11 episodes

“Middle America” is a podcast and radio show using history, storytelling, and music to discuss the world that surrounds us. Narrated by the fictional protagonist Wendell Bauer, episodes give both true history of the Central Illinois area and fictional memoir of a resident. Locally created music complements the stories to provide further emotional impact and insight.Topics discussed by “Middle America” thus far have included Illinois abolitionists, the French origins of the Midwest, philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, Chicago’s earliest settlers, Prohibition-era gangsters, and comedian Richard Pryor, among others. Along the way there are outlaws, adventure, murder, mutiny, loss, charity, love, and finally progress. www.patreon.com/midamericapod www.facebook.com/midamericapod www.instagram.com/midamericapod www.twitter.com/midamericapod midamericapod.bandcamp.com middleamericapod@gmail.com

Middle Americ‪a‬ Wendell Bauer/Jared Grabb

    • History
    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

“Middle America” is a podcast and radio show using history, storytelling, and music to discuss the world that surrounds us. Narrated by the fictional protagonist Wendell Bauer, episodes give both true history of the Central Illinois area and fictional memoir of a resident. Locally created music complements the stories to provide further emotional impact and insight.Topics discussed by “Middle America” thus far have included Illinois abolitionists, the French origins of the Midwest, philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, Chicago’s earliest settlers, Prohibition-era gangsters, and comedian Richard Pryor, among others. Along the way there are outlaws, adventure, murder, mutiny, loss, charity, love, and finally progress. www.patreon.com/midamericapod www.facebook.com/midamericapod www.instagram.com/midamericapod www.twitter.com/midamericapod midamericapod.bandcamp.com middleamericapod@gmail.com

    Seeker - Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Becoming, and Unbecoming

    Seeker - Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Becoming, and Unbecoming

    Wendell discusses the life of the first non-indigenous permanent resident of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, as well as the events leading to his own life inside and outside of Chicago.

    • 25 min
    On End - John Kinzie, Thomas Forsyth, and War's Cry

    On End - John Kinzie, Thomas Forsyth, and War's Cry

    Wendell recounts his life events on September 11, 2001 while also discussing the destruction of French Peoria (La Ville de Maillet) during the War of 1812.

    • 25 min
    Sermon – Robert Ingersoll and Good, Free Days

    Sermon – Robert Ingersoll and Good, Free Days

    Wendell discusses winter holidays as humanist and atheist while reading pieces by famous 19th century orator Robert Ingersoll.

    • 23 min
    Leap – Richard Pryor and the Power of Belief

    Leap – Richard Pryor and the Power of Belief

    Wendell tells the story of Richard Pryor's comedic coming-of-age in Peoria and his leap of faith in heading to NYC. Wendell also discusses his early attempts to tour full time with his college band.

    • 29 min
    Monuments - Lydia Moss Bradley and What We Make of Loss

    Monuments - Lydia Moss Bradley and What We Make of Loss

    Wendell tells the story of Lydia Moss Bradley's life as well as the story of a lost friend.

    • 29 min
    Names – Le Rocher Saint-Louis and Shadows Cast

    Names – Le Rocher Saint-Louis and Shadows Cast

    The early French explorer, Henri de Tonti, continues his quest in Illinois country, picking up from episode 1: "Middle America."

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

fortunebloom ,

Midwest unrest

Loved the blend of personal narrative and Midwest history from Peoria native Jared Grabb. Great pod!

Juddypower ,

A gem of a pod

History of Peoria woven with personal stories and music, Middle America is a touching and a unique creative expression that very Midwest.

N_MC ,

Great Podcast

Love hearing all of these new stories.

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