Episode 91 - Patrick Macmanus, writer, producer, showrunner, Dr Death, The Girl from Plainville

American in Paris, Hollywood writer and whisky lover Patrick Macmanus is the latest guest on the podcast. We explore learning languages, Americans abroad and what makes a good leader. Over a Dalmore 12 and a Glenfiddich Grand...

Episode 90 - Alan Miller, hat fanatic and founder of Official League

We talk to hat-preneur and marketeer Alan Miller. We talk fashion hats, washing hats, hat designs and basically all things hat. Over an Alexander Murray, he talks about owning 100s of hats, all-mesh hats, corduroy hats, wool ...

Episode 89 - David Siegel, former LA Dodgers exec and President of LA Sports Council

We talk to sports exec (and sports fanatic) David Siegel. We discuss his love of sport, pitching to his heroes and how bad some of the national anthems were at Dodgers Stadium. David tells us about a career in a baseball fron...

Episode 88 - Bob Schukai, EVP Open Banking, Mastercard

We talk rock music, whisky, crypto and the future of banking with the extraordinary Bob Schukai. The EVP of Open Banking at Mastercard tells us his about love of Orange County rockers Social Distortion, his fascination with t...

Episode 87 - Leigh Turner, former diplomat and novelist

We talk to former British diplomat-turned-novelist Leigh Turner. Leigh tells us about his new novel Palladium, getting clearance from the British Foreign Office to write these books and the motivation behind his new career. W...

Episode 86 - Grant Lottering, endurance cyclist and philanthropist

We speak to endurance athlete and motivational speaker Grant Lottering. He talks us through his near-death experience on an Italian mountaintop after a horrific bike crash, his road to recovery and his journey to inspire othe...

Episode 85 - Elliott Yamin, American Idol legend

Joining us for our first live interview in 2 years, it is American Idol favourite Elliott Yamin. He tells us his story of driving hours to a first audition for Season 5 of the show and his ascent to finishing third. We share ...

Episode 84 - Chris Uhde, co-owner ImpEx Beverages, Los Angeles Voice of Whisky

I speak to whisky impresario Chris Uhde. He tells his story of failed rock star to whisky expert, why he fell in love with scotch and learning about whiskies from around the world. We talk scotch, rice whisky, as well as Belg...

Episode 83 - Ross Campbell, General Manager Portland Pickles

An independent baseball team in Oregon have been going viral due to the exploits of their mascot - a giant pickle. Over a glass of Bulleit, we talk to Ross Campbell, General Manager of the Portland Pickles about Dillon T. Pic...

Episode 82 - Emily Cloke, British Consul General Los Angeles

We talk to Emily Cloke, British Consul General for Southern California, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada. Over a glass of Balvenie, we talk diplomacy in a pandemic, remote working as a parent and diversity in the British Fore...

Episode 81 - Johnny, Whisky and Donuts

We talk to Johnny, who has built a substantial following pairing whisky and donuts. As we share a dream and a sugary cake, he explains how this bit of fun turned into a serious endeavor and a change of career, the world of sa...

Episode 80 - Charley King, event and wedding designer

In the first episode of 2022, we talk to wedding and event designer Charley King. She tells us about the extraordinary world of events in Los Angeles, working with elephants and llamas (including one that fell in a swimming p...

Episode 79 - Michele Kajiwara, SVP Premium STAPLES Center

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

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 Newp...

Episode 77 - Big Jimmy Denning, singer

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...

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

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...

Episode 75 - Grant Arnow, rock star turned lawyer

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 enterta...

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

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 h...

Episode 73 - Nicola Slater, Scottish tennis pro

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 t...

Episode 72 - Paul Bae, podcaster and writer

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 h...

Episode 71 - Markus Stripf, founder of Spoon Guru

We talk to Markus Stripf, co-founder of nutrition data analysis firm Spoon Guru. He explains how his company helps those on food exclusion diets to more easily find products they can eat. Markus explains that two in every thr...

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Episode 70 - Oliver Wyss, President of Soccer at Orange County Soccer Club

In a special crossover episode we combine United States of Dramerica and America the Beautiful Game. We talk to whisky lover and soccer expert Oliver Wyss. The former Swiss international youth player, coach, agent and soccer ...

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Episode 69 - Luke Crosby, martial artist and great-grandson of Bing

We talk to stuntman, fight co-ordinator, martial arts specialist and member of the famous Crosby family, Luke. He talks about his great-grandfather Bing, the extraordinary career of his mother Spice Williams-Crosby and his fa...

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Episode 68 - Dave Vitale, founder of Starward whisky

We go Down Under this week to talk to Dave Vitale, the founder of Australian whisky sensation Starward. He talks about his company's market positioning, why Starward is perfect for cocktails and as a 'dinner table whisky'. He...