46 episodes

Our Americana is a podcast that explores unique small towns across America and examines the stories that impact, cultivate, and challenge community.

Our Americana Josh Hallmark

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

Our Americana is a podcast that explores unique small towns across America and examines the stories that impact, cultivate, and challenge community.

    Small Town Spotlight: Longview, WA (Lemonade)

    Small Town Spotlight: Longview, WA (Lemonade)

    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, Washington. Plus, the best way to survive a volcano eruption; and how fun, industry, and ecology can thrive in symbiosis. 
    To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com    
    Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark  Research by Vanessa YorkGuest: Patrick KubinMusic by Borrtex, Podington Bear, Broke for Free, Cheribum / Courtesy of Free Music Archive  
    Sponsors: Podbean

    • 19 min
    4.5: Port aux Basques, Newfoundland (A Sense of Space)

    4.5: Port aux Basques, Newfoundland (A Sense of Space)

    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 Hallmark  Guests: Joan Chaisson, Cathy Lomond, Cindy Goudie-LaPolla, Wanda Merrigan, Candace Matthews Featuring "Welcome Home, Son" by Radical FaceOther music by Lee Rosevere, Borrtex, Scott Holmes, Chris Zabriskie / Courtesy of Free Music Archive  
    Sponsors: Podbean

    • 1 hr 8 min
    4.4: Roadside Attractions (Monuments)

    4.4: Roadside Attractions (Monuments)

    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 (former) largest cherry pie pan, and the Unclaimed Baggage Center (a museum of lost luggage). 
    To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com      
    Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark & Emily ProkopMusic by Utidur, Mike Durek, and Ryan Andersen / Courtesy of Free Music ArchiveSponsors: Podbean

    • 1 hr
    4.3: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (Majority Vote)

    4.3: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (Majority Vote)

    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      
    Written, edited, and produced by Josh HallmarkOther music by Jon Luc Hefferman, Kai Engel, Mike Durek, Squire Tuck, Broke for Free, David Hilowitz, and Lee Rosevere / Courtesy of Free Music ArchiveSponsors: Podbean, Blue Sky Vacations

    • 52 min
    4.2: Greensburg, Kansas (The Tornado)

    4.2: Greensburg, Kansas (The Tornado)

    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 produced by Josh Hallmark    Research Assistance by Torey Griffith     Music by Saito, Chris Zabriskie, Kai Engel, David Mumford, Lee Rosevere, Idmonster / Courtesy of Free Music Archive    Podcast Promo: Pretend Radio     Sponsors: Podbean

    • 43 min
    4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)

    4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)

    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 Josh Hallmark  Research by Vanessa York, Nicola Jezequel, Shannon DeFilippas, Jennifer Menges  Guests: JoEllen Graber, Amy Lyle, and Sarah  Library recordings from: Carly Fisher, Jane Burns, and Julie Plotkin  Featuring "Legend of the Wild Horse" by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton  Other music by Lee Rosevere, Borrtex, Ketsa, Derek Clegg, Chris Zabriskie / Courtesy of Free Music Archive  
    Sponsors: Podbean

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Veriance ,

Beautiful stories

Really well told, beautiful stories. Don't miss it

Karen SortofNotReally ,

He knows how to tell a story.. in THEIR words

My favorite thing about this podcast is how it seems like all the interviewees are such great storytellers. It's an amazing gift to get people to share their own stories in engagingly honest ways.

S800C ,

Heartfelt and heartwarming

Love, love, love this podcast! Such an amazing glimpse into the goodness that’s everywhere. You can listen in any order - 2 family friendly ones are Benny Bills and Roadside Attractions. Enjoy!!

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