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    • Oregon Fire Lines - Teaser
      Oregon Fire Lines - Teaser
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100803
      8/3/10
      0.0
      Whenever someone at our office bitches about being overworked, our stock response is “Beats digging ditches.” While the express intention of the statement is usually not-so-supportive, we think it’s a healthy reminder that at the end of the day, we are all basically professional emailers and should be thankful for such.moreless
    • In The Chutes With PBR
      In The Chutes With PBR
      Season 2008 - Episode 20080211
      2/11/08
      0.0
      Professional bull-riding is the most intense and most intensely American sport we've ever been blown away by.
    • Soapbox Derby
      Soapbox Derby
      Season 2008 - Episode 20080121
      1/21/08
      0.0
      Chris Nieratko gets friendly with the competitors.
    • The Taxidermist
      The Taxidermist
      Season 2007 - Episode 20070207
      2/7/07
      0.0
      Amy Ritchie is a true renaissance girl. She is a hunter, a piano prodigy, and a nationally recognized champion taxidermist.
    • Moonshine
      Moonshine
      Season 2007 - Episode 20070221
      2/21/07
      0.0
      Hunting for moonshine in South Carolina with the Black Lips.
    • 2nd Revolutionary War
      2nd Revolutionary War
      Season 2009 - Episode 20090702
      7/2/09
      0.0
      As militia membership slowly creeps back to its early 90s levels, VBS parses the rising tide of paranoia to gauge whether the New World Order is past its sell-by date or arriving right on schedule.
    • Slab City
      Slab City
      Season 2009 - Episode 20090828
      8/28/09
      0.0
      VBS travels to Slab City, an ex-military base-cum-squatter haven in Southern California. With the help of two booze-guzzling sherpas, we traverse the Colorado desert to understand why so many call this wasteland home.
    • Norm's Militia Scrapbook
      Norm's Militia Scrapbook
      Season 2009 - Episode 20091109
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Norman Olson is the founder of the Michigan Militia, the most famous/notorious/we-think-maybe-oldest? group of the early-90s citizens’ militia movement. If you’re too young to remember, that was this thing where guys in camouflage got together to train with their guns and guys with cameras pretended they were scary and racist.
    • Voguing
      Voguing
      Season 2007 - Episode 20070302
      3/2/07
      0.0
      The world of underground drag queen voguing battles.
    • The Firing Line
      The Firing Line
      Season 2007 - Episode 20070309
      3/9/07
      0.0
      In this edition of Americana we take a little field trip out of the city to Pearl River, New York, home of our favorite shooting range/gun shop.
    • Frontsight
      Frontsight
      Season 2008 - Episode 20080324
      3/24/08
      0.0
      Tactical firearms training in the middle of the Nevada desert.
    • Oregon Fire Lines
      Oregon Fire Lines
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100816
      8/16/10
      0.0
      Whenever someone at our office bitches about being overworked, our stock response is “Beats digging ditches.” While the express intention of the statement is usually not-so-supportive, we think it’s a healthy reminder that at the end of the day, we are all basically professional emailers and should be thankful for such. The wildland firefighters who work for Grayback Forestry in Southern Oregon have no such motivational adages because their job is actually digging ditches. Around active forest fires. On the sides of mountains. You can’t even bitch at these guys for having cushy government pensions to fall back on when they get older, because they’re all private-sector contractors. Which means if they aren’t out fighting forest fires or doing preventative forestry on unburned woods (basically extreme landscaping), they are losing money. They are literally the hardest working men in tree business. We spent a few days following a crew of Grayback forest-firefighters walk up the sides of what most people would consider a cliff to chop down underbrush in preparation for a controlled burn. This is what they like to call “project work,” aka the light stuff in between fires, and yet it was still some of the hardest most least-rewarding work we have ever tried to do in our lives. Unless you consider 12-hour-plus shifts of backbreaking labor, virtually zero outside recognition, and occasional accusations of being shills for the timber industry rewards. Which we do not.moreless
    • Levi's Billy Reid Trailer 090510
      Levi's Billy Reid Trailer 090510
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100906
      9/6/10
      0.0
      Recently VBS travelled to Muscle Shoals, AB, the birth place of R&B and home to some of the most celebrated recording studios in the history of American music.
    • The Muscle Shoals Sound: Trailer
      The Muscle Shoals Sound: Trailer
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100906
      9/6/10
      0.0
      Recently VBS travelled to Muscle Shoals, AL, the birth place of R&B and home to some of the most celebrated recording studios in the history of American music.
    • The Muscle Shoals Sound
      The Muscle Shoals Sound
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100910
      9/10/10
      0.0
      VBS recently travelled to the internationally acclaimed recording town of Muscle Shoals, AL, where host Ian Svenonius talked to some folks who helped establish it’s distinctive American R & B sound. American artists like Otis Redding & Bob Dylan found their groove in Muscle Shoals, while international groups like the Rolling Stones were drawn by the allure of the place and the music it created. We had a chance to sit down and talk to these legends about the history of FAME Studios, the factors that shaped the Muscle Shoals Sound, and the future of their recording industry in the digital age.moreless
    • The Indy Mile 2 of 2
      The Indy Mile 2 of 2
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100203
      2/3/10
      0.0
      The Indy Mile is the oldest contest for motorcycle racing’s oldest discipline: dirt track. You’ve seen this stuff on TV before—it’s that extremely loud track party that has your dad and uncles screaming at the tube through the haze of Camel smoke and Old Milwaukee fumes and your mother annoyed or mortally frightened. In other words: it is fucking excellent. The race itself is physically grueling, with madmen looping around a mile-long oval track and sliding into turns at around 70 miles per hour—in general, looking like the trifling laws of physics don’t really apply. Competitors travel across the country all year competing for rewards that barely cover travel expenses, so in this episode of Americana we thought we’d take you to Indianapolis, Indiana, to investigate what motivates these beastly riders and to celebrate everything it is they do and stand for.moreless
    • Bares, Broncs, and Bulls -- Trailer
      Bares, Broncs, and Bulls -- Trailer
      Season 2010 - Episode 20101025
      10/25/10
      0.0
      We just got back from hanging out with a bunch of Navajo cowboy folks from Triple B Association—a bronc & bull riding league catering to the Indian community of the American Southwest. Over the course of a week, we tailed several of the Association’s best and up-and-coming riders from across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. We take a peek into their incredible lives—from training for, traveling to and from, and competing in rodeos to hanging on the rez, dealing with fam, and just trying to make ends meet in some of the most impoverished parts of the country. As it’s received more and more mainstream exposure over the years, bull and bronc riding has become a big-buck industry, but at the level these young Navajo compete in the winnings are low, the press is scarce, and the risks of just getting in the saddle every day are terrifying.moreless
    • Bares Broncs and Bulls Part 1 of 2
      Bares Broncs and Bulls Part 1 of 2
      Season 2010 - Episode 20101114
      11/14/10
      0.0
      We just got back from hanging out with a bunch of Navajo cowboy folks from Triple B Association—a bronc & bull riding league catering to the Indian community of the American Southwest. Over the course of a week, we tailed several of the Association’s best and up-and-coming riders from across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. We take a peek into their incredible lives—from training for, traveling to and from, and competing in rodeos to hanging on the rez, dealing with fam, and just trying to make ends meet in some of the most impoverished parts of the country.moreless
    • The Indy Mile 1 of 2
      The Indy Mile 1 of 2
      Season 2010 - Episode 20100203
      2/3/10
      0.0
      The Indy Mile is the oldest contest for motorcycle racing’s oldest discipline: dirt track. You’ve seen this stuff on TV before—it’s that extremely loud track party that has your dad and uncles screaming at the tube through the haze of Camel smoke and Old Milwaukee fumes and your mother annoyed or mortally frightened. In other words: it is fucking excellent. The race itself is physically grueling, with madmen looping around a mile-long oval track and sliding into turns at around 70 miles per hour—in general, looking like the trifling laws of physics don’t really apply. Competitors travel across the country all year competing for rewards that barely cover travel expenses, so in this episode of Americana we thought we’d take you to Indianapolis, Indiana, to investigate what motivates these beastly riders and to celebrate everything it is they do and stand for.moreless