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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

EP137: The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget, I Lived Through The Depression And Didn’t Even Know It! and The 1st "Disneyland" on Lake Michigan's Shore, and The Man Behind It

12/9/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kengor, PoliSci professor at Grove City College, brings us the details of the devastating nature of an attack the U.S. government chose to keep details hidden about; Donald Sturm tells the story of how his parents did everything they could to suport him and lead him to achieve the American Dream; and Chris Siriano of the House of David Museum in Saint Joe, MI, tells the story of how a band of religious misfits ended up creating an amusement park...

Duration:00:44:01

EP136: Winston Churchill and the Iron Curtain and The Tone Deaf, Bad Poet Who Wrote The National Anthem

12/8/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College and Churchill scholar, tells the story of Winston Churchill being at a low point in his career when he delivered his famous 'Iron Curtain' speech in Fulton, Missouri; Marc Leepson, author of What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life, brings us the story of how Francis “Frank” Scott Key wrote our national anthem right after one of America’s great military victories. Support the show...

Duration:00:45:03

EP135: Magic Side Show Becomes Full-Time Job and How Piggly Wiggly Created the Modern Supermarket

12/7/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Thomas, Oxford, Mississippi's local magician and balloon artist, shares his story with us and Clarence Saunders revolutionized the way people shopped by introducing checkouts, clearly priced goods, and itemized receipts. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Magic Side Show Becomes Full-Time Job 23:00 - How Piggly Wiggly Created the Modern Supermarket Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:48:30

EP134: Origin of Everyday Sayings, The Woman Introducing STEM Careers to Young Girls and Thomas Edison at Menlo Park

12/6/2021
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; Nicole Small, the former CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, shares how she is now inspiring young women to pursue careers in STEM; and Kathleen Carlucci and Russ Gehrum of the Thomas Edison Center at Edison, NJ, tell the story of how Edison perfected light. Support the show...

Duration:00:45:14

EP133: Tale of the Tapes: Engineer Guy Explains How VHS Beat Betamax, How The Pilsner Arrived, Survived and Thrived in America and John O’Neil On The First B-17 To Bomb Berlin

12/3/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill “Engineer Guy” Hammack tells the story of how Betamax was defeated by the VHS tape; Tom Acitelli, author of Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World, tells the story of how America's favorite drink came here and stayed here despite a world war and Prohibition; and John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells the story of his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17....

Duration:00:45:35

EP132: The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions, From Fired High School Dropout... To Owning D.C.'s Best Taco Chain! and Why it Took One Man 7 Years to get his Car Back

12/2/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson tells us about the origin of phrases in the English language; Osiris Hoil tells the story of when he lost his construction job in 2008, but through his fantastic cooking he started District Taco, D.C.'s best taco chain; and Montey Montgomery tells the story of how Tyson Timbs found out that old habits do indeed die hard when he was arrested and convicted for selling drugs to undercover cops. He also found out what asset forfeiture was...

Duration:00:42:29

EP131: “I Will Remember For The Both Of Us", A One Lawyer Town has it’s Ups and Downs and Why Are Bananas So Cheap?

12/1/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Laura Sangster shares her love story between her and her husband. All was well until her husband, Fred, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's; Bill Bright shares the story of how he helped a young girl who ended up in legal trouble; and the History Guy tells us why bananas are the cheapest fruit in the U.S. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - “I Will Remember For The Both Of Us" 23:00 - A One Lawyer Town has it’s...

Duration:00:46:23

EP130: The Holiday Inn Founder Who Had No Shame and The Two Men Who Ended Red Light Camera Tickets

11/30/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kemmons Wilson's hilarious interactions with Muhammad Ali, Sam Walton, McIlhenny's Tabasco, and Sam Phillips; St. Louis civil rights lawyers, Hugh Eastwood and Bevis Schock, tell us how they filed suit in three separate cases against the red light cameras. All three cases were heard by Missouri Supreme Court in one mammoth morning argument. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Holiday Inn Founder Who Had...

Duration:00:43:44

EP129: ILLEGAL: Shooting Bunnies From A Motorboat?, The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and A Dad's Gift to His Children with Down Syndrome

11/29/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, author Winter Prosapio dives into some of the weird laws we have here in the U.S.; Andrew Thompson, continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Joel Wegener and his wife are blessed with 10 children, 2 of which were diagnosed with Down Syndrome. In his quest to find a fun way to teach them life skills, Joel happened upon the idea of running an ice cream truck, and...

Duration:00:43:06

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