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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, Bill “Engineer Guy” Hammack tells the story of how Betamax was defeated by the VHS tape; 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; and John O'Neil, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, tells the story of his father, the tail and waist gunner on the B-17. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Tale of the Tapes: Engineer Guy Explains How VHS Beat Betamax 10:00 - How The Pilsner Arrived, Survived and Thrived in America 35:00 - John O’Neil On The First B-17 To Bomb Berlin Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson tells us about the origin of phrases in the English language; Osiris Hoil tells the story of when he lost his construction job in 2008, but through his fantastic cooking he started District Taco, D.C.'s best taco chain; and Montey Montgomery tells the story of how Tyson Timbs found out that old habits do indeed die hard when he was arrested and convicted for selling drugs to undercover cops. He also found out what asset forfeiture was when the State of Indiana took his Land Rover and held onto it for 7 years. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 08:00 - From Fired High School Dropout... To Owning D.C.'s Best Taco Chain! 27:30 - Why it Took One Man 7 Years to get his Car Back Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Laura Sangster shares her love story between her and her husband. All was well until her husband, Fred, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's; Bill Bright shares the story of how he helped a young girl who ended up in legal trouble; and the History Guy tells us why bananas are the cheapest fruit in the U.S. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - “I Will Remember For The Both Of Us" 23:00 - A One Lawyer Town has it’s Ups and Downs 35:00 - Why Are Bananas So Cheap? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kemmons Wilson's hilarious interactions with Muhammad Ali, Sam Walton, McIlhenny's Tabasco, and Sam Phillips; St. Louis civil rights lawyers, Hugh Eastwood and Bevis Schock, tell us how 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Holiday Inn Founder Who Had No Shame  23:00 - The Two Men Who Ended Red Light Camera Tickets Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, author Winter Prosapio dives into some of the weird laws we have here in the U.S.; Andrew Thompson, continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Joel Wegener and his wife are blessed with 10 children, 2 of which were diagnosed with Down Syndrome. In his quest to find a fun way to teach them life skills, Joel happened upon the idea of running an ice cream truck, and it grew beyond what he ever could have thought. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - ILLEGAL: Shooting Bunnies From A Motorboat? 10:00 - The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 23:00 - A Dad's Gift to His Children with Down Syndrome Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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; and Jon Elfner helps tell the story behind Harvard president Charles Eliot's claim that "all a man needs for a good education is a 5-foot bookshelf" and what came to be known as "The Harvard Classics." Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Butch Hartman Drew My Childhood 23:00 - Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robert Tracy McKenzie tells the story of the history of thanksgiving and what led to us celebrating it 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, Stephen Rusiniak shares an awfully awkward Thanksgiving story after being warned by his mother not to be late; Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of two unforgettable Thanksgivings with Bosnian refugees; Steven Reid shares the story about when he lost a turkey for a family who hired him as their private chef; Lindsey Gallant tells her story of when she was challenged to an eating contest by a boy at her church. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - An Awfully Awkward Thanksgiving 10:00 - Thanksgiving Dinner with a Bosnian family 23:00 - How the Master Chef Lost the Thanksgiving Turkey 35:00 - Surprised by Hunger Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Star Wars enthusiast and museum curator Jarod Roll shares how Star Wars revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing and how kids played with toys; and Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Star Wars 23:00 - The B-25 In the Backyard Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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; Donna Howard shares the story of how she created a business to be able to provide a supportive work environment for people who are neurodivergent; Listener Brent Timmons tells the story of a lesson in parenting he learned while on a family trip to Kentucky. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yards 23:00 - Why I Opened a Business for My Daughter 35:00 - Under My Thumb Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney tells the story of her grandmother's needle incident during the Depression years; Mike Leven shares his story as past President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business; and 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Needle In The Hand 10:00 - The Bigger the Bureaucracy, the Smaller the Customer 23:00 - "Separate, but Equal": The Story of Supreme Injustice (Plessy v. Ferguson) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ilene Hall tells the story of when she enlisted in the Army WAC in 1943, to follow her husband, Edward “Ken” Hall to war; and 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - Searching For My Husband During WWII 23:00 - My 48 Hours with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robert Frohlich, author of Aimless Life, Awesome God,  tells the story of his German born grandfather William Burtner- a man who helped build the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II; Kirk Aubry, the CEO of the supply chain services company Savage, on the ethical principles of their 2nd generation, 75-year-old family company; and teacher, choir director, organist, and history buff Anne Clare tells the story of the first two major American responses to the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Story of my Grandfather 10:00 - The Company Without Corner Offices 35:00 - The Doolittle Raids and the Battle of the Coral Sea Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, actress Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl and how now 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroes; Joy Neal Kidney, the recipient of our 2021 Great American Storyteller Award, tells the story of several Civil War soldiers in 1863 from Iowa and the lasting impact they have in her community today; Zela and David Flor give us a look a what "Blue Zone" living in Loma Linda, California, is really like. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Lavagirl: Why She Quit Childhood Acting 23:00 - Killed On Independence Day 35:00 - They're One of the Youngest Couples in Their Community and Doing Aerobics... at 90?! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, as a Cuban exile, Ray Montalvo joined Brigade 2506 to fight back against Castro, leading to his imprisonment in the country he once loved; and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, tells the story of the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trials. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Brigade 2506: The Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion 18:00 - The Salem Witch Trials and the American Puritans Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Bob Drury and Tom Clavin tell the remarkable story of the evacuation of Saigon in Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions 10:00 - The Last Men Out of Vietnam Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, The remarkable life story of Ken Kendrick, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ principal owner and general managing partner; The History Guy tells the story of Richard “Dick” Bong who was a hero in an era of heroes; Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Small-Town West Virginian With a World Series Ring, the Best Card Collection, and a Big Heart 35:00 - A Big Heart and The Greatest Fighter Pilot in American History Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Roger McGrath tells the story of famous actor, Jimmy Stewart, and how his greatest honor in life was serving his country in WWII. Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years and manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Hollywood Goes to War 35:00 - Rediscovering What I Lost in the Military Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire shares the history of Veterans Day and the many ways Veterans have been honored throughout American history with the use of banners; Vince Benedetto shares the time he explained the importance of Veterans Day to an auditorium of kids and how George Washington is responsible for so many of our American traditions today; and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells the story of John Lincoln Clem, the United States of America's youngest known soldier in the American Civil War. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Origins of Veterans Day 10:00 - America's First True Superhero 35:00 - Our Nation's Youngest Noncommissioned Officer Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alex Castle tells us how she came to own the first whiskey distillery, Old Dominick Distillery, in Memphis as well as the first female head distiller in the state of Tennessee since Prohibition; and 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - Whiskey Is In Their Blood 18:00 - Tom Clavin on the DiMaggio Brothers 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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