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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

EP128: Butch Hartman Drew My Childhood and Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

11/26/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet Butch Hartman, creator of Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom, and so much more and hear how he went from the snowy shores of Michigan to the sunny coast of SoCal; and Jon Elfner helps tell the story behind Harvard president Charles Eliot's claim that "all a man needs for a good education is a 5-foot bookshelf" and what came to be known as "The Harvard Classics." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Butch...

Duration:00:47:02

EP127: Thanksgiving Hour

11/25/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robert Tracy McKenzie tells the story of the history of thanksgiving and what led to us celebrating it today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:46:08

EP126: An Awfully Awkward Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner with a Bosnian family, How the Master Chef Lost the Thanksgiving Turkey and Surprised by Hunger

11/25/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Rusiniak shares an awfully awkward Thanksgiving story after being warned by his mother not to be late; Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of two unforgettable Thanksgivings with Bosnian refugees; Steven Reid shares the story about when he lost a turkey for a family who hired him as their private chef; Lindsey Gallant tells her story of when she was challenged to an eating contest by a boy at her church. Support the show...

Duration:00:44:31

EP125: The Evolution of Star Wars Merchandise and The B-25 In the Backyard

11/24/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Star Wars enthusiast and museum curator Jarod Roll shares how Star Wars revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing and how kids played with toys; and Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Star Wars 23:00 - The B-25 In the Backyard Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:44:08

EP124: America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yards, Why I Opened a Business for My Daughter and Under My Thumb

11/23/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, teacher, organist, choir director, and World War II history buff Anne Clare, tells the story of how World War II impacted a small Navy town on the West Coast; Donna Howard shares the story of how she created a business to be able to provide a supportive work environment for people who are neurodivergent; Listener Brent Timmons tells the story of a lesson in parenting he learned while on a family trip to Kentucky. Support the show...

Duration:00:48:32

EP123: The Needle In The Hand, The Bigger the Bureaucracy, the Smaller the Customer and "Separate, but Equal": The Story of Supreme Injustice (Plessy v. Ferguson)

11/22/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney tells the story of her grandmother's needle incident during the Depression years; Mike Leven shares his story as past President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business; and Homer Plessy's descendant, Keith Plessy, tells us the story of the Plessy v. Ferguson case, as well as what he and Judge Ferguson's descendant are doing about it now. Support the show...

Duration:00:46:21

EP122: Searching For My Husband During WWII and My 48 Hours with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly

11/19/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ilene Hall tells the story of when she enlisted in the Army WAC in 1943, to follow her husband, Edward “Ken” Hall to war; and While working for Dick Cavett, Steve Stoliar met not one but two of Hollywood’s greatest dance legends. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Searching For My Husband During WWII 23:00 - My 48 Hours with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:44:56

EP121: The Story of my Grandfather, The Company Without Corner Offices and The Doolittle Raids and the Battle of the Coral Sea

11/18/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robert Frohlich, author of Aimless Life, Awesome God, tells the story of his German born grandfather William Burtner- a man who helped build the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II; Kirk Aubry, the CEO of the supply chain services company Savage, on the ethical principles of their 2nd generation, 75-year-old family company; and teacher, choir director, organist, and history buff Anne Clare tells the story of the first two major American responses...

Duration:00:47:42

EP120: Lavagirl: Why She Quit Childhood Acting, Killed On Independence Day and They're One of the Youngest Couples in Their Community and Doing Aerobics... at 90?!

11/17/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, actress Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl and how now 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroes; Joy Neal Kidney, the recipient of our 2021 Great American Storyteller Award, tells the story of several Civil War soldiers in 1863 from Iowa and the lasting impact they have in her community today; Zela and David Flor give us a look a what "Blue Zone" living in...

Duration:00:43:50

EP119: Brigade 2506: The Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion and The Salem Witch Trials and the American Puritans

11/16/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, as a Cuban exile, Ray Montalvo joined Brigade 2506 to fight back against Castro, leading to his imprisonment in the country he once loved; and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, tells the story of the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trials. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Brigade 2506: The Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion 18:00 - The...

Duration:00:46:22

EP118: Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and The Last Men Out of Vietnam

11/15/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Bob Drury and Tom Clavin tell the remarkable story of the evacuation of Saigon in Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 10:00 - The Last Men Out of...

Duration:00:43:52

EP117: The Small-Town West Virginian With a World Series Ring, the Best Card Collection, and A Big Heart and The Greatest Fighter Pilot in American History

11/12/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, The remarkable life story of Ken Kendrick, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ principal owner and general managing partner; The History Guy tells the story of Richard “Dick” Bong who was a hero in an era of heroes; Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Small-Town West Virginian With a World Series Ring, the Best Card Collection, and a Big Heart 35:00 - A Big Heart and The Greatest Fighter Pilot in American History...

Duration:00:45:06

EP115: The Origins of Veterans Day, America's First True Superhero and Our Nation's Youngest Noncommissioned Officer

11/11/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire shares the history of Veterans Day and the many ways Veterans have been honored throughout American history with the use of banners; Vince Benedetto shares the time he explained the importance of Veterans Day to an auditorium of kids and how George Washington is responsible for so many of our American traditions today; and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells the story of John Lincoln Clem, the United States of America's youngest known soldier in...

Duration:00:43:40

EP116: Hollywood Goes to War and Rediscovering What I Lost in the Military

11/11/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Roger McGrath tells the story of famous actor, Jimmy Stewart, and how his greatest honor in life was serving his country in WWII. Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years and manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Hollywood Goes to War 35:00 - Rediscovering What I Lost in the Military Learn more about...

Duration:00:45:57

EP114: Whiskey Is In Their Blood and Tom Clavin on the DiMaggio Brothers

11/10/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alex Castle tells us how she came to own the first whiskey distillery, Old Dominick Distillery, in Memphis as well as the first female head distiller in the state of Tennessee since Prohibition; and Tom Clavin shares some great stories of Joltin' Joe, Dom, and Vince from his book, The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:...

Duration:00:46:13

EP113: Legendary Hotel Executive Mike Leven, Empathy is Not Optional and He Made Paper Airplanes His Full Time Job

11/9/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Leven was President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business. Here’s Mike with a story about what he learned from his unseemly college law professor; and John Collins shares how his obsession with paper airplanes helped him achieve the Guinness world record for the farthest flight by a paper aircraft at 226 feet and 10 inches. Support the show...

Duration:00:45:33

EP112: Invention of Time Zones, Paw Summers: Storyteller and She's The Daughter Of Chick-fil-A's Founder, But That's Not Who She REALLY IS

11/8/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, in America, we have four time zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern. But we used to have thousands!; Dennis Peterson shares memories of his Appalachian storytelling grandfather; and Trudy Cathy White on identity and climbing the mountains of life Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Invention of Time Zones 10:00 - Paw Summers: Storyteller 23:00 - She's The Daughter Of Chick-fil-A's Founder, But...

Duration:00:45:41

EP111: The Incredible Story Of SPAM, The Biggest Chicken In The World? and The President, The Preacher, and the Giant Block of Cheese

11/5/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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 product.; Fitzgerald, Georgia, mayor Jim Puckett shares the story of his town building the world's largest topiary chicken; Thomas Jefferson is often known for championing religious freedom in our nation's infancy, but not many people know about how a preacher thanked him in...

Duration:00:46:11

EP110: The Family The Size Of A Baseball Team, Wayne Gretzky Eulogizes His Father and The World's First Action Figure Museum

11/4/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randy and Kelsey Bohlender have 10 children, 6 of which are adopted. Take a listen to hear their stories of adoption and how they came to found the adoption agency Zoe’s House; Wayne Gretzky tells us about the life of his father, Walter Gretzky known as “Canada's hockey dad,” and how his father's death prompted an avalanche of tributes for a genuine, approachable, authentic person who nurtured his unsurpassed hockey talents; and Kevin Stark of The Toy...

Duration:00:46:15

EP109: The Small Town Theater Company Making a Big Difference and Why Led Zepplin Pays Royalties to a Southern Bluesman

11/3/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Don Arthurs and Erich Offenburg tell the story of their special needs program, Crown Theater Productions, and how it won Columbiana the title of "Nicest Place in America; and Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods, and Kirby Ferguson of "Everything a Remix" tell the story of how Led Zeppelin found themselves in a courtroom over a few of their songs...and explain why there are so many "copycats" in the music industry. Support the show...

Duration:00:46:29