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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September 16, 2020 20 min

Leslie Leyland Fields is an author and speaker living in Alaska. In this story she shares what it was like when their small fishing town got their first telephone.

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The fascinating subject of 14-year-old Max Grinstein's winning paper at the National History Day competition!

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Dr. John Marszalek and Eddie Rangel of the Grant Presidential Library tell the story about how Grant went from selling firewood on a street corner, to leading the US Army to victory in the Civil War.

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In this "Rule of Law" Story, James King and his lawyer Patrick Jaicomo from the Institute for Justice tell the story of a extreme case of mistaken identity that led them down a long road to achieve justice.

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Sean Pica’s extraordinary redemption story.

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Jim Johnson wowed our listeners back in December with his story, “Everett's Last Christmas Carol.” We asked if had another story to share with our listeners.

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Meet Rob Mitchell, a man who was abandoned by his mother, grew up in an orphanage, and would become one of the most successful financial advisors in the country. Join us for this incredible life story of grit, perseverance, hope, and healing.

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A bright young boy is raised in a community just outside of Montgomery, AL: Madison Park. This was the first community in the South of former slaves coming together and buying a plantation. From adoption to  Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, his has been "an odyssey of gratitude and grace."

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The story of Father Vincent Capodanno, whose love and heroism in the Vietnam War led to his death and a perpetual impact on the Marines he served.

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Oliver Halle shares some stories while he was in the Navy during the Vietnam War and also about his family (who resisted the Nazis and fled to America) secret that would forever change his life. The Veteran’s History Project at the Atlanta History Center provides unedited first-person interviews from men and women who served our great country.

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As a young woman seemingly trapped in the commercial sex industry, Harmony Dust Grillo's struggle continued until a new friendship led to a change in her life.

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This is the story of how Levi Strauss got his American Dream stitched into a pair of blue jeans—the fabric of freedom. Here to tell this story is Lynn Downey. Lynn was the first in-house historian for Levi Strauss & Co. and is the author of the wonderfully readable biography, Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World.

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Kent Nurburn, author of Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, shares two stories about what it means to be strong.

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Craig Sumner worked at NASA from the time of the Apollo missions to the days of the space shuttle missions; he worked with Wernher von Braun and helped design the Lunar Rover. This is his story.

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And other landowners were trapped for 2 decades. The story of North Carolina's unconstitutional MAP Act.

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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

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Sue Thomas became the first deaf person to work as an undercover specialist doing lip-reading of suspects for an elite surveillance team at the FBI. Her story became the basis for the TV series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. She's here to share her more unbelievable story, the one that Hollywood wouldn't touch!

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John Wooden compiled the greatest legacy of any coach in history. How he defined success was unique and central to his philosophy. This story is told by Coach Wooden himself, his family, friends, and players. 

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July 17, 2020 19 min

Richie Jordan is a long-celebrated name in Michigan and in basketball… hear this amazing story of the 5’7” athlete with a 38 inch standing vertical leap! To see him in action, look on Amazon Prime for “Jordanville: The Story of a Big Time Small Town Legend” by Anne Colton and John Mooy.

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July 17, 2020 36 min

In our latest Relationship Story Hour from Communio features Chris and La Cresha. After an instance of infidelity, Chris was looking to call it quits... but that's not where the story ends.

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