Our American Stories

Our American Stories

There's no politics at Our American Stories, just stories. Daily bringing the campfire scene to your ears.... Show More

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Paul Simon tells the story of his hit single "Graceland" that deals with his thoughts during a road trip to Graceland after the failure of his marriage. 



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George Bryan pays tribute to his older brother John [pictured], who ran Sara Lee and helped build Chicago’s Millennium Park.



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Here to share the story of Angelo Constantine is his daughter, Jeanette. [Group pic is "A Night On The Town"]



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The Will Rogers Museum's historical interpreter Andy Hogan brings Will Rogers back to life for us!



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November 4, 2019 8 min

Jesse unpacks the history of the cowbell and it's launch into infamy with the "More Cowbell" comedy sketch that aired on Saturday Night Live on April 8, 2000. 



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Richmond radio host Jeff Katz shares a note that his daughter won't ever read, but will surely impact your life for the better.



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October 18, 2019 40 min

David Crockett was a legend in his own lifetime. His real life rise from backwoodsman to Congressman and his extraordinary adventures were heroic and quintessentially American. Dr. Roger McGrath, author of “Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes” tells us the real story of Davy Crockett.



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We bring you several stories from Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy:” air conditioning, the elevator brake, and the barcode.



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October 18, 2019 21 min

When Tennessee officials told Doug and Mary Ketchum they couldn't run their liquor store in Memphis, they took it to the Supreme Court... and won. All thanks to the Institute for Justice.



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Bill Austin, the billionaire that personally fits clients with hearing aids, talks about the innovations that his company Starkey has made to make people's lives better.



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Why didn’t this Founding Father identify himself in some of his writing? This is the first feature of our series on anonymous speech.



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October 15, 2019 40 min

The word “puritan” has widely become a pejorative—it’s used as an adjective instead of a noun in today’s American lexicon. Our knowledge of the Puritans has been distilled to us through popular culture's fictional and highly critical writings such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Miller's The Crucible. But who really were the Puritans? A big thank you to Media Grat... Read more

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Mark Horvath is the founder of Invisible People. Armed with a digital camera and a smartphone, Mark lets homeless people talk about their own experiences. Today Mark is speaking with Michael and Danielle, who, along with their family of six children ... Read more

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9/11 firefighter Niels Jorgensen and billionaire David Koch, and the tragedies that brought them together.



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October 9, 2019 29 min

America is great because of the men that make it up. And America won the Second World War because of men like “Fearless Freddie" Warder. A big hat-tip to Dang Linn Productions for allowing us access to their one-of-a-kind interviews from their recent documentary, Fearless Freddie. Check it out!



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Nicholas Smith, the author of "Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers," tells the story of sneakers, and with it, a big slice of American culture and sports in the 20th Century.



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Civil liberties warrior Harvey Silverglate brings us the David vs. Goliath story of Edward Joseph Morissette.



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Ford's Theater re-enactor Mike Robinson tells the full unknown story through the eyes of AC Richards, Washington's Superintendent of Police. ​



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October 9, 2019 19 min

Separating the man from the myth and fact from fiction, Professor W. Bernard Shaw reveals the true nature of a man who started with nothing, and changed the world forever.



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For our Rule of Law series, civil liberties warrior Harvey Silverglate on the government’s illegal bribing of witnesses.



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