Origins: I Know Places

August 18, 2016

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This week, we're taking a travel break and talking about the origins of Our Americana, getting a preview of the next few episodes, and heading back to some of our favorite conversations and getting a behind the scenes look at them.

Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Featured Music: Dave Depper - Perspective; Charles Atlas - Photosphere; Alex Fitch - Secret Place; Talvihorros - Twin Peaks Theme; Future Islands - Inch of Dust; Cloud Jumper - Orca

Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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S01|E07: Marfa, Texas (Marfa is Over)

August 11, 2016

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What happens when the town you live in, your home, your culture, your community, becomes a trend? And then, what happens when people declare that trend dead? This week we go to the tiny West Texas art mecca, in the middle of nowhere, to find out.

It was 2010 when Huffington Post declared that Marfa was the next big tourist destination. And by 2015, they’d said it was over; that Marfa had killed itself, become a victim of itself.

When I read that 2015 headline and other scathing OpEds. in various media outlets, I couldn’t help but think of our time there. That it was more than just a trendy destination: It was a town, a community, people’s home, a history that reached far beyond the scope of being labeled cool and then uncool.

This week's guests: John Patrick | John is a co-founder of Communitie Marfa. He and his partner create sustainable art and apparel. John is passionate about art, and the integrity of art. //

LeAna & Glen Clifton | LeAna & Glen have lived in Marfa since 2007. They moved there from South Africa, by way of Austin, to start their family and a porcelain jewelry business. //

Brit Webb | Brit is an 88 year old Marfa staple; he's lived there for over 72 years. He pre-dates Donald Judd. We talked about the history of the town, adaptation to the constant of change, and the best pieces of his life well-lived.

Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Featured Music: Dave Depper - Perspective; The Fucked Up Beat - Where Is Everybody/Marfa Ghost Lights; Hank Hobson - Trip Across The Country; MUTE - Thru The Dusty Clouds; Josh Woodward - Gravity; Will Bangs - Putting Up With The Bullshit Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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S01|E06: City Island, New York (In The Shadow of New York)

August 3, 2016

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This week we head to a small and sleepy island town, that somehow exists in quiet isolation in the shadow of New York City. 

In this episode, you'll meet a New York mother who wanted her kids to have the free and easy childhood she had in 1970s Oregon; the man who saved his family home by turning his father's hoarding into a business of selling nostalgia; and a young man who has used his political career to help revitalize the island he grew up on.

But just as I was about to finish the episode, something happened. A community came together to help save one of their own, in the most touching way. // This week's guests: Jessica Wolk-Stanley | Jessica is an illustrator and the creative dynamo behind The Friendly Robot Studio, headquartered on City Island in the Bronx. She and hard-working robots specialize in fun and silly illustrations for the children's and teenage market. If you ask very nicely though, she also does character design, caricatures, hand-lettering, comics, logos and even maps. // Dan Treiber | Dan is a City Island native; a clam-digger. He turned his father's hoarding habit into an industry of selling nostalgia, first at the Brooklyn Flea, and then eventually to a storefront on City Island Avenue. He used this business venture, Dan's Parents' House, to buy the house he grew up in. And then to buy the building his store is in: a historic building on the island, which he is now restoring. Dan is at the forefront of the movement to turn City Island into a tourist destination. // John Doyle | John has lived on City Island for twenty five years, since he was five. It was there that John first became involved in civic justice, organizing protests against the surge in Iraq and forums to support living wage jobs for college workers. John has been involved in politics ever since, and is now considered the unofficial mayor of City Island. He's currently running for City Council.  // Rabia Graney | Rabia is a retired nurse and has lived on City Island for close to twenty years. She is an active member of the City Islanders & Friends Facebook group, which led to her taking the lead in the search and coordination of services for Jen. // Our Americana is produced & hosted by Josh Hallmark. Learn more at www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Sponsor Our Americana at www.patreon.com/ouramericana -or- www.ouramericanapodcast.com //

Featured Music: Dave Depper - Perspective; Modern Language - The Reprise; Lee Rosevere - Let's Start At The Beginning; Lee Rosevere - Looking Back; Michael Howard - Child Come Home; Alex Fitch - We Call This Home; Aaron Mist - Whales Inside; Alexandre Navarro - Dust v1 Music available at: www.freemusicarchive.com

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