Stories from Unplugged America
Our goal is to bring you stories from rural America — from the fly-over places that are far from the hot light of the national media. Stories of ordinary people doing ordinary and sometimes extraordinary things. The idea for the podcast came from our host, George Wood, after he took a trip during the summer of 2020. While on the road he met people whose stories were fascinating and not often told. He wrote about them on his social media feeds but we think the stories he was hearing deserved a wider audience.
Season 2: The crew shares plans for the coming season.
We thought it would be fun and informative for us to get together in George’s dining room and share some of our plans for the coming season. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did and invite you to join us for more of George’s travel experiences in America’s unplugged country.
Episode 1: Calling Home and Sleeping Tight
Back on the road in 2021, George keeps to the rules of staying off the interstates and visiting every small-town museum he sees. In Gridley, Illinois he takes us to the Gridley Phone Museum and a safe with the combination written on the door. Then it is on to Petosi, Wisconsin and the Petosi Brewery where we meet the people behind the resurrection of a local brewery that also houses the world’s best beer museum.
Episode 2: Fill ‘er Up!
The food writer Michael Pollan cautions us to never get our food where we fill up our cars. But maybe he has never been to Café Neo, the Emmaville Café, and the Farmhouse Restaurant—great diners located in gas stations that we take you to in this episode. We also stop by Cowgirl Pizza – a laundromat where you can get a great pizza and cold beer.
Episode 3: Always Take the Backroads
In Lynch, Kentucky the coal companies have left, houses have been abandoned, schools and stores closed. But despite all this the folks at Backroads of Appalachia have a plan. By sponsoring road rallies and events they bring thousands of people to Harlan County and the fall out has created new jobs and new businesses. Bailey’s Hogie Shop and The General Store at Creek Crossing are two of the businesses we’ll visit in this episode. Come along on a trip of the backroads of Kentucky and meet the people making an economic comeback.