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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

The Humble Potato: Idaho's Superstarch and The Four Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

7/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tish Dahmen, Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Museum, tells the story of the worlds largest potato chip, a massive baked potato, and the potato innovations that put Idaho on the map. Roger McGrath, author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier, tells us the story of the men known as “The Big Four,” who incorporated the Central Pacific Railroad and helped build the transcontinental railroad. Support the show...

Duration:00:47:20

How A Stray Cat Exposed a Mother's Heart, These Guys Use Dungeons and Dragons as a Break-through Therapy Tool and A Brief History of Toilet Paper

7/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brent Timmons tells us how an unlikely cat revealed a deep love inside of him. Adam Davis and Adam Johns tell us how they met in grad school at Antioch University, and how they've been using table-top games as a tool to encourage personal growth, teamwork, and problem solving. The History Guy gives us the story of toilet paper. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How A Stray Cat Exposed a Mother's Heart...

Duration:00:43:43

The Interrupted Odyssey of US Grant and Ely Parker and Visiting a Devastated Town After a Tornado... and Lending a Hand

7/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Mary Stockwell, author of Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians, tells the story of how the lives of America's first Native American appointed to a cabinet level position and our 18th President intertwined. Listener Paul Kotz shares about his service trip to Mayfield, Kentucky several months after a tornado devastated the town. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Interrupted...

Duration:00:41:28

How Duke’s Coach K Was Almost Fired in 1983 and The Unexpected Visitors of Toledo

7/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Feinstein tells us the story of how Duke University's legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski almost didn't become who he is today. Tedd Long of Holy Toledo History tells the story of three famous and unexpected visitors to Toledo, Ohio. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Duke’s Coach K Was Almost Fired in 1983 35:00 - The Unexpected Visitors of Toledo See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:39:01

The Confederate Soldier Who Risked His Life to Aid Union Wounded, The Angel of St. Marye's Heights and Boyhood Dream Turns into Career, Joe Klimchak KNEW He'd Work for the Pittsburgh Pirates Since He Was 7

7/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Hood from Valencia, California, takes us back in time to the Battle of Fredericksburg and tells a story about compassion in the midst of America's deadliest war. Joe Klimchak tells us how he was inspired by a Pirates legend to pursue his MLB career dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Confederate Soldier Who Risked His Life to Aid Union Wounded, The Angel of St. Marye's Heights 25:00 -...

Duration:00:38:46

Pyromaniac's Paradise: Running a Fireworks Tent, The Long Road to Victory and American Independence and The Declaration of Independence

7/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we continue our 4th of July celebration. Joel Wegener and his wife who have 10 kids tell us how they found an explosive way during the summer to make a little extra money. Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, and author Nathaniel Philbrick tell the story of how we won our independence against all odds. Our production team comes together to read the document that made America, well, America. Support the show...

Duration:00:38:45

Celebrating 4th of July with Newly Minted American Citizens, JFK on the 4th of July and OAS Listener tells his life story in 4th of July

7/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we’re celebrating the 4th of July. The Our American Stories team attended a naturalization ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee and got to hear the personal stories of new U.S. citizens. The famous 4th of July speech at Independence Hall by John F. Kennedy in 1962 when the it was discovered that the Soviet Union planned to instal missiles in Cuba to attack the United States. We hear from long time listener, Dennis Peterson, about his experiences and...

Duration:00:38:31

King Solomon, Town's Grave Digging Drunk Turned Hero, Wandering Worker: The American Hobo and America Strikes Back After Pearl Harbor

7/1/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kentucky journalist Sam Terry tells the story of the man they called “King Solomon.” Connecticut Shorty of The Hobo Museum shares the story of the American hobo and how they are still celebrated today. Teacher, choir director, organist, and history buff Anne Clare tells the story of the first two major American responses to the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 -...

Duration:00:38:46

How a Corporate Lawyer Found His Mission-Driven Path (Bob Norton)

7/1/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Norton tells the story of his adventures from picking up nuts and bolts with dad at work, to being a very successful corporate lawyer, to now serving as the General Counsel of Hillsdale College. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:46

JoyRide, The Car Club Exclusively for Kids with Special Needs and North Carolina Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

7/1/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Blair Cornell tells us how his family navigated raising their neuordivergent son and how they created a non-profit car club to help people with autism. Craig Richardson, Matthew Bryant and Paula Smith tells us about the story of Winston-Salem, North Carolina's unconstitutional MAP Act. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - JoyRide, The Car Club Exclusively for Kids with Special Needs 23:00 - North Carolina...

Duration:00:38:31

A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter, Ladies, Start Your Lawnmower Engines! and When People Sent Their Children Through the Mail

6/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richmond radio host Jeff Katz shares a note that his daughter won't ever read, but will surely impact your life for the better. Julie Tynmann's here with her story about the greatest show on turf. Christopher Warren shares the history of the U.S. Postal Service and a time when people mailed their children… and on one instance, an entire bank. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Father’s Note to His...

Duration:00:42:16

Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game of 1934 and Tennessee's Most Famous Grocer

6/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Buddy Morehouse tells us about the childhood of President Gerald Ford and how a football game changed him and his friend Willis Ward's lives forever. Dennis Petersontells the story of the legendary Cass Walker and his remarkable life... from the grocery empire that he built from scratch, to an unforgettable political run, a TV show, and much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Gerald Ford, Willis...

Duration:00:42:47

Moonshine Runners and the Birth of NASCAR and “The Union is coming! The Union is coming!”

6/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Neal Thompson, author of Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR tells the true story behind NASCAR’s hardscrabble, moonshine-fueled origins. Horst Schulze tells us the difference between “management” and “leadership.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Moonshine Runners and the Birth of NASCAR 35:00 - “The Union is coming! The Union is coming!” See...

Duration:00:40:34

When Character Stands Tall, Suing the Government Just to Sell Soup and The 1946 Battle of Alcatraz

6/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eric Motley shares his experience joining an all-white fraternity. Danielle Mickelson's business 'Mickelson Tiny Plants' was expanding and bringing fresh homemade food to the people of Rolla, North Dakota...but the state health department had other ideas. The History Guy shares the story about an escape attempt in the infamous Alcatraz Federal penitentiary in San Francisco, California, that led to a standoff. Support the show...

Duration:00:40:34

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