A Podcast Putting Towns on the Map
#120: Randall, NY
In the finale show, Elliot and Vince make it to their great-great-grandfather's all-time favorite town. Randall, NY, was established by Rand as a valhalla of sorts for the McNally lineage. It's customary that all McNallys make a pilgrimage here in their formative years to learn about the famous family and their place in the cartographical world at large. Listen to the McNally brothers take in the sights, talk about the highlights and say a fond farewell from these parts to yours.
#119: Loufficeatte, LA with Janelle Blasdel
Vince and Elliot McNally head to the bayou to check out Loufficeatte, LA. Rand's 2nd all-time favorite town was once the short-lived sovereign country of Randada. Rand purchased the land from French con-woman Lucille Loufficeatte in a deal called the Lousiana Hornswaggle—it reverted back to US jurisdiction shortly thereafter. To this day, the town holds onto its sordid past as a welcome home for con artists and swindlers of all ilk. Chatting with the boys about all that and more is Lucille's great-great-granddaughter Blair Loufficeatte (Janelle Blasdel).
#118: Isle of Doves, CA with Aric McKeown
Vince and Elliot McNally head west to Rand's 3rd all-time favorite town. Isle of Doves, CA, was the westernmost point in the union until Alaska and Hawaii were admitted. Rand created one of the first formal nature preserves when he discovered the small island, though he originally believed he had found a sea-route to Japan—despite still being within sight of mainland California. Isle of Doves is only inhabited by a small community of doves and dovekeepers, and the McNallys are lucky enough to sit down with one of them: Seashell Paragon (Aric McKeown).
#117: San Guajandro, NM with Jeremy Adler
Elliot and Vince McNally check out Rand's 4th all-time favorite town in this episode. San Guajandro, NM, served as the sleepy southwest stage for Rand’s late-in-life religious reawakening. Now it's home to the Born-Again-Born-Again Movement, a group that has realized that “Born-Again” Christians take things a bit too far. Chatting with Vince and Elliot is local Reverend Kev (Jeremy Adler).
#116: Phox, SC with Michael Ribbens
The McNally brothers break into Rand's Top 5 with their visit to Phox, SC. Phox was the setting of the Spanish-American War's last shots fired in the Spanish-American war. Unfortunately, yellow journalism ran so rampant in the town that, in an effort to sell more newspapers, word of the peace treaty never made it to print. Rand oversaw the peace negotiations via transatlantic telephone in the 20th century, but passions still run deep. Vince and Elliot talk with great-great-grandson of our 26th president, and modern-day Rough Rider, Thumbert Roosevelt (Michael Ribbens).
#115: Byarkansa, AK with Milan Patel
Elliot and Vince McNally are staying cool in one of Rand's hottest towns. Byarkansa, AK, clocks in number 6 on the brothers' countdown. When originally charting Byarkansa, Rand mistranscribed all of the town’s coordinates. Zealous and nearsighted town governance ratified the measures into law, and their city constitution can never be amended for any reason. As such, the town technically exists in Botswana, Africa. Citizens have adopted the laid-back, warm-weather lifestyle shared by other Pacific surf towns and their spiritual Saharan climate. Elliot and Vince welcome guest Bobbo (Milan Patel), town sporting goods store proprietor, puka shell necklace enthusiast and all-around cool dude.