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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

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On this episode of Our American Stories, Sparky tells the story of his mother Mary Sparks and how in a 30 year span, his family had to deal with its sins twice and learn forgiveness. Leslie Leyland Fields is an author and speaker living in Alaska. In this story she shares what it was like when their small fishing town got their first telephone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Faith, Infidelity, and Forgiveness Grew a Family Not Once, but Twice 23:00 - Remote Alaskan Town's One Connection To The World Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Koch shares the leadership lessons he took with him for the rest of his life! Betsy and Elaine tell the story of their grandfather, Albert E. Brumley, as he 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - MIT's Basketball Coach: "Those Nerds Can Only Handle One Play" 10:00 - The Man Who Wrote 'I'll Fly Away' Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dean Karnazes, aka Ultramarathonman, tells us stories of his legendary runs including one covering 350 miles in 80+ sleepless hours. 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 - He Ran 50 Marathons... In 50 States... In 50 Consecutive Days 35:00 - 7-Eleven and the American Dream Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Cook tells us the story of how in 1943 the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was established and went from 58,000 acres of farm land to a town of 75,000 people. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Louis Picone, author of Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, tells the story of Ulysses S. Grant, bankrupt and dying from cancer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Finding My Father: Blair Linne's Story 35:00 - Ulysses S. Grant's Great Battle Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, James, a retired fire captain, shares his story of firefighting and the emotions that come along with it. The founder of Wildcat Oil Tools, Aron Marquez shares the ethical dilemmas he’s faced in business. Bert Rosica shares the list of 99 reasons a typewriter is better than a computer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - My Life After Firefighting 10:00 - Aron Marquez on Leadership 35:00 - 99 Reasons Why A Typewriter Is Better Than A Computer!! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers a truly extraordinary Civil War heroine, Mary Edwards Walker. Our regular contributor Richard Muniz tells the story of an unforgettable accident at Ft. Irwin, California. 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 and what resulted shaped their family and career for the next decade. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Only Woman to be Awarded the Medal of Honor 10:00 - Midnight at the Live Fire Exercise 35:00 - From Tech-Startup to Making a Wooden Pen with His Dad: The Story of Allegory Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson on this rare response to an ethical dilemma. 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 - Offering To Resign Because You’re Accountable For A Failure 23:00 - Ford v. Ferrari II Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alexandra Frost is the 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". Here is the story of how the choice to choose three then-minor league hockey players to play the Hanson Brothers in "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman was made. Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Our Home Became Tidier After Having Four Sons 10:00 - The "Slap Shot" Story with Dave Hanson 23:00 - Graphic Design Professor Knits While Running Marathons Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, a regular contributor, Brent Timmons, shares the story of a lesson in risk and storyteller, James Swanson, the NYT Bestseller of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer tells the story of President Lincolns killer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Meaning of Balance 10:00 - Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch doesn’t like being cheated. The latest episode for our “Rule of Law” series!; Martin Lisius, founder of Tempest Tours, and Kim George, Customer Relations Manager, talk about the companies origins and what it's like being on the road in midst of extreme weather; the President of Amerisearch, William Federer. tells the story of how Canada became an independent nation—and not part of the United States—most likely, because of smallpox; Seth Godin, the author of 19 best-selling books and one of the most popular blogs in the world tells us about a dark truth in the marketing industry. 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 - Tempest Tours: A Stormy, Sightseeing Vacation 23:00 - How Smallpox Created Canada by Destroying Washington’s Army 35:00 - Marketing Has A Marketing Problem... Too Many Narcissists Manipulating People Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tish Dahmen, Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Museum, tells the story of the worlds largest potato chip, a massive baked potato, and the potato innovations that put Idaho on the map. Cathy Cooley shares the story of how her late son, Christopher, led his family to faith and founding their organization: The Christopher Foundation. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Humble Potato: Idaho's Superstarch 10:00 - The Little Boy Who Saved His Family  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library; Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, tells the story of whisky, bourbon, absinthe, and pink elephants... done Cajun style; When she was 10-years-old, Madysen Acey’s normal life took an unexpected turn. But, she wouldn't trade any of it for the person she's become. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - A Family Lived in the New York Public Library? 10:00 - Drinking Done New Orleans' Style 23:00 - Overcoming the Loss of Both My Arms at 10 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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; 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; 4th-generation jeweler, John Henne, in Pittsburgh tells the story of how his family's shop has grown since 1887, how it's seeking to impact the marriages it furnishes, and how it has shaped his philosophy on job satisfaction. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Strength in Loneliness is Still Loneliness 10:00 - Burrito Restaurant Offers Job To Burglar 35:00 - This Jewelry Store Provides More Value Than Just Rings Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Rusiniak shares a story about a devastating flash flood that severely damaged his Church and then the surprising response from the community. Doug Reiter brings us the story of Ken Austin, a man who's battled deep insecurities his whole life, and would help transform dentistry into the profession it is today. This is the story of how Sofia and Deshawn went from being a childless married couple of 13 years to a family of 9, literally, overnight. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - When Dr. Seuss Has Real Life Applications During a Hurricane 10:00 - From Farm Boy to Founder  35:00 - Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Separated Throughout 4 Foster Homes Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ace Collins, author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, introduces us to people we've never met, stories we've never heard, and meanings we have never imagined. 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - Ace Collins on Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas 35:00 - The Importance of Giving and Serving during Christmas Time Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Greg Hangler tells us how in the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. By the time Christmas was established as a federal holiday—on June 26, 1870—the ways Americans chose to celebrate Christmas would almost be completely foreign to what we practice today. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jonathan Mattox of the Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary Club shares how The Christmas store originated and the impact it has had on the lives of thousands of children; 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. 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Christmas Store 10:00 - The Bigger the Bureaucracy, the Smaller the Customer 23:00 - The Chicago-area Maintenance Man Who Wrote a Hallmark Christmas Movie Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson shares another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Richard Monastra tells the story of his first-cousin, Frank Olivo, and how in 1968, at 19-years-old he was dressed as Santa Claus at a Philadelphia Eagles football game where he was booed and pelted with snowballs. Comedian Leland Klassen shares stories from his Christmas past. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions (Pt. 14) 10:00 - No! No! No! Who the Hell Boos Santa Claus?! 35:00 - Leland Klassen’s Christmas Comedy Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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Ivan Terrero

Nice storu

Jun 26th
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Ivan Terrero

Amazing Ms Lamar

Jun 16th
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בנימן הגלילי

this is the first hit for conservative alt. to /morning edition/ is there such a show? mix of daily news weather and human interest, well produced, and with different ideología?

Aug 12th
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Ivan Terrero

I love to hear the stories they are uplifting and informative thanks for all the work you guys do

Jan 31st
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Kirk Melissa Schooley

I can't get these episodes to open.

Jun 28th
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