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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Mike Wendland: Roadtreking

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Frequent listener to this podcast know Foster Braun as the host of American Road Trip Talk but most of the time I wear an entirely different hat. For 40 years I have been a radio broadcaster in Metropolitan Detroit and for the last 16 of those years, I have co-hosted a weekly program called the Internet Advisor. We help people with their computer problems and introduce them to experts in the field.   On the first show of 2014, I interviewe

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Erika Nelson: America's Favorite Roadside Attractions

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   For many years now Erika Nelson has been a big game hunter stalking her elusive prey all over the continental United States. The major difference is not the size of her quarry but that they stand still so patiently waiting to be captured. I am referring, of course, to the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Copies of the World Largest Things. Erika is a peripatetic artist who has scoured the American Road for the Largest

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Mike Gassman: Santa's Christmas Catsup Climb

Click here to listen... Click here to download … Collinsville is a little town in southwest Illinois with a big roadside attraction that’s hard to miss and that will be even harder to miss this Christmas season. Towering over a hundred feet above the town’s main road stands the world’s largest catsup bottle, a symbol of both the town’s proud past and valiant efforts to save the landmark during the 1990’s. In this podcast Mike Gassman, President, CEO and Big Tomato of the non-profit World’s

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Robert Huttinger: Covered Bridges-There's An App For That!

Click here to listen... Click here to download Believe it or not, covered bridges are as American as apple pie. According to Robert Huttinger, web designer and covered bridge aficionado, what we might consider quaint rural river crossings are very particular to North America. Robert is not only knowledgeable about these architectural wonders but he also wants to make sure that the rest of us can find them. That is why he developed a covered bridges app or program for the iPhone or iPad, a port

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jay Allen: Painting The Lincoln Highway

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Jay Allen: Painting the Town Click here to listen... Click here to download…       The picture above is one of 43 murals created by Jay Allen our guest on this week's American Road Trip Talk. Jay's sign painting company, Shaw Craft Signs collaborated with renowned muralist Bill Hueg to produce these historic gems in Illinois cities under a grant obtained by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. During our interview Jay will give you the full history o

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):mary Ellen Hennesy Nottage: Csi Indiana Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   This is Part 2 of our interview at the Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis.   Sometimes the best visits you make during a vacation are those unique, hidden attractions that aren't on the big maps. It's a special little cafe, a unique overlook or a remarkable museum that is full of extraordinary displays. Such was my experience when I visited the Indiana Medical History Museum off US 40, the National Highway, just outside dow

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Mary Ellen Hennesy Nottage: Csi Indiana Part 1

Click here to listen...   Click here to download …   Sometimes the best visits you make during a vacation are those unique, hidden attractions that aren't on the big maps. It's a special little cafe, a unique overlook or a remarkable museum that is full of extraordinary displays. Such was my experience when I visited the Indiana Medical History Museum off US 40, the National Highway just outside downtown Indianapolis. There I met Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage, the passionate curator of med

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Silva: Road Warriors Favorite Beast

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage VW Campervan or the latest Hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road vehicle: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be on the road.   The GMC motorhome was not a home stuck on top of a truck frame; it was

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Danielle Kelly: Neon Boneyard

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Nothing evokes the magic, the tainted/painted history of the showplace of the west Las Vegas, Nevada like the gaudy brilliance of its brash neon signs. Our summer 2013 issue was entitled Electric Avenue and dedicated to the neon signs that pointed the way to lodging, lunch and lots of roadside attractions but none could quite match Las Vegas for pure size and scope of magnificent displays of gas and glass.   One of our Tunnel Vision article

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sue Hronik: Amazing Maze

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The Lincoln Highway celebrates it's 100th birthday in 2013. Around Labor Day the small farm community of Malta, Illinois celebrated the centennial with the opening of an amazing corn maze. Malta was the site of the first test mile of concrete that would become part of the Lincoln Hwy and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean. Our guest Sue Hronik , is the program director for the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and she will explain all about t

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Stacy Rushton: Blast From The Past

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In Tacoma, WA, summer 2013 ended with a Blast From The Past at the LeMay Family Collection. What began, as a personal collection of vintage cars more than 40 years ago is now the largest private collection in the world with 2,200 vehicles according to the Guiness Book of World Records. The Blast from the Past annually raises funds to help local charities and serves as a showcase for the highlight of the upcoming Annual LeMay Car Show, Auc

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Hutson: Neon Resurrection Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W2CWbGxx] Click here to listen…[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/21e37ada-19b8-4fe7-9956-c8816b23a0f1.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   The summer 2013 issue of American Road Magazine focused on: "Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright". Dave Hutson, our guest in this podcast, is the man who brings the warmth of yesterday back to those glowing gas sentinels. He is the owner of Neon Time, a company in suburban St. Louis, MO that special

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Hutson: Neon Resurrection Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WHhxRq4x] Click here to listen…[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/b1e47a9d-1432-3de0-d733-c47e2e919e99.mp3] Click here to download ...[/url]   Our summer 2013 issue of American Road Magazine is focused around: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In this podcast we meet Dave Hutson, the man who brings the warmth of yesterday back to those glowing gas sentinels that once beckoned us to spent the night or to enjoy some homemade comfort food

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Preservation Part 3: The Dream Team

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to check out the magazine issue for great photos and more details.   In 2008, a terrible windstorm blew through St. Louis, MO and nearly tore down a neon

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Preservation Part 2: Relighting Route 66

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote an article about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to check out the magazine issue for great photos and more details.   In 2008, a terrible windstorm in St. Louis, MO nearly tore down a neon sign

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WhsnYZQx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/df3a35a3-1cd0-e7fd-f069-87b7011cf299.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote an article about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sarah Focke: Lincoln Highway Centennial Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W7ZcNNQx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/e0b62854-539f-40ec-d5df-ebd6514eadd0.mp3] Click here to download …[/url]   The last weekend of June 2013 in Kearney, NE marks the 100th Birthday Party for the Lincoln Highway, one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. In Part 2 of our Centennial Celebration for the Lincoln Highway, Sarah Focke, of the Kearney Convention

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sarah Focke: Lincoln Highway Centennial Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WlXjSSzx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/6db33191-f238-8f52-c68d-5223d61a0259.mp3] Click here to download …[/url]   The last weekend of June 2013 in Kearney, NE marks the 100th Birthday Party for the Lincoln Highway, one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. In Part 1 of our Centennial Celebration for the Lincoln Highway, Sarah Focke, of the Kearney Convention

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jim Kopp: Drive In Jeopardy

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/Ww5hbb8x] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/597f823a-1d82-084b-0fac-c2777dec9d27.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   Perhaps no other roadside attraction is as closely identified with the American Road as the neighborhood drive in movie theatres that once dotted the US map. Sadly the ritual of warm summer evenings with the family piled in the car to watch the latest blockbuster has gone the way of the Edsel in mos

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Gassman: The Big Tomato

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WTSVRRyx] Click here to listen...[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/542b72de-4321-14bc-cfa0-58bb7acc6194.mp3] Click here to download [/url]   The rich earth of the Mississippi River bottom just east of St. Louis has long been a place to grow some of the best produce in the country. In particular, it was something of the tomato capital of the Midwest for many decades. What better monument to that juicy history than a massive catsup bottle, m

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Max Armstrong:tractor Heritage Tour 2013

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The great Heritage Tractor Adventure is taking place again between June 7 and 10th in the rich Illinois farmlands just outside of Chicago. The adventure, with a three-day tractor ride, combines vintage farm tractors and displays with entertainment, great food, and family fun. WGN-720 AM's own Farm Reporter, Max Armstrong, an avid collector himself, will be setting off on the adventure with you. His knowledge of the Midwest farming community,

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson:the Pirate And The Baseball

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WPnsY5mx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/1f2ea1f9-62ce-9954-f601-c3c0f55b4d61.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   Erika Nelson has dedicated her life to hunting down the world’s largest attractions along the American Road and then creating The World’s largest collection of the World’s Smallest Replicas of the World’s Largest Attractions. Erika is an artist and regular columnist who journals here trophy finds in

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Virginia Sullivan: Cycling Route 66 Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W2llWfCx] Click here to listen...[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/215e88c5-da76-3683-3c13-ac7207386297.mp3] Click here to download…[/url]   For most of us the idea of rolling down Route 66 involves a nostalgic trip on 4 wheels powered by a motor. For Virginia Sullivan that’s two wheels too many and her vehicle runs on legs. She is part of Adventure Cycling Association based in Missoula, Montana. I caught up with her on a Skype connection

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Virginia Sullivan: Cycling Route 66 Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   For most of us the idea of rolling down Route 66 involves a nostalgic trip on 4 wheels powered by a motor. For Virginia Sullivan that’s two wheels too many and her vehicle runs on legs. She is part of Adventure Cycling Association based in Missoula, Montana. I caught up with her on a Skype connection a while back to talk about an ambitious Route 66 mapping project and to learn about the association. In part 1, Ginny talks about the histor

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Scott Herioux: Rescued Bridges

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W4CYRDNx] Click here to listen... [/url]http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/196c8b97-c024-fc9c-f5f1-fea308a2f6a0.mp3] Click here to download [/url]   The 2013 spring issue of American Road Magazine featured a story about a golf course in northern Michigan with a one-of-a-kind feature to its course. Sweetgrass Golf Course is part of the Hannahville Indian Community resort complex just north of Green Bay, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. The

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