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Feb
8
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Lex Ginger was told from a young age that she probably would never be able to have children. So, she was extremely shocked when she got pregnant immediately when she and her husband began trying. Some questioned her decision to celebrate this pregnancy that had only a 50% chance of survival... Here she is with her incredible story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
8
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Clare tells the story of a nurse who served in the Philippines during World War II, and shares the experience that she and others like her went through after the Japanese invasion there. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
8
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Henry Steinway's story is about resiliency and the search for freedom. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
7
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, as mysterious as it is sacred, the Code is an unwritten set of rules—the bible of hockey sportsmanship, if you will—that has been handed down from generation to generation. Ross Bernstein, author of The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL, spent two years researching this story and is here to share it with you. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
7
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Bryk tells the story of America's first practical politician, Aaron Burr, in a tale of skill, bravery, honor, deception, and memory. Burr was so much more than the man who shot Alexander Hamilton. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
7
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
7
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, he wasn't an NBA star: He was a sneaker salesman that helped popularize the sport of basketball, and the sneakers that now bear his name. This is his story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Will Rogers' famous quotes ring as true today as they did in the Great Depression. "Congress opens with a prayer and ends with an investigation", "make crime pay...become a lawyer", "the only difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets". Here to tell the story of the man is Tad Jones, the director of the Will Rogers Memorial and audio from Lux Radio Theatre. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, while working for Dick Cavett, Steve Stoliar met not one but two of Hollywood’s greatest dance legends. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet the woman the Gestapo once considered "the most dangerous of all Allied spies." Judy Pearson tells the tale of a woman whose bravery was greater than the collapsing world around her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Peter Mutabazi was born on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. He escaped an abusive father by running away to the capital of Uganda, Kampala, where he lived on the streets for 4 years and never slept more than 2 hours... until one day he met a stranger that would change his life forever. For more of Peter's story visit. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of the iron lung, a device used to keep people with advanced polio alive in the first half of the 20th century. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, take a listen to The History Guy as he tells the history of the Bible. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1898, the chemical element that glows in the dark was discovered. Years later, young women began working in radium factories, which was viewed as a very glamorous, upscale job. Kate Moore, author of “Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women”, shares the story of these women. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Muniz tells the story of Toby Madrid and his experience of partaking in the testing of an atomic bomb in Nevada. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, right below the Great Smoky Mountains you will find the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Andrea Ludden, daughter of the original collector, shares the story of how this amazing collection came to be a museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jim O'Brien describes Pittsburgh Steelers' founding owner Art Rooney, Sr. as "the grandfather he needed." Rooney taught O'Brien the importance of always attending the funeral, whether of a friend or an acquaintance. Jim tells the incredible story of what Art Rooney, Sr. did for a man he barely even know while they were both in the middle of deep grief. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, more than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. Our guest David Maraniss (author of "When Pride Still Mattered"), captures all of Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
1
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, growing up in small-town Mississippi, all Donna Martin wanted to do was move to a big city and become a famous actress. When the opportunity arose to move to California for the summer, she didn't hesitate. Only one problem... there aren't many acting opportunities in Yosemite National Park. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
1
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, after the United States pulled out of Vietnam, their allies in Indochina were all alone. Faced with the prospect of slavery, torture, and death at the hands of the Communists they fought against, many asked to be resettled in the United States. Robert Ray, the governor of Iowa, stepped up. 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
1
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, while he didn't have a job offer or even the skills for the job, Joe Klimchak was inspired by a Pirates legend to pursue his MLB career dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb
1
2023
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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
31
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
31
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, to some they were heroes stealing from banks that had foreclosed on them during the Great Depression. To others, they were outlaws and murderers... but when the Barrow gang rolled into the small town of Dexter, Iowa, they were initially strangers. It didn't take long before they were found out though. Rod Stanley of the Dexter Museum tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
31
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tracy Grant is the Managing Editor at The Washington Post. She is also the author of the essay that appeared in The Washington Post, “I was my husband’s caregiver as he was dying of cancer. It was the best seven months of my life.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
31
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Emerich Juettner was an upstanding citizen... for most of his life. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
30
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard “Dick” Bong was a hero in an era of heroes. Here’s the History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
30
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Fawn Weaver grew up the daughter of Motown Record royalty, Frank Wilson, but her parentage is only the beginning. From growing up, moving out young, and starting several business, she's learned lessons about equality, fitting in, fear, and much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
30
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, this is a story about one of the biggest scandals in college basketball history—along with one of its biggest turnarounds.  Here to tell the story is former Baylor Basketball player Matt Sayman, author of The Leftovers: Baylor, Betrayal, and Beyond. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
27
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, there are over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, but one of them has changed the game forever, Richard Heinichen's company, Richard's Rainwater. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
27
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
27
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet Ron Brown, a man who grew up in a rough area of Chicago, was practically abandoned by his father, and would mend their relationship later on in life. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
27
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, this story was made into a 2014 motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. While some of the most remarkable parts of Zamperini’s story were left out of the film, you will be hearing them told now by the man himself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
26
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, in July 1945, a U.S. B-25 Mitchell got lost in heavy fog over Manhattan. Here’s The History Guy remembering the B-25 Empire State Building Crash. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
26
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, after Diablos Southwest Grill was broken into owner Carl Wallace made a Facebook post with a job offer for the perpetrator. To Carl’s surprise, the post quickly went viral, bringing international attention to their store. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
26
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, King Solomon was a gravedigger who may have saved the town of Lexington during the Cholera epidemic of 1833. Kentucky journalist Sam Terry tells the story of the man they called “King Solomon.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
26
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, some believe he was the most important composer of the 20th century, in or out of jazz. Terry Teachout, one of America's best culture writers and author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, tells the story of the jazz legend, his music, his struggles, his triumphs and so much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
25
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Brooklyn Bridge, with its unprecedented length and two stately towers, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. Here's The History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
25
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, escaping the horrors of World War II in Croatia, Tony Maglica's flashlights are proudly made in America—and his dreams were too. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
25
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the story of Marc Barrios, a cuban refugee would make his mark on the American Advertising Industry Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
25
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Winston Churchill is the only Englishman to be honored by having a United States Navy Ship named after him. He was also half American via his mother's side. English historian Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny, tells the story of this remarkable leader.   Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
24
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn and What Its Like To Go To War, tells the story of how he received his medals in Vietnam and how he grappled with them, when so many had done more and gotten less than him. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
24
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, teacher, organist, choir director, and World War II history buff Anne Clare tells the story of how World War II impacted a small Navy town on the West Coast. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
24
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, few people are aware that John Moses Browning—a tall, modest man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West-- invented the mechanism used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns introduced in World War I which dominated air and land battles in World War II. Nathan Gorenstein (author of The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World) is here to tell the story of this little-known American legend whose impact on history ranks with that of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
24
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson, the author of Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffiling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, it’s time for another “Hollywood Goes to War” story from Roger McGrath. Tim McCoy was a major film star most noted for his roles in Western films. He was so popular with youngsters as a cowboy star that he appeared on the cover of Wheaties cereal boxes. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy shares the story about an escape attempt in the infamous Alcatraz Federal penitentiary in San Francisco, California, that led to a standoff. The penitentiary the inmates called "the Rock,” was supposed to be escape-proof, but that did not keep some prisoners from trying.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of patent medicine, which didn't do much except line the pockets of their creators. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Leven was President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business. He is also what you would call a “wise man.” Here’s Mike telling the story about how he—a Jew—started the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
23
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, we have another story from our regular listener/contributor Roger Latham, from Fort Worth, Texas. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
20
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, since being released in 1983, Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel The Outsiders has found continued popularity and has achieved official cult status. And now, in what is surely one of the most interesting pop culture intersections of all time, hip-hop artist Danny Boy O’Connor from the rap group House of Pain—best known for their iconic 1992 anthem “Jump Around”—purchased the Tulsa, Oklahoma home where much of The Outsiders film was shot. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
20
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul moved our listeners with his story “Wilber and the Empty Nester” and “A Baby Boomer’s Battle with Insanity and Fitness.” Here he is with a story simply titled: “Moose Prayer.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
20
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, on April 9, 1865, at the Appomattox County Court House, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. So much has been said about this legendary General in between the years of 1861 to 1865, yet very little is known about this major American historical figure after his surrender? Here to tell the story is Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger, Matt Atkinson. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
19
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
19
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brad Server grew up watching the Three Stooges on TV not knowing he was related to one of the greatest comics of all time. Every day after school, Brad, his brother, and their friends would pile in front of the television to watch their idol, Curly. Then one day, the secret about their unknown grandfather was unveiled. Brad Server (aka “Curly G”) is here to tell his story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
19
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
19
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, how did Indiana get its nickname as “The Hoosier State”? And how did people from Indiana come to be called “Hoosiers”? Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
18
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jim Johnson wowed our listeners back in December with his story, “Everett's Last Christmas Carol.” We asked if had another story to share. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
18
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, in Kevin Samy's father's village in India, they actually had to call in a person from another village to teach their children to read. Their chalkboard was the dirt floor of the building they learned in. He'd eventually move to the United States and become an engineer. Kevin Samy shares his family's remarkable American dream story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
18
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
17
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bruce may be Chinese-born, but as you are about to hear, he’s all American. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
17
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers rubles, cola and a kitchen that changed history. It is a forgotten moment during the Cold War that deserves to be remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
17
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, despite being generally liked by the fraternity he was rushing, some parents of the boys expressed their dismay at Eric's wanting to join the group. His would-be fraternity brothers put their enjoyment and reputations on the line to fight the unjustified hate. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
17
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1948, Richard Wurmbrand publicly stated Communism and Christianity were incompatible. As a result, he was imprisoned and tortured by the Communist régime of Romania. After serving a total of fourteen years, he and his wife Sabina—who had also been imprisoned— were ransomed for $10,000 and immigrated to America. Richard Wurmbrand founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs  and spoke throughout the United States. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
17
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
16
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, As part of our rule of law series, P.J. Hill, rancher and co-author of “The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier,” explains the misunderstanding behind the American West. Find his book here (https://www.amazon.com/Not-So-Wild-West-Economics/dp/0804748543) Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
16
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn about "The Back Story" of Jersey Mike's Subs, with founder Peter Cancro and his remarkable journey. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
16
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Lincoln was asked on a questionaire to describe his education he only wrote one word: defective. That didn't stop him from becoming one of the premiere thinkers of his time however. David Kent, author of Lincoln Lincoln: The Fire of Genius, tells the story of how Lincoln overcame poverty and rural isolation to reach those heights.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
16
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Muniz tells a story that one of his friends told him on a coffee incident that took place on the USS Enterpise. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
13
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, it was never supposed to be them...but through an extraordinary chain of events, Lt. Bill Owen's crew managed to become the first B-17 crew to drop bombs in the heart of the Third Reich. John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells the story as his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17, told it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
13
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the NFL team in Buffalo, New York, was named after him. But if you caught Paul Newman’s Cody in Robert Altman’s 1976 film, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, you might think Cody was a drunk, a coward, a liar and a con man. Here to tell the real story is Roger McGrath. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
13
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, seen through the eyes of four generations of a firefighter family, Five Floors Up the story of the modern New York City Fire Department. From the days just after the horse-drawn firetruck, to the devastation of the 1970s when the Bronx was Burning, to the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11, to the culture-busting department of today, a Feehan has worn the shoulder patch of the FDNY. Here's Five Floors Up author, Brian McDonald with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
12
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, many people know John Smith as the man who was saved by Pocahontas. But what you may not know is that he led a life full of adventure. Here to tell the story is Juliana Rogers, author of Captain John Smith: American Hero. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
12
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Francis “Frank” Scott Key was not someone you would have picked to write our national anthem… but he did and right after one of America’s great military victories. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
12
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Josh and Lauren Manning needed a grand change in life...and they found the opportunity at Noel Community Baptist Church in Noel, Missouri...where and influx of immigrants and refugees necessitated a lot of adaptation, understanding, and a few translators in the church. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
11
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, it was never supposed to be them...but through an extraordinary chain of events, Lt. Bill Owen's crew managed to become the first B-17 crew to drop bombs in the heart of the Third Reich. John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells the story as his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17, told it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
11
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the NFL team in Buffalo, New York, was named after him. But if you caught Paul Newman’s Cody in Robert Altman’s 1976 film, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, you might think Cody was a drunk, a coward, a liar and a con man. Here to tell the real story is Roger McGrath. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
11
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, seen through the eyes of four generations of a firefighter family, Five Floors Up the story of the modern New York City Fire Department. From the days just after the horse-drawn fire truck, to the devastation of the 1970s when the Bronx was Burning, to the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11, to the culture-busting department of today, a Feehan has worn the shoulder patch of the FDNY. Here's Five Floors Up author, Brian McDonald with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
10
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, for Chad and Jess Schumacher, life seemed to be going really well and as "according to plan" as life could... and then life took a number of sharp and unexpected turns. What resulted shaped their family and career for the next decade. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
10
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, During the Revolutionary War Esther Reed decided the Patriot troops needed a morale boost. Reed, along with other Patriot Women began a campaign to raise money for the cause. When she brought her idea to General Washington, he had another idea of what she should do with the money.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
10
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dustin Tomlinson tells the story of how he discovered arm wrestling and decided to take his skill off of the hood of a truck and into the competative arena. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
10
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Lee Habeeb tells the story of how "Georgia On My Mind" came to be, and how it became a song the world would come to know and love. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
10
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Lowell Lytle has been one of the privileged few who has seen Titanic first-hand. Lowell has played the part of Captain Smith at Titanic events all over the globe and has been entertaining guests at the Titanic Museum for more than fifteen years. He is also the author of the inspiring read, Diving Into The Deep. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
9
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, barcodes, on most products properly called a UPC, or “Universal Product Code,” are a necessity for everyday life. Here’s the History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
9
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
9
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
9
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, murder and mayhem ran unchecked in the town of Yankee Hill....things were a mess, and they needed a real life good guy to save them.  Thankfully, Willie Kennard was that man. Richard Muniz tells the story of Colorado's first black lawman. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
9
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, PEZ had great success where it was invented, but changed its course drastically after initially failing in America. Shawn Peterson shares the story of how this manual candy dispenser came to be. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, George Washington is remembered in our history books, our nation's capital, and the values Americans still esteem today. He can often seem more marble than mortal. Woody Holton brings us the story of Washington wasn't always the man we celebrate today... as well as how he became the hero we know him as. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of the iron lung, a device used to keep people with advanced polio alive in the first half of the 20th century. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, grabbing a basket while grocery shopping may seem second nature today, but the idea was once groundbreaking. And that was far from the only thing that changed when Piggly Wiggly—the first modern American supermarket—opened over 100 years ago. Mike Freeman is the author of Clarence Saunders & the Founding of Piggly Wiggly: The Rise and Fall of a Memphis Maverick. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tom Zoellner purchased a diamond engagement ring and proposed. His girlfriend said, "yes" and then, suddenly, walked out of his life making Tom the owner of a used engagement ring. Instead of hitting the self-help shelves of his local bookstore, he hit the road to discover the true worth of this shining gem and then wrote The Heartless Stone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
6
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, our audience loved Kristin O'Donnell Tubb’s wonderful story from her historical fiction book, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy. So we asked if she would share another story with us. Here she is telling the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
5
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mark McCray is the author of The Best Saturday’s of Our Lives. He’s here to tell us the story of Saturday Morning Cartoons… and answer the all-important question: What happened to them? Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
5
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Bohlender family has 10 children, 6 of which are adopted. Take a listen to hear their stories of adoption and how they came to found the adoption agency Zoe’s House.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
5
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, our next story comes from our regular contributor, Christopher Klein. Klein is the author of four books and is a frequent contributor to the History Channel. He’s here to share a story of an unknown Civil War hero. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
5
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thomas Weller, also known as 'The San Diego Highwayman' shares the story of why he dedicated his time to helping people on the side of the road.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
5
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
4
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Marilyn Jensen tells the harrowing story of when her father went on a supply run amidst a German bombing.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
4
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the idea of a lawn is very old, but it took a key technology to make lawns very common. Here’s “The History Guy” with the story of lawn care.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
4
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Busbee of The Culture Buzz on KFMG 98.9 tells the story of the remarkable sacrifice made by one family in Iowa during the Civil War.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
4
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, today, we don't think twice about pulling up at a drive-thru and grabbing a quick meal. But this idea was once unheard of. Adam Chandler, author of Drive-Thru Dreams, brings us the story of fast food in our country and how it became a part of every day American life. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
4
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, this is the story of how one childless married couple of 13 years became a family of 9, literally, overnight. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Feinstein is a sportswriter of 42 books, 23 of them New York Times bestsellers. His first book, A Season on the Brink (about Indiana coach Bobby Knight), is the bestselling sports book of all time. He is also the friend of Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski (also known as “Coach K”). John is here to tell the story of how Coach K’s five national titles at Duke as well as three consecutive gold medals as the head coach of the men’s U.S. Olympic basketball team almost never happened. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, we’ve all heard of gunslingers “Wild” Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, and Billy The Kid. These three quick-draw legends got nothing on Bob Munden. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Air Force Captain and Air Force OSI Special Agent Vince Benedetto shares his story of going to a school to teach students about why we honor our veterans. But to understand why, we have to understand who made our country possible in the first place.... Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
3
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, because of the devastating nature of the attack, the U.S. government chose to keep the details of this attack hushed. Grove City College PoliSci professor Paul Kengor brings us the details through the eyes of Sergeant Frank Bryer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, oftentimes when the topic of professional wrestling (think Hulk Hogan) comes up, it’s almost guaranteed that someone will scoff and say that it’s “fake.” Here’s Riley Evans, sports writer and CEO of RealPodcasting.com, to tell the real story about professional wrestling. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the life of the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Rudyard Kipling, was filled with tragedy. He survived a difficult childhood to go on to become one of the most celebrated authors of his day, penning such classics as "The Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories.” Here’s The History Guy with the story of Rudyard Kipling. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, the remarkable story of Arizona State University and its President Michael Crow. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan
2
2023
On this episode of Our American Stories, Duncan Scott tells us his story of pranking the New Mexico State Legislature. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Margie Siegal was a teenager, she had a boyfriend with a motorcycle. The boyfriend was forgettable—the motorcycle wasn’t. Since that time, she has written about motorcycle history and is the author of Harley-Davidson: A History of the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle. Here she is with the story of Harley-Davidson. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Pinball is an iconic American game. But how did it reach its iconic status? How did pinball develop? Listen to Jeremy Saucier of the Strong Museum of Play as he shares the long, and surprising, history of pinball--from its origins in French parlor games, to its prohibition, and then to its emergence as the immersive and popular game that it is today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when it comes to the various bits of infrastructure that help keep us safe while we drive, most likely the greatest cost-and-simplicity to benefit ratio has to be painted lane lines on roads. For more stories of forgotten history, please subscribe to The History Guy's YouTube Channel, The History Guy: History Deserves to be Remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bruce Wigo—the former CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame—is here to share a story of an unknown American WWII war hero. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, just days before his death, on January 8, 1988, 40-year-old “Pistol” Pete Maravich spoke to guests who gathered near the poolside of Jimmie Walker’s house—an NBA All-Star. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, you’ve heard Christopher Klein tell the story of “How Johnny Carson Saved Twister” and how Mark Twain helped Ulysses S. Grant complete his memoir that saved his wife from destitution. Here’s Chris with the story of how Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph to help win the Civil War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, from the modernization of medicine to the development of our country’s road systems, the bicycle has had a major impact on American life. Though its rise occurred in the nineteenth century, cycling is still something that’s very popular in our country today. Margaret Guroff, author of “The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life”, brings us the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Adams is the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. The John Adams story you are about to hear was given by David McCullough at The John Adams Institute in the Netherlands. The Institutes’ name commemorates the man who was the first American emissary to the Netherlands in 1780. We’d like give a heartfelt “thank you” to The John Adams Institute and their podcast, “Bright Minds” for allowing us to share this story with our listeners. Here’s David McCullough with the story of John Adams. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy unpacks the largely forgotten saga of the Bonapartes who came to America. The story illustrates the pretensions and complexity of Napoleon's attempts to create a lasting dynasty. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Canada is an independent nation—and not part of the United States—most likely, because of smallpox. Here to tell the story is the President of Amerisearch, William Federer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, as a 20-year-old soldier in Vietnam, Jon Hovde’s armored personnel carrier he was driving was hit an antitank mine. He made three promises to God if He let him live. Linda from Jon’s hometown of Fertile, MN, is here to tell the story.Go HERE read more about Fertile, MN, and their entry in Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” series. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of her old upright piano that was passed down to her from her mother. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s Rich Wingo with the story of how his time under Coach Bryant and with the Green Bay Packers transformed his life. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers a desperate attempt to rescue soldiers besieged by Apache Indians which results in the first Medal of Honor by date of action, and starts the Apache War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s history geek Christopher Klein to tell the story of how Johnny Carson saved Twister. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, a legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze has reshaped how service and hospitality are defined in business—standards that have become world famous. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of the luxury hotel chain, The Ritz Carlton in 1983. Here's Horst with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. David Jeremiah looks in detail at the people and events that surround the Christmas story and why each of them was chosen for their specific purpose in his book-turned docudrama Why the Nativity? Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the crew of Apollo 8 and Steve Kates tell the story of their Christmas time mission to the moon--and the reading of Genesis over it's surface. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here's Roger Latham from Fort Worth, Texas, telling us a Christmas story he’s titled, “The Real Santa.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. By the time it was established as a federal holiday—on June 26, 1870—the ways they chose to celebrate Christmas would almost be completely foreign to what we practice today. Here’s Greg Hengler with the real story of our cherished Christmas holiday. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here to settle this question once and for all is Stephen Follows. Stephen is an established data researcher in the film industry and wrote the widely circulated answer to this hotly debated question on his website, StephenFollows.com. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, popular YouTube historian "The History Guy" shares stories from across the decades. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, for nearly 60 years, Hess trucks have brought smiles to children, and adults, up and down the East Coast. They were an energy entrepreneurs gift to children that he wished he could have gotten growing up. Hear the story from both a Hess Toy Truck Director, Justin Mayer, and a superfan, Mike Roberto. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Kent was just 9 years old, he had a very special experience that, many years later, he can’t seem to shake. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jonathan Mattox is co-chairman of The Christmas Store, founded in 1975. Jonathan tells us about this annual event that gives toys to families in need during Christmas. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, once arriving back home from a mission trip, Ashley Freeman realized service work could be done right in her own community. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ace Collins is the author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. Collins is an ace at song history, and he’s here to introduce you to people you’ve never met, stories you’ve never heard, and meanings you’d never have imagined. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our next storyteller has the privilege of being in one of the most beloved movies of all time—while, at the same time, and from the same movie—also has one of the most famous lines in movie history. Her story is as Wonderful as both of these accomplishments. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this is the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a war-torn Soviet-blockaded Berlin following WWII. As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, an idea sprang: He would bomb Berlin with candy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it is called the first “American” Christmas because the Declaration of Independence was created the previous summer, essentially “divorcing” America from England and declaring our country an independent nation. Here’s Brian Benjamin sharing the story from his book, Christmas, 1776. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it’s hard to believe that something wonderful could come out of a family’s house, filled with presents, decorations, food, and memories, being completely blown away by a tornado just days before Christmas. But once you hear this story from Carla Harris, you just might be convinced otherwise. Here’s Carla with her story of “the perfect Christmas”. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Larry Arnn tells the story of how George Washington turned the tides of war in favor of the US at Trenton and Princeton. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Leslie Leyland Fields, who’s been on our show before joins us with another great story. Today, Leslie shares with us a story she’s entitled “The Miracle of Sir Nick”.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jim Johnson finds peculiar friends wherever he goes. This story is about one such friend, Everett Motl. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The Salvation Army's Christmas Red Kettle has been an American icon for 125 years. But for many Americans, this is all they know about the Salvation Army… until now. We’d like to thank the folks at Vision Video for giving us access to their wonderful documentary, Our People: The Story of William and Catherine Booth. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Comedian Leland Klassen is here to share stories from his Christmas past. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jennifer Yuengling is one of the four 6th generation sisters who are carrying on their great-great-great grandfather's legacy in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and across 26 states. She shares about working with family, the secret to the company's success, and a whole lot more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, following the Charles Manson murders, Manson's lead henchman, Tex Watson, stayed in Los Angeles for almost two months before fleeing to Texas where he was arrested. But it’s those two months following the Manson murders, where this story from our listener (Patty Kingsbaker) picks up. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Rikk Dunlap has always been a writer, and writing has even become a way for him to come to grips with tragedy. He never dreamed, though, that his work would be a regular feature on the biggest holiday movie channel around. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Judith Pierson tells us the story of Navy corpsman Estel Myers and his story of survival in the WWII's Pacific theater. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our next story comes from our regular contributor, Christopher Klein. Klein is the author of four books and is a frequent contributor to the History Channel. 26-year-old actor, John Wilkes Booth, was killed just 12 days after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Here’s Christopher Klein with the story of how the city of Boston embraced the Booth brothers. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, a legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze has reshaped how service and hospitality are defined in business—standards that have become world famous. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of the luxury hotel chain, The Ritz Carlton in 1983. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire tells the story of the Battle of Midway, America's "make or break" moment in World War II. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, mere weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an all important stop to the United States to visit with President Roosevelt and to address Congress about the path before them.   Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1968, the 19-year-old Frank Olivo was dressed as Santa Claus at an Eagles’ football game where he was booed and pelted with snowballs. Here to tell the story is Frank’s first-cousin and best friend, Richard Monastra. Here’s Rich starting with a little background on both him and “Snowball Santa,” Frank Olivo. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the CSS Hunley's sinking of the Housatonic was only a partial success, but represents the first time a submarine managed to sink an enemy vessel...and it happened in Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jim Johnson’s heart-moving story, “Everett's Last Christmas Carol,” needed a follow up. Here he is again, Jim Johnson with the Christmas tree story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jonathan Mattox is co-chairman of The Christmas Store, founded in 1975. Jonathan tells us about this annual event that gives out toys to families in need during Christmas. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punchline; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's "Car Talk" declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The Salvation Army's Christmas Red Kettle has been an American icon for 125 years. But for many Americans, this is all they know about the Salvation Army… until now. We’d like to thank the folks at Vision Video for giving us access to their wonderful documentary, "Our People: The Story of William and Catherine Booth." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Adams is the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. The John Adams story you are about to hear was given by David McCullough at The John Adams Institute in the Netherlands. The Institutes’ name commemorates the man who was the first American emissary to the Netherlands in 1780. We’d like give a heartfelt “thank you” to The John Adams Institute and their podcast, “Bright Minds” for allowing us to share this story with our listeners. Here’s David McCullough with a short story about our Founding Fathers. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ritz-Carlton co-founder Horst Schulze on one of the few other American companies that’s committed to excellence. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we take a listen to The History Guy as he recalls the forgotten history of Christmas trees. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Phil Anschutz writes in Out Where The West Begins: “Samuel Colt’s life was the American story written in capital letters.” Here to tell the story is Ashley Hlebinsky, the former co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Master of Arms,” the former curator in charge of the Cody Firearms Museum, and president of The Gun Code, LLC. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, dealing with a small budget and with a short deadline, A Charlie Brown Christmas was released to critical acclaim on December 9th, 1965. While audiences loved it, behind the scenes at CBS there were many doubters. Lee Habeeb tells the story of how one of our most beloved Christmas specials came to be. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Confederate's didn't have the industrial might to build their own ships. As a result, cash crops proved king once again-at least for a little while before the Union blockade had their way with ships coming overseas.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 was a triumph. But it was also a fight. As the first Black major leaguer since the 1880s, Jackie Robinson knew he was not going to be welcomed into America’s pastime with open arms. Dr. Gary Scott Smith, author and professor emeritus of history at Grove City College, shares the story of what gave Robinson the "strength for the fight." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tom Clavin shares some great stories of Joltin' Joe, Dom, and Vince from his book, The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers forgotten military history that took place around the Christmas holiday from different time periods and conflicts. This episode is dedicated to those whose service keeps them far from home over the holiday. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, In 1966, an SR-71 "Blackbird" disintegrated at 78,000 feet. The pilot's first thought was "No one could live through what just happened". Therefore, I must be dead." For more stories of forgotten history, please subscribe to his YouTube Channel, The History Guy: History Deserves to be Remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jim Johnson finds peculiar friends wherever he goes. This story is about one such friend, Everett Motl. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on December 7th, 1941, America was attacked by the sovereign nation of Japan in the midst of a war the United States had not entered. On December 8th, the following day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was tasked with giving the country a speech that would take their fear and anger and direct it towards fighting fascism and tyranny in not one, but two fronts. This is the story of that speech.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ace Collins is the author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. Collins is an ace at song history, and he’s here to introduce you to people you’ve never met, stories you’ve never heard, and meanings you’d never have imagined. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here to settle this question once and for all is Stephen Follows. Stephen is an established data researcher in the film industry and wrote the widely circulated answer to this hotly debated question on his website, StephenFollows.com. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here's Roger Latham from Fort Worth, Texas, telling us a Christmas story he’s titled, “The Real Santa.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. By the time it was established as a federal holiday—on June 26, 1870—the ways they chose to celebrate Christmas would almost be completely foreign to what we practice today. Here’s Greg Hengler with the real story of our cherished Christmas holiday. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when you think of cars, you think of Detroit. When you think of steel, you think of Pittsburgh. When you think of airplanes, you should think of Wichita. Here to tell the story of Cessna and Learjet, two companies that made a tremendous impact on the city, is Logan Daugherty and Ben Sauceda of the Kansas Aviation Museum Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy tells of the story during the Battle of St. Vith, Belgium, on 18 December 1944, where one of the most extraordinary David Vs. Goliath tank actions of the war took place between a little American M8 armored car and Hitler's enormous German King Tiger tank. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1984, during a period of Cold War tension, a Soviet submarine collided with a United States aircraft carrier. Here’s The History Guy with the story of the USS Kitty Hawk collision. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s Horst Schulze with a short story about how excellence wins—or the lack of it will cause you and your work environment to lose. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robin Cook is best known for his novel, Coma. The book was published in 1977, and premiered as a movie the next year. Robin is here to share his life story with us, including how Coma came to be… underwater of all places. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, not many teen idols are able to carve a successful career for themselves as they mature, but Frankie Avalon is one of these exceptions. Avalon had 31 charting U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962, including number one hits, "Venus" and "Why" in 1959. Avalon is also well known for his role in the 1970s musical film Grease as Teen Angel, in which he sings "Beauty School Dropout" to Frenchy. He’s recently appeared on American Idol to sing for Simon Cowell on his birthday. Here's Frankie Avalon to tell his story! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, We’ve heard the stories of Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. Today McGrath will be treating us to the story of Hollywood legend, Tyrone Power. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the crew of Apollo 8 and Steve Kates tell the story of their Christmas time mission to the moon--and the reading of Genesis over its surface. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Billie Mae Richards is a Canadian actress best known for voicing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the 1964 stop-motion television classic. The special first aired on December 6, 1964, on NBC. Here’s Billie Mae to share her story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Johnny Cash is an American original. And this story is an insider’s look at the man whose music sprang from the way he lived. Greg Laurie is here to tell the story from his recent book/documentary, Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, did you know that author-illustrators Hans and Margret Rey fled Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles with the manuscript to the first Curious George book among their meager possessions? Louise Borden is here to tell the story. She is the author of The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
5
2022
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. J.D. lent him a helping hand, and in the end, Mr. John helped him just as much. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on April 18th, 1912, New York Harbor was packed with reporters, onlookers, and family members of those who had been on the RMS Titanic who didn't know whether or not their loved ones had made it. All of them were waiting on the Carpathia, a ship that had mattered very little up to this point. At the front of the crowd was Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio and founder of the Marconi Company. On board was his surviving wireless operator-Harold Bride. William Hazelgrove, author of One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic tells the story of both men and the technology that helped save over 700 people. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, for our "Faith in Action" series, we hear from a wise leader out of Memphis, the son of Holiday Inn's founder. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the fascinating subject of 14-year-old Max Grinstein's winning paper at the National History Day competition! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, at a time when women were only expected to fire up the oven, Annie Oakley fired her way to fame as the world’s greatest sharpshooter. In her personal life she was a sharpshooter as well. She was devoted to her marriage and to her faith. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, where would our photos go if our house were to be hit by a tornado? The answer is everywhere. But for Thad Beeler's neighbors, that question wasn't a hypothetical...it was grounded in harsh reality after the deadly May 2011 Joplin Tornado...and Thad decided to do something about it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when the Brits and the U.S. decided to form the first allied command in history in order to defeat Nazi Germany (and not the Japanese who just bombed Pearl Harbor), why was their first ground battle (Operation Torch) against France in North Africa? Here’s the great Stephen Ambrose with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Edie Hand was always told by her mother that she was strong... but strength isn't always enough. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we listen to Richard Garey, Mark Twain aficionado, talk about the gateway to the West, Hannibal. This town spared Mark Twain from nothing, exposing him to poverty, death, racism, and the ability to make decisions for himself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, “The Nostalgia Awakens" is an exhibit featuring EVERY action figure toy made by Kenner from 1978-1985 based on the original three Star Wars movies. The Star Wars toys on display are from Jarrod Roll, enthusiast and museum curator from Wisconsin, and he's here to share the story of how Star Wars toys revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing, and even how kids play. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Trice, the founder of Jasco Products, on serving his employees and a higher calling than money. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachable. It was Coney Island in the early 1900’s. Beyond the Four-Legged Woman, the sword swallowers, and “Lionel the Lion-Faced Man,” was an entirely different exhibit: rows of tiny, premature human babies living in glass incubators. Here to tell the story is Dawn Raffel, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola relate. What exactly is Georgia Green? How did a syrup that was originally sold as a patent medicine end up as the South's greatest export in the post-Civil War economy? Larry Jorgensen, author of The Coca Cola Trail and The Return to the Coca Cola Trail answers these questions in our latest story on America's favorite sugary drink. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn about the Brooklyn Bridge, with its unprecedented length and two stately towers, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. Here's the History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, while many know the shows created by one of the 2000s most influential artists, not many people know the man behind the drawing board. Meet Butch Hartman, creator of Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom, and so much more and hear how he went from the snowy shores of Michigan to the sunny coast of SoCal. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learned how Major Buang-Ly worked as a pilot with the United States military during the Vietnam War. When the U.S. began evacuating South Vietnam, Major Buang-Ly knew he had to get his family out. Historian, Hill Goodspeed, from the Naval Aviation Museum brings us this amazing story of a father doing whatever he could to save his family. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how on March 4, 2022, Milton James passed away far too young, at only 58 years old. Two of his colleagues from FNC, a great homegrown company, pay tribute to the man that they, and many others, loved.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how Indiana got its nickname as “The Hoosier State.” And how did people from Indiana come to be called “Hoosiers”? Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick, head of the Christian Heritage Fellowship. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on May 18, 1896, the decision on a case brought before the Supreme Court would solidify segregation for over five and a half decades. Homer Plessy's descendant, Keith Plessy, tells us the story of the Plessy v. Ferguson case, as well as what he and Judge Ferguson's descendant are doing about it now. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randi Wilson is a 28 year old New mother in Charlotte, North Carolina. For nearly 10 years, she struggled with a severe eating disorder that affected her heart and left her apparently infertile. Listen to hear Randi's amazing testimony and the hope that carried her through all of her struggles. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Laura Treppendahl’s life was one worth remembering. After being killed in a drunk driving accident, Laura’s family told the judge that they completely forgave the young man who hit her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the unlikely story of redemption and bravery behind two Chicago legends: Al Capone's lawyer "Easy" Eddie and O'Hare Airport's namesake, WWII Ace pilot-hero, Butch O'Hare. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dennis Peterson tells the story of Dicey Langston, a woman willing to put her life on the line for the patriot cause. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Bryk brings us the tale of the day British forces evacuated New York City after the Revolutionary War... a full 2 years after the British Army surrendered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, George Will tells the stories of Ted Williams and the son of a San Francisco fisherman, his “Streak,” and steely determination. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, before he brought us to a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas made two other, often forgotten, movies. His first film THX 1- 1-3-8 was produced by friend and Godfather director, Francis Ford Coppola, but despite the talent behind it, was anything but a box office success. His second film, American Graffiti, was a surprise success, and led to the opportunity to begin his third film… Star Wars. Chris Taylor, author of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, brings us the story behind why Star Wars never should have been the success it was. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in college, Steve Stoliar’s dad wanted him to get a job, but Steve didn’t want to work at Taco Bell… so he called up Groucho Marx. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jackson McQuigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle pursuit locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...but the story goes much deeper than just that... Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thanksgiving is the only American holiday that has actually remained relatively innocent—it’s not something that we have been able to commercialize. But there’s something going on here more than feasting, family, and football. Robert Tracy McKenzie is a professor of history at Wheaton College and is the author of The First Thanksgiving. He’s here to tell us the story of this quintessentially American holiday. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary Kennedy—the younger sister of President John F. Kennedy—was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. Here to tell the story is Kate Clifford Larson, author of Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Bryk tells the story of America's first practical politician, Aaron Burr, in a tale of skill, bravery, honor, deception, and memory. Burr was so much more than the man who shot Alexander Hamilton. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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 product. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Francis “Frank” Scott Key was not someone you would have picked to write our national anthem… but he did and right after one of America’s great military victories. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Ilene Hall enlisted in the Army WAC in 1943, she was following her husband, Edward “Ken” Hall to war. When her husband, to whom she was married in March 1943, finished his training and was about to be shipped overseas, the young Canton, Ohio girl decided not to put an ocean between them. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when President John F. Kennedy declared at Rice University that we'd put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade, the year was 1962 and, according to those in the know, America was 10 years behind the Soviet Union in terms of our capabilities to do so. Nevertheless, we managed to achieve that goal despite serious setbacks along the way. Steve Kates, AKA "Dr. Sky", and the men who went into the final frontier, tell the story of America's greatest adventure.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thomas Jefferson is often known for championing religious freedom in our nation's infancy, but not many people know about how a preacher thanked him in the most unusual way. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s Major Shul with his legendary story known today as the “LA Speed Check.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Hugh Eastwood and Bevis Schock are civil rights lawyers in St. Louis.  They filed suit in three separate cases against the red light cameras. All three cases were heard by Missouri Supreme Court in one mammoth morning argument. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, if you’re curious enough, the familiar can become fascinating. Bill Bryk 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)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s Bill “Engineer Guy” Hammack (check him out on YouTube) telling the story of how Betamax was defeated by the VHS tape. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Defoore went to war at nineteen years old. He earned …Today, at 103 years old, he shares some of his stories from war and how they still affect him today.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the differing fates of the Robertson and the Phillips head screwdrivers demonstrates that innovation is intimately tied to historical events. Here’s The History Guy with the story of the screwdriver wars. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the NFL team in Buffalo, New York, was named after him. But if you caught Paul Newman’s Cody in Robert Altman’s 1976 film, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, you might think Cody was a drunk, a coward, a liar and a con man. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Apple founder Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone to the public in 2007, he used multiple iPhones. If one crashed or had another issue, he secretly swapped it for another one. He had to show off a specific set of functions in a certain order, called the “golden path.” But way back in 1801, another young inventor named Eli Whitney–already known for his invention of the cotton gin in 1794–seized an opportunity to try to make his fortune. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in a 30-year span, a family has to deal with its sins twice and tell a story of role-reversal and forgiveness. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here to tell the story of John Lincoln Clem—the youngest non-commissioned officer in Army history—is Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, although Clark Gable (who was the most famous actor in the world at the time) was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered World War II, the 41-year-old enlisted as a private in the Army Air Force. He said: “I just want to be sent where the going is rough.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this story begins where the movie Pearl Harbor left off. Two enemies: One led Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor; the other, an American Doolittle Raider who bombed Tokyo. Here to tell the story is Carol Aiko DeShazer Dixon—the daughter of Doolittle Raider, Jacob DeShazer. She is the author of Return of the Raider: A Doolittle Raider’s Story of War & Forgiveness. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, take a listen to the History Guy as he tells the history of the Bible. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Leven was President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business. He is also what you would call a “wise man.” Here’s Mike with a story about what he learned from his unseemly college law professor. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Clare tells the story of a nurse who served in the Philippines during World War II, and shares the experience that she and others like her went through after the Japanese invasion there. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when there was a break in the deep freeze that swept across Texas in February 2021, Tim Hennessy and his wife Deb piled into his Jeep and headed for H.E.B., a beloved grocery store chain for many Texans. Tim shared what happened at the grocery store on Facebook and it immediately went viral. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here a story you won't soon forget from a man none simply as... The History Guy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose tells the story of America’s payback for Pearl Harbor—Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo—and the Japanese response, the Battle of Midway. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Colorado listener Patty Kingsbaker shares this "knock out" Frank Sinatra story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Father Stu is a motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg (who plays Father Stu) and Mel Gibson. It is based on the true life story of Father Stuart Long, the Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Champion-turned-Catholic priest. We’d like to thank the Diocese of Helena, MT, for providing the footage you are about to hear of Father Stuart Long. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Caleb Bailey shares his family’s story of hope and redemption after loss. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, as big freighters go, the Edmund Fitzgerald was bigger than most with a crew and captain well seasoned...but on November 10th, 1975,  she and her 29 man crew were sent to the bottom of Lake Superior. Ric Mixter of Lake Fury tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson on this rare response to an ethical dilemma. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, believe it or not, Charles Eliot said all a man needs for a good education is a 5-foot bookshelf. Here's the story behind his claim and what came to be known as "The Harvard Classics." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ric Mixter of Lake Fury tells the story of the historic 1913 storm on the Great Lakes. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alexandra Frost is a mother of four young, active boys, yet her home is cleaner than it was before she had kids. Alex shares her secret, which is called “The 10 Things Rule.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, taking an interesting twist on our “Rule of Law” series, Christopher Warren shares the history of the U.S. Postal Service and a time when people mailed their children… And on one instance, an entire bank. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to leave her seat on a bus in Montgomery, there was Elizabeth Jennings, who refused to leave hers in New York City. Jerry Mikorenda, author of America's First Freedom Rider, tells the remarkable story of the event that would desegregate NYC transportation before the Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, and abolition of slavery.   Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in the late 1960s Karl Marlantes had a decision to make. He could serve in a war that he saw as unjust, desert to Algeria or Sweden, or stay at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship as his high school friends fought and died in Vietnam. Marlantes decided to serve. But why? Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the term hobo is often confused with homeless or beggar, but the truth is, wandering through life was what they preferred. Connecticut Shorty of The Hobo Museum shares the story of the American hobo and how they are still celebrated today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this elderly penguin named Enrique lives at the St. Louis Zoo. After being diagnosed with arthritis in his feet, the zoo began trying to find ways to make him comfortable. Marija Elden, the Zoological Manager of Birds, shares Enrique’s journey to owning a pair of pretty cool kicks. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tyler Groenendal of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has perhaps the most interesting side gig of all-time... reviewing onion rings—and he's been doing it for years and has no plans to stop. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Abraham Lincoln is often referred to as "the Great Emancipator"... but that's not the entire truth. Our regular contributor Jon Elfner and Dr. Kate Masur, author of "Until Justice Be Done," tell the rest of the story that begins with three runaway slaves. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear about the leadership lessons that Bill Koch took with him the rest of his life! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Rona Simmons, author of The Other Veterans Of World War II, Stories from Behind the Front Lines, tells the story of Bill Scott, an African American combat engineer and photographer from Alabama who became one of the "black angels" for prisoners at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Heidi Viars shares about how her life changed when she began showing some neighborly kindness to a grumpy old cop. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, if you think of the quintessential American fruit, it would probably have to be the apple. But apples are not our cheapest fruit—bananas are! But why? Here’s The History Guy with the story of the banana. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Lt. Col. Harry Stewart fought for his country in WW2, and faced discrimination and worse along the way. But he said he'd do it all over again for the country he loves. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ss the great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, the former slave-turned famous educator, and founder of Tuskegee University, Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush has been influenced by her great-grandfather’s rise above slavery, his relentless stand on inner strength, and his principles on personal development. Here she is to tell her story (from her book "Rising Up From the Ashes"), as well as her great grandfather’s. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, flying for the United States in WWII was dangerous work, and the numbers show for it. In the Eighth Air Force alone, 26,000 men paid the ultimate sacrifice—one half of the casualties in the entire U.S. Army Air Force. It was only by sheer grit and a little bit of luck that Steve Snyder's father, Howard, managed to return from Europe alive, as he and his crew had been shot down over Belgium. Here's Steve to tell the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it takes some time to find what we enjoy AND what we're good at. Joshua Texidor definitely found that out when he moved to Nashville. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers the 16th President’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Because of his father, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Todd's life has been largely forgotten—but it deserves to be remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, many people wrongfully think that Jews are only city folk. The Breman Museum of Jewish History proves that wrong. Longtime archivist Sandy Berman and Founding Executive Director Jane Leevi tell the story of their museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here to tell another Hollywood Goes to War story is Roger McGrath. McGrath is the author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier. A U.S. Marine and former history professor at UCLA, Dr. McGrath has appeared on numerous History Channel documentaries and is a regular contributor for us here at Our American Stories. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Nancy Ball shares how “Being an Ole Miss Fan is in and of Itself a Lesson in Humility.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, chances are that you've heard of George Washington Carver before, or that he invented peanut butter. While you might be surprised to find out that he didn't invent it (that honor goes to Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson), that doesn't make him any less remarkable a figure in American history. Here to tell his story is National Park Service ranger Curtis Gregory at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Monte Monroe, the Texas State Historian, shares with us how Texas joined the Union after becoming it's own nation... and how the spirit of Texan "independence" became a thing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, one of our listeners, George Gozzard, shares the story of his big band trumpeter father, Harry Gozzard. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, What you might know about Ralph comes from the 2004 Disney movie "Miracle," which is the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that upset the powerful Soviets en route to the gold medal at Lake Placid. Here's Ralph to share the moment that changed his life forever. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our regular contributor, Anne Claire, tells the story of the time the United States almost went to war with the United Kingdom over the untimely death of a pig in what is now Washington State. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Genevieve Church, the third "Goat Lady of San Francisco", is executive director of City Grazing. Listen to her share about how this land management and fire prevention non-profit came to be. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers a truly extraordinary Civil War heroine, Mary Edwards Walker. She was the only woman in United States history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thomas Jefferson’s impact on our country cannot be overstated. He fought for religious liberty, states rights, and the expansion and strengthening of America as a up-and-coming nation. His legacy is memorialized in many locations across the country, not the least of which his own residence in Charlottesville, Virginia… Monticello. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, you've heard Christopher Klein tell the story of “How Johnny Carson Saved Twister.” He’s back with another one. Aided by Mark Twain, the former president and Civil War hero raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is still in a glass coffin... but so is an American man along the shores of Lake Michigan. Chris Siriano tells this curious story about the coffin and the robbery of it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Halloween historian Lisa Morton is going to be unpacking the history of Haunted Attractions (AKA: Halloween Haunted House) which is directly tied into today’s practice of Trick-or-Treating.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how in 2017, Rhode Islander, Joe Jutras, broke the record for the largest giant green squash ever grown coming in at 2118lbs. Here he shares all that goes into growing these giant fruits. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we explore why we participate in these strange celebrations every Halloween season. Lesley Bannatyne is the author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History and Lisa Morton is the author of Trick Or Treat: A History of Halloween. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
31
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the official Texas State Historian Monte Monroe tells the sweeping story of how the Texas we know and love today found its footing as a nation in response to tyranny and oppression. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
31
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this next story comes to us from Sarah Wells, author of "American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
31
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, from the bifocals to the cotton gin to the automobile to the iPhone, America country has produced creations that make our lives better… but sometimes, we invent things with recreation, and not productivity, in mind. Natascha Biebow, author of "The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons," is here to tell us the story of Edwin Binney. Order her book here: https://www.nataschbiebow.com/books" at the end of the description for "The Crayon Man Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Karen Thomson and her son Joe Meilink are the definition of determination. Here they are along with Joe’s wife, Vicky, to share their story Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is "Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases" author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, “The Great Vowel Shift” was the single greatest change in the history of the English language that has now become the official language in over 75 countries. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Theodore Roosevelt was just 42-years-old when he took office in 1901—the youngest president ever.  It was the West that molded Roosevelt into a man and it was here where he learned to “carry a big stick.” Here to tell the story is Roger McGrath and Michael Blake. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this next story comes to us from a listener, Paul Bauer—a regular contributor out of Minneapolis, MN. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, known as “Canada's hockey dad,” Walter Gretzky died at the age of 82. His death prompted an avalanche of tributes for a genuine, approachable, authentic person who nurtured the unsurpassed hockey talents of his son Wayne Gretzky on the family's famed backyard rink. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tom Zoellner purchased a diamond engagement ring and proposed. His girlfriend said, "yes" and then, suddenly, walked out of his life making Tom the owner of a used engagement ring. Instead of hitting the self-help shelves of his local bookstore, he hit the road to discover the true worth of this shining gem and then wrote The Heartless Stone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 2020 Ginsberg retired as the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Communications at SoftBank Group Corp, and he served at the highest levels at both Time Warner and News Corp. He’s here to share how the 37-year Triple Crown drought that was broken in 2015 brought with it a flood of memories of Sundays at the race track with his Dad. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we know asbestos to be a health hazard. But the natural mineral was not simply an artifact of the industrial age. Here’s the History Guy telling the story of asbestos. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose shares some stories from his #1 New York Times bestseller, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, to Bat Masterson, gunslingers were hoodlums who killed for fun. He used guns to enforce the law or defend a friend. In the end, he’d achieved a feat almost none of the Old West legends had attained: he lived to see old age. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Eruzione—the captain of the 1980 U.S Men’s Olympic Hockey Team—recounts the unlikely circumstances that led to his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and his game-winning gold medal goal. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Blair Linne’s personal story of growing up without a father at home reflects the experiences of millions of Americans. Blair beautifully tells her story in her book, Finding My Father and is here to share it with us. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Merian C. Cooper wanted to be an adventurer. It was a wish that propelled him into journalism, the National Guard, military aviation, two world wars, and a movie producer and writer, working on some cinematic classics, including King Kong in 1933. He even played one of the pilots in the film. Here again to tell this "Hollywood Goes to War" story is Roger McGrath.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, a mass shooting took place on November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country-western bar frequented by college students. 13 people were killed. Tyler Spady’s here to share his story of survival and hope. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear the story of how one childless married couple of 13 years became a family of 9, literally, overnight. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Baseball Leauges Museum, tell the story of a man who started in Kansas City, made his way to Brooklyn, and swept across a nation. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Lone Ranger, with his cry of “Hi-Ho Silver!” has become an American institution ranking with Paul Bunyan in the realms of folklore and legend. The History Guy remembers Bass Reeves, John Reynolds Hughes, and the forgotten history of the Wild West. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, executive director of the Neon Museum, Aaron Berger, shares some of the history of Las Vegas and the iconic signage Associated with it. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Huff was born just outside of Dayton, Ohio, in the blue-collar factory town of Moraine City. Bob’s early life was anything but easy… but that clearly didn’t stop Bob. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our next story come to us from a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s Fernando Arroyo. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, pulling up at your favorite drive-thru and grabbing a quick, familiar meal is a part of everyday American life… But this idea was once unheard of. So how did fast food and drive-thru restaurants come to be such appealing and significant aspects of American culture? Here’s Adam Chandler, author of “Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom”, with the full history and evolution of fast food in our country. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, after moving to a farm in Mississippi from Tampa, FL, Jake Keiser didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, her neighbors had her back. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, historian extraordinaire Stephen Ambrose tells us a very unlikely World War II story about George McGovern, the liberal, antiwar Democratic presidential candidate from South Dakota who was soundly defeated by President Nixon in the 1972 election. This story is from The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who Flew the B-24s over Germany. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Monte Monroe, Rachel Halversen, and Anne Claire tell the story of President James K. Polk and why his one term in office managed to beat out most Presidents who served two. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our next storyteller has the privilege of being in one of the most beloved movies of all time—while, at the same time, and from the same movie—also has one of the most famous lines in movie history. Her story is as Wonderful as both of these accomplishments.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, there are over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, but one of them has changed the game forever, Richard Heinichen's company, Richard's Rainwater. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, after a career that spanned from Best Buy security to founder of a video game journalism site, Justin McElroy found his true calling by returning to his roots. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the story of Alanzo Cushing as told by those who fought to have him recognized long after his death. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, some believe he was the most important composer of the 20th century, in or out of jazz. Terry Teachout, one of America's best culture writers and author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, tells the story of the jazz legend, his music, his struggles, his triumphs and so much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Steve Bunyard started ReIgnite hope on Skid row in Los Angeles with the goal to help homeless people get jobs. 11 years later and countless lives have been changed through this welding certification course. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, with its classic “Old Country” theme, Cracker Barrel has been an American favorite for many decades. But many people don’t know that the decor you find on the walls and all throughout the restaurants are all authentic pieces of American history.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our audience loved Kristin O'Donnell Tubb’s wonderful story from her historical fiction book, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy. So we asked if she would share another story with us. Here she is telling the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, at the age of 6, Nathaniel Frank became intrigued with reptiles and dreamt of working with them one day. Today, Nathaniel is the CEO of MToxins Venom Lab. MToxins produces high volumes of snake and scorpion venom for the production of antivenom, which saves lives. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jason Vuic tells the story of how the state of Florida was sold and built by innovative and driven entrepreneurs during the 1950s...before Disney and before the modern attractions of today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Christine Benninger is the CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, the largest guide dog school in North America. She shares about the unique training process for these extraordinary animals and the special bond they share with their owner. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Busbee of The Culture Buzz on KFMG 98.9 tells the story of the remarkable sacrifice made by one family in Iowa during the Civil War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose wrote the definitive biography of Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was born in a small, rented shack beside the railroad tracks in Denison, Texas. He was raised in a family of Mennonites—fundamentalists in their Christian faith who were also pacifists. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this story comes from our regular contributor, Christopher Klein. Klein is the author of four books and is a frequent contributor to the History Channel. He’s here to share a story of an unknown Civil War hero. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn about the story of how identical twin brothers—a doctor and a lawyer—collaborated with scores of unsung heroes to modernize emergency medical services, help create the physician assistant profession, help write the model law for organ donation and develop other programs that save thousands of lives every year. Here’s Alfred and Blair Sadler with their story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The Miss America Organization has been around for over a century... but through these many years, the pageant has had to conquer a seemingly constant battle to stay accepted and relevant. Here's Amy Argetsinger, author of "There She Was: The Secret History of Miss America", with the full, untold story of Miss America. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Professor Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina tells the life story of First Lady Abigail Adams from his award winning biography Abigail Adams. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, George Washington is remembered in our history books, our nation's capital, and the values Americans still esteem today. He can often seem more marble than mortal. Woody Holton brings us the story of Washington wasn't always the man we celebrate today... as well as how he became the hero we know him as. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of the iron lung, a device used to keep people with advanced polio alive in the first half of the 20th century. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn 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.” Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, barcodes, on most products properly called a UPC, or “Universal Product Code,” are now a necessity for everyday life, making it possible for the massive and complex trade networks and supply systems of the modern world to function. The History Guy remembers its humble beginnings. It is history that deserves to be remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, murder and mayhem ran unchecked in the town of Yankee Hill....things were a mess, and they needed a real life good guy to save them.  Thankfully, Willie Kennard was that man.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this story itself is the stuff of legends...a sunken steamboat, buried treasure, and the drive of a group of AC repairmen to become "rich beyond rich" even if it meant going into over a million dollars worth of debt. Matt Hawley tells the story of his family's quest to dig up the steamboat Arabia from the middle of a corn field.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a war-torn Soviet-blockaded Berlin following WWII. As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, an idea sprang: he would bomb Berlin with candy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Marilyn Jensen tells the harrowing story of when her father went on a supply run amidst a German bombing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Feinstein is a sportswriter of 42 books, 23 of them New York Times bestsellers. His first book, A Season on the Brink (about Indiana coach Bobby Knight), is the bestselling sports book of all time. He is also the friend of Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski (also known as “Coach K”). John is here to tell the story of how Coach K’s five national titles at Duke as well as three consecutive gold medals as the head coach of the men’s U.S. Olympic basketball team almost never happened. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, this is a story about one of the biggest scandals in college basketball history—along with one of its biggest turnarounds.  Here to tell the story is former Baylor Basketball player Matt Sayman, author of The Leftovers: Baylor, Betrayal, and Beyond. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Navy commissioned its newest destroyer and named it after a man who deliberately crash-landed a perfectly good aircraft behind enemy lines. But the man who became the first American serviceman in the Korean War to receive the Medal of Honor—and the man who lent his name to the USS Thomas Hudner had a darn good reason, perhaps the best of reasons. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, much of what’s known about legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been kept between the goal posts... but not this story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, listener Jaimie Scott tells the whimsical story of an infamous snipe hunt he partook in at Camp Tolochee in Georgia. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sue Thomas became the first deaf person to work as an undercover specialist doing lip-reading of suspects for an elite FBI surveillance team. 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! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul from Minnesota moved our listeners with his story, “Wilber and the Empty Nester.” We asked him if he had any more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brett Favre, the legendary NFL quarterback, gets very personal about tough love, telling the truth, and having a parenting style that’s different than his fathers. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, historian extraordinaire Stephen Ambrose tells us a very unlikely World War II story about George McGovern, the liberal, antiwar Democratic presidential candidate from South Dakota who was soundly defeated by President Nixon in the 1972 election. This story is from The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who Flew the B-24s over Germany. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mark Metcalf is best known for his role as the sadistic ROTC officer Douglas C. Neidermeyer in the 1978 comedy Animal House. He is also known for playing the role of “The Maestro” on the hit sitcom Seinfeld as well as for his recurring role as “The Master” on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mark's life story is as large as the characters he portrays. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sean Pronger always dreamed of being and playing with Wayne Gretzky. Find out what happens when his dream... meets his hangover. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, “The Nostalgia Awakens" is an exhibit featuring EVERY action figure toy made by Kenner from 1978-1985 based on the original three Star Wars movies. The Star Wars toys on display are from Jarrod Roll, enthusiast and museum curator from Wisconsin, and he's here to share the story of how Star Wars toys revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing, and even how kids play. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mark McCray is the author of The Best Saturday’s of Our Lives (his website is tbsool.com). He’s here to tell us the story of Saturday Morning Cartoons… and answer the all-important question: What happened to them? Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s The History Guy with the tale of an escaped slave-turned legend named Robert Smalls. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, old West historian Roger McGrath is here to tell the story of a time before the world knew Samuel Clemons by his pen name, Mark Twain. The time he spent in the American West helped Clemens develop a distinctive Western voice and provided him with material that would make him America’s first celebrity author. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Patty from Colorado not only has a great Elvis story, but she is very good at telling it! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor Paul Bauer reflects on a pivotal moment involving his canine companion. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the idea of a lawn is very old, but it took a key technology to make lawns very common. Here’s “The History Guy” with the story of lawn care. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear Favre get very personal about his miraculous Monday Night Football game immediately following his father’s passing. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Ambrose is here to tell us the story from his bestseller, Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, right below the Great Smoky Mountains you will find the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Andrea Ludden, daughter of the original collector, shares the story of how this amazing collection came to be a museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet the woman the Gestapo once considered "the most dangerous of all Allied spies." Judy Pearson tells the tale of a woman whose bravery was greater than the collapsing world around her. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, an American candy store in 1900 looked very different than it does today. Candy was a special treat sold almost exclusively in candy stores. Chocolate was sold in Europe and only a very few affluent Americans had ever tried it. Here to tell the story is Don Papson, President and Executive Director at The M.S. Hershey Foundation and Amy Zeigler, Sr. Director of The Hershey Story Museum. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, although never publicly stated (the brands of anything brought to the moon were kept tight-lipped), there is a good chance that the golf balls hit on the moon were "Daisy" golf balls. Joe Murfin tells the story of an estate sale, a photo, and a story that you won't forget. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, John Mackay, James Fair, William O'Brien, and James Flood epitomized the rags-to-riches American dream. Roger McGrath, author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes is here to tell us the story of the richest mineral discovery in American history, the Comstock Lode. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eddie Albert starred in Roman Holiday opposite Audrey Hepburn and also played a sadistic prison warden in 1974’s The Longest Yard starring Burt Reynolds. Albert starred in the Green Acres sitcom opposite Eva Gabor as the couple who move from New York City to a country farm. But his greatest role was commanding the landing craft set to invade Japanese-occupied Tarawa on Betio Island in the Pacific. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jake Keiser was living the life in Tampa, Florida, running a high-powered PR firm and juggling drink dates, shopping sprees, and charity galas. But at age thirty-eight, following a failed marriage, a series of miscarriages, and a still-blistering breakup, she began to suffer from extreme anxiety. Hit with the realization that no amount of Botox could fill the hole in her heart, she decided to make the impulse purchase of a lifetime and bought a farm in the middle of nowhere, Mississippi. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jack London’s most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as his short story, To Build a Fire. Here to narrate the gripping finale of Jack London’s masterpiece, To Build a Fire is Roger McGrath. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brent Timmons shares the story of a lesson in risk.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire tells the story of America's first two responses to Pearl Harbor: The Doolittle Raids and the Battle of the Coral Sea Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, while he never got to meet the Pittsburgh sports icon, Duane Rieder had the unique opportunity to not only commemorate his legacy using photos but also to eventually create a museum to honor and preserve his memory. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how Indiana got its nickname as “The Hoosier State” and how the people from Indiana came to be called “Hoosiers.” Here to answer these questions and tell the story is Dr. Stephen Flick. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, growing up in smalltown Mississippi, all Donna Martin wanted to do was move to a big city and become a famous actress. When the opportunity arose to move to California for the summer, she didn't hesitate. Only one problem... there aren't many acting opportunities in Yosemite National Park. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, America was down, but not out after Pearl Harbor...we needed a major victory though. That victory would come at a small sandy island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Writer Anne Clare tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in 1989 the NBA signed a $600 million contract with NBC to have the network air their games for four years. It was a long road to get there though. Pete Croatto, author of From Hang Time to Prime Time, tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of patent medicine, otherwise known as "snakeoils", which didn't do much except line the pockets of their creators with money. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it's hard to believe that a company who has hired over 100 “at risk” individuals would be competing for the title as the top electrical contracting company in Colorado AND also the U.S. Let Karla Nugent and Curt Andersen convince you otherwise. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, early on, a hush descended over 1692-1693 Salem Witch Trials for generations. Then came playwright Arthur Miller, who made off with the story, or at least his version of it. Since 1953, The Crucible has become the culturally-accepted storyline that has come to define American Puritans (e.g., the Pilgrims) and the city of Salem itself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the American Revolution split the nation… and Ben Franklin’s family. Join Daniel Mark Epstein, author of “The Loyal Son,” to learn more about the father-son split between Benjamin and William Franklin. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dennis Peterson's father had an interesting way of saving money. He called it 'Makin' Do'. Dennis tells the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Fawn Weaver grew up the daughter of Motown Record royalty, Frank Wilson, but her parentage is only the beginning. From growing up, moving out young, and starting several business, she's learned lessons about equality, fitting in, fear, and much more. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, few people are aware that John Moses Browning—a tall, modest man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West-- invented the mechanism used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns introduced in World War I which dominated air and land battles in World War II. Nathan Gorenstein (author of The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World) is here to tell the story of this little-known American legend whose impact on history ranks with that of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on July 9th, 1864, the Union army suffered a loss... that just so happened to save the United States and help solidify Lincoln's re-election. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Phil Anschutz writes in Out Where The West Begins: “Samuel Colt’s life was the American story written in capital letters.” Here to tell the story is Ashley Hlebinsky, the former co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Master of Arms,” the former curator in charge of the Cody Firearms Museum, and president of The Gun Code, LLC. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Judith Pierson tells us the story of Navy corpsman Estel Myers and his story of survival in the WWII's Pacific theater. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joe Manns tells the story of Big Brutus, an absolutely massive peice of mining equipment in West Mineral, Kansas.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Batman is a household name. His list of comic issues, let alone live action movies, animated films and tv shows, video games, you name it, is nothing short of astounding… but this wasn’t always the case. Andrew Farago, Curator at the Cartoon Art Museum and author of Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond, is here to tell us the story of the Caped Crusader.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in July of 1945, a U.S. B-25 Mitchell got lost in heavy fog over Manhattan. Here’s The History Guy remembering the B-25 Empire State Building Crash. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Gettysburg National Park Service Ranger Matt Atkinson tells the story of the Civil War General who claimed to be insane in court, got his leg shot off by General Longstreet's artillery, and helped form the Gettysburg National Military Park. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it’s time for another story from our regular listener/contributor Roger Latham, from Fort Worth, Texas, on why the old adage "Don't Mess with Texas" is worth taking heed of. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Pony Express is synonymous with speed, endurance, and the American spirit to just get things done. While the name is recognizable not just throughout the States, but also all over the world, it’s not widely known that the Pony Express was part of a larger corporation.. or that it only lasted for 18 months… or that it was never meant to last in the first place. Here to tell the story of The Pony Express is Jim DeFelice, author of West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff shares her story of how her music career got started. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Blair and Cat Cornell found out their son was going to be born with moderate to severe special needs, it changed their lives for good... and they are now using that to change people's lives for the better. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
21
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, you are about to hear the untold story of Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, told by McQueen expert, Marshall Terrill. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon was the first full biography of legendary actor Sidney Poitier written by Aram Goudsouzian, professor of history at the University of Memphis. In it, he explores the hard, but admirable journey Poitier travelled, and why we view him today as a legend. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, even before the U.S./British victory in the North African campaign in May 1943, there was disagreement among the Allies on the best strategy to defeat the Axis. Eventually the U.S. and British political leadership reached a compromise in which both would commit most of their forces to an invasion of France in early 1944, but also launch a relatively small-scale Italian campaign. Here’s Stephen Ambrose with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
20
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the first successful submarine attack didn't happen in the Atlantic Ocean or Europe, but in Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. John Freeman of the South Carolina Military Museum tells the story of the CSS Hunley and her one and done mission against the Union blockade. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Orville’s story is one where the good guy finishes first. Yet his is a life story of challenge and risk, marked by tragic losses and remarkable successes. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, tells the story of how we managed to completely change our nation's governing document from a broken one, to a beautiful one. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, tells the story of our fourth President, the main hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Vince Benedetto, founder of Bold Gold Media Group, tells the story of the Cooper Union address-the greatest speech of Lincoln's that Americans have never heard, and the speech that made him President. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alina Morse is the youngest person ever to be featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine. As CEO of Zolli Candy, she has created a delicious candy that actually cleans your teeth! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Jerry Bergman’s here to tell us the story of a teenage boy who became interested in snow. On January 15, 1885, at 20-years of age, he became the first person in the world to photograph a snowflake. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the Salvation Army's Christmas Red Kettle has been an American icon for 125 years. But for many Americans, this is all they know about the Salvation Army… until now. We’d like to thank the folks at Vision Video for giving us access to their wonderful documentary, Our People: The Story of William and Catherine Booth. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, you are about to hear the miraculous story from one of our own here at Our American Stories. Bryan Dawson went from being your local suburban high school football player to being considered such a nefarious and menacing fugitive that the world-famous bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman refused to pursue him. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it’s time for another one of Roger McGrath’s “Hollywood Goes To War” stories. So far we’ve heard the stories of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, and Tyrone Power. Today McGrath will be treating us to the story of Hollywood’s strapping, steely-eyed, leading man, Wayne Morris. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Winston Churchill is the only Englishman to be honored by having a United States Navy Ship named after him. He was also half American via his mother's side. English historian Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny, tells the story of this remarkable leader. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, one of the most successful blackjack teams in America is made up entirely of Christians. Here to tell the story are two of the winningest players, Colin Jones, founder of BlackJackApprenticeship.com, and the player dubbed “the most notorious card counter in America,” David Drury. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeff Shaw shares his story of being lost in his career path, becoming a police officer, and the years of emotions that come along with it.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
14
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Saje Hellstern was the fastest on his cross-country team and always finished in the top. After a tumor was found in his brain, he endured over a year of radiation and chemo. But, that didn't stop him from running and finishing his races. Here to share his story is his stepfather, Roger. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Albert E. Brumley is recognized as one of the most important Gospel music composers of all time. Writing over 800 songs, including "I'll Fly Away" and "Turn Your Radio On", and with countless awards to his name, he truly is an American music icon. But how did this son of Oklahoma sharecroppers end up where he did? Here to tell the story is Betsy and Elaine, his granddaughters. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, following the Charles Manson murders, Manson's lead henchman, Tex Watson, stayed in Los Angeles for almost two months before fleeing to Texas where he was arrested. But it’s those two months following the Manson murders, where this story from our listener (Patty Kingsbaker) picks up. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
13
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jimmy Neary was an Irish immigrant who boarded a ship to America in the 1950s and went on to open a namesake restaurant in Manhattan that has for more than a half century been a famed canteen in the heart of New York City. Here to tell his story is Jimmy’s daughter, Una.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on September 11th, 2001, more people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan than Dunkirk, and all thanks to FDNY fireboats, tugboats, and pleasure boats. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Vaughn Lohec’s sister, Lauren, was on United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Vaughn shares about her sister’s life and the ways in which her family has dealt with the events of that day. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, many of us know the story of Flight 93 because of the heroic actions of the people in the airplane. But do we know the stories of those who responded to it on the ground? ATC controlman Dennis Fritz and Christian Boyd, a paramedic and volunteer firefighter share the story of what they saw in and around Shanksville. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Linda Shepley reflects on the heroics that took place on United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear about 9/11 firefighter Niels Jorgensen and billionaire David Koch, and the tragedies that brought them together. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ash was still rising from Jocelyn Green’s yard as she mowed a week after 9/11. Her house was mere miles from the Pentagon. She felt the attacks and experienced the fallout from them first hand. For our 9/11 Special, Jocelyn tells us about how she learned to live after the events of that day. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Manny Singh, President of Koch Membrane Systems, had a childhood that shaped how he sees water. Then he joined a company that has reshaped how he sees innovation. He's not afraid to literally get dirty and strives to see how waste can create value. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, while lost battles can sometimes be devastating, this Civil War loss actually helped give the Union just enough time to prepare for what could have been an even more disastrous defeat.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, our regular contributor Brent Timmons tells the story of his grandfather. An everyday man who made the most out of his farm in Delaware...but not in the way that you'd expect. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his recurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Leon Cooperman grew up in a rough neighborhood of New York City and would become one of the most successful investors in history. Join us for Leon’s life story, and why he’s giving away all his wealth. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Thomas Jefferson is often known for championing religious freedom in our nation's infancy, but not many people know about how a preacher thanked him in the most unusual way. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, bragging is often seen as unsportsmanlike... but when you're flying the world's fastest plane, maybe you can get a pass. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it was never supposed to be them...but through an extraordinary chain of events, Lt. Bill Owen's crew managed to become the first B-17 crew to drop bombs in the heart of the Third Reich.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, it was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and Southwestern Ontario, Canada, from November 7 to 10, 1913. Here to tell the tale is Ric Mixter. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor Paul Kotz gives a touching tribute to his father. At a time when Paul needed a great deal of encouragement, his father turned to an American novelist to cheer him up. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, on June 4, 1974, in Cleveland, Ohio trouble was a brewin', the bleachers were loaded, and there was a distinct buzz in the air. Here's The History Guy with the story! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
7
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tony Maglica's family escaped the horrors of World War II and left their homeland of Croatia; however, his flashlights are proudly made in America—and his dreams were too. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Presidential historian and author of Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, Louis L. Picone, shares the story of the creation, degradation, and revitalization of Grant's Tomb. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
6
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, relatively few women went with the initial stampedes to new mineral discoveries throughout the American frontiers. None went unescorted to so many remote, perilous places as Nellie Cashman, or persisted until they were pushing age 80, as Nellie did. This is her story as told to us by Roger McGrath. Chances are you know what Daisy is. Based out of Arkansas, but founded in Michigan, this company is first of mind when someone mentions B.B. guns. Joe Murfin tells the story of this truly American company. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Gold Rush Queen: Nellie Cashman, "If You Act Like A Lady, Men Will Always Treat You Like One" 23:00 - "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!": The Story of Daisy B.B. GunsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Drew Newman, of JC Newman Cigars, tells the story of cigars in the United States, a story his family played a big part in. “Wild Bill" Donovan was one of America’s most exciting and secretive generals—the man President Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. “Wild Bill" was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country’s first national intelligence agency). He is known as the founding father of both the CIA and the military's Special Operations Forces—along with being credited as the father of psychological and cyber warfare. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The History of Cigars in America 10:00 - "Wild" Bill Donovan, Super Spy Extraordinaire See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Elliot Lurie wrote one of the most recognizable songs of the early 70s, and he eventually went on to a "real job"... as a senior executive at 20th Century Fox. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Best-selling author Adam Makos tells the story of two tank crewmen from opposite sides of the conflict (Corporal Clarence Smoyers and Nazi tanker Gustav Schaefer) who endure the grisly nature of tank warfare. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, in Kevin Samy's father's village in India, they actually had to call in a person from another village to teach their children to read. Their chalkboard was the dirt floor of the building they learned in. He'd eventually move to the United States and become an engineer. Kevin Samy shares his family's remarkable American dream story. Peter Mutabazi was born on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. He escaped an abusive father by running away to the capital of Uganda, Kampala, where he lived on the streets for 4 years and never slept more than 2 hours... until one day he met a stranger that would change his life forever. You can find more of Peter's story at https://nowiamknown.com/pages/book. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - "In My Father's Village, Nobody Could Read...He Moved to America and Became an Engineer" 10:00 - Ugandan Street Kid to American Foster DadSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Veteran's History Project in Atlanta brings us the story of Milka, an actual WWII “Rosie the Riveter,” and how she also has the stories to match her iconic legend.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina tells the story about David George, a man who would escape his bondage only to find himself with new captors, a newfound faith, and eventually...a new freedom in Canada. The late Gini Mancini, wife of American composer Henry Mancini, tells the story of his life in music and their life together. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Runaway Slave Who Founded the Black Baptist Church 23:00 -  From Steel Town to Tinsel Town: The Life of Composer Henry ManciniSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
31
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Captain Jim "Boots" Demarest tells story of Captain Steve Phillis, a decorated Air Force A-10 fighter pilot killed under heroic circumstances while trying to save his downed wingman on their thirtieth Desert Storm combat mission. Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods, and Kirby Ferguson of "Everything a Remix" tell the story of how Led Zeppelin found themselves in a courtroom over a few of their songs...and explain why there are so many "copycats" in the music industry. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The True Story of Desert Storm “Top Gun” Pilot 35:00 - Why Led Zeppelin Pays Royalties to a Southern BluesmanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
31
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Monti 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. Our regular contributor, Anne Clare, tells the story of an overlooked event in American history that started with the untimely death of a pig and ended and ended with the United States and the United Kingdom finally figuring out their northern borders. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Medal of Honor Recipient Behind The Song "I Drive Your Truck" 35:00 - How the USA Almost Went to War Over a PigSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brot Coleman tells the harrowing story of the time America reached the highest peak in the world not once, but twice, on their first expedition to it in 1963. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
30
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tony Mandarich’s story was immortalized by two Sports Illustrated covers, one hailing Mandarich as “The Incredible Bulk” heading into the ’89 draft, and one in 1992 calling him “The NFL’s Incredible BUST,” as his four-year career in Green Bay came to an end. Here’s Tony Mandarich to share his story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, many of us know the name "Harriet Tubman," but we may not know the struggles that she went through to become the recognizable figure we know in American History today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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 product. Elisabeth Elliot tells the story of Operation Auca, an attempt by five American missionaries to reach the Auca tribe (considered the most dangerous in the world) of eastern Ecuador. All five of the men (including her husband) were killed by the tribe. What happened next is nothing short of miraculous. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - How Did SPAM Come to Be?! 23:00 - Elisabeth Elliot: Through the Gates of SplendorSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear how the only natural born son of Roy Rogers, Roy "Dusty" Rogers, Jr., was raised by Roy and his wife Dale Evans along with their 8 other children. Roy and Dale were known to millions of Americans through TV, radio, and dozens of beloved Western movies, but most don't know about the couples strong faith and many adoptions.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
26
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (Or Henry Steinway), a subject born of the Holy Roman Empire, would eventually make his way to the shores of America and create a legacy that is synonymous with the word "piano" itself. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. All in all, it is estimated that around 800 Jews were saved by Corrie ten Boom and her family. Hear Corrie (who moved to and is buried in the United States) tell her story! Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - “Put A Sock In It” and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 10:00 - The Woman Who Saved 800 Jews: Corrie ten BoomSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
25
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, In a big and memorable way, PT Barnum changed how all Americans lived. Our movies, television, and whole entertainment-saturated culture is what it is today because of what he started. Here to tell this story is the Executive Director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT, Kathy Maher. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Vince Benedetto, founder of Bold Gold Media Group, tells the story of the Cooper Union address-the greatest speech of Lincoln's that Americans have never heard, and the speech that made him President. Also, Mariam Ibraheem is a mother who lives in Virginia, but her story begins in Sudan with a death sentence. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes:  00:00 - Lincoln's Greatest Speech Americans Have Never Heard 23:00 - One Mother’s Escape From A Sudanese Death Sentence to AmericaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
24
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Frank Sinatra wrote a young fan a personal letter after having to track down her address. Audie Murphy's story is one of the quintessential American stories; yet, chances are, many Americans have never even heard of his name. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes:  00:00 - Frank Sinatra Wrote ME a Letter 10:00 -  Audie Murphy: One of America's Most Decorated Soldiers/Actors/SongwritersSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
23
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn how on January 23, 1961, a B-52 bomber crashed in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Two H-bombs—each 250 times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Japan, fell to the ground. Earl Smith dismantled those bombs and he's here to tell us the story! Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, tells the story of a man many historians consider to be the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball-Leroy "Satchel" Paige.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Night 2 H-Bombs Fell on North Carolina 35:00 - See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, the man behind Holiday Inn, Kemmons Wilson, had some hilarious interactions with Muhammad Ali, Sam Walton, McIlhenny's Tabasco, and Sam Phillips. In college, Steve Stoliar’s dad wanted him to get a job, but Steve didn’t want to work at Taco Bell… so he called up Groucho Marx. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
22
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, James Sullivan, author of Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett, tells the story of the men who fought in one of the most harrowing naval battles of World War II. Edie Hand tells us the story of the her brothers, the Blackburn boys, and the tragedy that struck not once, but three times. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Margie Siegal was a teenager, she had a boyfriend with a motorcycle. The boyfriend was forgettable—the motorcycle wasn’t. Since that time, she has written about motorcycle history and is the author of Harley-Davidson: A History of the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle. Aristotle says that the highest thing we can see is beauty and that it involves moral acts, and acts of courage. Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College tells the story of the man that exemplified that the most during the Founding Era-George Washington. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - George Washington: Man of Beauty?! 10:00 - American Freedom Machines: The Story of Harley-DavidsonSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
19
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Caleb Bailey shares his family’s story of hope and redemption after the loss of his father at 10 years old. As a part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Ford wanted a new supercar to showcase its heritage and future. Jon Elfner brings us this new Ferrari-slayer's story through the eyes of industry legends Neil Ressler, Scott Ahlman, and Mark McGowan. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Raising Children In The Midst Of Tragedy 23:00 - Ford v. Ferrari II: The Making of the Ford GTSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Charles Scott was working as a Police Officer in the Central Valley of California. Things were going well. But things took a turn when he was a part of an officer involved shooting. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - How 911 At Ease International Saved This Police Officer’s Career 35:00 - The World's First Action Figure Museum?!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
18
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Professor Art T. Burton tells us how he first found out about Bass Reeves and he didn't think much about him. It wasn't until later in life, and after hearing stories that sounded almost too good to be true, that he decided to dive into the life of one of the first black deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi River. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
17
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, George Armstrong Custer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, T.J. Stiles, casts surprising new light on one of the best-known figures of American history, a subject of seemingly endless fascination. Perhaps no name looms bigger in sports history, or American culture, than Babe Ruth. Here’s Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Curator of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to tell us why. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America 35:00 - Legendary Man Known as "Babe"See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
16
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Leven was President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business. Here’s Mike with a story about what he learned from his unseemly college law professor. While ultimately a team that broke hearts and left its city under the cover of night, the memory of the Baltimore Colts, and legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas, burns bright in the hearts of its fans. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Empathy is Not Optional: The Story of Mike Leven's Brutal Law Professor 23:00 - The Baltimore Colts: The Team that Helped Shape the NFL and Broke a City's HeartSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Marshall Field's favorite gift wasn't the one that caused his name to be forever associated with Chicago's premiere museum, or even his massive chain of department stores he built after years of trial, error, and fire--but a small library bearing his name in the small town of Conway, Massacussets--the hometown he left in search of prosperity. Hillsdale professor Kelly Scott Franklin tells the story of how one of America's foremost literary figures was a volunteer on both sides of our nation's Civil War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Marshall Feild, The Birth of the Modern Department Store, and a Small Town Library 35:00 - Walt Whitman Served the Union... And the Confederate!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
15
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories,  PEZ had great success where it was invented, but changed its course drastically after initially failing in America. Shawn Peterson shares the story of how this manual candy dispenser came to be. First jobs are often our first taste in real adult responsibility, they teach us important skills, and they teach us how to deal with people. Brent Timmons shares the story of his first job at a crab house in Delaware. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Shocking History of PEZ Candy: Smoking Alternative for Adults?! 23:00 - The Importance of a First JobSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Edgar Allen Poe is known for his scary short stories and poems, and when we look at his life, early tragedies explain a lot of his stories… but what we don’t often think of when we consider Poe are his comedic writings, his detective stories, and even… a bit of early Science Fiction. Chris Semtner, Curator at the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia pulls back the curtain on Poe. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
12
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, author Richard Rhodes shares the amazing story of Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr. She was known for her beauty, but her accomplishments go far beyond her appearance, including inventing what would become WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. David and Zela Flor give us a look at what "Blue Zone" living in Loma Linda, California, is really like and how there way of clean living produces results you'd never imagine. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Hedy Lamarr: The 40s "Bombshell" Mind Behind Secure WiFi, GPS And Bluetooth 35:00 - They're One of the Youngest Couples in Their Community and Doing Aerobics... at 90?!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Former CEO of 7-Eleven, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American Dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Transatlantic Cable: How ONE Underwater Wire Changed the World 35:00 - How 7-Eleven Has Helped People Pursue Their American DreamSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
11
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, meet Ron Brown, a man who grew up in a rough area of Chicago, was practically abandoned by his father, and would mend their relationship later on in life. Clarence Saunders developed “self-service” grocery shopping in his Piggly Wiggly stores at a time when store assistants usually collected products for their customers. By introducing checkouts, clearly priced goods, and itemized receipts, he set the foundations for the supermarkets of today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Reconnecting With My Absent Father Who Was Presumed Dead 23:00 - A Store Named "Piggly Wiggly" Created the Modern SupermarketSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, during the Revolutionary War, Esther Reed decided the Patriot troops needed a morale boost. Reed, along with other Patriot Women began a campaign to raise money for the cause. When she brought her idea to General Washington, he had another idea of what she should do with the money. At a time when women were only expected to fire up the oven, Annie Oakley fired her way to fame as the world’s greatest sharpshooter. In her personal life she was a sharpshooter as well. She was devoted to both her marriage and to her faith. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Woman Who Stood Up To George Washington 23:00 - Annie Oakley: The Woman Who NEVER Missed Her ShotSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
10
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch doesn’t like being cheated. Tom Acitelli, author of Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World, tells the story of how America's favorite drink came here and stayed here despite a world war and Prohibition. When 85-year-old Lana Peters passed away in 2011 from complications due to colon cancer, the nation seemed to have forgotten the woman who had become a sensation during the Cold War.  The History Guy recalls the extraordinary life of the woman whose defection to the United States represented a seminal moment in history. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Man Who Spent $35MM Fighting A $400k Fake Wine Fraud 10:00 - How The Pilsner Arrived, Survived, and Thrived in America 35:00 - Stalin’s Daughter: American Citizen, Wisconsin Cheesehead?!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, many Americans have heard of the famous Navajo Code Talkers who used their traditional language to transmit secret Allied messages in the Pacific Theater of combat during World War II. This story is told to us by one of these Marines, Peter MacDonald, the President at Navajo Code Talkers Association. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
9
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Mike Olbinski is an Arizona based photographer. He takes family photos, shoots weddings and also... chases storms.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - A Presidential Sized Comeback: The Story of U.S Grant 35:00 - When Shooting Weddings And Chasing Storms CollideSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, because of the devastating nature of the attack, the U.S. government chose to keep the details of the HMT Rhona hushed. Grove City College PoliSci professor Paul Kengor brings us the details through the eyes of Sergeant Frank Bryer. T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. The Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, invent the modern corporation, and create the modern American economy. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The WWII Attack America Chose to Forget 10:00 - The Epic Life of Cornelius VanderbiltSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
8
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, after the United States pulled out of Vietnam, their allies in Indochina were all alone. Faced with the prospect of slavery, torture, and death at the hands of the Communists they fought against, many asked to be resettled in the United States.  Robert Ray, the governor of Iowa, stepped up. Here again with his reoccurring series is Andrew Thompson as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Richard “Dick” Bong was a hero in an era of heroes. Here’s the History Guy with the story. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Robert Ray: "The Good Governor" 23:00 -  “Knock on Wood & Kick the Bucket” and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions (Pt. 11) 35:00 - Dick Bong, Ace of Aces: The Greatest Fighter Pilot in American History (History Guy)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, here again with his reoccurring series is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases author, Andrew Thompson, as he continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. It all went down in the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 2006. Andrew Collins was a narcotics officer. Jameel McGee was a new father of a baby boy. This is a story about forgiveness, brokenness, and true reconciliation from two guys who should have been hardened, bitter enemies. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - “Peeping Tom” and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 10:00 - A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, And An Unlikely Journey Of Forgiveness And FriendshipSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
5
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, when Ilene Hall enlisted in the Army WAC in 1943, she was following her husband, Edward “Ken” Hall to war. When her husband, to whom she was married in March 1943, finished his training and was about to be shipped overseas, the young Canton, Ohio girl decided not to put an ocean between them. Art Burton, author of countless books on African Americans in the West, tells the story of one of the most feared outlaws of the Indian Territory...and the story of his side-crossing father. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - Ilene Hall Joined the Army to Search for Her Husband During WWII 23:00 - "I Came Here Not To Talk, But To Die": The Story of Cherokee BillSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, more than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. David Maraniss (author of "When Pride Still Mattered"), captures all of Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
4
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Clare tells the story of a nurse who served in the Philippines during World War II, and shares the experience that she and others like her went through after the Japanese invasion there. Genevieve Church, the third "Goat Lady of San Francisco", is executive director of City Grazing. She shares about how this sustainable land management and fire prevention non-profit organization came to be. At the start of the 1948 election cycle, President Truman was down and out in the polls. His opponent, Thomas Dewey, turned down an invitation to appear at the National Plowing Match in Dexter, Iowa. Truman would instead go and eventually win the state and another term in office. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The WWII Nurses who Cared for their Fellow POWs 10:00 - City Grazing: The Landscape Management Company Powered by Goats 35:00 - How the National Plowing Match in Iowa Won Truman the ElectionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, what started as a quest to find black fans for a brother-in-law morphed into a lifelong mission to find anything small, electric, and an appliance. Here's the story of "The World's Largest Small Electrical Appliance Museum" in Missouri, and the man behind it all. Some people don’t have the highest view of lawyers, but not every lawyer is an ambulance chaser. At least, Bill Bryk isn't. Stephen Ambrose tells us a very unlikely World War II story about George McGovern, the liberal, antiwar Democratic presidential candidate from South Dakota who was soundly defeated by President Nixon in the 1972 election. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Largest Small Electrical Appliance Museum in the World 23:00 - Bill Bryk Puts His Lawyering Skills to Good Use 35:00 - The Unlikely WWII B-24 Combat Pilot-HeroSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
3
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, David LaBelle's last memory of his mother was seeing her washed away in a raging flood when he was a senior in high school. She would never be found. It took David years to wrestle with the loss, and eventually he decided to write a semi-fictional book about the event called Bridges & Angels as a therapeutic exercise.  No woman figured more prominently on the Yukon and Alaskan frontiers than Belinda Mulrooney. She gained international fame as the richest woman in the Klondike and made and lost more than one fortune. She became a character in novels and her dog the inspiration for "Buck" in the Call of the Wild. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - "You Can Change Your Story": Why I Wrote a Book About the Death of My Mother 23:00 - Belinda Mulrooney: The Richest, Toughest Woman of the Klondike Gold RushSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Carol, the Daughter of Doolittle Raider Jacob DeShazer, shares the story of her father being taken captive by the Japanese as a prisoner of war, and how he chose to forgive the torturers. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
2
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, World War II history buff, Anne Clare, tells the story of how World War II impacted a small Navy town on the West Coast. Richard Herzog shares the story of an unlikely relationship formed between himself and his high school teacher, which became abusive and caused him to surrender the one thing he loved most: sports. After years of confusion and shame, he became a head football coach and led his team to win 3 state championships. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - America Builds Up: WWII and the Bremerton Naval Yards 23:00 - Sports Were Taken Away From Him in High School... So He Became a CoachSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Brian Edwards tells the story of America's most popular hymn that actually didn't come from America. It was based on the life of English slave trader, John Newton.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug
1
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Roger Brucker shares the story of radio pioneer, "Skeets" Miller, and the surprising story of the first time a parachute jump was broadcast on live radio. Matthew Denhart and Tracy Messer of the Coolidge Foundation tell the story of America's 30th President, a man molded by his rural hometown of Plymouth Notch, Vermont.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The First Radio Broadcast of a Parachute Jump 10:00 - From The Farm House to the White House: The Story of Calvin Coolidge See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul
29
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Eric Metaxas tells the story of the man who, perhaps more than any other, stirred the conscience of the world to see the horror and evil of slavery, William Wilberforce. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Saucier of the Strong Museum of Play shares the history of pinball--from its origins in French parlor games, to its prohibition, and then to its emergence as the immersive and popular game that it is today. Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, tells the story of whisky, bourbon, absinthe, and pink elephants... done Cajun style. Kelly and Donna Mulhollan tell the story of their friend Ed Stilley, a poor Ozarks farmer who managed to create some of the most inquisitive folk art guitars out of what he had laying around, in an effort to please God. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Surprising Origin of Pinball 10:00 - The Stories Behind Whiskey, Bourbon, And More 35:00 - The Poor Farmer Who Created Folk Art Guitars to Please GodSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul
28
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, A man named Paul shares the moving story of his older brother and some special prayers he prayed, in hopes of being just like him. Bill Bryk briefly recounts how New York City became the city it is today, as well as his love for its past. Steve Stoliar grew up as the ultimate Marx Brothers fan. He shares his story of how he led the charge to save one of their long-lost movies. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - When Prayers Are Answered 10:00 - A One Man (Abridged) History of the Big Apple 23:00 - How a UCLA Student in the 70s Saved the Marx Brothers See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul
27
2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medical Museum tells the story of the iron lung, a device used to keep people with advanced polio alive in the first half of the 20th century. Heather McPherson, Curator of History at the South Carolina Military Museum, shares the story of why she chose her career to honor her great uncle. Roger McGrath tells another "Hollywood Goes to War" story of American screenwriter, Merian C. Cooper. Cooper worked on various cinematic classics, including "King Kong". He also served our country in WWI as a U.S. Air Force and Polish Air Force officer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Literary Masterpiece That Saved Ulysses S. Grant's Family 10:00 - The American Surgeon Who Escaped the Viet Cong 35:00 - Buck O'Neil's 15 Years of Rejection Before the Hall of FameSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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