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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

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

EP300: The Memories Behind That Old Upright Piano and "The Father of American Psychiatry"

5/10/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of her old upright piano that was passed down to her from her mother. Harlow Giles Unger, New York Timesbestselling author of twenty-eight books, tells us how Dr. Benjamin Rush is known as the Father of Psychiatry, the Army Medical Corps, Veterinary Care, and biblically-taught Public Schools. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Memories Behind That Old Upright Piano...

Duration:00:39:16

EP299: Origin of the Phrase "In a Nutshell" as well as other Everyday Sayings, The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington's Army and The Dignity of the Individual Human Being

5/10/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson shares another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Marilyn Komechak, author of Deborah Sampson: The Girl Who Went to War, tells us the story of Deborah Sampson and how she became a hero of the American Revolution when she disguised herself as a man and joined the Patriot forces. Christopher Donahue shares how his family's business, Federal Investors, came to be. Support...

Duration:00:38:16

EP298: How Mark Twain Helped a Bankrupt and Dying Ulysses S. Grant, I Lived Through The Depression And Didn’t Even Know It! and Overcoming the Loss of Both My Arms

5/9/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Christopher Klein tells the story of how Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant, the former president and Civil War hero, raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution. Donald Sturm tells the story of how his parents did everything they could to support him and lead him to achieve the American Dream. Madysen Acey’s life took an unexpected turn at 10-years-old, but she wouldn't trade any of it for the person she's become....

Duration:00:38:30

EP297: Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer and The First B-17 To Bomb Berlin During WW2

5/9/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeanne Bishop tells us the story of the brutal murders of her beloved family member and how a change of heart changed her life and so many others. John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells us how Lt. Bill Owen's crew managed to become the first B-17 crew to drop bombs in the heart of the Third Reich. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Making...

Duration:00:39:17

EP296: My Mother's Hands, Celebrating My Mother On My Birthday, Tiffany Jenkins Destroys the Perfect Mom Routine and Celebrating the Life of Christina Lapadula (Lee's Beloved Mom)

5/8/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we commemorate Mother's Day by hearing stories about women who exemplify what it truly means to be a mother. Roger Latham shares a poem written by his mother, read by his daughter, Candy. Stephen Rusniak shares the thoughtful way he found to celebrate his mom on his birthday. Tiffany Jenkins, wife and mother of three, shares with us her memoir: High Achiever: The Shocking True Story of One Addict's Double Life and what it means to be a good mom. Lee...

Duration:00:50:14

EP295: How Motherhood Changed Me, My Mother Had Me At 16: She's My Superhero and Connecting Through Salt And Pepper Shakers

5/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, author Winter Prosapio shares a story from motherhood. Alan Brown shares with us how his mother became pregnant with him at 15 after a terrible assault, yet despite the circumstances, and the poverty Alan lived through for most of his childhood, his mother did everything to make sure he was raised right. Andrea Ludden, daughter of the original collector of the Salt and Pepper Shakers in the Museum, shares the story of how this amazing collection came...

Duration:00:38:31

EP294: There's A Museum For Umbrella Covers? and The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

5/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Nancy 3 Hoffman, the owner and curator of the world's only Umbrella Cover Museum in Peak's Island, Maine 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. James Swanson, the NYT Bestseller of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer tells us the events that transpired after President Abraham Lincoln's...

Duration:00:38:16

EP293: Better Health is a Choice, What It Was Like Escaping the Viet Cong and Body, Soul, and Spirit - Treating More than Cancer

5/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tim Hennessy tells us how his life was changed by what he chose to do with his deteriorating health issue. Hoat Hoang tells the story of escaping South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese communists who ambushed his village and his journey to becoming a surgeon in the U.S. Andrew Millard tells us how Loma Linda University Health has sought to not see patients as customers, but as individuals, through a focus on whole person care. Support the show...

Duration:00:39:39

EP292: Lava Girl, Taylor Dooley and The State of Texas Tried to Take Down a Man's Livelihood: He Fought Back

5/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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; Institute for Justice lawyer Wesley Hottot tells the story of Ash Patel's nearly six-year long legal battle stemming from the Texas Board of Cosmetology requiring his eyebrow threaders to go back to school to learn other people's jobs. Support the show...

Duration:00:50:08

EP291: The Tale of the Stolen Texas Confederate Locomotive and The Opportunistic Patriot

5/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jackson McQuigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle pursuit locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...but the story goes much deeper than just that. Bill Bryk tells the story of America's first practical politician, Aaron Burr, in a tale of skill, bravery, honor, deception, and memory Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:49

EP290: How Do You Brag About the World's Fastest Plane? and How Pediatric Cancer Saved Numerous Lives

5/4/2022
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. Cathy Cooley shares the story of how her late son, Christopher, led his family to faith and the founding of their organization: The Christopher Foundation. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:31

EP289: The Great Vowel Shift and the Making of Modern English and Connecting People Through a Salt And Pepper Shaker Museum

5/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the History Guy tells us the story of “The Great Vowel Shift” and the making of modern English. Andrea Ludden owner of the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, right below the Great Smoky Mountains shares the story of how this amazing collection came to be a museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:44:01