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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May 12, 2021 51 min

On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Matt Parker, a comedian and mathematician from Australia, who tells the story of the time Michael Larson was shockingly good at the game show "Press Your Luck," and gives a look into why computers can’t be random; also, Dr. John Degarmo, founder of the Foster Care Institute, shares some of the joys and the heartaches of being a foster parent; and finally, Rog...

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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Mark McCray, author of The Best Saturday's of Our Lives, tells us the story of Saturday morning cartoons and what happened to them; also, Chris Siriano tells us about an American man in a glass coffin along the shores of Lake Michigan; and finally, Casey Brogan shares his story of his battle with addiction and his journey towards sobriety.

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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jim Keyes, the former CEO of BlockBuster, tells us the story of Blockbuster during its final days; also, the author of The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat, Dustin Black, tells the story of this often speculated household name; and finally,  Ray Bubba Sorensen tells us about the painted rocks depicting local military hero...

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On the episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Ronald Mason, a WWII pilot with a heck of a story; also, the story of Adam Davis and Adam John who have been using table-top games as a therapy tool; and finally, Bill Bryk makes the familiar fascinating and  briefly recounts how New York City became the city it is today, as well as his love for its past. 

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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you the story of one out of over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, that has changed the game forever, Richard's Rainwater, and the man behind it all, Richard Heinichen; also, Jon Elfner brings us the story of Ford's 100th anniversary celebration and its new supercar built to showcase its heritage and future through the eyes of industry legends Neil...

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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Steve Stoliar who tells about his years as Groucho Marx's secretary and historian; also, Duncan Scott tells us his story of pranking the New Mexico State Legislature; and finally, David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly, shares his story of how he lost his beans, but kept his soul.

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On this week's episode, we bring you the story of when Tim and Deb Hennessy received a miraculous surprise when they visited a local grocery during the February 2021 deep freeze in Texas; also, Tom Acitelli, author of "Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World" tells the story of how an experimental drink in the Austrian Empire became America's favorite drink; and finally, Fomer CEO of 7-11, Jim Keyes, tells ...

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On this week’s episode, we hear from Drew Newman, the great grandson of the founder of JC Newman Cigars, who brings us the tale of his family’s American Dream story; Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medicial Museum tells the story of patent medcine, which didn't do much except line the pockets of their creators; and Heidi Viars shares about how her life changed when she began showing some neighborly kindness to an old retired cop...

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On this episode, we bring you the story General George Washington and his experiences at Trenton and Princeton. Also, we bring you Damon Cox, a young man who was a body builder and paid his way through college… by playing video games, and the story of how investor and business owner Fawn Weaver fell in love with a story that involves a former slave and Jack Daniel.

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Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick on college friendships that would impact the rest of his life.

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In a very modern fashion, Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years. Through that process, he manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. 

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February 24, 2021 17 min

Johnny Baier, Executive Director of the Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, takes us through the history of the Banjo starting from the beginning until today.

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In 2000, a poll was conducted by ABC Sports recognizing the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century. The winner was not Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Michael Jordan—but a man today many have never heard of: an Indian from Oklahoma named Jim Thorpe.

Here to tell the story is Sally Jenkins, author of the national bestseller, The Real All Americans, and Steve Sheinkin, author of, Undefeated: ...

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Colin Bettles found his passion for wings in upstate New York and took it with him all the way to Sydney, Australia...even attempting to sell them in his fish and chip shop. 

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Meet Sargent William Lenard, a man who joined the Marines to get his life together, and when coming home, had to put it back together all over again.

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Historian John Steele Gordon tells the story of how the telegraph went from Samuel Morse to winning WWI and how one man spearheaded the effort to connect America to Great Britain and, in doing so, the rest of the world. 

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Ben Berman 2nd year grad student in Philadelphia made the most of his time while staying at home during the pandemic. 

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February 16, 2021 12 min

Barry Levenson went from arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court to having the world's largest collection of mustard....and writing a few books about the stuff as well. 

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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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On this episode of the Our American Stories Podcast, Dr. Jean Stuntz from West Texas A&M University gives us some history on what it was like before women could own property or make any money of their own. Also, History professor Mark Cheathem tells us why Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot had to be removed from his funeral. Finally, Tom Clavin shares some great stories of Joltin' Joe, Dom, and Vince from his book, The DiMaggios:...

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