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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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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

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
0
0
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

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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.

Rank #1: 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
48 mins
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Rank #2: Bonus episode! Moxie LaBouche of Your Brain on Facts tells us macabre stories from Richmond, Virginia

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We are joined by guest Moxie LaBouche of the Your Brain on Facts podcast to discuss some creepy goings-on in Richmond, Virginia. Confederate statues, grave robbers and even a vampire each make an appearance.

Sep 19 2018
52 mins
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Rank #3: Cleveland County, Arkansas: Carpetbaggers and Bear-Wrestling Coaches

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We take a trip to Cleveland County, Arkansas and find out how Coach Bear Bryant gained his name and Stephen Dorsey lost a county. Hint: Wrestling bears is better for your reputation than stealing railroads.

Oct 08 2018
56 mins
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Rank #4: Oxford, Miss: The Ole Miss Riot

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We are joined by a REAL LIVE one-time Oxford, Mississippi resident who fills us in on the city's history. We then take a dive into the Ole Miss riots, when white supremacists tried to stop James Meredith, the Universty's first black student, from enrolling.

Nov 01 2018
45 mins
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Rank #5: Tensas Parish, Louisiana: White Liners and Voting Rights

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We look at the history of Tensas Parish and uncover a terrible story of voter suppression in the wake of Reconstruction.

Aug 20 2018
39 mins
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Rank #6: 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
40 mins
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Rank #7: 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
33 mins
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Rank #8: 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
59 mins
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Rank #9: 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
47 mins
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Rank #10: Clay Pipes and Civil Surrenders: Appomattox County, Virigina

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We start in Pamplin City, one-time manufacturers of popular clay pipes and end up in Appomattox Courthouse, the site of Robert E. Lee's surrender to U.S. Grant.

Jun 18 2018
46 mins
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Rank #11: Hatchet Wielding Women and Land Running Settlers: Barber County, KS

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Our ongoing journey takes us to Barber County, Kansas, where we learn the story of the the hatchet slinging temperance warrior, Carrie A. Nation, and the 1893 Land Run where 100,000 settlers raced for a chance at the American Dream.

Jun 05 2018
46 mins
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Rank #12: Evil Hunters and Misguided Bureaucrats: Eagle County, CO

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We take a look at Eagle County, Colorado, home of the Gore Range which was named after one of the worst people to ever slaughter buffalo, Sir St. George Gore. Courtney tells the story of how the Utes were forced out of their homeland due to a misguided, reform-minded bureaucrat.

May 20 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #13: Waterfalls and Bear Attacks: Cascade County, Montana

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We talk about the history of Cascade County, MT, from Lewis and Clark's bear encounters to the environmental legacy of the Anaconda Smelter Stack. Also: the interracial founders of Belt, MT and the natural wonders of the Great Falls themselves.

May 07 2018
59 mins
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Rank #14: Manhattan, NV. Ghost towns and nuclear warnings to the future

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We start in Manhattan, Nevada, a town that's died and been reborn several times, before checking out the rest of Nye County. We find stories of a man who tried to turn himself into a tiger and a US county with a population of 0, no buildings and no paved roads. Finally, we touch on the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository and the problem of how to warn future generations away from our deadly trash.

Sep 11 2017
39 mins
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Rank #15: Onida, SD: Hutterites, Black Homesteaders and Grasshopper Plagues

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We virtually travel to Onida, South Dakota, learn about the life of African American homesteader Norvel Blair, the "science" of water witchery and the intriguing varieties of Hutterites, an anabaptist sect similar to the Amish.

Jul 24 2017
46 mins
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Rank #16: San Saba, TX: Captain McDonald and the San Saba Murder Society

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We check out Richland Springs, Texas (go Coyotes!) and learn about San Saba County, where football games are played over an unmarked graveyard. For our history segment, we go back to the 1890s, when  honest townsfolk lived in fear of the San Saba Murder Society. Until, that is, Captain Bill McDonald arrived with the Texas Rangers and saw that law and order was restored.

Jul 09 2017
53 mins
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Rank #17: 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
47 mins
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Rank #18: 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
39 mins
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Rank #19: 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
41 mins
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Rank #20: 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
49 mins
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