Our Americana

Our Americana

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Our Americana is a podcast that explores unique small towns across America and examines the stories that impact, cultivate, and challenge community.
4.4: Roadside Attractions (Monuments)
Aug 2 • 60 min
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…
4.3: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (Majority Vote)
Mar 29 • 52 min
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,…
4.2: Greensburg, Kansas (The Tornado)
Mar 15 • 43 min
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…
4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)
Mar 1 • 73 min
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…
Season 4: Prologue
Feb 28 • 6 min
Our Americana returns tomorrow, with 12 new stories about community in Small Town America. #FindYourPlace in America.
Austin, Indiana (An Interlude): A Personal Story
Oct 31, 2017 • 37 min
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.…
Season 3 Outro
Sep 11, 2017 • 33 min
We close off season 3 with updates. Updates on past guests, updates on Josh, and previews for his other podcasts. Updates on:Benny - Salem , OregonBrit Webb - Marfa, TexasRosie & Kate - Chincoteague, VirginiaRabia & Jenn - City Island, New YorkEugene Amos…
S03|E12: Hometown Stories: Jen (Palm Beach, Florida)
Jul 28, 2017 • 54 min
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
S03|E11: A Year of Podcasting (Nina Innsted, Chris Braaten, Deana Marie)
Jul 6, 2017 • 63 min
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
S03|E10: A Year of Podcasting (WY, LA, OK w/ Jeremy Collins & Holly Hall)
Jun 18, 2017 • 48 min
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…
S03|E09: A Year of Podcasting (North Carolina w/ Steven Pappas)
Jun 8, 2017 • 48 min
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…
S03|E08: Roadside Attractions (The World’s Biggest Fish)
Jun 1, 2017 • 53 min
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…
S03|E07: In America (#VanLife2)
May 19, 2017 • 49 min
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…
#VanLife (Rebroadcast)
May 3, 2017 • 72 min
A rebroadcast of S02|E05 and a primer for this week’s forthcoming episode.
S03|E06: Austin, Indiana: Part 2 (The Next Right Thing)
Apr 28, 2017 • 54 min
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,…
S03|E05: Austin, Indiana (An Interlude)
Apr 19, 2017 • 37 min
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
S03|E04: Austin, Indiana: Part 1 (Five Percent)
Mar 31, 2017 • 35 min
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.
S03|E03: Green Bank, West Virginia (The Quiet Zone)
Mar 22, 2017 • 46 min
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…
S03|E02: Fairfield, Iowa (Microcommunities/Microcosms)
Mar 13, 2017 • 45 min
In a rural Iowa town rooted in Transcendental Meditation and home to the microcommunity movement, community-building and intention have been redefined.
S03|E01: Longville, Minnesota (Bruno)
Feb 28, 2017 • 42 min
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
Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)
Feb 14, 2017 • 43 min
(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…
The Karen & Ellen Letters Preview
Feb 7, 2017 • 7 min
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…
Season Three Preview
Feb 6, 2017 • 6 min
“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.
Gold River, British Columbia: Part II (Of Stars)
Jan 24, 2017 • 50 min
(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.
Gold River, British Columbia: Part 1 (Luna the Whale)
Jan 17, 2017 • 46 min
(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…
Year-in-Review (16, 17)
Jan 6, 2017 • 87 min
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…
S02|E07: Petoskey, Michigan (Holiday Open House)
Dec 1, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Hometown Stories: Adrienne (New Bern, NC)
Nov 29, 2016 • 31 min
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…
S02|E06: Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)
Nov 25, 2016 • 43 min
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:…
Morgantown, West Virginia (Sister, Take the Back Door)
Nov 9, 2016 • 76 min
(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…
(BONUS) Gold River Minisode
Nov 1, 2016 • 15 min
In this exclusive minisode, we return to Gold River and chat with Donna, Mike, Suzanne, and Eugene about the relationships between humans and wild animals. Eugene dives deep into some of his own stories highlighting these relationships and the importance…
S02|E05: North American Highways (#VanLife)
Oct 26, 2016 • 72 min
It’s how this whole thing started. When we set off on the open road that May evening, we knew our lives were about to change; we had no idea exactly how. We had no idea exactly how much, how wonderfully; how it would take us to right here, right now.…
(BONUS) Madrid Minisode
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
In this mini Madrid follow-up, Connie talks about how homeschooling her son became a community undertaking. We also get a brief look at Madrid’s rich history and what happened when Hollywood tried to take over the town. Plus, the owner of the local…
S02|E04: Madrid, New Mexico (M.I.S.T.)
Oct 11, 2016 • 50 min
A high desert ghost town is revitalized as an unincorporated, off-the-grid artists’ community. In this ungoverned, un-policed town of 219, law enforcement consists of a self-appointed, five-person Intervention and Safety Team. This town and its governing…
S02|E03: Gold River, British Columbia: Part II (Of Stars)
Sep 22, 2016 • 50 min
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. This week’s guests: Jamie James: Jamie is a member of the…
S02|E02: Gold River, British Columbia: Part I (Luna the Whale)
Sep 15, 2016 • 46 min
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…
S02|E01: Berkshire County, Mass. (Berkshares)
Sep 9, 2016 • 43 min
In the season two premiere, we… encounter some growing pains and quality control issues while using fancy new equipment …we also head to a rural county in the Berkshires, where the coalescence of agriculture, city weekenders, and a regional currency…
Origins: I Know Places
Aug 18, 2016 • 54 min
This week, we’re taking a travel break and talking about the origins of Our Americana, getting a preview of the next few episodes, and heading back to some of our favorite conversations and getting a behind the scenes look at them. Our Americana is…
S01|E07: Marfa, Texas (Marfa is Over)
Aug 11, 2016 • 65 min
What happens when the town you live in, your home, your culture, your community, becomes a trend? And then, what happens when people declare that trend dead? This week we go to the tiny West Texas art mecca, in the middle of nowhere, to find out. It was…
S01|E06: City Island, New York (In The Shadow of New York)
Aug 3, 2016 • 85 min
This week we head to a small and sleepy island town, that somehow exists in quiet isolation in the shadow of New York City. In this episode, you’ll meet a New York mother who wanted her kids to have the free and easy childhood she had in 1970s Oregon; the…
S01|E05: San Lorenzo Valley, California (Serial Killers, Ghosts, & Bigfoot)
Jul 26, 2016 • 95 min
Deep in the Santa Cruz mountains is a cluster of towns… I think we all have that place; that place you run away to, to escape from the real world. This was mine. I grew up about an hour and a half from the San Lorenzo Valley. And when I needed to escape…
S01|E04: Morgantown, West Virginia (Sister, Take The Back Door)
Jul 7, 2016 • 76 min
Sister, take the back door. 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.…
S01|E03: Port Townsend, Washington (We Found Busytown)
Jun 22, 2016 • 70 min
On the peninsula of a peninsula, in the northwest of the Northwest, there is a town whose citizens pride themselves on being masters of trade; and that trade is less commodity and more currency. Some call it Busytown, others refer to it as Lynchian; we…
S01|E02: Chincoteague, Virginia (Foodtrucks & Ponies)
Jun 10, 2016 • 49 min
The island of ponies… and food trucks. Chincoteague is a small island off the coast of Virginia that is inhabited by wild ponies. You may remember the book “Misty of Chincoteague” - Yeah, that Chincoteague. In this episode I chat with 3 pairs of…
S01|E01: Petoskey, Michigan (Going Small)
Jun 2, 2016 • 71 min
It seemed only right that the first episode of Our Americana’s podcast be about Petoskey. It was our favorite stop on the trip, and a place we’ve come to speak of us our own personal eden: that place you hope to end up. In this episode, I chat with five…