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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. Each episode takes you to a new town with a different story, told by those affected by it. New to Ou...Show More
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37:14 | Apr 20th, 2017

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

37:14 | Oct 31st, 2017

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. Li...Show More
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54:29 | Jul 28th, 2017

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

54:20 | Apr 29th, 2017

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 religi...Show More

35:39 | Apr 1st, 2017

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.

46:28 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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 Farad...Show More

33:50 | Dec 17th, 2018

Please enjoy the premiere episode of True Crime Bullsh**, which explores American serial killer Israel Keyes, and our relationships with the true crime genre. www.truecrimebullshit.com

02:04 | Dec 17th, 2018

Our Americana is going on hiatus earlier than expected. The show will be back in the spring. In the meantime, I hope you'll check out my new podcast (which I've been working on since 2015): True Crime Bullsh** www.truecrimebullshit.com

42:56 | Nov 16th, 2018

This episode was originally released on 9/9/2016. The Berkshires will be discussed quite a bit in next week's two-part episode, so I'm rereleasing it for reference.  // Rural Berkshire County is where the coalescence of agriculture, city weekenders, ...Show More

1:02:26 | Nov 15th, 2018

This episode was originally released on 8/11/2016. Marfa will be discussed quite a bit in next week's two-part episode, so I'm rereleasing it for reference.  // What happens when the town you live in, your home, your culture, your community, becomes ...Show More

19:38 | Sep 13th, 2018

A man ahead of his time, built an entire town around the timber industry. A century later, the town is building itself around and in support of a local nuisance. Finding comedy in stress, it turns out, has been a decades-long tradition in Longview, W...Show More

1:08:57 | Aug 30th, 2018

A four-person support group, for parents of children with autism, inspires an entire community to become Canada's first Autism-Friendly Town. To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com     Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hal...Show More

1:00:29 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 (f...Show More
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01:59 | Apr 26th, 2018

New episodes coming in May. A mini podcast tour starts tomorrow. Our Americana will be featured on Podcast Brunch Club in May.  <3 Fore more information: www.our-americana.com

52:58 | Mar 30th, 2018

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       Writte...Show More

43:03 | Mar 15th, 2018

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 pr...Show More

1:13:12 | Mar 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

06:50 | Feb 28th, 2018

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

33:25 | Sep 11th, 2017

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...Show More

1:03:36 | Jul 6th, 2017

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

48:18 | Jun 18th, 2017

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...Show More

48:11 | Jun 8th, 2017

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...Show More

53:51 | Jun 1st, 2017

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...Show More

49:47 | May 19th, 2017

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 th...Show More

1:12:38 | May 3rd, 2017

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

45:19 | Mar 14th, 2017

In a rural Iowa town rooted in Transcendental Meditation and home to the microcommunity movement, community-building and intention have been redefined.

42:36 | Feb 28th, 2017

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

43:12 | Feb 14th, 2017

(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 co...Show More

07:30 | Feb 8th, 2017

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 podcas...Show More

06:31 | Feb 6th, 2017

"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.

50:28 | Jan 24th, 2017

(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.

46:16 | Jan 17th, 2017

(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 Vancouv...Show More

1:27:47 | Jan 7th, 2017

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...Show More

46:05 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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...Show More

31:55 | Nov 30th, 2016

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 Jo...Show More

43:12 | Nov 26th, 2016

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: ...Show More

1:16:33 | Nov 9th, 2016

(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 g...Show More

15:03 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 impo...Show More

1:12:38 | Oct 27th, 2016

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....Show More

07:22 | Oct 13th, 2016

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 m...Show More

50:32 | Oct 12th, 2016

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 gover...Show More

50:28 | Sep 23rd, 2016

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 ...Show More

46:45 | Sep 15th, 2016

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 ...Show More

43:39 | Sep 9th, 2016

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 curre...Show More

54:22 | Aug 18th, 2016

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...Show More

1:05:12 | Aug 11th, 2016

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...Show More

1:25:18 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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 Oreg...Show More

1:35:34 | Jul 26th, 2016

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...Show More

1:16:33 | Jul 7th, 2016

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 ga...Show More

1:10:04 | Jun 23rd, 2016

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; ...Show More

49:54 | Jun 11th, 2016

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...Show More

1:11:00 | Jun 2nd, 2016

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...Show More