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 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. He explains the different sides of his adopted hometown, living life there t…

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 9/11 Memorial Garden to the wide range of support they provide today. We discu…

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 entertainment lawyer, how his background helps him understand clients and the sat…

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 how luxury whiskys are promoted in Singapore and China, the rarest whiskys …

Episode 73 - Nicola Slater, Scottish tennis pro

May 9, 2021

We talk to the effervescent Nicola Slater, former Scottish tennis professional. We talk playing at Wimbledon, pay equality for women and working with Judy Murray. She talks about the thrill and excitement of the lower level tour, the poor behavior of entitled players complaining about pre-Australia…

Episode 72 - Paul Bae, podcaster and writer

May 3, 2021

We talk to the extraordinary Paul Bae, actor, comedian, writer and podcaster. He talks about having his head blown off in the infamous movie the Interview, how the podcast he started because nobody wanted his screenplay has had more than 50 million downloads and how he performed such a horrible sta…

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.