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

July 28, 2021 47 min
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joshua Texidor moved to Nashville and worked hard to find what he enjoys AND what he's good at; also, Anne Claire tells the story of the Battle of Midway, America's "make or break" moment in World War II; and finally, Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. Support the s...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Randall Haley reminisces about the yearly Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi; also, Dr. Adam Carrington of Hillsdale College tells the story of The Alien and Sedition Acts, some one of America's most controversial laws ever passed; and finally, Joe Klimchak tells the story of how his MLB dream came to be and the lengths to which he went to make them happen. Suppor...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Chad Schumacher, tells the story of when a family health scare turned their life upside-down and shaped his and his wife's career for the next decade; also, Jackson McQigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle chase locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...a story which goes much deeper than just that; and finally Hugh Eastwood and Bevis Schock, civil...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Dick Erickson, a Marine helicopter pilot, tells about his time serving in Vietnam; also, Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl at the age of 13, and why, more than 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroes; and finally, Margie Siegal, author of Harley-Davidson: A History of the World’s Mo...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jay Moore shares his family's tale of loss, discovery, and selflessness that will tug on your heartstrings while reinforcing the importance of inter-generational relationships; also, Dr. Mary Stockwell, author of Unlikely General, Mad Anthony Wayne And The Battle For America,  tells the story of one of history's most interesting leaders...who wasn't actually all that ...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you stories about outstanding fathers and fathers who don't make the grade. Leslie Leyland Fields tells us about the heart-breaking relationship between her and her father. And it's not what you'd expect; Taylor Brown shares the eulogy he wrote in Garden and Gun for his biker dad; and Peter Mutabazi, a man who ran away from his abusive father in Africa, got a...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Edie Hand tells us the story of the her brothers, the Blackburn boys, and the tragedy that struck not once, but three times; also, Author Richard Rhodes shares the amazing story of Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr; and finally, Marc Barrios tells his story of going from a Cuban refugee to leaving his mark on the American Advertising Industry. Support the show...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories Podcast, (2:59) Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime; also, (21:27) Professor Susan Brownell shares the story of how the Olympics ended up in St. Louis and the infamous marathon event; and finally, (38:43) Tony Maglica tells his story of how he started with nothing when he came back to Am...
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On this Memorial Day, we at Our American Stories we want you to bring Paul Monti, who drives his son Jared's truck, an act which inspired the hit country song "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice...but the story is much more than that of a song.Here's the story of Jared Monti, a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow soldier in the mountains of Afghanistan. To find out more about Paul'...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jason Wolfe tells the story of how his father left his family at the age of 6 and his journey of becoming the father that he never had himself; also, Emma McCormick was told she could work remotely... so she decided to buy a sailboat and go to Florida; finally, Richard McCann and Bill Duggan tell the story of how from the 17th to 19th centuries, Catholics were some of the most pe...
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On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of the street dog turned soldier turned mascot; also, Christopher Klein tells the  story of how Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph to help win the Civil War; and finally, former KSNF Channel 16 Weatherman Jerimiah Cook and reporter Gretchen Bolander tell the story of love, and loss, in Joplin after th...
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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. Support the show (https://www.ourame...
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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.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) ...
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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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad...
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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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn...
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