Our American Stories

Our American 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.

Episodes

June 17, 2024 20 mins

On this episode of Our American Stories, meet Carlos Colon, a Chicago man who joined a gang as a teenager, murdered a man, found salvation in prison, and now has a family and a new life.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, part 3 of our 5-part series we hear Favre get very personal about his miraculous Monday Night Football game immediately following his father’s passing.

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June 17, 2024 7 mins

On this episode of Our American Stories, Leslie Leyland Fields tells us about the heart-breaking relationship between her and her father. And it's not what you'd expect.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Storyteller Shiloh Carozza remembers her father in a moving portrait of his love, steadfastness, and faith.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, a son's story about his father, from our regular listener/contributor Roger Latham, from Fort Worth, Texas.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Taylor Brown shares the eulogy he wrote in Garden and Gun for his biker dad.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, in a canon of personal songs, “Leader of the Band” stands out as Dan Fogelberg’s most treasured. It’s a loving tribute to his musician father, Lawrence Fogelberg.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Rona Simmons tells the story of Frank Cone, a horse-mounted battle surgeon in the Philippines who went from champagne dinners to the Bataan Death March.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, our audience loved Kristin O'Donnell Tubb’s wonderful story from her historical fiction book John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy. So we asked if she would share another story with us. Here she is telling the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, it all went down in the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 2006. Andrew Collins was a narcotics officer. Jameel McGee was a new father of a baby boy. This is a story about forgiveness, brokenness, and true reconciliation from two guys who should have been hardened, bitter enemies.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Mary Mikami was a Japanese American born in Alaska. Learn about her acceptance and achievements.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, if Bob McLalan knew his father would be living with him for 18 months, he would have thrown him out that first night. A collision of cultures like no other! The latest story with Bob McLalan.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Miles outside of motor city in South Bend, Indiana, one of America’s most iconic classic car companies battled for survival against the ever increasing tides against it. Automotive historian Patrick Foster brings us the story of Studebaker.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, how did Indiana get its nickname “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.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Sue Thomas' story became the basis for the TV series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. She's here to share the story that Hollywood wouldn't touch!

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On this episode of Our American Stories, the word "hero" has been much misused in our present culture, but not when it comes to Megan McClung. You are about to hear why her tombstone reads: "Be Bold. Be Brief. Be Gone."

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson shares another slice of his guide to understanding the baffling mini-mysteries of the English language. The book is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and Fun Phrases.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard “Dick” Bong was a hero in an era of heroes. Here’s the History Guy with the story.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Baseball Leagues Museum, tells the story of a man who started in Kansas City, made his way to Brooklyn, and swept across the nation.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, listener Richard Hood takes us to the Battle of Fredericksburg and tells a story about compassion in the midst of America's deadliest war.

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