Our American Stories-logo

Our American Stories

Arts & Culture Podcasts

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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

EP76: Souping Up Her Subaru Started Her Career and Iowa's Long-Lost NBA Team Who Beat the Celtics

9/17/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Rebecca Nguyen fell in love with cars working alongside her dad in the garage. This would lead to her career in the car world; and Tim Harwood of Waterloo/Cedar Fall's KXEL 1540 and author of Ball Hawks: The Arrival and Departure of the NBA in Iowa tells us the story of the only professional sports team ever to play in Iowa. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:42:04

EP75: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, The Palmer Raids and Standing Proudly On Deformed Feet

9/16/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of, Stg. Stubby, the street dog turned soldier turned mascot; Larry Reed, President Emeritus of FEE, tells the harrowing story of a dark time in American history; Chloe Howard, Author of Stand Beautiful: A Story Of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing It All, shares her story of what it was like growing up with a club foot. Support the show...

Duration:00:42:55

EP74: The WWII Veteran Who Was Imprisoned In Japan

9/15/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Carol Dickson shares the story of her father, Jacob DeShazer, his involvement in WWII during Pearl Harbor and when he was taken as a prisoner in Japan. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:40:44

EP73: The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon and The Creator of The Coors Light Silver Bullett

9/14/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Professor Susan Brownell shares the story of how the Olympics ended up in St. Louis and the infamous marathon event and Marc Barrios tells the story of how he left his mark on the American Advertising Industry when he immigrated from Cuba as a refugee and went on to create the Coors Light Silver Bullet. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon 17:59 The Creator of The Coor...

Duration:00:42:47

EP72: Letting Your Daughter Grow Up, The Great Chicago Fire and Cars As Material Culture

9/13/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Rusiniak shares his story of watching his daughter grow out of her old toys and into a teenager; Chicago's cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, tells us how this city was rebuilt after disaster; and car collector Miles C. Collier explains how cars are part of material culture. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:46:18

Remembering 9/11 and First Hand Accounts From Witnesses

9/11/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, we continue commemorating 9/11 with firsthand accounts from Linda Shepley, who saw Flight 93 crash; testimony of civilians who witnessed Flight 93 from the ground; Vaughn Lohec, whose sister was on Flight 93; and Reagan's Speechwriter Tony Dolan, who was at the Pentagon on 9/11. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Firsthand account of Linda Shepley, who saw Flight 93 crash 08:00 - Flight 93 from the ground...

Duration:00:46:31

Remembering 9/11, News Montage From 2001 and A 9/11 Firefighter's Story: The Unlikely Relationship Between Two of NYC's Finest

9/11/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, we give homage to the events of 9/11 with news montage from that historic day and 9/11 firefighter Niels Jorgensen and billionaire David Koch, and the tragedies that brought them together. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Remembering 9/11, news montage from 2001 08:00 - A 9/11 Firefighter's Story: The Unlikely Relationship Between Two of NYC's Finest Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:45:48

EP71: George Washington at Trenton and Princeton and The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend

9/10/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, the story of George Washington at battles of Trenton and Princeton and Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have finally given the little-known Red Cloud the recognition he deserves and share with us the story from their New York Times bestseller. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 George Washington at Trenton and Princeton 08:00 The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:44:49

EP70: The Night 2 Hydrogen Bombs Fell on North Carolina and The House Built By Chewing Gum

9/9/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Earl Smith tells the story of the night 2 hydrogen bombs fell on North Carolina on January 24, 1961, and how he disarmed them; William Wrigley, Jr. was a brilliant businessman, but his ingenuity was outshined by his love for his wife. This is the story of how he made his fortune and then spent it on the one he loved. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 The Night 2 Hydrogen Bombs Fell on North Carolina 27:30...

Duration:00:41:48

EP69: The Largest Green Squash and The Pittsburgh Pirates Announcer

9/8/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joe Jutras shares the story of how we grew the largest green squash on record; and Joe Klimchak shares the story of how he pushed through to become a baseball announcer despite having a lisp. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:42:18

EP68: A High Risk Pregnancy, The Flushing Remonstrance Petition and The Rainwater Company

9/7/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Karla Duerson shares the story of what it was like being pregnant with her daughter Wylie and the unexpected diagnosis she received from Doctors; and Larry Reid tells the history behind the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance petition that requested an exemption to Director-General of New Netherland Peter Stuyvesant's Quaker worship ban; and CEO of Richard's Rainwater, Richard Heinichen, shares how he makes his business out of selling rainwater. Support the...

Duration:00:45:37

EP67: Reconnecting With My Absent Father and The Baltimore Cults

9/6/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ron Brown shares how he mended his relationship with the father that practically abandoned him and the story of how the Baltimore Cults helped shape the NFL. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:46:06

EP66: Pizza Drops For Charity and Curly Was My Grandfather

9/3/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ben Berman shares how he made $30,000 during the pandemic of 2020 by selling pizzas from his second-story apartment and Brad Server shares how he found out the family secret that Jerome Howard (aka Curly) was his grandfather. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:45:43

EP65: A Father's Note to His "Timeless" Daughter, The Corrupt City Council, and A Father's Secret

9/2/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, talk radio host Jeff Katz shares a note that his daughter won't ever read, but will surely impact your life for the better; Erica Brewer shares how the city council of her own community worked to silence her; and Skip Reeves tells the story of how he found out the truth about his father and the impact of that realization. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:45:05

EP64: Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Houston's Oldest Rookie Cop and Lowering Drug Prices

9/1/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kengor tells the horrifying story of when his daughters witnessed the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Officer Wendy Caldwell shares her experience being the oldest rookie cop in Houston, Texas; and Bruce Paddock tells the untold story of generic drugs. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:45:38

EP63: King Solomon The Gravedigger and Cornelius Vanderbilt

8/31/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kentucky journalist Sam Terry tells the story of William King Solomon, a gravedigger who may have saved the town of Lexington during the Cholera epidemic of 1833; and TJ Stiles tells the humble story of Cornelius Vanderbilt and how he became one of the richest men in U.S. history; Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:44:46

EP62: Banjo History and An Alaska Town's First Telephone

8/30/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Johnny Baier, Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, takes us through the history of the Banjo; and Leslie Leyland Fields tells the story of when her small Alaskan town got its first telephone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:46:11

EP61: The Joys of An Ordinary Tree, The Mississippi Gas Station Franchise and Hope For Depression

8/27/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney shares a short story on the importance of an ordinary tree in her own yard; Ben Craddock tells the story of how his father, Ron Craddock, worked his way from nothing to owning over 70 gas stations and 16 fast-service restaurants in Mississippi; and Audrey B. Gruss shares the story how her mother immigrated to the U.S. to build a better life while battling depression. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn...

Duration:00:45:58

EP60: The Moose Prayer, The Fatherless Father, and the Mustard Museum

8/26/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul, a faithful listener, tells the story of the prayer he had for his brother; Jason Wolfe shares how he grew to become the father he never had; and Barry Levenson shares how he went from arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court to founding the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconson. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:45:10

EP59: Camp Tolochee's Snipe Hunt and What Happened To Saturday Morning Cartoons

8/25/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jamie Scott tells the story of when he had an infamous snipe hunt in Boy Scouts; and Mark McCray, who once was a programmer for Cartoon Network, tells us the truth behind why Saturday morning cartoons stopped airing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:17