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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):mike Ippoliti: Saving The Barber Museum

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Tunnel Vision always provides our readers with snapshots of fascinating places along the American Road. Our Autumn 2014 issue featured a story about a Contrary Barber Pole at the National Barber Museum in the Columbus, OH suburb of Canal Winchester. Mike Ippoliti is the curator/director of the huge collection of tonsorial memorabilia and he joins us to talk about a recent tragedy that almost wiped out these beloved mementos of what has been

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):randy Goodpasture: Flying Route 66: Part 2

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The winter 2014-2015 edition of American Road Magazine was for the birds, with lots of wonderful stories and images of birds who have found unique roosts along the American Highway. Since we have our eyes on the skies, we thought that we would bring back a series of podcasts that we did about racing pigeons along Route 66 with Randy Goodpasture.   You only have to mention the words “Route 66” and people all over the world begin to conjure

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Randy Goodpasture: Flying Route 66: Part 1

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The winter 2014-2015 edition of American Road Magazine was for the birds, with lots of wonderful stories and images of birds who have found unique roosts along the American Highway. Since we have our eyes on the skies, we thought that we would bring back a series of podcasts that we did about racing pigeons along Route 66 with Randy Goodpasture. You only have to mention the words “Route 66” and people all over the world begin to conjure up t

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Megumi Robinson: Columbus Coffee Trail

Click here to listen... Click here to download… In our winter 2014 edition of American Road Magazine, the Tunnel Vision column featured an article that is bound to get you started on the right foot…unless you're a tea drinker. I’m talking about the Coffee Trail in Columbus, Ohio! In this podcast Megumi Robinson of Experience Columbus will tell you how a group of local businesses got together to create a unique way of promoting themselves and the city of Columbus all at the same time. Oh and

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Heather Taylor: Historic Hotel Trip Guide

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   One thing American Road readers seems to have in common is that they are avid travelers. It’s not enough for most of us to get information about sites; we want to be there as well. A new tool to help you find a very special place to stay is the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which is found at www.historichotels.org. Heather Taylor is a spokesperson for National Historic Hotels of America and she will share some of the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Chris Wills: The Lincoln Year

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   It’s a brand new year for American Road Magazine and for American Road Trip Talk. Normally we use this podcast to introduce you to the people and places behind the stories in the magazine. This time around we are going to cast our gaze in another direction, forward into 2015... in Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.   Along Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois you will find the Abraham Lincoln Pre

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Edna Beaudoin: The Paper House

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The fall 2014 edition of our magazine had fun with the theme of Rock, Paper, Scissors and included stories about everything from a Wall of Scissors to a Waffle Rock and a Paper House. In this podcast we visit with Edna Beaudoin, who is the current caretaker of the Paper House, which is located in the scenic seaside town of Rockport, MA just north of Boston. What started out as a summer project in the 1920’s became a lifelong passion for an

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Story House

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Nothing says Christmas like sparkling lights, mistletoe and ... leg lamps! That is, of course, if you are a fan of the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The film chronicles a hilarious holiday season during the late 1950’s through the eyes of a child. In one classic scene the father proudly displays his sweepstakes prize, a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg. The movie was fiction but not the house. The home where the movie was film

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Veach: Veach's Toy Story Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In 2013 American Road Magazine featured a unique store in rural Indiana that has weathered the changes in American toy tastes for the past 75 years. Veach’s Toy Station has found a way to the heart of the child in all of us for three generation of the Veach family in Richmond, Indiana. In part 2 of the conversation that we had with John Veach, the current owner, he begins by reflecting on the reappearance of some of his favorite childhood

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Veach: Veach's Toy Story Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   It’s holiday time and that’s the time for giving toys to our favorite girls and boys. In 2013 American Road Magazine featured a unique store in rural Indiana that has weathered the changes in American toy tastes for the past 75 years. Veach’s Toy Station has found a way to the heart of the child in all of us for three generation of the Veach family in Richmond, Indiana. This podcast is part 1 of the conversation that we had with John Veac

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Brady: Everglades Revival Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download … In our Fall issue of the magazine, the Tunnel Vision column features a story about Old 41 Caters to Gaters. It was the tale of the valiant efforts of John Brady, a local photographer, to save one of the last everglade showplaces in Florida: The Everglades Wonder Gardens. In part two we will hear about the colorful history of the original Wonder Gardens, their financial roots in gangland Detroit and how it has come to be one of the last places

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Brady: Everglades Revival Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In our Fall issue of the magazine, the Tunnel Vision column features a story about Old 41 Caters to Gaters. It was the tale of the valiant efforts of John Brady, a local photographer, to save one of the last everglade showplaces in Florida: The Everglades Wonder Gardens near Bonita Springs. In our first part of the story in this podcast, John tells the story of how this famous, original Florida roadside attraction was about to fade into hi

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Ray Perszyk: Carboard Boat Museum Part 2

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   In our Fall 2014 issue of American Road Magazine an article entitled Rock, Paper, Scissor featured a visit to the Cardboard Boat Museum in New Richmond, Ohio. Our guest for part 2 of our podcast about the museum is Ray Perszyk a colorful Ohio river man who is the chairman of the Cardboard Race Committee. It might seem remarkable that craft made of something so frail as cardboard could last up to 10 years and be featured in the museum. That

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Greg Perszyk: Cardboard Boat Museum Part 1

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Normally you wouldn’t associate anything make out of cardboard with the word “racing” but the paper flotillas of New Richmond, Ohio defy that notion. In our Fall 2014 issue of American Road Magazine a clever article entitled Rock, Paper, Scissor included a visit to the Cardboard Boat Museum in that little Ohio river town. Our guest is Ray Perszyk a colorful local who is the chairman of the Cardboard Race Committee. In this part of conversati

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Kim Jondahl: N. Dakota's Magnificent Museum

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   For many of us the image of North Dakota the pops to mind comes from the movie Fargo: A vast sea of white snow, bitter cold and knife like winds. Needless to say there is much more to the Peace Garden State than that and the newly expanded State Museum in Bismarck says it all. Our guest today is Kim Jondahl, Communication and Education Director for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. At the end of October 2014 the state opened a m

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):heidi Vincent: National Motor Club Tips

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   A lot of our listeners/readers are avid travelers and many use the itineraries posted on our American Road Magazine homepage. The holiday season for 2014 is just starting to get into high gear whether grandma lives in Tampa, Fl or Topiniabee, Michigan, Spokane, WA or Seabrook Island, SC. The folks at the National Motor Club have your best interests at heart and have a special winter driving checklist to offer you. In this podcast

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Kathy Long: Turning The 101 Purple

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Friends in the Fast Lane column of our Fall 2014 edition, we highlighted the official designation of a portion of a famous California costal highway as part of the Purple Heart Trail. In reality the famous commemorative trail is not a contiguous, physical route but rather a symbolic system of roads honoring the men and women of our armed forces over the decades. In this podcast we speak with Kathy Long, Ventura County Supervisor, a

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Bob Craig: Diner Days Doubleheader

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Drive in theatres have been featured in a couple of issues of our magazine because they are a unique part of the American Road heritage. The same goes for diners; we even have a regular column called Diner Days. In our Summer 2014 issue we featured the Mayberry Diner and Drive In, a unique combination of these two classics. In this podcast we talk with Bob Craig the owner of this fine establishment located in the mountains of central Virgi

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marty Doepke: Pops Craft Soda Route 66

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In the summer edition of American Road Magazine Erika Nelson, author of the Think Big column, found a big bottle of pop to quench her thirst: a 66 ‘ bottle to be exact outside of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, OK. We talked extensively in another podcast with her about the enormous roadside attraction but the restaurant behind it looked just as interesting. Enter Marty Doepke, General Manager for Pops Restaurant. In this podcast Marty gives u

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: America's Largest Pop Bottle

Click here to listen.. Click here to download..   Erika Nelson is someone who is hard to catch up to because she is always on the road and always traveling. The big game she is hunting, literally Big Game, are the largest attractions along the American Road. Erika then turns them into the smallest replicas of the Largest Attractions on the American Road. And she has a travelling collection. She also contributes a regular column about her finds called Think Big. True to form the story tha

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Parker Hills: Grant's Scenic Battle Byway

Click here to listen... Click here to download   In the summer issue of American Road Magazine we took a jog through the Deep South in Tunnel Vision and explored the Grand Gulf-Raymond Scenic Byway. Signs have finally been put up that tells the story of this 50 mile stretch of southern byway beauty which traces one of the most significant marches in America’s bloody Civil War. Our guest on this podcast is Ret. General Parker Hills, a Civil War military expert and longtime supporter of the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Doug Nutter: Moonshine Festival Special Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download&hellip   Over the last few years American Road Magazine has featured stories about the Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio. This beautiful part of the state is quite different from the flat farms lands of the north and east of the Buckeye state. In the Hocking Hills the land begins to roll gently as it heads southeast into the Appalachian Mountains and the Virginias. This is a two-part conversation about a time-honored tradition of the region

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Doug Nutter: Moonshine Festival Special Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download,,,   Over the last few years American Road Magazine has featured stories about the Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio. This beautiful part of the state is quite different from the flat farms lands of the north and east of the Buckeye state. In the Hocking Hills the land begins to roll gently as it heads southeast into the Appalachian Mountains and the Virginias. This is a two-part conversation about a time-honored tradition of the region: moonshi

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Anaise Berry: National Scenic Byway Foundation

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   As a reader of American Road Magazine, you know we are all about enjoying and preserving America’s Scenic Byways. They are not just great vacation destinations but are also vital economic links to a host of communities offering entertainment, opportunities to learn and appreciate our heritage and taste the wonderful variety of American cuisine; but this is a delicate ecosystem that needs support. Anaise Berry, our guest, is the chair of the N

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Andre Dager: A Velvet Centennial

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   There is just no better treat on a hot summer day than a scoop of ice cream. Our Friends of the Fastlane column in the Summer Edition celebrated one of America’s oldest ice cream companies, Velvet Ice Cream as they celebrated their Centennial. What adds to the charm of this family owned creamery is that is located in the heart of central Ohio’s countryside in Utica, Ohio 45 minutes north of Columbus. Andre Dager, one of the three sisters who r

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