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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.

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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.

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Beautiful stories

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Really well told, beautiful stories. Don't miss it

Josh is all an amazing

By Dragonfly1971 - Dec 21 2017
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Human. He is humanity at its finest hour. Keep up the good work. Christy Hagenbaugh Marine mom.

iTunes Ratings

79 Ratings
Average Ratings
76
2
0
0
1

Beautiful stories

By Veriance - Mar 20 2018
Read more
Really well told, beautiful stories. Don't miss it

Josh is all an amazing

By Dragonfly1971 - Dec 21 2017
Read more
Human. He is humanity at its finest hour. Keep up the good work. Christy Hagenbaugh Marine mom.
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Our Americana

Latest release on Dec 17, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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

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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.

Apr 01 2017

35mins

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Rank #2: Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)

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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.

Feb 14 2017

43mins

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Rank #3: Gold River, British Columbia: Part II (Of Stars)

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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.

Jan 24 2017

50mins

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Rank #4: S01|E03: Port Townsend, Washington (We Found Busytown)

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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 called it home for a month, while Andrew renovated Vantasia.

Today we head to Port Townsend, and tell stories of tazing deer, a boat race to Alaska, a family who dresses as superheroes, feasting on roadkill, and me slowly losing my mind in a cabin in the woods.

Our Americana is hosted by Josh Hallmark
Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.our-americana.com/podcast

This week's guests: Erica Dirksen, Matthew Nienow, and Xep Campbell

Music by: Dave Depper, Will Bangs, Alex Fitch, Podington Bear, and DR

Jun 23 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: Season Three Preview

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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.

Feb 06 2017

6mins

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Rank #6: 4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)

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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

Mar 01 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: S03|E03: Green Bank, West Virginia (The Quiet Zone)

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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

Mar 22 2017

46mins

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Rank #8: S03|E02: Fairfield, Iowa (Microcommunities/Microcosms)

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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.

Mar 14 2017

45mins

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Rank #9: S03|E01: Longville, Minnesota (Bruno)

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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

Feb 28 2017

42mins

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Rank #10: The Karen & Ellen Letters Preview

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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

Feb 08 2017

7mins

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Rank #11: Season 4: Prologue

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

Feb 28 2018

6mins

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Rank #12: Austin, Indiana (An Interlude): A Personal Story

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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.

Oct 31 2017

37mins

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Rank #13: Season 3 Outro

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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 - Gold River, British Columbia
Previews for Josh's other shows:PLAYLIST, Season 1The Karen & Ellen Letters, Season 2

Sep 11 2017

33mins

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Rank #14: S03|E12: Hometown Stories: Jen (Palm Beach, Florida)

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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

Jul 28 2017

54mins

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Rank #15: S03|E11: A Year of Podcasting (Nina Innsted, Chris Braaten, Deana Marie)

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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

Jul 06 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #16: S03|E10: A Year of Podcasting (WY, LA, OK w/ Jeremy Collins & Holly Hall)

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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

Jun 18 2017

48mins

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Rank #17: S03|E09: A Year of Podcasting (North Carolina w/ Steven Pappas)

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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

Jun 08 2017

48mins

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Rank #18: S03|E08: Roadside Attractions (The World's Biggest Fish)

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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

Jun 01 2017

53mins

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Rank #19: S03|E07: In America (#VanLife2)

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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
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May 19 2017

49mins

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Rank #20: #VanLife (Rebroadcast)

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

May 03 2017

1hr 12mins

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