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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

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

How Did Daisy Golf Balls End Up On The Moon?

9/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, although never publicly stated (the brands of anything brought to the moon were kept tight-lipped), there is a good chance that the golf balls hit on the moon were "Daisy" golf balls. Joe Murfin tells the story of an estate sale, a photo, and a story that you won't forget. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:18

The Silver Kings and the "Big Bonanza"

9/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Mackay, James Fair, William O'Brien, and James Flood epitomized the rags-to-riches American dream. Roger McGrath, author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes is here to tell us the story of the richest mineral discovery in American history, the Comstock Lode. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:17:57

The 13 Days Before Lincoln Almost Wasn't President

9/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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:00:38:16

Hollywood Goes to War: Eddie Albert

9/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eddie Albert starred in Roman Holiday opposite Audrey Hepburn and also played a sadistic prison warden in 1974’s The Longest Yard starring Burt Reynolds. Albert starred in the Green Acres sitcom opposite Eva Gabor as the couple who move from New York City to a country farm. But his greatest role was commanding the landing craft set to invade Japanese-occupied Tarawa on Betio Island in the Pacific. Support the show...

Duration:00:20:18

Moving From The City To The Country Saved Her Life

9/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jake Keiser was living the life in Tampa, Florida, running a high-powered PR firm and juggling drink dates, shopping sprees, and charity galas. But at age thirty-eight, following a failed marriage, a series of miscarriages, and a still-blistering breakup, she began to suffer from extreme anxiety. Hit with the realization that no amount of Botox could fill the hole in her heart, she decided to make the impulse purchase of a lifetime and bought a farm...

Duration:00:18:26

Jack London's "To Build a Fire"

9/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jack London’s most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as his short story, To Build a Fire. Here to narrate the gripping finale of Jack London’s masterpiece, To Build a Fire is Roger McGrath. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:17

The Difficulty, and Importance, of Finding Balance

9/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brent Timmons shares the story of a lesson in risk. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:08:28