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Our American Stories

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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

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United States

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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP39: Job Interview in Slippers, Battle of Midway, and The Running Knitter

7/28/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joshua Texidor moved to Nashville and worked hard to find what he enjoys AND what he's good at; also, Anne Claire tells the story of the Battle of Midway, America's "make or break" moment in World War II; and finally, Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:47:06

EP38: Summer Days with Dad, Fighting Founding Fathers, and The Pittsburgh Pirates' Dream

7/20/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Randall Haley reminisces about the yearly Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi; also, Dr. Adam Carrington of Hillsdale College tells the story of The Alien and Sedition Acts, some one of America's most controversial laws ever passed; and finally, Joe Klimchak tells the story of how his MLB dream came to be and the lengths to which he went to make them happen. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:39:02

EP37: Allegory-Beauty from Ashes, Tale of the Texas, and No More Red-light Tickets

7/14/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Chad Schumacher, tells the story of when a family health scare turned their life upside-down and shaped his and his wife's career for the next decade; also, Jackson McQigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle chase locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...a story which goes much deeper than just that; and finally Hugh Eastwood and Bevis Schock, civil rights lawyers in St. Louis, tell about the time they filed suit...

Duration:00:56:21

EP36: Miraculous Vietnam Encounter, Lavagirl's Return, and The History of Harley Davidson

7/7/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Dick Erickson, a Marine helicopter pilot, tells about his time serving in Vietnam; also, Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl at the age of 13, and why, more than 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroes; and finally, Margie Siegal, author of Harley-Davidson: A History of the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle, shares the story of...

Duration:00:58:54

EP35: The Forgotten Grave, Mad Anthony Wayne, and Memphis Whiskey

6/30/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jay Moore shares his family's tale of loss, discovery, and selflessness that will tug on your heartstrings while reinforcing the importance of inter-generational relationships; also, Dr. Mary Stockwell, author of Unlikely General, Mad Anthony Wayne And The Battle For America, tells the story of one of history's most interesting leaders...who wasn't actually all that mad; and finally, Alex Castle tells the Old Dominick Distillery story...

Duration:01:04:36

Father's Day Special: The Good, The Bad, and The Unexpected

6/21/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you stories about outstanding fathers and fathers who don't make the grade. Leslie Leyland Fields tells us about the heart-breaking relationship between her and her father. And it's not what you'd expect; Taylor Brown shares the eulogy he wrote in Garden and Gun for his biker dad; and Peter Mutabazi, a man who ran away from his abusive father in Africa, got adopted by another family, and would go on to foster and adopt children of...

Duration:00:39:32

EP 34: Family Bonds, Hollywood Genius, and the Cuban Coors Lite Story

6/16/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Edie Hand tells us the story of the her brothers, the Blackburn boys, and the tragedy that struck not once, but three times; also, Author Richard Rhodes shares the amazing story of Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr; and finally, Marc Barrios tells his story of going from a Cuban refugee to leaving his mark on the American Advertising Industry. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:57:45

EP33: Collecting Vintage Airplanes, The Disastrous 1904 Olympics, and The Cadillac of Flashlights

6/10/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories Podcast, (2:59) Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime; also, (21:27) Professor Susan Brownell shares the story of how the Olympics ended up in St. Louis and the infamous marathon event; and finally, (38:43) Tony Maglica tells his story of how he started with nothing when he came back to America and ended up with his own company, Mag Instruments,...

Duration:01:04:33

Memorial Day Special: A Medal of Honor Recipient Through The Eyes of His Father

5/31/2021
On this Memorial Day, we at Our American Stories we want you to bring Paul Monti, who drives his son Jared's truck, an act which inspired the hit country song "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice...but the story is much more than that of a song. Here's the story of Jared Monti, a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow soldier in the mountains of Afghanistan. To find out more about Paul's organization that honors the life and legacy of Jared go to the SFC Jared C....

Duration:00:26:51

EP32: Paying Your Own Child Support, Left Office/Gone Sailing, The Catholic Who Fought Back

5/26/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jason Wolfe tells the story of how his father left his family at the age of 6 and his journey of becoming the father that he never had himself; also, Emma McCormick was told she could work remotely... so she decided to buy a sailboat and go to Florida; finally, Richard McCann and Bill Duggan tell the story of how from the 17th to 19th centuries, Catholics were some of the most persecuted people in America and Archbishop John Hughes, the...

Duration:00:57:16

EP31: Most Decorated War Dog, Lincoln and the Telegraph, Joplin, MO: Before and After

5/19/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of the street dog turned soldier turned mascot; also, Christopher Klein tells the story of how Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph to help win the Civil War; and finally, former KSNF Channel 16 Weatherman Jerimiah Cook and reporter Gretchen Bolander tell the story of love, and loss, in Joplin after the 2011 tornado which was the costliest in American...

Duration:00:41:57

EP30: Gameshow Trickery, Foster Care Saint, and Hollywood's Only Flying Ace

5/12/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Matt Parker, a comedian and mathematician from Australia, who tells the story of the time Michael Larson was shockingly good at the game show "Press Your Luck," and gives a look into why computers can’t be random; also, Dr. John Degarmo, founder of the Foster Care Institute, shares some of the joys and the heartaches of being a foster parent; and finally, Roger McGrath tells us the story of Hollywood’s strapping, steely-eyed,...

Duration:00:51:04

EP29: Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Man in a Glass Coffin, and The Road to Sobriety

5/5/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Mark McCray, author of The Best Saturday's of Our Lives, tells us the story of Saturday morning cartoons and what happened to them; also, Chris Siriano tells us about an American man in a glass coffin along the shores of Lake Michigan; and finally, Casey Brogan shares his story of his battle with addiction and his journey towards sobriety. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:01:01:42

EP28: Blockbuster vs. Netflix, The History of Spam, and The Iowa Freedom Rocks

4/28/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jim Keyes, the former CEO of BlockBuster, tells us the story of Blockbuster during its final days; also, the author of The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat, Dustin Black, tells the story of this often speculated household name; and finally, Ray Bubba Sorensen tells us about the painted rocks depicting local military heroes scattered across Iowa's 90 counties. Support the show...

Duration:00:48:08

EP27: 100-Year Old Skydiver, Therapy through Dungeons & Dragons, and A History of NYC

4/21/2021
On the episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Ronald Mason, a WWII pilot with a heck of a story; also, the story of Adam Davis and Adam John who have been using table-top games as a therapy tool; and finally, Bill Bryk makes the familiar fascinating and briefly recounts how New York City became the city it is today, as well as his love for its past. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:49:25

EP26: Bottled Rainwater, Ford v. Ferrari: The Rematch, and Overcoming the KKK

4/14/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you the story of one out of over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, that has changed the game forever, Richard's Rainwater, and the man behind it all, Richard Heinichen; also, Jon Elfner brings us the story of Ford's 100th anniversary celebration and its new supercar built to showcase its heritage and future through the eyes of industry legends Neil Ressler, Scott Ahlman, and Mark McGowan; and finally, the story of...

Duration:00:57:31

EP25: Groucho's Assistant, Pointy Hat Prank, and Jelly Belly's Founder

4/7/2021
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Steve Stoliar who tells about his years as Groucho Marx's secretary and historian; also, Duncan Scott tells us his story of pranking the New Mexico State Legislature; and finally, David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly, shares his story of how he lost his beans, but kept his soul. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:57:01

EP24: The Texas Grocery Miracle, The Pilsner in America, and 7-Eleven's American Dream

3/31/2021
On this week's episode, we bring you the story of when Tim and Deb Hennessy received a miraculous surprise when they visited a local grocery during the February 2021 deep freeze in Texas; also, Tom Acitelli, author of "Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World" tells the story of how an experimental drink in the Austrian Empire became America's favorite drink; and finally, Fomer CEO of 7-11, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American...

Duration:00:51:37

George Will: Yogi Berra, All American

3/29/2021
The great George Will reads his piece “Yogi Berra, An American Story,” celebrating the life of the man and baseball player. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:08:07

The Innovator Who Loved All People As His Father Loved Him

3/29/2021
The incredible life story of retail legend Fred Meijer, who pioneered the supercenter concept, bringing one-stop shopping to us all. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)

Duration:00:40:51