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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 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

America Strikes Back: The Doolittle Raids and the Battle of the Coral Sea

9/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire tells the story of America's first two responses to Pearl Harbor: The Doolittle Raids and the Battle of the Coral Sea Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:49

Serving the Widow of My Childhood Hero, Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente

9/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, while he never got to meet the Pittsburgh sports icon, Duane Rieder had the unique opportunity to not only commemorate his legacy using photos but also to eventually create a museum to honor and preserve his memory. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:28

“Black Harry” Hoosier: The Story Behind Indiana’s Namesake

9/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how Indiana got its nickname as “The Hoosier State” and how the people from Indiana came to be called “Hoosiers.” Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:08:29

She Wanted to Become a Movie Star, so She Moved to... a National Park?

9/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, growing up in smalltown Mississippi, all Donna Martin wanted to do was move to a big city and become a famous actress. When the opportunity arose to move to California for the summer, she didn't hesitate. Only one problem... there aren't many acting opportunities in Yosemite National Park. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:17

America's Comeback: The Battle of Midway

9/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, America was down, but not out after Pearl Harbor...we needed a major victory though. That victory would come at a small sandy island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Writer Anne Clare tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:28

How The NBA Got to NBC

9/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1989 the NBA signed a $600 million contract with NBC to have the network air their games for four years. It was a long road to get there though. Pete Croatto, author of From Hang Time to Prime Time, tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:13:49

Bad Medicine: Life Before the FDA

9/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of patent medicine, otherwise known as "snakeoils", which didn't do much except line the pockets of their creators with money. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:12:30

Weifield Group Hires “At Risk” Individuals and with Good Reason!

9/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it's hard to believe that a company who has hired over 100 “at risk” individuals would be competing for the title as the top electrical contracting company in Colorado AND also the U.S. Let Karla Nugent and Curt Andersen convince you otherwise. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:29

The Salem Witch Trials and the American Puritans

9/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, early on, a hush descended over 1692-1693 Salem Witch Trials for generations. Then came playwright Arthur Miller, who made off with the story, or at least his version of it. Since 1953, The Crucible has become the culturally-accepted storyline that has come to define American Puritans (e.g., the Pilgrims) and the city of Salem itself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:24:49

The War In Ben Franklin's Home

9/27/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the American Revolution split the nation… and Ben Franklin’s family. Join Daniel Mark Epstein, author of “The Loyal Son,” to learn more about the father-son split between Benjamin and William Franklin. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:29

Dennis Peterson: Makin' Do

9/26/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dennis Peterson's father had an interesting way of saving money. He called it 'Makin' Do'. Dennis tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:04

Fawn Weaver: A Woman's Self-Made Journey from Motown to Small Town

9/26/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Fawn Weaver grew up the daughter of Motown Record royalty, Frank Wilson, but her parentage is only the beginning. From growing up, moving out young, and starting several business, she's learned lessons about equality, fitting in, fear, and much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:27:27

The Mormon Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World

9/26/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, few people are aware that John Moses Browning—a tall, modest man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West-- invented the mechanism used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns introduced in World War I which dominated air and land battles in World War II. Nathan Gorenstein (author of The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose...

Duration:00:30:17