Join Thomas and Becky Repp as they team up with Gary Mantz to bring you a new road trip adventure each week. American Road Trip Talk is your chance to discover the backroads that embody true Americana. As the owners and producers of award-winning American Road magazine, Thomas and Becky want your future road trip to be both interesting and exciting. By teaming up with veteran radio broadcaster, Gary Mantz, they offer up valuable road trip planning information.

Latest Episodes

Anson Williams Combats Drowsy Driving

As America gradually reopens to road-trip travel, the dangers of drowsy driving return as well. Thankfully there is a simple and affordable remedy, invented by actor Anson Williams of Happy Days fame, offering quick relief to tired motorists. Hear him describe the benefits of Alert Drops before you set out on your next highway adventure.

Oregon Curiosities With Harriet Baskas

For this episode, we talk with prolific author and veteran radio producer Harriet Baskas. Her book, Oregon Curiosities offers a definitive collection of odd, wacky, and decidedly offbeat people, places, and things found uniquely in the Beaver State.

Kim Romaner And The Long, Long RV Road Trip

Kim Marcille Romaner, founder of Possibilities Amplified, is an expert on the science of amplifying possibility into reality. Author of The Science of Making Things Happen, Kim helps people, organizations and communities tap into the power of possibility. Until quite recently, you would have found her living fulltime and traveling the continent in her RV with her husband Michael.

Great People, Great Places of Car Culture

Car Culture expert Mark Greene, host of the Cars Yeah podcast, describes himself as an incurable automotive enthusiast. He has spent thousands of hours meeting and interviewing people who have woven their passion for cars, trucks and motorcycles into their businesses and lives. In this episode, Mark shares stories of auto aficionados he admires and discusses some choice car museums just waiting to be discovered when Americans hit the road again.

Why Sherman’s March Stopped in Savannah, GA

The city of Savannah proudly claims to be a Top 10 historic place to visit in the United States, welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Some people, like celebrated Rock journalist Susan Masino, decide to relocate there and embrace the soul of the South. In this edition, we list some not-to-be-missed places to enjoy when you arrive in the town that charmed even a relentless Civil War General.

Idaho High Country Beckons

We are talking about a world-class vacation! Idaho offers excitement and scenery galore in the southeast sector of The Gem State. When Road Warriors are on the move again, they will be eager to relish some “world’s only” destinations that invite visitors to step back in history or revel in timeless natural beauty. Listen to an inspiring inventory of all that Southeast Idaho promises to those who pursue adventure in the rugged West.

The National Scenic Byway Foundation

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is the “National Voice of Scenic Byways and Roads.” Experts and volunteers work to strengthen the Byways, advocating for critical funding and promoting increased awareness throughout America. Executive Director Sharon Strouse shares with listeners her longtime experience of supporting concerted efforts to protect and enhance this national treasure.

Visit Will Rogers Country in Claremore, OK

Cowboys, guns, oil, a big blue whale, the world’s largest totem pole, Will Rogers and the true nut house…experience Oklahoma hospitality, the legends of Claremore and Historic Route 66 and all her glory in beautiful northeast Oklahoma! Get the skinny on all the adventure waiting for you when it is time again to venture out on the open road.

Lewis Army Museum And Puget Sound Haunts

The Fort Lewis Military Museum, now the Lewis Army Museum, is a revered (and haunted) stalwart of Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, WA. In 1918 it was the ‘Red Shield Inn.’ An actor apparently died when filming the 1927 film ‘The Patent Leather Kid’ on this site. It is believed that he was murdered on the 2nd floor. Many sightings of an angry spectral actor in a cowboy outfit have been reported. The sound of soldiers marching has been heard on vacant lots. Lights and alarms go off for no apparent reason. Matt Shea reveals more spooky tales from The Evergreen State.

Erika Nelson with more roadside wonders

Erika Nelson has been called an “eccentric Kansan” but aficionados of roadside attractions and grassroots artistic endeavors love her for curating the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things. Erika exhibits them across America and has a bounty of quirky revelations to share.