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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

EP81: How My Dad's Cancer Saved Our Relationship, Rediscovering What I Lost in the Military and A Boy Waits for His POW Father

9/24/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Scientist and university administrator Willy Lensch shares how his father's cancer diagnosis blessed their and one other unsuspecting relationship; Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years. Through that process, he manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well; and retired US Navy Captain Mike McDaniel takes us back to when he was just a 3rd grade boy, about to learn that his dad was shot...

Duration:00:48:38

EP80: The Bad Employee Who Defined Her Whole Bank, How The Elevator BRAKE Shaped Our Modern World, Down Cemetery Row and No. 18: LSU's Men of Character

9/23/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Horst Schulze, co-founder of Ritz-Carlton tells us what real customer service should look like; Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy:” air conditioning, the elevator brake, and the barcode; Bill Bryk, gives us a tour of his local cemetery in Antrim, NH; and Jack Marucci, Director of Athletics at LSU, shares his school's football tradition that sets players apart not for their skill, but for the way they step up on AND off the...

Duration:00:42:25

EP79: When Character Stands Tall, The Civil War General and Repaying Old Debts

9/22/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eric Motley shares his experience joining an all-white fraternity; the story of Dan Sickles who claimed insanity in court and put his leg on display in a museum; and Bill Daniels on why he repaid debts after a bankruptcy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 When Character Stands Tall 08:00 The Civil War General 27:30 Repaying Old Debts Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:41:19

EP78: The Man Who Hung Out With Astronauts and The Artisan Keycap Maker

9/21/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Craig Sumner tells us his involvement in NASA during the Apollo missions and how he helped build the lunar rover and TikTok influencer, TinyMakesThings, shares why she quit her corporate job to make artisan keycaps for mechanical keyboards. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 The Man Who Hung Out With Astronauts 27:30 The Artisan Keycap Maker Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:42:02

EP77: Weifield Group Hires “At Risk” Individuals and with Good Reason, Kindness is Free and The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions, from Bite the Bullet to Bless You

9/20/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Karla Nugent and Curt Andersen share how their company has hired over 100 “at risk” individuals and how they ended up competing for the title as the top electrical contracting company in Colorado AND also the U.S.; Paul Kotz offers some personal examples of how going out of our way and, yes, even out of our comfort zone, may be just what others and we may need; and author, Andrew Thompson, shares another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding...

Duration:00:42:55

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