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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 REAL Sue Thomas F.B.Eye: Nothing But the Truth

10/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sue Thomas became the first deaf person to work as an undercover specialist doing lip-reading of suspects for an elite FBI surveillance team. Her story became the basis for the TV series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. She's here to share her more unbelievable story, the one that Hollywood wouldn't touch! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A Baby Boomer’s Battle with Insanity and Fitness

10/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul from Minnesota moved our listeners with his story, “Wilber and the Empty Nester.” We asked him if he had any more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Brett Favre on Tough Love, Parenting, and Telling the Truth

10/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brett Favre, the legendary NFL quarterback, gets very personal about tough love, telling the truth, and having a parenting style that’s different than his fathers. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Unlikely WWII B-24 Combat Pilot-Hero, George McGovern

10/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, historian extraordinaire Stephen Ambrose tells us a very unlikely World War II story about George McGovern, the liberal, antiwar Democratic presidential candidate from South Dakota who was soundly defeated by President Nixon in the 1972 election. This story is from The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who Flew the B-24s over Germany. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

From Animal House, to Belushi, and Seinfeld: Mark “Neidermeyer” Metcalf’s Story

10/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mark Metcalf is best known for his role as the sadistic ROTC officer Douglas C. Neidermeyer in the 1978 comedy Animal House. He is also known for playing the role of “The Maestro” on the hit sitcom Seinfeld as well as for his recurring role as “The Master” on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mark's life story is as large as the characters he portrays. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See...

Sean Pronger: That Day I Was Gretzky’s Hungover Linemate

10/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sean Pronger always dreamed of being and playing with Wayne Gretzky. Find out what happens when his dream... meets his hangover. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nostalgia Awakens: How Star Wars Toys Revolutionized Everything (Pt. 1)

10/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, “The Nostalgia Awakens" is an exhibit featuring EVERY action figure toy made by Kenner from 1978-1985 based on the original three Star Wars movies. The Star Wars toys on display are from Jarrod Roll, enthusiast and museum curator from Wisconsin, and he's here to share the story of how Star Wars toys revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing, and even how kids play. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See...

What Happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons?

10/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mark McCray is the author of The Best Saturday’s of Our Lives (his website is tbsool.com). He’s here to tell us the story of Saturday Morning Cartoons… and answer the all-important question: What happened to them? Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How Former Slave Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

10/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s The History Guy with the tale of an escaped slave-turned legend named Robert Smalls. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

"Apple of Your Eye" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions (Pt. 2)

10/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How the West Turned Samuel Clemens Headed Into Mark Twain

10/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, old West historian Roger McGrath is here to tell the story of a time before the world knew Samuel Clemons by his pen name, Mark Twain. The time he spent in the American West helped Clemens develop a distinctive Western voice and provided him with material that would make him America’s first celebrity author. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Patty Kingsbaker's Elvis Encounter

10/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Patty from Colorado not only has a great Elvis story, but she is very good at telling it! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How My Dog Changed My Life

10/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor Paul Bauer reflects on a pivotal moment involving his canine companion. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:48

To Mow or Not to Mow: The History of Lawn Care

10/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the idea of a lawn is very old, but it took a key technology to make lawns very common. Here’s “The History Guy” with the story of lawn care. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:09:29

Brett Favre on His Miraculous Monday Night Game after His Father Died

10/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear Favre get very personal about his miraculous Monday Night Football game immediately following his father’s passing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:09:59

"All Hell Broke Loose" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions

10/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:58

Connecting America From Shore to Shore, The Transcontinental Railroad

10/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose is here to tell us the story from his bestseller, Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:15

Connecting People... Through Salt and Pepper Shakers?!

10/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, right below the Great Smoky Mountains you will find the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Andrea Ludden, daughter of the original collector, 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:00:21:17

Virginia Hall: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy

10/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet the woman the Gestapo once considered "the most dangerous of all Allied spies." Judy Pearson tells the tale of a woman whose bravery was greater than the collapsing world around her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:28

The Man Behind America's Sweet Tooth, Milton Hershey

10/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, an American candy store in 1900 looked very different than it does today. Candy was a special treat sold almost exclusively in candy stores. Chocolate was sold in Europe and only a very few affluent Americans had ever tried it. Here to tell the story is Don Papson, President and Executive Director at The M.S. Hershey Foundation and Amy Zeigler, Sr. Director of The Hershey Story Museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See...

Duration:00:35:21