United States of Dramerica

United States of Dramerica

There is nothing like a dram of whisky to inspire an important conversation.Each week we sit down with a guest from the worlds of entertainment, sport or business and they tell their story over a glass of whisky.

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Episode 79 - Michele Kajiwara, SVP Premium STAPLES Center

Oct. 11, 2021

We talk to the passionate Michele Kajiwara, SVP Premium at the STAPLES Center. She talks about selling sports experiences in a Covid world, the impact of the social justice movement and how much she missed the thrill of live…

Episode 78 - Shaun Robinson, manager of Hilton Anaheim

Aug. 30, 2021

We talk to Shaun Robinson, manager of the Hilton Anaheim, California's third largest hotel. He tells stories from his 30+ years in the business including meeting Pele and Muhammed Ali, how we got his start as a waiter in New…

Episode 77 - Big Jimmy Denning, singer

July 19, 2021

We talk to the only Scotsman to headline on the Las Vegas Strip, Jimmy Denning. He tells us about sharing limos with Wayne Newton, how Matt Goss mixes his whisky and being sick in one of the most expensive suites in Vegas. H…

Episode 76 - Clare Risman, Executive Director of the St George's Society of New York

June 28, 2021

We talk to Clare Risman, former British diplomat and now Executive Director of the St George’s Society of New York. We talk about the historic charity, their role supporting everyone from Titanic survivors, to creating a 9/1…

Episode 75 - Grant Arnow, rock star turned lawyer

June 14, 2021

We talk to entertainment lawyer Grant Arnow. He talks about his career as front man of Takota, touring Europe and some of the things he saw while touring with bands. He explains his transition to corporate lawyer then entert…

Episode 74 - Neil Strachan, The Balvenie Ambassador for West Coast USA

May 17, 2021

We talk to the lively Neil Strachan of Balvenie. We talk about corporate golf tournaments, the etiquette of drinking whisky and doing business in South East Asia and getting lost during a Manila whisky festival. He explains …

About the Host

Dan Rutstein

Dan is a former British diplomat and whisky enthusiast.
He started the podcast because he wanted to be able to have important conversations with interesting people over an enjoyable drink.