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Season 1, Episode 12: The People Who Used to Live Here (Unknown Mansion - Hurley, NY)

Season 1, Episode 12: The People Who Used to Live Here (Unknown Mansion - Hurley, NY)

In the season one finale of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, follow Blake into his imagination as he recounts his experience exploring an abandoned mansion off a county highway in Ulster County, NY where he reflects on capitalism, exile, and chosen family.

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Season 1, Episode 11: Panic Like the House is on Fire (Unknown House - Kingston, NY)

Season 1, Episode 11: Panic Like the House is on Fire (Unknown House - Kingston, NY)

Join Blake on his expedition to an abandoned house at the foot of the Catskill Mountains that has been transformed into a makeshift artistic monument honoring climate activist Greta Thunberg--and Mother Nature herself.

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Season 1, Episode 10: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Kings Park Psychiatric Center - Kings Park, NY)

Season 1, Episode 10: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Kings Park Psychiatric Center - Kings Park, NY)

Join host Blake Pfeil for this special episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast as he chats with Radio Kingston/WKNY Executive Director Jimmy Buff about his personal experiences at the notorious abandoned psychiatric hospital on Long Island, NY.

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Season 1, Episode 9: The King of Letchworth Village (Letchworth Psychiatric Village - Thiells, NY)

Season 1, Episode 9: The King of Letchworth Village (Letchworth Psychiatric Village - Thiells, NY)

It's 1972, and Geraldo Rivera is on a mission to expose the horrific conditions inside psychiatric hospitals across New York. Fly back in time with Blake where he meets a curious, new imaginary friend named Carl who shows him around the abandoned, infamous psychiatric facility Letchworth Village in Thiells, NY.

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Season 1, Episode 8: Norman Bates and Gerald Foos and Me (Sawyerkill Motel - Saugerties, NY)

Season 1, Episode 8: Norman Bates and Gerald Foos and Me (Sawyerkill Motel - Saugerties, NY)

In 1960, the world was introduced to the fictional voyeur and motel owner Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's revolutionary horror film Psycho; and in 2016, the world was introduced to the nonfictional voyeur and motel owner Gerald Foos in Gay Talese’s book The Voyeur’s Motel. In this episode of abandoned, host Blake Pfeil is introduced to both (in his imagination) as he wanders the abandoned Sawyerkill Motel just off the New York State Thruway in Saugerties, NY.

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Season 1, Episode 7: Sometimes I Pretend I’m Erin Brockovich, Pt. II (C&D Technologies - Huguenot, NY)

Season 1, Episode 7: Sometimes I Pretend I’m Erin Brockovich, Pt. II (C&D Technologies - Huguenot, NY)

Fall into part two of Blake’s Erin Brockovich fantasy thriller as he explores the second of two abandoned industrial spaces, infamous for former EPA violations: C&D Technologies in Huguenot, NY.

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Season 1, Episode 6: Sometimes I Pretend I’m Erin Brockovich, Pt. I (Al Tech Specialty Steel Co. - Colonie, NY)

Season 1, Episode 6: Sometimes I Pretend I’m Erin Brockovich, Pt. I (Al Tech Specialty Steel Co. - Colonie, NY)

In the first of a two-part episode, fall into Blake’s Erin Brockovich fantasy thriller as he explores two abandoned industrial spaces infamous for former EPA violations. First up: the Al Tech Specialty Steel Corporation, a Superfund site just outside of Albany, NY.

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Season 1, Episode 5: Coyote (Marin Headlands - Sausalito, CA)

Season 1, Episode 5: Coyote (Marin Headlands - Sausalito, CA)

The Marin Headlands is an enormous chunk of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Hillside, cliffside, and waterside all-in-one, the unique geography is dotted by several abandoned military sites. It is also the location of this deeply personal episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, where host Blake Pfeil reflects on divorce, codependency, self-forgiveness, and a surprise encounter with a coyote.

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Season 1, Episode 4: Dodgin' COVID-19 Like the Cops (Penn Hills Resort - Analomink, PA)

Season 1, Episode 4: Dodgin' COVID-19 Like the Cops (Penn Hills Resort - Analomink, PA)

Four days before the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol, Blake wanders the Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort in the Poconos, unaware of what's about to happen to the country. On this episode of abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, time travel to a homogeneous couples resort with a history wrought with tax evasion, swingers parties, and good-ol'-fashioned heart-shaped tubs.

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About the Show

abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast is a bi-weekly episodic series. abandoned takes listeners through immersive audio fantasies, recreating host Blake Pfeil’s experiences exploring abandoned spaces across the United States. Along the way, abandoned asks critical questions about American history and culture, community, capitalism and economics, the environment, and mental health while encouraging folks to activate their imaginations as a tool for healing.

Learn more: http://www.allamericanruins.com

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