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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 Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend

11/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have finally given the little-known Red Cloud the recognition he deserves and share with us the story from their New York Times bestseller, The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:08

I Worked Out of Workaholism… And My Life Is Working Better

11/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Trice, the founder of Jasco Products, on serving his employees and a higher calling than money. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:14

How a Fake Doctor Ran Carnival Sideshows and Saved Thousands of Infants and Changed Medical History

11/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachable. It was Coney Island in the early 1900’s. Beyond the Four-Legged Woman, the sword swallowers, and “Lionel the Lion-Faced Man,” was an entirely different exhibit: rows of tiny, premature human babies living in glass incubators. Here to tell the story is Dawn Raffel, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American...

Duration:00:13:42

Lightning In a Bottle: The Early Years of Coke

11/30/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola relate. What exactly is Georgia Green? How did a syrup that was originally sold as a patent medicine end up as the South's greatest export in the post-Civil War economy? Larry Jorgensen, author of The Coca Cola Trail and The Return to the Coca Cola Trail answers these questions in our latest story on America's favorite sugary drink. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See...

Duration:00:35:18

The Story Behind the Brooklyn Bridge

11/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn about the Brooklyn Bridge, with its unprecedented length and two stately towers, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. Here's the History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:12:58

Butch Hartman Drew My Childhood

11/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, while many know the shows created by one of the 2000s most influential artists, not many people know the man behind the drawing board. Meet Butch Hartman, creator of Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom, and so much more and hear how he went from the snowy shores of Michigan to the sunny coast of SoCal. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:34:55

The South Vietnamese Pilot Who Stole A Plane To Save His Family

11/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learned how Major Buang-Ly worked as a pilot with the United States military during the Vietnam War. When the U.S. began evacuating South Vietnam, Major Buang-Ly knew he had to get his family out. Historian, Hill Goodspeed, from the Naval Aviation Museum brings us this amazing story of a father doing whatever he could to save his family. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:12:55

"A Light In Our Small Town": Milton James' Story

11/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how on March 4, 2022, Milton James passed away far too young, at only 58 years old. Two of his colleagues from FNC, a great homegrown company, pay tribute to the man that they, and many others, loved. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:24:56

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

11/29/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how Indiana got its nickname as “The Hoosier State.” And how did people from Indiana come to be called “Hoosiers”? Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick, head of the Christian Heritage Fellowship. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:05

Separate, but Equal": The Story of Supreme Injustice

11/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on May 18, 1896, the decision on a case brought before the Supreme Court would solidify segregation for over five and a half decades. Homer Plessy's descendant, Keith Plessy, tells us the story of the Plessy v. Ferguson case, as well as what he and Judge Ferguson's descendant are doing about it now. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:17

Out of Mental Health Hospitals and Into Motherhood: A Story of Overcoming

11/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randi Wilson is a 28 year old New mother in Charlotte, North Carolina. For nearly 10 years, she struggled with a severe eating disorder that affected her heart and left her apparently infertile. Listen to hear Randi's amazing testimony and the hope that carried her through all of her struggles. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:17:58

"We Didn't Want to Lose Two People": A Story of Forgiveness

11/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Laura Treppendahl’s life was one worth remembering. After being killed in a drunk driving accident, Laura’s family told the judge that they completely forgave the young man who hit her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:17

A Father's Love: Capone's Lawyer "Easy" Eddie and WWII Ace "Butch" O'Hare

11/28/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the unlikely story of redemption and bravery behind two Chicago legends: Al Capone's lawyer "Easy" Eddie and O'Hare Airport's namesake, WWII Ace pilot-hero, Butch O'Hare. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:59

A Woman Willing to Put Her Life on the Line for the Patriot Cause

11/25/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dennis Peterson tells the story of Dicey Langston, a woman willing to put her life on the line for the patriot cause. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:12:37

The Glorious 25th of November, Evacuation Day (2 Years After the American Revolution?!)

11/25/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Bryk brings us the tale of the day British forces evacuated New York City after the Revolutionary War... a full 2 years after the British Army surrendered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:44

George Will: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and the Summer of '41

11/25/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, George Will tells the stories of Ted Williams and the son of a San Francisco fisherman, his “Streak,” and steely determination. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:12:56

Star Wars: The Multi-Billion Dollar Franchise That Never Should Have Succeeded

11/25/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, before he brought us to a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas made two other, often forgotten, movies. His first film THX 1- 1-3-8 was produced by friend and Godfather director, Francis Ford Coppola, but despite the talent behind it, was anything but a box office success. His second film, American Graffiti, was a surprise success, and led to the opportunity to begin his third film… Star Wars. Chris Taylor, author of How Star Wars Conquered the...

Duration:00:48:40

A Place at Groucho’s Table

11/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in college, Steve Stoliar’s dad wanted him to get a job, but Steve didn’t want to work at Taco Bell… so he called up Groucho Marx. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:25:20

The Tale of the Texas

11/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jackson McQuigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle pursuit locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...but the story goes much deeper than just that... Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:23:01

The First Thanksgiving: The Real Story

11/24/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thanksgiving is the only American holiday that has actually remained relatively innocent—it’s not something that we have been able to commercialize. But there’s something going on here more than feasting, family, and football. Robert Tracy McKenzie is a professor of history at Wheaton College and is the author of The First Thanksgiving. He’s here to tell us the story of this quintessentially American holiday. Support the show...

Duration:00:47:22