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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History Click here to listen… Click here to download…   He may not be Babe the Blue Ox of Paul Bunyan fame, but Ollie has one big advantage: He can be whatever color you make him! I'm talking, of course, about the friendly mascot for the Illinois National Highway Association, Ollie the Ox. You can find his smiling face and many other characters that were part of the wagon trains moving through the Illinois wilderness, in a 13 p

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue Of Dreams

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue of Dreams Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Henry Ford's favorite roadway received a high tech, solar powered salute in the summer of 2011 when the National Scenic Byway conference named the Woodward Avenue Tributes the best interpretive highway project in the nation. Detroit's Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) helped erect the 30 ft. tall, cylindrical glass and concrete pillars that feature solar-po

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   The notion of a high-tech tour of Amish country is a bit of a contradiction in terms. You normally identify the Amish with horses and buggies, kerosene lamps, quaint clothing and NO electricity. However, Jackie Hughes and the folks at the Elkhart Convention and Visitors Bureau have managed to combine the two opposing concepts in one excellent package: The Heritage Tr

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... Fred Sachtleben isn't proud that he had ignored his father's stories of pioneer adventure, but he's making up for it now. Fred's dad was one of the first people to travel the then brand new Lincoln Highway from Chicago to San Francisco in 1915. That was all ancient history until just after Fred's father passed away and he found an honorary medal and a handwritten d

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download... In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, the National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new territories. Two centuries later, Mary Truitt, president of the Illino

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 1

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road at 200 Part 1 Click here to listen... Clickhere to download   Mary Truitt, Pres. Illinois National Road Assoc. and Gary Kruger. In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, The National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new te

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet Of Lucas

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet of Lucas Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Who in their right mind would make a public restroom look like a giant toilet?! Well, the cityof Lucas, Kansas of course! Almost a year ago we told you about a folk art project called Bowl Plaza. The Grassroots Art Center director Rosslyn Schultz shared their vision for an enormous outdoor restroom crafted by local artists in the shape of a toilet bowl, wat

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download   When the Mother Road calls, few can resist her. Route 66 is a long way from Vince Cricchio's New Jersey home, but when he got the call, he and his wife grabbed their video gear and spent 2010 travelling the heartland of America. They recorded the stories and chronicled what Vince likes to call "one long amusement park" from Chicago to Santa Monica pier in Cal

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Double your pleasure, double your fun…and right now some of you are singing the name of a favorite gum. Actually we're talking about one of the most unique drive in theatres in North America because it's the only place in the country where you get both a motel room and a drive in theatre all in one. Our guest, George Kelloff, is the proprietor of the Best Western Movie Manor

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum Click here to listen.. Clickhere to download   All that glittered soon became gold when it came from Los Angeles, California for most of the last century. Hollywood was the hub of America's movie, radio and TV industry turning Midwest girls, like Jean Harlow (pictured above) into The Blond Bombshell, with the help of famed make up artist Max Factor, in the early twenties. Today we are going to visit with Donelle Dadig

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines To Palms Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines to Palms Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...       Some wags say the camel is a horse designed by acommittee. The same might be said forthe Jefferson Highway! This long forgotten but now much cherished classic American highway once stretched from the pines of Manitoba, Canada to the sultry palms of New Orleans. My guest is Mike Conlin, a map maker by trade, who is the president of the new Jefferson Highway Asso

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live The King

American Road TripTalk (podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live the King Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...     Our summer 2011 issue of American Road Magazinefeatured a special section highlighting 26 classic Drive In's across NorthAmerica. In today's episode we meet GregGreenhill who represents the second generation to run the King Drive Inn, in Russellville,AL. He and his family have found a surefire formula for drawing families that's as treasured as the recipe for AuntBea

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Neal Howk: Jewels Of The North

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Neal Howk: Jewels of the North Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Like 21 rough-cut jewels the Apostle Islands adorn the shores of western Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. These rugged islands aren't just pretty baubles crowning the Badger State; they have had tremendous cultural and historical significance to North America for millennia. Once the ancestral home of the Ojibwa people, and resource for a growing nation, the Apostle

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob O'neil: Vali Highlights

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob O'Neil: Vali Highlights Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our summer 2011 issue of American Road Magazine featured a special section highlighting 26 classic drive in theaters across North America. A common thread among the picture parks, like the Vali Hi Drive In Lake Elmo, Minnesota, is that they are survivors. Bob O'Neil, owner since 1978, has learned how to hang on and is now enjoying a renaissance in moonlight movie-going thank

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Arnold Berkman: Us Route 66 Death Of An American Icon

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Arnold Berkman: US Route 66 Death of an American Icon Click here to listen... (10:26) Click here to download... After seeing his obituary in a newspaper, Mark Twain quipped, "News of my death has been greatly exaggerated." Along these same lines, some of you may be more than a little put off by the title of this photo exhibit:US Route 66: Death of an American Icon. Arnold Berkman, a retired psychologist and professional photographer, took the pictur

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Carol Stuttle, Carol Burke Et Al: Endless Nights

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Carol Stuttle, Carol Burke et al: Endless Nights (16 min) Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... The sky never looked brighter over central Illinois than when The Sky View Drive In Theatre in Litchfield lit up the night with Hollywood's stars. The Sky View is the last operating drive in on Historic Route 66 in the Lincoln State. Somehow it has survived until just recently charging just $2/person for admission to a double feature! How they

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Preston: Breezy Rider

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Preston: Breezy Rider Click here to listen... 10:00 Clickhere to download...   For nearly a decade Dave Preston has entertained readers of the American Road Magazine with reviews and commentary on our heritage roadways. Recently I had an opportunityto talk to him about his passion and favorite way to see the American Road: on a motorcycle! In our story you'll hear how Dave went from being a schoolteacher to become a motor enthusiast and learn abo

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Nathan Schock: Corn Power

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Nathan Schock: Corn Power Click here to listen... (11:00) Clickhere to download... It's highway robbery every time we pull up to the gas station. Whether it's political turmoil in the Middle East or pure greed on the part of oil companies, there always seems to be an excuse for jacking up the prices Well there are some folks in the heartland of America working to break that dependence on foreign fuels at a company called POET, a company formed in the

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos Click here to listen... (9:22) Click here to download... Claude Bell was a man who could dream bigger than most men can imagine. Two enormous concrete dinosaurs that command the Mohave desert town of Cabazon, California are silent witnesses to his hard work, persistence and vision. The desert dinos were featured in our Spring 2011 American Road Magazine column World's Largest Things. In every issue, author and artist Erika Nelso

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell, The Green Highway

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell The Green Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Sticker shock at the pump in 2011 and the fact that this year's Car of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show was the electric powered Chevrolet Volt seem to indicate that Americans are beginning to take electric cars seriously. Nissan and Ford have joined GM in producing electric vehicles but the biggest limitation seems to be: How far can you go on the batteries?

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rollin Southwell: The Loneliest Highway

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rollin Southwell: The Loneliest Highway Click here to listen... Click here to download... His voice reminds you of smoke filled saloons, tall tales around campfires and sun-baked days on the high desert. Rollin Southwell personifies the area that he calls the Loneliest and Oldest Highway in Nevada, US 50, part of the Lincoln Highway. His Lincoln Highway website chronicles this dusty road that makes its way through central Nevada like a rattle snake throug

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Janet Leopold: Hawaiian Jurassic Park

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Janet Leopold: Hawaiian Jurassic Park Click here to listen... Click here to download...   When filmmakers want to create a dinosaur domain for our imaginations, there is one favorite place on earth that they go to create their prehistoric settings: The Hawaiian island of Kauai. Specifically, they set up their cameras in the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Our spring issue of American Road Magazine is built around the theme of dinosaurs so I dial

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Barbara Wynns: Weeki Wachee Woes

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Barbara Wynns: Weeki Wachee Woes Click here to listen... Click here to download... Weeki Wachee Springs, is a natural wonder innorthwest Florida where "mermaids" have performed under water for millions ofvisitors since it opened shortly after WWII. Right now the very existence of this extraordinary attraction is in danger. Like every state in the union, Florida is trying to save money by cutting costs and outsourcing state services. Wee

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Dr. Steve Cumbaa: Extinction Theatre

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dr. Steve Cumbaa: Extinction Theatre Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our spring 2011 edition of the American Road Magazine is centered around dinosaurs and their many manifestations along the highways of North America. One of our articles presented The Extinction Theatre, part of the Talisman Energy Fossil Exhibition, housed in the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada.   Our guest for this American Road TripTalk is

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Dee Helming: Fallen Shoe Tree

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dee Helming: Fallen Shoe Tree Click here to listen... Click here to download...   The stretch of desert highway between Austin and Fallon, Nevada was home to one of the rarest trees in Americana: the "shoe tree." Actually there are a number of these huge trees draped with Doc Martins, tennies, work boots and all manner of used shoes all across the country. Rather than being treated as smelly, eyesores, they have become beloved roadside shoe shrines. T

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