrianna Krikl - Know Where Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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S02|E06: Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)

November 25, 2016

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In 2013, hundred dollar bills started mysteriously appearing throughout Salem, Oregon; in diaper boxes, tip cups, people's cars. This is the story of the mysterious person hiding them, and how their generosity became contagious.

This week's guests: Heather Martin, JoAnn Culbertson, and Rob Whelan

Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Special thanks to Night Cadet for the use of their song "Seaside."

Other Featured Music: Dave Depper - Perspective; Will Bangs - The Soft Glow of Christmas Lights; David Szesztay - Take Care; Dave Depper - Acoustic 2; Will Bangs - You Make My Heart Sing So Loud; Dave Depper - Wholesome 1; Josh Woodward - Thanks for Coming (Instrumental); Steve Combs - Thank You (Remix) Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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Morgantown, West Virginia (Sister, Take the Back Door)

November 9, 2016

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(Original broadcast: 7/7/16) Morgantown is a place that defies expectations. Nestled in the lush, green foothills of the Appalachians, is the town that is home to West Virginia University, a large coal-mining population, and West Virginia's oldest gay bar. Against all odds, this gay bar, Vice Versa, has become the center of Morgantown's thriving and connected community. This week we talk to three "sisters" who refuse to be silenced.

This week's guests:

Asra Nomani - A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” Asra was recently the subject of the PBS documentary, "The Mosque in Morgantown" and lead the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Christina B. Morgan - A Morgantown native and the drag host at Vice Versa, West Virginia's oldest gay bar.

Ari May Lilli - A twenty year old trans girl who has documented her entire transition through a video blog on YouTube.

Our Americana is hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana

Music by: Dave Depper, Will Bangs, Alex Fitch, Dr. Turtle, Podington Bear, and David Szesztay

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