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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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English


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Episodes

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

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