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Season 1, Episode 8: Norman Bates and Gerald Foos and Me

Season 1, Episode 8: Norman Bates and Gerald Foos and Me

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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Season 1, Episode 3: Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall (Nevele Grande Resort - Ellenville, NY)

Season 1, Episode 3: Hello, I'm Shelley Duvall (Nevele Grande Resort - Ellenville, NY)

From a young age, Blake had an obsession with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and fantasized about time traveling back to 1979 to explore the film set. Since that proves to be impossible, the next best thing is an adventure to The Nevele Grande Resort, an abandoned ski resort near the Catskill Mountains. Join Blake as he wanders the halls of the Borscht Belt hotel with Shelley Duvall while the ghosts of guests past surround them both.

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Season 1, Episode 2: Duck and Cover (Saratoga Springs Air Force Base - Stillwater, NY)

Season 1, Episode 2: Duck and Cover (Saratoga Springs Air Force Base - Stillwater, NY)

Blake grew up next to the United States Air Force Academy, so it's fitting that his first venture to an abandoned space during the pandemic is an abandoned air force base near Saratoga Springs, NY on Memorial Day 2020. Join Blake as he time-travels to the Cold War-- when the paranoid threat of nuclear war with Russia incited the US government to produce a public awareness campaign (propaganda) starring a cartoon turtle named Bert.

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Season 1, Episode 1: Prologue | Anemoia (Peregrine Dairy Farm - Colorado Springs, CO)

Season 1, Episode 1: Prologue | Anemoia (Peregrine Dairy Farm - Colorado Springs, CO)

Setting the scene for abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, host Blake Pfeil travels back in time to his childhood in the mountains of Colorado where he reveals the genesis for his obsession with American ruins: an abandoned dairy farm.

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abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast | Trailer

abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast | Trailer

Welcome to abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, a bi-weekly episodic audio series. abandoned takes listeners through sonic 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.

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abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast is a bi-weekly episodic audio series. abandoned takes listeners through sonic 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.

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