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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

EP176: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings, The Museum Dedicated to Bad Art, Why Money Isn't Enough to Be a Success and It's Never Too Late to Learn to Ride a Horse

1/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Louise Reilly Sacco tells us about the museum of bad art located in Somerville, Massachusetts. with a collection of over 600 examples of bad art. Sean Smith tells us how he and his twin brother built a business that would make the two of them millionaires by age...

Duration:00:39:13

EP175: "PEZ: From Austrian Invention To American Icon" and Rattlesnakes and Vinegar: A Journey to the General Store

1/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Shawn Peterson shares the story of how the manual candy dispenser, PEZ, came to be. Cecille Wax tells us about his and his brother's journey into town which will transport you back to a simpler time. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - "PEZ: From Austrian Invention To American Icon" 23:00 - Rattlesnakes and Vinegar: A Journey to the General Store Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:43:10

EP174: Crocodiles and Cannibals, The Religious Magna Carta of the New World and The Man Who Played with Trains

1/26/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob McLalan is back with The McLalan Files and today he takes us on his scuba diving adventure to Guadalcanal. Larry Reed of FEE tells the story of the Flushing Remonstrance, a pivotal document, and moment, that established a precedent of religious liberty in what would eventually become the United States. Bill Bryk brings us the story of the ingenious inventor, Joshua Lionel Cowen, who went from inventing naval mine detonators to one of the top 5...

Duration:00:38:35

EP173: Ships of WWII: The USS Utah and USS Oklahoma, Wandering Worker: The American Hobo and When 3 Months of Retirement is Enough

1/25/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, On December 7th, 1941 six ships would be destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Two of them were the USS Utah and Oklahoma. Writer Anne Clare remembers their loss and the men who served on them in today's story. Connecticut Shorty of The Hobo Museum shares the story of the American hobo and how they are still celebrated today. Bob Huff built a career in the nursing home and home healthcare industry. After 3 months of retirement, Bob decided to enter a new line of...

Duration:00:38:16

EP172: Zero Victim Black Americans: MLK & Booker T. Washington, The History of the "Wrecker" Tow Truck and Whiskey Distillery Goes from Serving Drinks to Serving Community

1/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, In his book, Zero Victim: Overcoming Injustice With A New Attitude, James Ward tells his story as a “zero victim” Black American. Nyle Vincent from the International Towing Museum shares with us the fascinating story of the tow truck. Black Button Distilling was about to go national, and then COVID-19 put a hold that. In the face of what looked like an inevitable shutdown, Black Button not only figured out a way to keep their doors open, but how to do...

Duration:00:39:40

EP171: How To Properly Brag About the World's Fastest Plane and Losing My Mentor, Finding Peace

1/21/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, SR-71 Blackbird pilot, Bryan Shall, explains how much fun you can have when you're the fastest plane in the sky. LCpl. Tom Morton tells the story of Sgt. Joe L. Wrightsman not only being his mentor and squad leader, but also a hero of the highest caliber who died trying to save an Afghani police officer from drowning in the Helmand River. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How To Properly Brag About the...

Duration:00:38:16

EP170: Taking The Time To Talk To Strangers, Snowflake Bentley, First Photograph of a Snowflake and The Government Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

1/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kotz from the Twin Cities shares about some of his interactions with strangers. Dr. Jerry Bergman tells the story of a teenage boy who on January 15, 1885, at 20-years of age, became the first person in the world to photograph a snowflake. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Taking The Time To Talk To Strangers 10:00 - Snowflake Bentley, First Photograph of a Snowflake 23:00 - The Government Wouldn't...

Duration:00:38:16

EP169: Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling, and Enhancing Lives, One Guide Dog at a Time

1/19/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy tell us the story of the life of the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Rudyard Kipling, and how it was filled with tragedy. Christine Benninger, CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, shares about the unique training process for these extraordinary animals and the special bond they share with their owner. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Triumph and Disaster: The Life of...

Duration:00:38:14

EP168: From Bagatelle to Video Games: The History of Pinball, These Guys Use Dungeons and Dragons as a Therapy Tool and Ethics: Bill Daniels and the Utah Stars

1/18/2022
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. 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. The late owner of the ABA’s Utah Stars,...

Duration:00:38:16

EP167: How Faith, Infidelity, and Forgiveness Grew a Family Not Once, but Twice and Remote Alaskan Town's One Connection To The World

1/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sparky tells the story of his mother Mary Sparks and how in a 30 year span, his family had to deal with its sins twice and learn forgiveness. Leslie Leyland Fields is an author and speaker living in Alaska. In this story she shares what it was like when their small fishing town got their first telephone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Faith, Infidelity, and Forgiveness Grew a Family Not Once, but...

Duration:00:38:46

EP166: MIT's Basketball Coach: "Those Nerds Can Only Handle One Play" and The Man Who Wrote 'I'll Fly Away'

1/14/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Koch shares the leadership lessons he took with him for the rest of his life! Betsy and Elaine tell the story of their grandfather, Albert E. Brumley, as he is recognized as one of the most important Gospel music composers of all time. Writing over 800 songs, including "I'll Fly Away" and "Turn Your Radio On", and with countless awards to his name, he truly is an American music icon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)...

Duration:00:38:15

EP165: He Ran 50 Marathons... In 50 States... In 50 Consecutive Days and 7-Eleven and the American Dream

1/13/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dean Karnazes, aka Ultramarathonman, tells us stories of his legendary runs including one covering 350 miles in 80+ sleepless hours. Former CEO of 7-Eleven, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American Dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - He Ran 50 Marathons... In 50 States... In 50 Consecutive Days 35:00 - 7-Eleven and the American Dream Learn more...

Duration:00:38:46

EP164: The Manhattan Project: The Story of a Place, a Photographer, and a Moment

1/12/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Cook tells us the story of how in 1943 the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was established and went from 58,000 acres of farm land to a town of 75,000 people. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:46

EP163: Finding My Father: Blair Linne's Story and Ulysses S. Grant's Great Battle

1/11/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Blair Linne’s personal story of growing up without a father at home reflects the experiences of millions of Americans. Blair beautifully tells her story in her book, Finding My Father and is here to share it with us. Louis Picone, author of Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, tells the story of Ulysses S. Grant, bankrupt and dying from cancer. Support the show...

Duration:00:42:30

EP162: My Life After Firefighting, Aron Marquez on Leadership and 99 Reasons Why A Typewriter Is Better Than A Computer!!

1/10/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, James, a retired fire captain, shares his story of firefighting and the emotions that come along with it. The founder of Wildcat Oil Tools, Aron Marquez shares the ethical dilemmas he’s faced in business. Bert Rosica shares the list of 99 reasons a typewriter is better than a computer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - My Life After Firefighting 10:00 - Aron Marquez on Leadership 35:00 - 99 Reasons Why A...

Duration:00:42:45

EP161: The Only Woman to be Awarded the Medal of Honor, Midnight at the Live Fire Exercise and From Tech-Startup to Making a Wooden Pen with His Dad: The Story of Allegory

1/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers a truly extraordinary Civil War heroine, Mary Edwards Walker. Our regular contributor Richard Muniz tells the story of an unforgettable accident at Ft. Irwin, California. For Chad and Jess Schumacher, life seemed to be going really well and as "according to plan" as life could... and then life took a number of sharp and unexpected turns and what resulted shaped their family and career for the next decade. Support the show...

Duration:00:39:16

EP160: Offering To Resign Because You’re Accountable For A Failure and Ford v. Ferrari II

1/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson on this rare response to an ethical dilemma. Jon Elfner brings us this new Ferrari-slayer's story through the eyes of industry legends Neil Ressler, Scott Ahlman, and Mark McGowan. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Offering To Resign Because You’re Accountable For A Failure 23:00 - Ford v. Ferrari II Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:46

EP159: Our Home Became Tidier After Having Four Sons, The "Slap Shot" Story with Dave Hanson and Graphic Design Professor Knits While Running Marathons

1/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alexandra Frost is the mother of four young, active boys, yet her home is cleaner than it was before she had kids. Alex shares her secret, which is called “The 10 Things Rule". Here is the story of how the choice to choose three then-minor league hockey players to play the Hanson Brothers in "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman was made. Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record for knitting the longest...

Duration:00:38:39

EP158: The Meaning of Balance and Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

1/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, a regular contributor, Brent Timmons, shares the story of a lesson in risk and storyteller, James Swanson, the NYT Bestseller of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer tells the story of President Lincolns killer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Meaning of Balance 10:00 - Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:16

EP157: The Man Who Spent $35MM Fighting A $400k Fake Wine Fraud, Tempest Tours: A Stormy, Sightseeing Vacation, How Smallpox Created Canada by Destroying Washington’s Army and Marketing Has A Marketing Problem... Too Many Narcissists Manipulating People

1/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch doesn’t like being cheated. The latest episode for our “Rule of Law” series!; Martin Lisius, founder of Tempest Tours, and Kim George, Customer Relations Manager, talk about the companies origins and what it's like being on the road in midst of extreme weather; the President of Amerisearch, William Federer. tells the story of how Canada became an independent nation—and not part of the...

Duration:00:46:31