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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

EP99: There's No Smell Like Home and The Big Four and the Transcontinental Railroad

10/20/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randall Haley shares how the scents from So Delta Candle Company helped alleviate some of her homesickness. Roger McGrath shares the story of the men known as “The Big Four,” who incorporated the Central Pacific Railroad and helped build the transcontinental railroad. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - There's No Smell Like Home 10:00 - The Big Four and the Transcontinental Railroad Learn more about your...

Duration:00:45:47

EP98: Dawn and Casey's Battle with Themselves and Jimmy John's founder Jimmy Liautaud

10/19/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dawn and Casey share how they connected through similar childhood traumas and how they learned to improve their own marriage to break the cycle; and Jimmy Liautaud tells the story of how he created the well-known Jimmy Johns sandwich restaurant. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Dawn and Casey's Battle with Themselves 35:00 - Jimmy John's founder Jimmy Liautaud Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:45:05

EP97: The Penguin Who Wears Shoes and Zero Victim: The Story of James Ward

10/18/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Maria Elvin, Zoologist Manager of Birds at the Saint Louis Zoo, tells us about Enrique the penguin who wears shoes and James Ward gives his thoughts and experience during the response to protest on police brutality and what happened when he let his faith guide his response when an officer pulled him over. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:44:38

EP96: Tyler Spady's Firsthand Account of the Borderline Grill Shooting and Meeting My Absent Father

10/15/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tyler Spady talks about the mass shooting that took place on November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the Borderline Bar & Grill, where thirteen people were killed; and Justin Maguire shares the story about meeting his father when he was 23-years-old. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Tyler Spady's Firsthand Account of the Borderline Grill Shooting 18:00 - Meeting My Absent Father Learn more...

Duration:00:45:09

EP95: The 40s "Bombshell" Mind Behind Secure WiFi, GPS And Bluetooth and A Museum Dedicated to Southern Jewish Heritage

10/14/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear about the Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr. She was known for her beauty, but her accomplishments go far beyond her appearance. Jane Leavey and Sandy Berman tell the story of the museum they created—The Breman Museum—and tell some stories of Jewish people in the American South. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The 40s "Bombshell" Mind Behind Secure WiFi, GPS And Bluetooth...

Duration:00:44:15

EP94: Roller Skating In The House, Our Parents Insisted That Dinner Was Family Time and Lee Habeeb On An Ethics Education From His Father

10/13/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of her childhood home...and roller skating in it; Dave Van Andel's and Barb Gaby’s touching tribute to their parents…. Jay and Betty Van Andel; and Lee Habeeb shares a story from his childhood on an ethics education from his father that resulted in him not getting money he felt was rightfully his. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Roller Skating In The House 08:00 - Our...

Duration:00:44:20

EP93: The Titanic’s Last Hero, Peace for the Warrior: Life Moves Yoga and Lessons From Gizmo the Dog

10/12/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Lowell Lytle saw the Titanic first-hand and he tells his story and the story of The Titanic’s Last Hero; Beth Funk tells the story of her Yoga studio near Fort Hood, Texas that's been helping our men and women in uniform and anyone who wants to come in- find grounding; and Paul Bauer, a regular contributor, tells the story about the valuable lessons his dog has taught him. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00...

Duration:00:44:45

EP92: The Great Vowel Shift and the Making of Modern English and Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan

10/11/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy shares the story of “The Great Vowel Shift” and the making of modern English which has now become the official language in over 75 countries; and Rick Bowers shares how an undercover agent infiltrated the KKK, and with the help of Superman exposed them to the world. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Great Vowel Shift and the Making of Modern English 18:00 - Superman Versus the Ku Klux...

Duration:00:45:09

EP91: Bankrupt and Dying from Cancer, "I Felt Guilty About Being Successful, Until..." and The Fateful Night During WWII Cecil Wax Met God

10/8/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Christopher Klein tell the story of how former U.S. president and Civil War hero, Ulysses S Grant raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution; Ralph Stayer, the founder of Johnsonville Sausage, shares his incredible faith journey; and Marilyn Jensen tells the harrowing story of when her father went on a supply run amidst a German bombing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 -...

Duration:00:45:19

EP90: A Medal of Honor Recipient Through The Eyes of His Father and He Travels the Country Reviewing... Onion Rings?

10/7/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Monti shares the story of his son, Jared Monti, a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow soldier in the mountains of Afghanistan and Tyler Groenendal of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has perhaps the most interesting side gig of all-time... reviewing onion rings—and he's been doing it for years and has no plans to stop. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Medal of Honor...

Duration:00:44:10

EP89: The History of Pinball, The Day a Soviet Nuclear Attack Submarine Rammed an American Aircraft Carrier and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

10/6/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Saucier of the Strong Museum of Play shares the long, and surprising, history of pinball--from its origins in French parlor games, to its prohibition, and then to its emergence as the immersive and popular game that it is today; The History Guy shares how in 1984, during a period of Cold War tension, a Soviet submarine collided with a United States aircraft carrier; and Ric Mixter of Lake Fury tells the story of how the Edmund Fitzgerald was...

Duration:00:44:37

EP88: A Presidential Sized Comeback: The Story of Ulysses S. Grant and Co-Founder of The Ritz Carlton

10/5/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. John Marszalek and Eddie Rangel of the Grant Presidential Library tell the story about how Grant went from selling firewood on a street corner, to leading the US Army to victory in the Civil War. Sometimes the only way to deal with someone acting tough is to be tough back; however, sometimes you need to accept responsibility, even if you’re not the one who made the decision because, as Horst Schulze says, there’s a difference between “management”...

Duration:00:44:47

EP87: A Light in the Sky, From Exploitation to Exultation: Escaping the Sex Industry and Why Led Zepplin Pays Royalties to a Southern Bluesman

10/4/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, a regular show listener, Richard Muniz, tells us about his childhood memories watching satellites; Harmony Dust Grillo shares how she was seemingly trapped in the commercial sex industry and struggled until a new friendship led to a change in her life; and the story behind why Led Zeppelin pays royalties to a southern Bluesman. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Light in the Sky 08:00 - From Exploitation...

Duration:00:45:57

EP86: The Unlikely Pair Who Share A Liver and The Legendary Man Known as "Babe"

10/1/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Vic Billingsley and Kara French's harrowing transplant journeys that unexpectedly led to a unique friendship and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Curator of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, to tells us why there is perhaps no name that looms bigger in sports history, or American culture, than Babe Ruth. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Unlikely Pair Who Share A Liver 27:30 - The Legendary Man...

Duration:00:45:49

EP85: Abraham Lincoln: Our First "Wired" President, The Man Who Paints Rocks For Our Veterans and The Child Inventor Determined to Save Babies from Overheated Cars

9/30/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, the story of how President Abraham Lincoln used a telegraph to secure the win of the Civil War; Ray Bubba Sorensen II shares why he decided to start painting rocks to honor our veterans across all 99 counties in Iowa; and Danny Mefford shares what made him think of creating The Baby Saver to prevent babies from being left inside overheated cars. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Abraham Lincoln: Our First...

Duration:00:41:16

EP84: A Woman's Self-Made Journey from Motown to Small Town and The 1946 Battle of Alcatraz

9/29/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Fawn Weaver shares how she grew up being the daughter of Frank Wilson to starting several businesses and the lessons learned throughout her life; The History Guy shares the story of the escape attempt in the infamous Alcatraz Federal penitentiary in San Francisco, California, that led to a standoff. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 A Woman's Self-Made Journey from Motown to Small Town 27:30 The 1946 Battle...

Duration:00:42:26

EP83: A Museum Full of Umbrella Covers, Dungeons and Dragons as a Therapy Tool and How a Fake Doctor Ran Carnival Sideshows and Saved Thousands of Infants and Changed Medical History

9/28/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Nancy 3. Hoffman shares the story of how she came to open such a specific museum, what her museum is like, and most importantly, how her museum has taught her to find joy in the most mundane aspects of life; Adam Davis and Adam Johns met in grad school at Antioch University, and they've been using table-top games as a tool to encourage personal growth, teamwork, and problem solving; and Dawn Raffel tells the story of how Dr. Martin Couney carried a...

Duration:00:43:07

EP82: The Time When The ACLU and NRA Agreed, When “Press Your Luck” Didn’t Require Much Luck and The Story of Charleston: The Way Life Used to Be, And Perhaps, Is Supposed to Be

9/27/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, learn about how ACLU and the NRA have been fighting for our shared constitutional rights; Matt Parker, a comedian and mathematician from Australia, 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; and Tommy Dew shares the story of Charleston—from the American Revolution to today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time...

Duration:00:46:08

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