Episodes

Nov. 28, 2022

86: Pig War / San Juan National Historic Park, Part 1

Have you ever had a fight with a family member over something stupid? Better yet, have you ever had that fight, only to realize i…

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Nov. 21, 2022

85: The North Cascades National Park

After writing "On The Road," and before it was published, Jack Kerouac spent a long summer on Desolation Peak in what is now the …

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Nov. 14, 2022

84: Crater Lake National Park

Before we explore Crater Lake National Park, I’d like to share a few pieces of general advice. I hope this series has inspired yo…

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Nov. 7, 2022

83: Bring Back the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps was founded by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, and operated for roughly a decade until the program wa…

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Nov. 2, 2022

Our Team Presents: The Peripheral

If you enjoy Hometown History, I suggest listening to another podcast our team creates called The Peripheral. Join host Justin Ev…

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Oct. 31, 2022

82: Lake Mead, America's First National Recreational Area

If you're looking to learn about the history of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area and what to expect if you go, this will …

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Oct. 25, 2022

A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 2

…1 campfire… …1 dark forest… …31 bone-chilling stories… …Will YOU survive the night? This Halloween season, enter the woods for a…

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Oct. 24, 2022

A Nightmare Before Halloween, Part 1

…1 campfire… …1 dark forest… …31 bone-chilling stories… …Will YOU survive the night? This Halloween season, enter the woods for a…

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Oct. 17, 2022

81: Death Valley National Park

In 1820, the well-known British writer, Sydney Smith, mocked the United States for its lack of culture and sophistication: In the…

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Oct. 10, 2022

80: Grand Canyon National Park

There’s a scene in the show Mad Men that shook me up the first time I saw it. It’s probably not the one you think. In the very fi…

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Oct. 3, 2022

79: Redwoods National Park

One of my favorite movies as a kid was The Lorax. When I first saw The Lorax, I had some sense that it was about protecting the e…

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Sept. 26, 2022

78: Yellowstone National Park

Have you ever heard the saying that “Life imitates art”? The person who coined this phrase was Oscar Wilde, the 19th century poet…

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Sept. 19, 2022

77: Yosemite National Park

There’s not much in life you can understand without context. When it comes to the systematic destruction of our planet during the…

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Sept. 13, 2022

Welcome to Hometown History

Welcome to the Hometown History Podcast

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Sept. 12, 2022

76: National Parks Introduction with More Than Just Parks

In my opinion, the single best online resource for visiting America’s national parks, or even appreciating them from afar, is a s…

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Sept. 5, 2022

75: Levi Coffin: How to Save 2,000 People (Ep 2)

Before we jump back into the story of the Levi and Catharine Coffin, the so-called “President” and first-lady of the Underground …

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Aug. 29, 2022

74: Levi Coffin: How to Save 2,000 People (Ep 1)

Central Region Director of the Indiana State Museum system. Joanna also manages the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, …

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Aug. 23, 2022

73: Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage: Episode 2

If you were with us last episode you’ll recognize the voice of Erin Adams, Director of Education at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, t…

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Aug. 15, 2022

72: Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage: Episode 1

What’s the first step in becoming the most powerful man in America? For our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, the first step in his …

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Aug. 8, 2022

71: Parker’s Cross Roads, TN

I’d like to introduce one of my favorite voices among anyone I’ve ever interviewed. Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee is a small tow…

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Aug. 1, 2022

70: Parthenon

When you think of Ancient Greece, what images pop into your head? You probably think of the Olympics and philosophers like Plato …

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July 25, 2022

69: Sun Studio, Part 3

That’s the voice of Dewey Phillips hosting his radio show called “Red, Hot & Blue,” on WHBQ, a Memphis station. In the 1950s, mor…

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July 18, 2022

68: Sun Studio, Part 2

In 2015, musical artist Jack White paid $300,000 for a 78-rpm record at auction. The record was of Elvis Presley singing the song…

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July 11, 2022

67: Sun Studio, Part 1

You’re hearing the song “Rocket 88,” widely considered to be the first rock and roll song ever recorded. It was recorded here, at…

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