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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Costas Schuler: Mercedes Pens

My linkAmerican Road TripTalk (podcast) - Costas Schuler: Mercedes Pens Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Like any dedicated artist Costas Schuler wants to make his mark on the world. The only difference is that Costas wants to make that mark with used up pens, thousands of them, in all sizes and colors and all of them glued to his 1981 Mercedes 300D, better known simply as the Mercedes Pens. Costas has his sights set much higher than his ingeniously colorful ride and yo

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Tom Holm: Eco Trek Plant Power

American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Tom Holm: Eco Trek Plant Power Click here to listen... Click here to download... Tom Holm is a man on a mission to change the way Americans travel our favorite roadways without becoming enslaved to foreign oil based fuels. In early 2011, Tom completed a 10,000-mile Eco Trek from coast to coast and back powered solely by cellulosic ethanol. It's a fuel derived from cornhusks, stalks, and other plant byproducts and is currently produced by a company named P

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon In The Spotlight

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon in the Spotlight Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Starting in the1920's the art of neon lighting lit up American roadways and towns from coast to coast. In many ways it was arevolutionary as the digital artistry of today. Curiously, neon lighting made its way into the US from Europe by jumping across the country and landing in Los Angeles, California. So it's fitting that the City of the Angels should be the home of th

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power

American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power Click here to listen... Click here to download...     When the weatherperson wants you to know just how cold things can get in case you were starting to feel sorry for yourself, they would probably say, "But in Cut Bank, Montana it's 40 degrees below zero." In our Winter 2010 Holiday Road Tour we visited the Glacier Gateway Inn and Plaza in Cut Bank where former owner Ron Gustafson had built the largest penguin inthe world t

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jim Jones: Waldmire's Wheels

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Jim Jones: Waldmire's Wheels Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Route 66 has been dubbed the Mother Road and Bob Waldmire has to have been one of her favorite sons. A Tunnel Vision article in the Winter 2010 issue of American Road Magazine describes some of the unique vehicles that Waldmire used while creating his incredibly detailed pen and ink images of the American Road along Route 66 . In this American Road Trip Talk, JimJones, th

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Leg-Acy

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Leg-acy Click here to listen... Click here to download... "You'll shoot your eye out!" was probably the most famous line in The Christmas Story but the infamous leg lamp that became the movie's most famous prop. As a matter of fact it was a homemade version of the Leg Lamp that served as the inspiration and one of the main means that led, former Navy pilot, Brian Jones to buy the house in 2005 and recreating the magic of Ralph

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– James Schulte: Toy Treasure Trove

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- James Schulte: Toy Treasure Trove Click here to listen... Click here to download... Nothing brings back the wonderful moments of our childhood like seeing our favorite toy, whether it was a classic Barbie doll or one of the original GI Joe's. The city of Wheeling, W.Va is home to a treasure trove of those great memories all collected in Millers Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. Alan Miller and his son assembled toys dating from the 1890's along with a

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ann King: Virtual Route 66

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Ann King: Virtual Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Some call it The Mother Route 66, others America's Main Street. Bobby Troup encouraged a footloose, post-war America to "Getyour kicks on Route 66". But until now no one has ever created a way for people to enjoy this great highway without ever driving a mile on it. I'm talking about a Virtual Tour ofRoute 66. In 2010 three graduate students, Ann King, Tina Lai and Marc Meye

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Joann Sasse Givens: Lincoln Remembered Weekend

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- JoAnn Sasse Givens: Lincoln Remembered Weekend Click here to listen... Click here to download... Abraham Lincoln, one of America's greatest presidents, spent much of his early political career in the old state capitol in Vandalia, Illinois. So it's fitting that the Vandalia would be the site for the "Lincoln Remembered" Weekend. Feb. 11th and 12 Vandalia is going to be the focus of multiple historical anniversaries including the remembrance of Lincoln's

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Wayne Bronner: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Wayne Bronner: Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Over 50 years ago a man named Wally Bronner, the son of German immigrants, bucked family tradition and opened Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, a Christmas store that has become a holiday landmark throughout the Midwest. In this edition of the American Road Triptalk, you'll meet Wayne Bronner, the founder's son, and learn how Wally's dream grew into a Christma

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American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rick Jones: Pancake Challenge

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) Rick Jones: Pancake Challenge Click here to listen... Click here to download     It might not look like much but only 18 people in the last 25 years have been able to down a plate of pancakes like this in 30 minutes or less. I interviewed Rick Jones, the owner of the Seiad Valley Cafe which sits near the middle of State Hwy 96 that winds its way from Yreka, CA on the southeast to O'Brien, OR. on the northwest. It is one of the few places that still reme

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American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Sharon Tesch: Super-sized Santa

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Sharon Tesch: Super-Sized Santa Click here to listen... Click here to download...   The little village of Christmas, Michigan was built on a dream in the 1930's that was almost wiped out by fire. But the spirit of Christmas is alive and well on the shores of Lake Superior and is home to the world's tallest Santa Claus. My guest Sharon Tesch is the proprietor of Santa's Workshop where Christmas reigns all year 'round. We will be talking about the histor

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American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Cat Bonciu: Buchanan Tavern

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Cat Bonciu: Buchanan Tavern Click here to listen Click here to download   Leave it to an American immigrant to give President James Buchanan his due. Catalin Bonciu is the proprietor of the Buchanan Pub and Hotel in Mercersberg, Pennsylvania along Highway 16. This is part of the Buchanan Trail highlighted in our fall 2010 edition of the American Road Magazine. Cat bought the historic building that once belonged to James Buchanan's father and lovingly

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American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Ann Wescott: Cave Caroling

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Ann Wescott: Cave Caroling Click here to listen... Click here to download     It is one of the most unique Christmas events on the American Road. Imagine the songs of the season echoing through Mother Nature's concert hall...underground. That is exactly what is going on from Dec. 3 through the 5th at The Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark in southwest Wisconsin. Ann Wescott from the Cave of the Mounds joins me to talk about the concert expe

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Bowl Plaza

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Rosslyn Schulz: Bowl Plaza Click here to listen Click here to download   The drawing above is the architect's vision of a unique restroom behind the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas, Kansas. Our guest Rosslyn Schulz, who is the Executive Director of the Center, shared about the loving and artful details that are going into this project which should be complete in the spring of 2011. You can find more about themany facets of the project by visiting their

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

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)– Abe Clymer: Honest Abe

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Abe Clymer: Honest Abe Click here to listen... Click here to download... This week's guest pictured above with his model is Lewis "Abe" Clymer of Vandalia, Il. Truth is that Lewis, or "Abe" as everyone has known him for more than the last half century, is the spitting image of Abraham Lincoln and learned at an early age to put it to good use. He is a Lincoln interpreter and you can find out more about him in the National Road column of the Autumn 20

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Biggest, Tinniest, Biggest Collection

American Road Trip Talk (podcast): Erika Nelson. Think Big! Click here to listen... Click here to download...     This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Hi, it's good to be back with our American Road Podcasts, conversations with authors, fellow travelers and interesting people we meet along the way. My name is Foster Braun and I have had the pleasure of doing these intervie

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