90 episodes

There is nothing like a dram of whisky to inspire an important conversation. Each week we sit down with a guest from the worlds of entertainment, sport or business and they tell their story over a glass of whisky.

United States of Dramerica Dan Rutstein

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

There is nothing like a dram of whisky to inspire an important conversation. Each week we sit down with a guest from the worlds of entertainment, sport or business and they tell their story over a glass of whisky.

    Episode 90 - Alan Miller, hat fanatic and founder of Official League

    Episode 90 - Alan Miller, hat fanatic and founder of Official League

    We talk to hat-preneur and marketeer Alan Miller.
    We talk fashion hats, washing hats, hat designs and basically all things hat.
    Over an Alexander Murray, he talks about owning 100s of hats, all-mesh hats, corduroy hats, wool hats, numbered hats, baseball hats, who buys their hats and his favorite hats.
    He explains why he founded his hat company Official League, hat culture and whether he would wear a Yorkshire flat cap.

    • 44 min
    Episode 89 - David Siegel, former LA Dodgers exec and President of LA Sports Council

    Episode 89 - David Siegel, former LA Dodgers exec and President of LA Sports Council

    We talk to sports exec (and sports fanatic) David Siegel.
    We discuss his love of sport, pitching to his heroes and how bad some of the national anthems were at Dodgers Stadium.
    David tells us about a career in a baseball front office, sport as entertainment and his greatest memories with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    We talk about LA's sporting riches, his work with the LA Sports Council and what is coming next for this sports-mad city.
    And we talk Johnnie Walker Blue, Sandy Koufax and Tommy LaSorda.

    • 40 min
    Episode 88 - Bob Schukai, EVP Open Banking, Mastercard

    Episode 88 - Bob Schukai, EVP Open Banking, Mastercard

    We talk rock music, whisky, crypto and the future of banking with the extraordinary Bob Schukai.
    The EVP of Open Banking at Mastercard tells us his about love of Orange County rockers Social Distortion, his fascination with technology and buying a coffee with Bitcoin.
    We talk about biometrics in banking, fraud and using your palm to pay.
    We also cover the future of money, the importance of privacy and the end of cash.
    And why he wants to share an Oban with MLK in Atlanta.

    • 42 min
    Episode 87 - Leigh Turner, former diplomat and novelist

    Episode 87 - Leigh Turner, former diplomat and novelist

    We talk to former British diplomat-turned-novelist Leigh Turner.
    Leigh tells us about his new novel Palladium, getting clearance from the British Foreign Office to write these books and the motivation behind his new career.
    We discuss managing crises - from civil unrest to planning for earthquakes and plane crashes, why representing the modern version of diplomatic life is so important and writing what you know.
    Leigh talks us about his early books - The Skip outside the Lenin Museum, Blood Summit and his anthology of hotel stories - and as the previous Ambassador to Ukraine, we talk about the conflict with Russia and what happens next.
    And he tells us why he wants to drink Macallan with the Queen.

    Home - Leigh Turner/Robert Pimm: novels, short stories and more (rleighturner.com)

    • 46 min
    Episode 86 - Grant Lottering, endurance cyclist and philanthropist

    Episode 86 - Grant Lottering, endurance cyclist and philanthropist

    We speak to endurance athlete and motivational speaker Grant Lottering.
    He talks us through his near-death experience on an Italian mountaintop after a horrific bike crash, his road to recovery and his journey to inspire others.
    We discuss his charitable work, making the most of his second chance and his 72-hour non-stop ride across Southern California.
    Grant talks in great detail about the moment he  nearly died, his faith and the ‘angelic’ visit from the Italian doctor who saved him.
    An inspiring and painful story of one man’s journey to make something of the second half of his life.

    • 47 min
    Episode 85 - Elliott Yamin, American Idol legend

    Episode 85 - Elliott Yamin, American Idol legend

    Joining us for our first live interview in 2 years, it is American Idol favourite Elliott Yamin.
    He tells us his story of driving hours to a first audition for Season 5 of the show and his ascent to finishing third.
    We share a Bowmore 10 and discuss the power of music, the challenges of instant fame and his months on tour with American Idol playing full stadia across the US.
    He talks about working with Stevie Wonder, becoming a 'Barry Fanilow' and the singing education he got as part of the show.
    Elliott discusses fame, his gratitude to the show and his current music career.
    And there is even time to talk sports, dog walking and parenthood.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Enjoy this cosy chat as an eclectic group of guests share their experience of whisky - you’ll learn, laugh and it’s entirely possible you will get a bit teary. So pour a dram, sit back, enjoy Chris’ mellifluous tones and Dan’s probing questions.

M0rag ,

I don’t drink whisky, but I love this podcast!

Dan and Chris do an AMAZING job of shining a light on the wild & wonderful world of whisky. Every episode is a delight, you finish listening and feel like you’ve just been sat around a cosy fireplace drinking a warming dram. I particularly enjoyed Jennifer Wren’s episode, she’s a passionate advocate of all things whisky and spoke movingly about the roots of her love for the spirit. I was in bits!

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