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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.
1491 Episodes
Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick on college friendships that would impact the rest of his life.Support the show (
In a very modern fashion, Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years. Through that process, he manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Support the show (
Johnny Baier, Executive Director of the Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, takes us through the history of the Banjo starting from the beginning until today.Support the show (
In 2000, a poll was conducted by ABC Sports recognizing the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century. The winner was not Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Michael Jordan—but a man today many have never heard of: an Indian from Oklahoma named Jim Thorpe.Here to tell the story is Sally Jenkins, author of the national bestseller, The Real All Americans, and Steve Sheinkin, author of, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.Support the show (
Colin Bettles found his passion for wings in upstate New York and took it with him all the way to Sydney, Australia...even attempting to sell them in his fish and chip shop. Support the show (
Meet Sargent William Lenard, a man who joined the Marines to get his life together, and when coming home, had to put it back together all over again.Support the show (
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 (
Ben Berman 2nd year grad student in Philadelphia made the most of his time while staying at home during the pandemic. Support the show (
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 (
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 (
On this episode of the Our American Stories Podcast, Dr. Jean Stuntz from West Texas A&M University gives us some history on what it was like before women could own property or make any money of their own. Also, History professor Mark Cheathem tells us why Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot had to be removed from his funeral. Finally, Tom Clavin shares some great stories of Joltin' Joe, Dom, and Vince from his book, The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream. For more stories and to support what we're doing, go to the show (
Today Dr. Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College tells the story of Sacagawea. We bring you the story of Jim Keyes, a boy who grew up in poverty and who’s first job was at McDonalds, and worked his way up to become the CEO of 7 Eleven. Lastly, Sarah Barnwell from the Kazoobie Kazoo Factory shares how the Kazoo came to be one of the only truly American instruments!Support the show (
On today's episode we bring you the stories of how a 19-year old single mother built the largest female-owned trucking company,  what happened when a kid sued Pepsi for a Harrier Jet, and when Clark Gable, who was beyond the draft age in WWII, enlisted as a 41 year-old Private.Support the show (
Today we bring you the stories of when America doubled in size, a salt and pepper museum in Tennessee started by German immigrants, and when Superman fought the Ku Klux Klan.Support the show (
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb tell shares the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library.Support the show (
EP6: The Real Stories Behind Our Cherished Christmas TraditionsSupport the show (
EP5: Walt Whitman and the Civil War, Most Decorated Soldier of WWII, The Real Rosa ParksSupport the show (
EP4: That Day I Was Gretzky’s Hungover Linemate, Spending Christmas Without My Mother, How a Soldier Saved 3 Americans from 40 Nazis.Support the show (
EP3: Historian Ted Long tells us the story of the Toledo War: when Michigan and Ohio went to war over a small strip of land; therefore, starting the classic Michigan and Ohio rivalry. Gwen Boyd-Willis committed a minor felony in 2005 but made an effort to be better even while serving her time. When her record kept her from getting ahead, Koch Industries helped her get a second chance. Kimberly McCullough—an adoption and foster mom—takes us into the beauty and difficulties of the foster care and adoption process. Support the show (
EP2: Forgiving My Absent Father; Discovering a Shipwreck; Ilene Hall's journey to find her husband during WWII.Support the show (
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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

Ivan Terrero

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

Jan 31st

Kirk Melissa Schooley

I can't get these episodes to open.

Jun 28th
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