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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

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Human. He is humanity at its finest hour. Keep up the good work. Christy Hagenbaugh Marine mom.

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
75
2
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Beautiful stories

By Veriance - Mar 20 2018
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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.

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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.

Rank #1: 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 #2: S02|E05: North American Highways (#VanLife)

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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.

#VanLife is, of course, bigger than just us and our travels. And so, I reached out to some of our fellow roadtrippers to see how life on the road has changed them and their perspective on America.

And, just like with any great roadtrip, some music for the ride.

This week's Insta-guests:

Alex @agirlandhervan
Jace & Giddi @wheninvan
Jennifer @treeoftravel

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:
Dave Depper - Perspective;
Terry Jackson - A Portion of Foxes;
The Impossebulls - Road Warriors;
Westy Reflector - The Long Road Ahead;
The Bowmans - On The Road;
Rho - Shady Ridge Row;
Josh Woodward - Follow The Road;
Jack Kotz - I'm The Only Road You Know;
Ze Trigueiros - Big Road Of Burravoe;
Will Bangs - I'm So Glad You Exist;
spinningmerkaba - The Stars Look Different

Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

Oct 27 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #3: S01|E07: Marfa, Texas (Marfa is Over)

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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 2010 when Huffington Post declared that Marfa was the next big tourist destination. And by 2015, they’d said it was over; that Marfa had killed itself, become a victim of itself.

When I read that 2015 headline and other scathing OpEds. in various media outlets, I couldn’t help but think of our time there. That it was more than just a trendy destination: It was a town, a community, people’s home, a history that reached far beyond the scope of being labeled cool and then uncool.

This week's guests:
John Patrick |
John is a co-founder of Communitie Marfa. He and his partner create sustainable art and apparel. John is passionate about art, and the integrity of art. //

LeAna & Glen Clifton |
LeAna & Glen have lived in Marfa since 2007. They moved there from South Africa, by way of Austin, to start their family and a porcelain jewelry business. //

Brit Webb |
Brit is an 88 year old Marfa staple; he's lived there for over 72 years. He pre-dates Donald Judd. We talked about the history of the town, adaptation to the constant of change, and the best pieces of his life well-lived.

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:
Dave Depper - Perspective;
The Fucked Up Beat - Where Is Everybody/Marfa Ghost Lights;
Hank Hobson - Trip Across The Country;
MUTE - Thru The Dusty Clouds;
Josh Woodward - Gravity;
Will Bangs - Putting Up With The Bullshit
Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

Aug 11 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: S01|E05: San Lorenzo Valley, California (Serial Killers, Ghosts, & Bigfoot)

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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 and just be with my thoughts, I drove through the woods and up into the mountains to this eight mile stretch of one-lane highway. That, over time and through various visits, I'd come to realize had a rich, rich history and folklore.

This is an area where people believe in bigfoot, where they believe that ghosts haunt the woods, where during the 70s and 80s close to a dozen serial killers buried bodies and found victims. It's a place where people believe a spaceship is buried under the mountain that creates electromagnetic abnormalities. And despite all these weird things, it's a loving place with a strong community, where people look out for each other. 
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Kenn Sugiyama
Kenn and I have been friends since I was eighteen. He was one of my first gay friends, and we've shared a rather sordid history, including being scammed by the same con artist. When I was twenty, Kenn and I spent a weekend at the Brookdale Lodge, a notorious haunted hotel with a scandalous and mysterious history. In this episode we try to remember through the years and some mind-altering substances what exactly happened that strange, strange night.
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Maryanne Porter
Maryanne is the founder and lead paranormal investigator of the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters. She is also the author of Haunted Santa Cruz, which is being released by Arcadia Publishing in mid-September. We chatted about her explorations of the San Lorenzo Valley and why its community is so eccentric and accepting.
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Lisa Robinson
Lisa and her family have lived in Boulder Creek since 1990. She is the board president for the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Museum. She is also the Volunteer Collections Manager at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and volunteers at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and at the Genealogy Room of the Santa Cruz County Library. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) Landmark Committee, and is the chair of the Santa Cruz MAH Publications Committee. Her other interests include miniature model building, genealogy, local archaeology and all forms of digital media development. She is a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME). 
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Michael Rugg
Michael is the founder and operator of the Bigfoot Discovery Project & Museum. He is a former digital artist, who worked with Apple and Atari throughout the 80s and 90s. His first bigfoot sighting was as a teen, and he has been collecting information and artifacts ever since. 
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Meghan Costella
Meghan is a health care coordinator who recently relocated from the San Lorenzo Valley to Washington state. She was also my best friend in high school. I spent much of my high school and early college careers torturing and terrifying her by dragging her around Brookdale and the Brookdale Lodge. This podcast interview was the first time we'd talked in over fifteen years. //

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:
Dave Depper - Perspective;
Future Islands - Inch of Dust;
Podington Bear - Morning Mist;
Maps and Diagrams - Last Train Home;
Duke Ellington - Washington Wobble;
David Szesztay - Romance;
Aaron Mist - Whales Inside;
All music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

Jul 26 2016

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: #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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Rank #7: 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 #8: S01|E04: Morgantown, West Virginia (Sister, Take The Back Door)

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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. 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.
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Christina B. Morgan - A Morgantown native and the drag host at Vice Versa, West Virginia's oldest gay bar.
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Ari May Lilli - A twenty year old trans girl who has documented her entire transition through a video blog on YouTube. www.youtube.com/channel/UCWTTwqjBpnVNVORLOdeIBjg/feed

Our Americana is hosted by Josh Hallmark.
Learn more at www.our-americana.com

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.our-americana.com/podcast

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

Jul 07 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: S03|E06: Austin, Indiana: Part 2 (The Next Right Thing)

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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

Apr 29 2017

54mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Morgantown, West Virginia (Sister, Take the Back Door)

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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

Nov 09 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #15: S01|E06: City Island, New York (In The Shadow of New York)

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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 man who saved his family home by turning his father's hoarding into a business of selling nostalgia; and a young man who has used his political career to help revitalize the island he grew up on.

But just as I was about to finish the episode, something happened. A community came together to help save one of their own, in the most touching way.
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This week's guests:
Jessica Wolk-Stanley |
Jessica is an illustrator and the creative dynamo behind The Friendly Robot Studio, headquartered on City Island in the Bronx. She and hard-working robots specialize in fun and silly illustrations for the children's and teenage market. If you ask very nicely though, she also does character design, caricatures, hand-lettering, comics, logos and even maps.
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Dan Treiber |
Dan is a City Island native; a clam-digger. He turned his father's hoarding habit into an industry of selling nostalgia, first at the Brooklyn Flea, and then eventually to a storefront on City Island Avenue. He used this business venture, Dan's Parents' House, to buy the house he grew up in. And then to buy the building his store is in: a historic building on the island, which he is now restoring. Dan is at the forefront of the movement to turn City Island into a tourist destination.
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John Doyle |
John has lived on City Island for twenty five years, since he was five. It was there that John first became involved in civic justice, organizing protests against the surge in Iraq and forums to support living wage jobs for college workers. John has been involved in politics ever since, and is now considered the unofficial mayor of City Island. He's currently running for City Council. 
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Rabia Graney |
Rabia is a retired nurse and has lived on City Island for close to twenty years. She is an active member of the City Islanders & Friends Facebook group, which led to her taking the lead in the search and coordination of services for Jen.
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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:
Dave Depper - Perspective;
Modern Language - The Reprise;
Lee Rosevere - Let's Start At The Beginning;
Lee Rosevere - Looking Back;
Michael Howard - Child Come Home;
Alex Fitch - We Call This Home;
Aaron Mist - Whales Inside;
Alexandre Navarro - Dust v1
Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

Aug 03 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #16: Hometown Stories: Adrienne (New Bern, NC)

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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

Nov 30 2016

31mins

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Rank #17: S02|E06: Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)

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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

Nov 26 2016

43mins

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Rank #18: S02|E07: Petoskey, Michigan (Holiday Open House)

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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

Dec 02 2016

46mins

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Rank #19: S02|E04: Madrid, New Mexico (M.I.S.T.)

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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 by volunteerism will change the way you think about law enforcement, guns, ethics, and their impact on community.

This week's guests:

Connie Mayhew: Connie owns and operates Madrid's one and only roadside attraction, a donation-based photo park.

Mike T: Mike is the self-appointed head of a volunteer security team, in a town with no police.

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:
Dave Depper - Perspective;
Charles Atlas - Demus;
Nowhere Home - Happy The Playground Chimes;
Alex Fitch - Secret Place

Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

Oct 12 2016

50mins

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Rank #20: 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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