Before SquareMile, Joel Shupack produced a podcast called CommonPlace: new world folk tales. The show chronicled stories found on a cross country bicycle trip.

episode 1 - from the beginning

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The first few days were spent mainly in solitude. In my first podcast, I bring you the rhythm of the roadempty wheatfields, a swarm of bees and a midnight roadside terror

episode 2 - the ghosts of benge


Benge, Washington has no stores and almost no people. I stop to fill up on water and meet Lenny who lives in back of the old general store.

He tell me the stories of his life, of the town he chose to settle in and I think of impermanence.

episode 3 - turtle soup (part 1)


After a chance invitation in Cleveland, I head towards the mythical Turtle Soup gathering in the woods of western New York.

Part One follows the journey getting there.


episode 4 - Turtle soup (part 2)

I follow the call of Turtle Soup to the town of East Aurora, New York - where everyone marries their high-school sweetheart, a speargun is never too far away and canned turtle meat in nowhere to be found.

This is the conclusion of the Turtle Soup saga that begin with Turtle Soup (part1)

Music from:

Michael Chorney and Hollar General

Patchy Sanders 

Rachael Cardiello

episode 5 - christmas in dixie

A story of family, loss and transformation at a defunct roadside attraction in Crawfordville, GA.

Music from:

Matt Templeton 

Franklin Vincent Cox III 

Breaking Up Christmas - compilation put out by Fretted Instruments in Birmingham, AL featuring local musicians

episode 6 - What we share

Valerie Pufahl and I have spent a winter season crafting an audio story following a single winter’s day at Full Plate Farm through the eyes of the farmers, the CSA members and the land itself.


Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Leo J. and the Melee