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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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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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Episodes

EP320: An "Ordinary" Cloth With An Extraordinary Story, Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women and Family is at the Heart of this Brewing Icon, The Coors'

5/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Chris Graham of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia tells the story of one of their objects on display with an extraordinary story we're just now finding out. Kate Moore, author of “Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women”, shares the story of the young women who in 1898 began working in radium factories and discovered the chemical element that glows in the dark. Pete Coors and his daughter Carrie of Coors Banquet Beer...

Duration:00:38:45

EP319: Eilene Lyon: One Way Or Another, America’s First Real Life Superhero and Homestead Laws Saving Women From Homelessness

5/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eilene Lyon shares the story of observing two eagle families that couldn't be more diametrically opposed to one another. Former Air Force Captain and Air Force OSI Special Agent Vince Benedetto shares his story of going to a school to teach students about why we honor our veterans. Dr. Jean Stuntz from West Texas A&M University gives us some history on what it was like before women could own property or make any money of their own. Support the show...

Duration:00:38:46

EP318: Magic Side Show Becomes Full-Time Job, Wayne Gretzky Eulogizes His Father and The Dangers and Joys of Having a 'Making Do' Dad

5/23/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Thomas, Oxford, Mississippi's local magician and balloon artist, shares his story with us. Wayne Gretzky tells us how the death of his father, Walter Gretzky, prompted an avalanche of tributes for his genuine, approachable, authentic personhood. For Dennis Peterson's father, "Making Do" meant going to extreme lengths to save a dime...sometimes to his detriment. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 -...

Duration:00:51:47

EP317: How Johnny Carson Saved Twister, Drinking Done New Orleans Style and Humans are Hardwired for Freedom

5/23/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, history geek Christopher Klein to tells the story of how Johnny Carson saved Twister. Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, tells the story of whisky, bourbon, absinthe, and pink elephants... done Cajun style. Tina Ramirez shares her passion for religion and how she took it around the world. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Johnny Carson Saved Twister 12:30 - Drinking Done...

Duration:00:51:47

EP316: The Baylor Basketball Incident: An Eyewitness to One of the Biggest Scandals (and Turnarounds) in NCAA History

5/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Baylor Basketball player Matt Sayman, author of The Leftovers: Baylor, Betrayal, and Beyond tells the story behind one of the biggest scandals in college basketball history—along with one of its biggest turnarounds. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:37

EP315: The Time A Kid Sued Pepsi for A Harrier Jet and From Marine Core to Playing Chess at Marvel with THE Stan Lee

5/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sean Kernan of Medium helps us tell the story of Leonard v. PepsiCo Inc. A law school classic that helps kids navigate the curious world of contract law, but in 1999 it was serious business. After a career as a U.S. Marine, Mike Joens tells us how he worked for some of the most successful animation studios such as Hanna Barbera, Filmation, Warner Brothers and Marvel Productions and eventually left Marvel to produce and direct “McGee and Me,” as well...

Duration:00:48:08

EP314: The Woman Introducing STEM Careers to Young Girls and Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

5/19/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Jon Elfner helps tell the story behind 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 - The Woman Introducing STEM Careers to Young Girls...

Duration:00:38:46

EP313: The 6 Brothers Who Gave Their Lives for the Union and A Tattoo Shop with Heart

5/19/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Busbee of The Culture Buzz on KFMG 98.9 tells the story of the remarkable sacrifice made by one family in Iowa during the Civil War. ​Tammy Harris was born to be an artist... it just took a while for him to figure out how to make some money doing it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The 6 Brothers Who Gave Their Lives for the Union 25:00 - A Tattoo Shop with Heart See omnystudio.com/listener for...

Duration:00:39:46

EP312: The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget, "Run Amuck" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and The Reluctant Memoirist: Leslie Leyland Fields

5/18/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kengor tells us how the U.S. government chose to keep the details of this WWII attack hushed. Author, Andrew Thompson, shares another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Leslie Leyland Fields tells the story of how she came to write her memoir. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget 12:30 - "Run...

Duration:00:40:17

EP311: Army Ranger Michael Schlitz Shares His Iraq Story and Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

5/18/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Michael Schlitz tells us how he enlisted in March 1996 and served in several positions including Rifleman and Platoon Sergeant. While in Baghdad, Iraq on February 27, 2007, Mike and his crew were on a road-clearing mission when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). Jon Elfner helps tell the story behind Charles Eliot's claim that, "all a man needs for a good education is a 5-foot...

Duration:00:40:47

EP310: The Story of a 5-Star Steakhouse CEO and an NFL Linebacker and Oregon Told This Engineer That He Wasn't an Engineer

5/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment shares with us how she leads a team of more than 500 employees across 7 luxury steakhouses in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. When his wife got a ticket for a tiny infraction, Mats Järlström, driven by curiosity, investigated a local traffic cam system... which led to an investigation into him! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Story of a...

Duration:00:45:06

EP309: The Transatlantic Cable: The Thread that Connected the World and 7-Eleven's Commitment to the American Dream

5/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, historian John Steele Gordon tells the story of how the telegraph went from Samuel Morse to winning WWI and how one man spearheaded the effort to connect America to Great Britain and, in doing so, the rest of the world. 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 - The Transatlantic Cable: The...

Duration:00:45:38

EP308: Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling, The German Immigrant Who Brought Us Banquet Beer and The Man Who Played with Trains

5/16/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the History Guy tells us the story of the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Rudyard Kipling, and how he survived a difficult childhood to go on to become one of the most celebrated authors of his day, penning such classics as "The Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories.” Pete Coors tells the story of Coors Banquet beer and how the story began with a German immigrant living in a Colorado mining town. Bill Bryk brings us the story of...

Duration:00:40:46

EP307: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, Stay-At-Home Mom Becomes Oldest Rookie Cop and When Your Losing Football Team Brings Your Family Together

5/16/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of the street dog, Sgt. Stubby, turned soldier turned mascot. At 53 years young, Officer Wendy Caldwell made history at the Houston, Texas Police Department. Nancy Ball shares a story she wrote, “Being an Ole Miss Fan is in and of Itself a Lesson in Humility.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI...

Duration:00:40:46

EP306: Shooting Bunnies From A Motorboat?, The 46-Year-Long Journey to Finding My Sisters and Big Lessons for a Little Boy

5/13/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Author Winter Prosapio dives into some of the weird laws we have here in the U.S. Years after finding out she was adopted, Traci Huguley discovered she was not the only child adopted out. She then made it her mission to find her siblings. Dennis Peterson's father was hard but fair, and some of the biggest lessons Dennis learned were on the job site, doing brick work with his father. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time...

Duration:00:41:47

EP305: Survivor from Brigade 2506, Hometown Hero and The Best-Selling Book of All Time

5/13/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Cuban exile, Ray Montalvo joined Brigade 2506 to fight back against Castro, leading to his imprisonment in the country he once loved. Now, he is a proud U.S. citizen and business owner. Vermont historian and journalist Mark Bushnell takes us into the life of Calvin Coolidge in his hometown. The History Guy tells us the history of the Bible. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Survivor from Brigade 2506...

Duration:00:40:09

EP304: The Church Where They Preach in 5 Different Languages, Why Money Isn't Enough to Be a Success and The Man Who Milks Snakes for a Living

5/12/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Josh and Lauren Manning needed to make a grand change in life...and they found the opportunity to do so at a church in Noel, Missouri...where and influx of immigrants and refugees necessitated a lot of adaptation, understanding, and a few translators to spread the gospel. Sean Smith tells us how he and his twin brother built a business that would make the two of them millionaires by age 30. Nathaniel Frank shares how he became intrigued with reptiles...

Duration:00:39:16

EP303: A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter and One of America's Most Decorated WWII Soldiers Turned Singer and Actor

5/12/2022
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. Audie Murphy's story is one of the quintessential American stories; yet, chances are, many Americans have never even heard of his name. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter 12:30 - One of America's Most Decorated WWII Soldiers Turned Singer and...

Duration:00:39:16

EP 302: How My Short Term Mission Trip Changed Me and From Start-Up to Marvel Entertainment

5/11/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor, Stephen Rusiniak, brings us a story written by his daughter Tracy. In this story entitled, “Please Don’t Leave,” she shares how helping those in need can often bring a little perspective to our lives. After achieving his dream of being a video gamer artist and reaching the top at Blizzard Entertainment, Josh Singh was faced with the reality of what it takes to make it: time and constantly hitting the mark. Support the show...

Duration:00:42:18

EP301: The “Why” Behind What We Do Matters, The World’s First Combination Candy Bar and The Story of One of Hollywood's Greatest Composers

5/11/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor, Paul Kotz, shares how he helped a frustrated student look past their circumstances and get to why what they were doing matters. Laurie Spradley, who now runs The Goo Goo Cluster, shares some history about the delicious candy bar and its new adventures in Nashville, TN. Virginia Mancini, the wife of one of Hollywood's greatest composers who created the 'Pink Panther Theme' and 'Moon River' from Breakfast at Tiffany's among other...

Duration:00:42:47