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

Oatman to Bisbee Via the Heart of Arizona

The driving distance between Oatman and Bisbee in Arizona is 433 miles. It takes a little over 7 hours. In between, you traverse the vibrant center of the state including Phoenix and Tucson. Jamie Jensen, one of America’s foremost Road Warriors, has stories to tell and advice to offer for rugged individuals who want to motor their way through starkly contrasting views of the West, old and new.

Truckers Wanted! A Cross – Country Crisis

Labor economists were right. The prediction of a drastic shortage of drivers in the trucking industry has been borne out. This crisis has long-term implications for American consumers and the overall economy. Will a large increase in wages be enough to lure men and women into the rigs that bring goods to our communities?

World War I Memorial And Museum In KC, MO

World War I is referred to as the Great War or more ironically, ‘the war to end all wars.’ Influences of that terrible conflict resonate today. An historical presentation, with unrivaled exhibits and an unsurpassed collection of artifacts, are found in Kansas City, Missouri at The WWI Museum and Memorial. CEO Matt Naylor and Curator of Education Lora Vogt share their perspectives. An Encore Presentation

The Electric Vehicle Revolution: Then and Now

Everything old is new again with the rapid rise in electric cars. Actually, the visionary history of their development goes back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mark Greene of Cars Yeah joins us to survey the timeline of an automotive revolution; one that continues accelerating at a startling pace.

Tales of America’s Haunted Lighthouses

From Maine to Florida and on the Pacific Coast as well, historic lighthouses shine their beacon to safely beckon sailors home. According to maritime lore, however, many of them house spectral residents who prefer the darkness. Matt Shea researched legendary lighthouse ghosts for this episode. Pictured: St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.

Illumination And Centennial Celebration At The Morton Arboretum

Approaching the December 14th Centennial celebration of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL near Chicago, holiday-themed beauty abounds at this famous public garden. The lights of Illumination are a warm diversion from chilly nights and other special displays make for a glorious family-friendly trek in the suburban woods during the most glorious time of year. Preston Bautista, Vice President of Learning and Engagement, is our guest.

Lucy Desi Museum: I Love Lucy Turns 70!

Celebrating the lives, careers, and legacies of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and their incredible impact on the world, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the globe for over 25 years. I Love Lucy premiered 70 years ago. Gary Hahn of The National Comedy Center guests.

Explore The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum, official museum of Hollywood, has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. It features 35,000 square feet, 4 floors of breathtaking exhibits and is the home of more than 10,000 authentic Showbiz Treasures. Founder Donelle Dadigan is our guest.

Encore Presentation of Hooray For The Pumpkin Pie!

Chances are, that orange beauty you turned into a delicious pie or impressive jack-o’-lantern came from one of three Pumpkin Capitals of America, located in Floydada, Texas, Morton, Illinois or Half Moon Bay, California. Eric Spitznagel joins us to celebrate the most famous of pumpkin patches.

Legends of the Fall Colors with Jamie Jensen

Where would you go for a stunning ride into the fiery brilliance of Autumn in America? Jamie Jensen, author of Road Trip USA, has some ideas. He is a troubadour of two-lane highways and his stories will inspire you to go mobile and experience the season like never before.