Over the Road is an eight-part series that gives voice to the trials and triumphs of America’s long haul truckers. Host “Long Haul Paul” Marhoefer, a musician, storyteller and trucker for nearly 40 years, takes you behind the wheel to explore a devoted community and a world that’s changing amidst new technologies and regulations. Over the Road is a podcast from Overdrive Magazine and PRX’s Radiotopia.
Eulogy for a Friend
Paul pays tribute to friend and fellow storyteller Shoestring Waugh, who was part of Over the Road’s original “Haul of Fame."
Hear “It Comes In Waves” on YouTube.
And on Spotify.
An Update from the Road
Greetings! It’s been a while, but we’re back with an update on the state of the trucking industry in 2021, and a taste of new projects from the Over the Road team: some music, another podcast, and a book.
Long Haul Paul has released a new record called, “Cornbelt Cafe.” Find it wherever you stream and download music, or head over to LongHaulPaulMusic.com.
OTR producers Ian Coss and Lacy Roberts recently collaborated on a hybrid podcast/album about marriage, divorce, and the meaning of lifetime commitment. Listen and subscribe to Forever is a Long Time on Apple Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts.
And don’t miss Shining Man, the novel recently published by OTR editor Todd Dills, from our production partner Overdrive Magazine.
Can’t say when we’ll be back in the feed again, but stay safe and take care out there!
Over the Road is a collaboration between Overdrive Magazine and PRX’s Radiotopia. Learn more about the show at overtheroad.fm.
The Road Ahead
In our series finale, Paul checks back in with truckers we’ve met throughout Over the Road, as the team convenes at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas to ponder the million-dollar question: will self-driving trucks render American truck drivers obsolete? Find a transcript for this episode and learn more about Over the Road at overtheroad.fm.
Channel One-Nine #7
For this final mini-episode Paul is in the hot seat, taking your questions on everything from pet policies to hitchhikers, ‘how’s my driving?’ and highway hand signals. Got questions about trucks, truckers and trucking in America? Give us a call. +1 765-245-4844 Find a transcript for this episode and learn more about Over the Road at overtheroad.fm.
“The Long Haul of Fame”
Meet a handful of Paul’s unsung heroes from within and around trucking, including a pistol-packing grandmother, a disc jockey who brought meaningful overnight trucking radio back to the airwaves and a fellow refrigerated freight hauler who helped Paul pick up the pieces after a pivotal tragedy in his career. Learn more about Over the Road at overtheroad.fm.
Channel One-Nine #6
For all the “four-wheelers” listening, long-time trucker and trainer Gary Buchs lays out the dos and don’ts of sharing the road with semis. We cover following-distance, blindspots, light etiquette and a few tricks that might just change the way you drive on the highway. Got questions about trucks, truckers and trucking in America? Give us a call: +1 765-245-4844. Find a transcript for this episode and learn more about Over the Road at overtheroad.fm.
This is literally my favorite podcast… Wish there were some more episodes . Started driving when I was 21. I’m 55 now. Paul’s songs and stories sound like my life. Thanks for all the great episodes and songs.
Excellent podcast about life in trucking!
I am a 17 year truck driver (age 54) and this podcast is a joy to listen to. The episode titled “Brief history of trucking” was deeply moving, an amazing tribute. I decided that I must write a review. Paul’s thoughts and stories are a joy. Even Paul’s co-hosts are fun because they are NOT truckers and they provide and entry point for people who are curious but are in unfamiliar territory. Great job!
I have listened to this series at least twice. Some episodes more than that. Hits pretty hard for anyone who has spent time on the road. Paul does a great job presenting the diverse people and perspectives of this industry. I feel like I have made a friend that I have yet to meet. I would love to have more episodes.