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.

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June 24, 2022 38 min

On this episode of Our American Stories, wrestling historian, Mike Chapman, tells us how Lincoln is one of the greatest leaders in US history, but prior to his being elected the 16th President of the United States, he used his skills as a wrestler to win approval from the masses. Cindy Cruz Radcliffe tells us how as a preachers daughter and worship leader she was able to find forgiveness after her husband left her.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Jennie Badger tells us her story of growing up in the Turkey Capital of the World, Cuero, Texas. Cody Johnston shares how his love for music helped him cope with his mothers declining health and how it not only inspired him, but many others.

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00:00 - The Town Where Everything Revolves Around... Turkey

10:00 - Braille ...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose shares a WWII story beginning in January of 1943 with the Soviet victory over the Nazis at Stalingrad and ending with the Allied resolution of Unconditional Surrender. Chloe Howard, Author of Stand Beautiful: A Story Of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing It All, shares her story of what it was like growing up with a club foot.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, our regular contributor Brent Timmons shares the story of a lesson in risk. Jennifer Yuengling is one of the four 6th generation sisters of Yuengling Beer shares about working with family, the secret to the company's success, and a whole lot more. Karl Marlantes tells us about his decision to serve in the Vietnam war that he saw as unjust.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, J.D. Wininger, owner of the Cross-Dubya Ranch, tells the story of a man named John who kept to himself most of the time. Chicago's very best local historian, Tim Samuelson, tells the story of the great Chicago fire of 1871. Tim Leuliette tells us how he began his career at Ford Motor Company under the leadership of Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how America won the Second World War because of men like Rear Admiral “Fearless” Freddie Warder. 4th-generation jeweler, John Henne, in Pittsburgh tells the story of how his family's shop, Henne Jeweler, has grown since 1887, how it's seeking to impact the marriages it furnishes, and how it has shaped his philosophy on job satisfaction.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Josh and Lauren Manning share how they needed to make a grand change in life...and how they found the opportunity to do so at a church in Noel, Missouri...where and influx of immigrants and refugees necessitated a lot of adaptation, understanding, and a few translators to spread the gospel. Iris Jamahl Dunkle tells the story of Charmian Kittredge London in the first full length Biography wri...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Farago, curator at the Cartoon Art Museum and author of Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond tells us the story of Batman. Dennis Peterson shares how his father's motto of, "Making Do" meant going to extreme lengths to save a dime...sometimes to his detriment.

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June 20, 2022 38 min

On this episode of Our American Stories, we have 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

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Monti shares the story of his son Jared Monti, who was a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow soldier in the mountains of Afghanistan. Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Curator of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to tell us why he is so highly revered. 

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00:00 - A Medal of Hono...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Kevin Samy shares his family's remarkable American dream story. Kathryn Minshew, the founder of career platform The Muse tells us about an early ethical dilemma she faced while building her business. Rick Bowers tells us an undercover agent infiltrated the KKK, and with the help of Superman exposed them to the world.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch tells us how he fought against fake wine fraud. Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years and ends up helping another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Karen Thomson and her son Joe Meilink along with his wife, Vicky, share how they are the definition of determination. 

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Ron Brown, a man who grew up in a rough area of Chicago, shares how he was practically abandoned by his father, but would mend their relationship later on in life. Donna shares how her daughter, Cassie, was diagnosed with Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia as a teenager and their daily jobs became more difficult so, they dropped everything and opened a resale shop. Bob Kendrick, President of the...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Matthew R. Walsh, author of The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa, tells the story of this remarkable man who was driven by faith and a commitment to helping his fellow man. Tommy Dew shares the story of Charleston, NC—from the American Revolution to today. 

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00:00 -  "The Good Governor...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor Bill Bryk brings us another adventure in riding and teaches us just how meticulous the grooming routine can be. Harmony Dust Grillo shares how she was seemingly trapped in the commercial sex industry and struggled until a new friendship led to a change in her life. Tyler Groenendal of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has perhaps the most interesting side gig of all-time... reviewi...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Randall Haley shares how the scents from So Delta Candle Company helped alleviate some of her homesickness. Here is the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from Los Angeles, who is the creator and founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans. 

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00:00 - There's No Smell Like Home

12:30 - The Invento...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Sean Kernan of Medium helps us tell the story of Leonard v. PepsiCo Inc. A law school classic that helps kids navigate the curious world of contract law, but in 1999 it was serious business. Hoat Hoang tells the story of his family's escape from South Vietnam when North Vietnamese communists began to ambush his village and his journey to becoming a surgeon in the U.S. Loma Linda Universi...

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeanne Bishop tells us the story of the brutal murders of her beloved family members and how a change of heart changed her life and so many others. John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells the story of his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Greg Hengler tells us how Heinz food products have been a part of American culture for more than a century. Though Heinz Ketchup is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world, few people know anything at all about its creator, H.J. Heinz. His hard work, innovation, and obsessive kindness proved one of his favorite sayings: “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Christopher Klein tells the story of the former president and Civil War hero, Ulysses S. Grant, and how he raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution with the aid of Mark Twain. Years after finding out she was adopted, Traci Huguley discovered she was not the only child adopted out. Bob Kendrick tells the story of former Negro Leagues Baseball player Buck O...

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