A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany01/30/15
We resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a country where the Nazis were rising to power. We appreciate the assistance of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center with...
Growing Up Jewish in Germany
From his earliest memories, Henry Straus remembers discrimination. As a young Jewish boy living in a German city, his family faced laws that stripped them of many of the freedoms they once had enjoyed. His family knew they needed to leave the...
The Union Army’s Order Number 11
In the summer of 1863 the Union Army issued Order Number 11, an edict that forced every resident living in Bates County, Missouri to leave or be shot. Almost all homes and businesses were burned to the ground. No county business was conducted for the...
Clearing Out the County
If two people are arguing, perhaps it’s best they both stop and take a rest from one another. That was the situation in Bates County, Missouri, but the argument was over slavery, and that rest would require both sides to completely leave the county…
Tensions on the Missouri – Kansas Border
In the decade leading up to the Civil War, tensions rose along Kansas’ border with Missouri. Even if one tried to stay out of harm’s way, it seemed trouble would still find them. That was the case for residents of Bates County, Missouri…
A Place Called Penneytown
Virginia Houston holds a unique distinction. She was the last child born in Penneytown. It’s a fact that holds much significance in her life and has influenced the work she does today. We’ll go to a place called Penneytown…
Establishing a City for Newly Freed Slaves
Establishing a new city can take plenty of planning. Now imagine trying to begin that new town when others are very motivated to stop you. It was the case for newly freed slaves in the years after the Civil War…
Jim the Wonder Dog
Any betting man or woman would love to know the winners before placing a wager. The people of Marshall, Missouri know that there was once a way you could predict the future. It all had to do with one very amazing canine…
Going Beyond the Basic Dog Tricks
Many people have dogs and some of us have even taught our dogs to do tricks. But Sam had a very unusual dog, for it seemed the dog learned all of the amazing tricks by himself, and no one could ever figure out how he did it…
More Than An Excellent Hunting Dog
It all began quite by accident. A pup mysteriously arrived on a train, addressed to a man who loved to hunt. That pup grew to become an excellent hunting dog, but soon, the canine was remembered for something far more impressive that helping point...
Getting An Appointment
Getting an appointment to one of the military academies can be difficult. But Mike Hagee had a hometown connection that he thought might be able to help him make the cut. The top admiral of World War II once lived just down the street…
The War in the Pacific Museum
Where is the War in the Pacific museum located? It stands to reason it would be next to the Pacific Ocean of course. However, it’s actually located hundreds of miles from any large body of water. The reason why has everything to do with one very...
Pineapple Straight From the Field
There is perhaps nothing sweeter and more delicious to taste than a pineapple cut straight out of the field. Steve Potter will let you stand at the end of the row and cut the fruit for you to taste until you’re belly is full, but if you want to...
Planting For a Bit Longer
Gardeners and farmers are used to planting seed and then waiting in due time for their harvest. But for those who happen to plant pineapple, well, the wait is a bit longer, but the crop is certainly sweeter…
Hawaii’s Last Pineapple Farm
There once were thousands of acres in the Hawaiian islands devoted to growing pineapple. Much has changed over time. Today there is but one major farm growing the crop…
The GMO Free Movement in Hawaii
Many seed companies have research stations in locations that can grow multiple crops each year. However, one of those locations is in jeopardy of being erased due to ballot measure directed at the very research they conduct
The Realities of Farming in Hawaii
Many farmers must deal with conditions that are both hot and cold, wet and dry, tough and tougher. So, on the surface, farming in the tropical climate of Hawaii sounds like the perfect place to put down roots. However, the challenges to farming on the...
Bananas from Kahuku Farms
The average American eats about 25 pounds of bananas each year. It’s safe to say most of us can’t tell you much about how to grow bananas though. That’s where Kahuku Farms steps in…
Growing Food in Hawaii
American Countryside listeners recently had a chance to tour agriculture in Hawaii. One of the highlights was a farm growing fruits common for us to eat, but uncommon for us to actually grow…
Thousand Foot Long Docks
They are some of the largest boat docks you’ll ever see. Not mere spots on a lake from which to fish, but rather one thousand foot long steel railways for trains to dump their contents onto waiting ships. It’s a process that’s been taking place here...
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