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Austin, Indiana (An Interlude): A Personal Story

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.

Duration: 00:37:14

Season 3 Outro

We close off season 3 with updates. Updates on past guests, updates on Josh, and previews for his other podcasts. Updates on: Benny - Salem , Oregon Brit Webb - Marfa, Texas Rosie & Kate - Chincoteague, Virginia Rabia & Jenn - City Island, New York Eugene Amos - Gold River, British Columbia Previews for Josh’s other shows: PLAYLIST, Season 1 The Karen & Ellen Letters, Season 2

Duration: 00:33:25

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

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

Duration: 00:54:29

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

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

Duration: 01:03:36

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

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...

Duration: 00:48:18

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

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...

Duration: 00:48:11

S03|E08: Roadside Attractions (The World’s Biggest Fish)

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

Duration: 00:53:51

#VanLife (Rebroadcast)

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

Duration: 01:12:38

S03|E06: Austin, Indiana: Part 2 (The Next Right Thing)

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

Duration: 00:54:20

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

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.

Duration: 00:35:39

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

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

Duration: 00:46:28

S03|E01: Longville, Minnesota (Bruno)

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

Duration: 00:42:36

Salem, Oregon (Benny Bills)

(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.

Duration: 00:43:12

The Karen & Ellen Letters Preview

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

Duration: 00:07:30

Season Three Preview

“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.

Duration: 00:06:31

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

(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.

Duration: 00:50:28

Gold River, British Columbia: Part 1 (Luna the Whale)

(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 Vancouver Island community on the map and at the forefront of an even bigger conversation about what happens when conservation and humanity collide. Featured Music: Dave Depper, Lee Rosevere, Cloudjumper, Sergey Cheremisinov, Aaron Mist

Duration: 00:46:16

Year-in-Review (16, 17)

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 countdown playlist of 2016’s best songs. See you all in February.

Duration: 01:27:47

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

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...

Duration: 00:46:05

Hometown Stories: Adrienne (New Bern, NC)

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...

Duration: 00:31:55

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