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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

How a Magic SideShow Became My Full-Time Job and She Wanted to Become a Movie Star, so She Moved to... a National Park?

6/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Thomas, Oxford, Mississippi's local magician and balloon artist, shares his story with us. Donna Martin tells us how she wanted to do was move to a big city and become a famous actress and when the opportunity arose to move to California for the summer, she didn't hesitate. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How a Magic SideShow Became My Full-Time Job 23:00 - She Wanted to Become a Movie Star, so...

Duration:00:44:36

Louis Zamperini, Olympian and WWII P.O.W., In His Own Words

6/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear about Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, and how this story was made into a 2014 motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, While some of the most remarkable parts of Louis Zamperini’s story were left out of the film, you will be hearing them told now by the man himself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See...

Duration:00:44:54

The Turning Point in Abe’s Life: A Wrestling Match and From Small Town Texas To Ministering To Thousands

6/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, wrestling historian, Mike Chapman, tells us how Lincoln is one of the greatest leaders in US history, but prior to his being elected the 16th President of the United States, he used his skills as a wrestler to win approval from the masses. Cindy Cruz Radcliffe tells us how as a preachers daughter and worship leader she was able to find forgiveness after her husband left her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:...

Duration:00:49:33

The Town Where Everything Revolves Around... Turkey and Braille Atlas: Writing Music to Overcome Grief

6/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jennie Badger tells us her story of growing up in the Turkey Capital of the World, Cuero, Texas. Cody Johnston shares how his love for music helped him cope with his mothers declining health and how it not only inspired him, but many others. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Town Where Everything Revolves Around... Turkey 10:00 - Braille Atlas: Writing Music to Overcome Grief See...

Duration:00:49:02

1943 and America’s Nazi/Soviet Conundrum and Standing Proudly On Deformed Feet

6/23/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose shares a WWII story beginning in January of 1943 with the Soviet victory over the Nazis at Stalingrad and ending with the Allied resolution of Unconditional Surrender. Chloe Howard, Author of Stand Beautiful: A Story Of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing It All, shares her story of what it was like growing up with a club foot. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - 1943 and America’s Nazi/Soviet...

Duration:00:49:33

Brent Timmons on the Importance of Balance, The Story (and Family) Behind America's Oldest Brewery and Why I Chose to Go to Vietnam

6/23/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our regular contributor Brent Timmons shares the story of a lesson in risk. Jennifer Yuengling is one of the four 6th generation sisters of Yuengling Beer shares about working with family, the secret to the company's success, and a whole lot more. Karl Marlantestells us about his decision to serve in the Vietnam war that he saw as unjust. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Brent Timmons on the Importance...

Duration:00:48:46

What I Learned from The Quiet Cowboy, The Great Chicago Fire and the Even Greater Recovery and Tim Leuliette Went to Business School... at Ford Motor Company

6/22/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, J.D. Wininger, owner of the Cross-Dubya Ranch, tells the story of a man named John who kept to himself most of the time. Chicago's very best local historian, Tim Samuelson, tells the story of the great Chicago fire of 1871. Tim Leuliette tells us how he began his career at Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - What I Learned from The...

Duration:00:38:16

"Fearless Freddie" Warder and This Jewelry Store Provides More Value Than Just Jewelry

6/21/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how America won the Second World War because of men like Rear Admiral “Fearless” Freddie Warder. 4th-generation jeweler, John Henne, in Pittsburgh tells the story of how his family's shop, Henne Jeweler, has grown since 1887, how it's seeking to impact the marriages it furnishes, and how it has shaped his philosophy on job satisfaction. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - "Fearless Freddie" Warder...

Duration:00:40:15

The Church in Missouri Where They Preach in 5 Different Languages and The Woman Behind Jack London, Charmian Kittridge London

6/21/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Josh and Lauren Manning share how they needed to make a grand change in life...and how 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. Iris Jamahl Dunkle tells the story of Charmian Kittredge London in the first full length Biography written about her titled Charmian Kittredge: London Trailblazer...

Duration:00:39:31

Batman Through the Years and What My Dad Meant By "Makin' Do"

6/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Farago, curator at the Cartoon Art Museum and author of Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond tells us the story of Batman. Dennis Peterson shares how his father's motto of, "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 - Batman Through the Years 37:00 - What My Dad Meant By "Makin' Do"...

Duration:00:39:47

Lincoln on the Verge

6/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we have the story of President Abraham Lincoln's harrowing train trip to Washington, D.C., to be sworn in as the leader of a new—and divided—nation. Joining us to tell the story is Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:16

A Medal of Honor Recipient Through The Eyes of His Father and A Legendary Man Known as "Babe"

6/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Monti shares the story of his son Jared Monti, who was a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow soldier in the mountains of Afghanistan. Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Curator of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to tell us why he is so highly revered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Medal of Honor Recipient Through The Eyes of His Father 37:00 - A Legendary...

Duration:00:42:05

"In My Father's Village, Nobody Could Read...He Moved to America and Became an Engineer", A Client Was Disrespecting My Employees, So I Fired Them and Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan

6/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kevin Samy shares his family's remarkable American dream story. Kathryn Minshew, the founder of career platform The Muse tells us about an early ethical dilemma she faced while building her business. Rick Bowers tells us an undercover agent infiltrated the KKK, and with the help of Superman exposed them to the world. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - "In My Father's Village, Nobody Could Read...He Moved...

Duration:00:41:08

The Man Who Spent $35MM Fighting A $400k Fake Wine Fraud, Rediscovering What I Lost in the Military and Mom and Son Run a Marathon Together in Every State

6/16/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch tells us how he fought against fake wine fraud. Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years and ends up helping another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Karen Thomson and her son Joe Meilink along with his wife, Vicky, share how they are the definition of determination. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:...

Duration:00:51:07

Reconnecting With My Absent Father Who Was Presumed Dead, Daughter's Schizophrenia Led to Opening a Business and "How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?": The Life of Satchel Paige

6/16/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ron Brown, a man who grew up in a rough area of Chicago, shares how he was practically abandoned by his father, but would mend their relationship later on in life. Donna shares how her daughter, Cassie, was diagnosed with Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia as a teenager and their daily jobs became more difficult so, they dropped everything and opened a resale shop. Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri,...

Duration:00:49:29

"The Good Governor" Who Welcomed Asian Refugees to Iowa and The Story of Charleston: The Way Life Used to Be, And Perhaps, Is Supposed to Be

6/15/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Matthew R. Walsh, author of The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa, tells the story of this remarkable man who was driven by faith and a commitment to helping his fellow man. Tommy Dew shares the story of Charleston, NC—from the American Revolution to today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - "The Good Governor" Who Welcomed Asian Refugees to Iowa 25:00 - The Story of...

Duration:00:47:07

EP350: The Careful Art of Caring for Your Horse, Escaping the Sex Industry and He Travels the Country Reviewing... Onion Rings?

6/14/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor Bill Bryk brings us another adventure in riding and teaches us just how meticulous the grooming routine can be. Harmony Dust Grillo shares how she was seemingly trapped in the commercial sex industry and struggled until a new friendship led to a change in her life. Tyler Groenendal of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has perhaps the most interesting side gig of all-time... reviewing onion rings—and he's been doing it for years and has no...

Duration:00:48:11

EP349: There's No Smell Like Home and The Inventor of Jelly Belly

6/14/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randall Haley shares how the scents from So Delta Candle Company helped alleviate some of her homesickness. Here is the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from Los Angeles, who is the creator and founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - There's No Smell Like Home 12:30 - The Inventor of Jelly Belly See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:12

EP348: The Time A Kid Sued Pepsi for A Harrier Jet, Escaping the Viet Cong and Treating More than Cancer

6/13/2022
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. Hoat Hoang tells the story of his family's escape from South Vietnam when North Vietnamese communists began to ambush his village and his journey to becoming a surgeon in the U.S. Loma Linda University Health has sought to not see patients as customers, but as...

Duration:00:41:16

EP347: Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer and John O’Neil On The First B-17 To Bomb Berlin

6/13/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeanne Bishop tells us the story of the brutal murders of her beloved family members 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 the story of his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer 37:00 - John...

Duration:00:40:44