36 episodes

abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast guides listeners through immersive audio fantasies, recreating host Blake Pfeil’s experiences exploring abandoned spaces across the United States. Along the way, abandoned asks critical questions about American history and culture, community, capitalism and economics, the environment, and mental health while encouraging folks to activate their imaginations as a tool for healing.
🎧 Official Select - On-Air Fest (2023)
✨ Nominee: Ambie Awards (Best Indie Podcast - 2024)
🏚️ Winner: Top of the Rockies (Best of Podcasts - 2023)
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abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast All-American Ruins

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 4 Ratings

abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast guides listeners through immersive audio fantasies, recreating host Blake Pfeil’s experiences exploring abandoned spaces across the United States. Along the way, abandoned asks critical questions about American history and culture, community, capitalism and economics, the environment, and mental health while encouraging folks to activate their imaginations as a tool for healing.
🎧 Official Select - On-Air Fest (2023)
✨ Nominee: Ambie Awards (Best Indie Podcast - 2024)
🏚️ Winner: Top of the Rockies (Best of Podcasts - 2023)
To learn more, visit www.allamericanruins.com.

You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    Zombies (AFI Industries - Port Jervis, NY)

    Zombies (AFI Industries - Port Jervis, NY)

    Overlooking the dusty trijunction of Port Jervis, NY sits the ruins of the AFI Packaging Plant. Join Blake on his triumphant return to the abandoned space in the middle of summer 2022 as he reflects on the pandemic and loneliness, against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse fantasy.
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://allamericanruins.medium.com/chapter-8-silent-hill-and-the-zombie-apocalypse-7c6dc84f3a7To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 15 min
    A Chance Encounter (Pass Creek Market - Curtin OR)

    A Chance Encounter (Pass Creek Market - Curtin OR)

    The accidental discovery of a curious abandoned space leads Blake to a chance encounter -- with a man named Steez. Join Blake as he explores the ruins of Pass Creek Market in Curtin, OR, a casualty of the 2008 housing crisis. And meet Steez, an off-the-grid hippy with an unusual appetite for deep conversation about capitalism, imagination and ghosts.
    This episode features:
    Jeremiah Wenutu
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://allamericanruins.medium.com/chapter-22-a-chance-encounter-a2bf315594c1To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 20 min
    Sex, Drugs, Depression (Central Middle-High School - Painter, VA)

    Sex, Drugs, Depression (Central Middle-High School - Painter, VA)

    Welcome to Painter, Virginia, home of the abandoned Central Middle-High School. Wander its ghostly hallways with Blake as he reflects on the American education system, explores class warfare, and has a brief encounter with death... and possibly Elizabeth Warren.
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://medium.com/@allamericanruins/chapter-21-sex-drugs-depression-354c3da40591To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 18 min
    Mrs. Dalby and the Gravekeeper of Hatteras Island (Unknown Shanty - Hatteras, NC)

    Mrs. Dalby and the Gravekeeper of Hatteras Island (Unknown Shanty - Hatteras, NC)

    Sometimes, an abandoned space can summon a ghost - or maybe it’s just a figment of the imagination. Either way, join Blake as he accompanies you to the ruins of a seaside shanty, standing proudly on the edge of a graveyard overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (And don’t be surprised if you both run into a ghost named Mrs. Dalby.)
    This episode features:
    Elisabeth Henry Nik Magill
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://medium.com/@allamericanruins/chapter-17-mrs-dalby-and-the-gravekeeper-of-hatteras-island-c0f701762b03To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 18 min
    Gerry: Requiem for a One-Night Stand (Waterfall Park - Rodanthe, NC)

    Gerry: Requiem for a One-Night Stand (Waterfall Park - Rodanthe, NC)

    Follow Blake to the ruins of Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he guides you through the abandoned Waterfall Park and reflects on his childhood dreams, being single again, and a long-awaited one-night stand.
    This episode features:
    Tiernan Pfeil
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://medium.com/@allamericanruins/chapter-18-gerry-1b3370a21a28To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 16 min
    In Which I Let You Go at the Ruins of the Universal Atlas Cement Plant

    In Which I Let You Go at the Ruins of the Universal Atlas Cement Plant

    On the banks of the Hudson River near Catskill, NY sits the abandoned Universal Atlas Cement Plant. Shut down between 1976-77, Blake wanders among the smokestacks and echoes of days gone by, reflecting on the end of a relationship, telling the truth, and ultimately, the act of forgiving oneself.
    (Note: For the best immersive experience, we strongly suggest you wear headphones 🎧 for every episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast.)

    To read the transcript of this episode, click here: https://www.blakepfeil.com/aar-podcast.htmlTo read the original story this episode is based on, click here: https://allamericanruins.medium.com/chapter-27-in-which-i-let-you-go-at-an-abandoned-cement-plant-fe851b146f64To learn more, visit: http://www.allamericanruins.com You can join the All-American Ruins Expedition Club now: https://plus.acast.com/s/abandoned-the-all-american-ruins-podcast.



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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Paddy Leebs ,

Great podcast!

Blake demonstrates an exceptional knack for storytelling, effortlessly guiding listeners through vivid narratives and deep topics. His ability to paint a clear and imaginative tapestry of ideas leaves an indelible impression, ensuring each podcast is not just heard, but experienced.

Padmakafka ,

America!

Abandoned places are the ostensible subject of this podcast, and the expeditions to a great variety of these sites are fascinating. But the podcaster is quick to veer into cultural, political, and historical analysis of America as well. The most wonderful part of the listening experience, though, is the sonic landscape woven through the words: music, sound effects, historical audio relics…each one of these episodes is a delight.

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