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The Anytown, USA Podcast

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Each episode, we randomly choose a new location in the USA and find out the most interesting story we can about it.

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Each episode, we randomly choose a new location in the USA and find out the most interesting story we can about it.

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33 Ratings
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Great listening for the whole family

By marysakp - Jul 13 2017
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We can't wait for the next episode!! This podcast is binge-worthy for so many reasons.

such a delight

By 357873246 - Jul 12 2017
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I need more specific podcasts like this! so focused, so interesting, so great

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
1
1
0
1

Great listening for the whole family

By marysakp - Jul 13 2017
Read more
We can't wait for the next episode!! This podcast is binge-worthy for so many reasons.

such a delight

By 357873246 - Jul 12 2017
Read more
I need more specific podcasts like this! so focused, so interesting, so great
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The Anytown, USA Podcast

Latest release on Jun 16, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: Bonus episode! Justin from Generation Why tells us about the Kansas City Massacre

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In this special bonus episode, we chat with Justin Evans (of the Geneation Why and The Peripheral Podcasts) about a story from his hometown's past: the Kansas City Massacre.

Jul 23 2018

33mins

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Rank #2: Nevada County, CA: The Donner Party

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A small resort community in the California mountains hides a dark history. Yep, we're going there: It's the freaking Donner Party.

Jul 16 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Lincoln-palooza: Springfield, Il

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Springfield is all about Abraham Lincoln, but hey, what about Mr. Accordion? Also, the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, a giant PLAYABLE bell tower.

Apr 30 2019

39mins

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Rank #4: Blind Bluesmen and a Disappearing Daughter: Anson County, North Carolina

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We take a look at Morven, North Carolina, where a community comes together to support literacy. Then, we investigate the nearby ghost town of Sneedsboro and a tale of disappearance that began at its once-famous Inn. Along the way, we meet Blind Boy Fuller, a virtuoso of Piedmont Blues.

Jul 02 2018

47mins

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Rank #5: Lake County OR: Perpetual Geysers and Sheepshooting Murderers

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The atlas takes us to Lake County Oregon, home to geologic oddities and the rumors of rangewars past. We tak about alkali lakes where fish won't swim and the legacy of the Sheepshooters.

Aug 08 2018

40mins

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Rank #6: Hartford County, CT: Black dogs and Harriet Beecher Stowe

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We check out Bloomfield, CT, one-time home to the New England Muscle Bicycle Museum and the most depressing group of Whigs in the world. Also: Legends of black dogs in the nearby Hanging Hills, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's declining years.

Feb 11 2019

49mins

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Rank #7: Itasca County, MN: Unkillable Louts and Native American Uprisings

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We visit Itasca County, home of lakes, logging and long-ago louts. We tell the story of Sam Christy, an 1880s roustabout who could take a real beating, and look at one of the last altercations between the US Army and a Native American group, the Battle of Sugar Point. Also, who stole the ruby slippers?

Sep 02 2018

48mins

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Rank #8: Rattlesnake Stations and Stage Coach Barons: Mountain Home, ID

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Somehow, Mountain Home, Idaho, isn't in the mountains. In fact, it was founded when one town more or less swiped a post office from another. In this episode, we talk about this little town's peculiar history, as well as Evel Knieval's fateful fall in the nearby Snake River Canyon. Along the way, we'll meet a scoundrel stage coach baron and visit a charming wall made of pennies.

Feb 26 2019

41mins

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Rank #9: Guam: Not a state, not a county.

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From the legacy of colonialism to forgotten Japanese soldiers, we enter uncharted territory (literally) with our first episode devoted to a US territory.

Sep 09 2019

54mins

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Rank #10: Cedar Crest, New Mexico

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In this Anytown, USA/City on the Edge mashup, your hosts Ty Bannerman, Courtney FitzGerald and Mike Smith take a look at Cedar Crest, New Mexico, and the peculiar man who founded it.

Dec 17 2019

46mins

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Rank #11: The Valley of the Crooked Stream: Fulton County, NY

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The first European claim on land that would become part of Fulton County, NY was a tract of Mohawk hunting ground called the Valley of the Crooked Stream. We tell the ignominious story of how this parcel came into European hands.

Sep 23 2019

29mins

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Rank #12: Lincoln, NE: Gas-powered roller skates and the Great Sheedy Murder Trial

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On a cold night in January, 1891, local gambler and influential citizen John Sheedy was felled by a blow to his head. Although doctors determined it wasn't life-threatening, he was dead by 10pm the next day. What happened? Was it a convoluted plot by his wife's lover, or were there even more sinister forces at work? This episode, we discuss the Great Sheedy Murder Case, learn the peculiar reason Lancaster NE was renamed "Lincoln," and check out the National Museum of Roller Skating.

Jun 19 2017

47mins

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Rank #13: One man's wasteland. Cecil Garland and Juab County, Utah.

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When the US Air Force was looking for empty land on which to build a massive MX missile base, Juab County, Utah, seemed like a no-brainer. After all, only 10,000 people lived there. Unfortunately for them, one of those people was Cecil Garland.

We tell the story of how Garland stood firm against the US Government's plan to exploit the land he loved.

Oct 29 2019

29mins

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Rank #14: Hypocritical VPs and exhaustive photo projects-- Johnson County, Iowa

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We look at Johnson County, Iowa, named after a particularly hypocritical vice president of the United States, and the town of Oxford, where nearly every citizen was photographed in 1984 and then again in 2005.

Aug 07 2019

43mins

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Rank #15: Airships and Pine Robbers: Ocean County, NJ

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We check out the island town of Barnegat Light, named after the US's second tallest lighthouse, and find stories of airship disasters, cranberrie bogs and Bloody pine robbers. Oh, and muskrats.

Dec 03 2018

49mins

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