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Our American Stories


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    The WWII Attack America Chose to Forget

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The Greatest Fighter Pilot in American History, Dick Bong

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 38:16

    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.

    A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, And An Unlikely Journey Of Forgiveness And Friendship

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 38:16

    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.

    Ilene Hall Joined the Army to Search for Her Husband During WWII

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 38:16

    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.

    When Pride Still Mattered: The Life of Vince Lombardi

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 38:16

    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.

    City Grazing: The Landscape Management Company Powered by Goats

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The ONLY Time You Want Just One Lawyer in Your Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 38:16

    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.

    "You Can Change Your Story": Why I Wrote a Book About the Death of My Mother

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 38:16

    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.

    Why a Prisoner of War Forgave the Enemies Who Tortured Him

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 38:16

    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.

    Sports Were Taken Away From Him in High School... So He Became a Coach

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 38:16

    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.

    John Newton: From Disgrace to "Amazing Grace"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The First Radio Broadcast of a Parachute Jump

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The Story of William Wilberforce and His Campaign to End Slavery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The Surprising Origin of Pinball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 38:16

    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.

    How a UCLA Student in the 70s Saved the Marx Brothers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 38:16

    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.

    The Time a Kid Sued Pepsi for a Harrier Jet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Sean Kernan of Medium tells the story of Leonard v. PepsiCo Inc. (which is now a law school classic that helps kids navigate the curious world of contract law). Nell Chennault Calloway shares the story of her grandfather, Claire Chennault, who was the leader of the "Flying Tigers" in WWII. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes: 00:00 - The Time a Kid Sued Pepsi for a Harrier Jet 10:00 - The American Fighter Pilot Who Fought the Japanese in ChinaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    They Trapped Polio Patients Inside of Tubes to Save Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 38:16

    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.

    Buck O'Neil's 15 Years of Rejection Before the Hall of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Christopher Klein tells the story of how our 18th President and Civil War hero, aided by Mark Twain, raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution. Hoat Hoang shares the story of his family fleeing Vietnam after Saigon fell to the communists' troops, and how it helped him become an American surgeon. Legendary baseball player, Buck O'Neil, was rejected for 15 years before making it into the Hall of Fame. You'll hear the story of how he handled that defeat and ultimately became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. 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.

    The NBA: How a Regional Fascination Became an International Obsession

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 38:16

    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. Pete Croatto, author of From Hang Time to Prime Time, explains how the NBA became an 8.3 billion dollar entertainment and cultural icon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Only Woman to be Awarded the Medal of Honor?! 10:00 -  How a Regional Fascination Became an International Obsession See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The ONLY Photographer Allowed to Photograph the Making of the Atomic Bomb in Oak Ridge, TN

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 38:16

    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 farmland to a town of 75,000 people to beat Germany to the atomic bomb. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Heavy-Drinking, Congress-Rejected Spendthrift Who Served America to the Fullest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Mary Stockwell, author of Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America tells the story of "Mad" Anthony Wayne and why he is remembered. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Story of America's Pastor, Billy Graham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Billy Graham took the role of evangelist to a new level, lifting it from the sawdust floors of canvas tents in small-town America to the podiums of packed stadiums in the world's major cities. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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    Shot Down: A B-17 Pilot's Survival Behind Enemy Lines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Emerich Juettner tells us how he was an upstanding citizen... for most of his life. 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. 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Best Worst Counterfeiter in American History 10:00 - The Story Behind One of the Most Iconic Sports Films, "Slap Shot" 23:00 - Shot Down: A B-17 Pilot's Survival Behind Enemy Lines See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 38:16

    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. Professor Emily Thomas from Nickols College Massachusets tells us the story of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:  00:00 - The German-born Man Who Helped the United States Fight His Own Country 10:00 - The Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Reuniting With My POW Father After Thinking He Was Dead For 3 Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, writer Anne Clare remembers the loss of the USS Utah and Oklahoma and the men who served on them on December 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Genevieve Church, the third "Goat Lady of San Francisco", is the executive director of City Grazing. Listen to her share about how this sustainable land management and fire prevention non-profit organization came to be. Retired US Navy Captain Mike McDaniel takes us back to when he was just a boy in the 3rd grade and about to learn that his dad was shot down on his 81st combat mission over Vietnam.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:  00:00 - USS Oklahoma and Utah: Two of the Ships Destroyed at Pearl Harbor 10:00 - City Grazing: The Landscape Management Company Powered by Goats 35:00 - Reuniting With My POW Father After Thinking He Was Dead For 3 Years See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    He Gave Out Pizza From Second Story Apartment and Raised Over $30,000

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Ben Berman 2nd year grad student in Philadelphia made the most of his time while staying at home during the pandemic. Madonna Coffman, founder of Locks of Love, shares how her company helps those who struggle with hair loss. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - He Gave Out Pizza From Second Story Apartment and Raised Over $30,000 25:00 - The Woman Behind "Locks of Love" See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Valley Forge: The 6-Months That Turned Chaos into the Key to America's Independence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Bestselling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin the story of the Continental Army's six-month transformation in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; one of the most inspiring—and under-appreciated—chapters in American history. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I Was There For The Birth of Nike... With Steve Prefontaine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Joy Neal Kidney shares the story of her great grandmother's periwinkle quilt, a beautiful family heirloom she inherited while in college. Nike's Program Director, Steve Prefontaine, tells us how Nike began. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - One of My Most Important Family Heirlooms is a Periwinkle Quilt 10:00 - I Was There For The Birth of Nike... With Steve Prefontaine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Great Emancipators: How The Civil War Openly Became about Slavery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Emma McCormick tells us how she was told she'd be working remotely in 2020, so she decided to live on a sailboat in Florida. Regular contributor Jon Elfner and Dr. Kate Masur, author of "Until Justice Be Done," tell the story behind Abraham Lincoln that begins with three runaway enslaved people. 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. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - When Her Work Went Remote... So She Moved Onto a Sailboat 10:00 - The Great Emancipators: How The Civil War Openly Became about Slavery 35:00 - Why "The Wild, Wild West" Wasn't Actually So Wild See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Titanic Reenactor Who Actually Dove The Wreck and The Woman Who Was Mayor, Garbage Woman, Liquor Store Owner, Teacher, AND Member of the WAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Lowell Lytle, who witnessed the Titanic in person, tells his story and the story of The Titanic's Last Hero. Rebecca Cubbyhall shares her life story and how the people in her life led her to live to the fullest. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Titanic Reenactor Who Actually Dove The Wreck 25:00 - The Woman Who Was Mayor, Garbage Woman, Liquor Store Owner, Teacher, AND Member of the WAC See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch Who Had to Come to Terms with Himself

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, special forces medic, Gary Beikirch, shares how he faced more than his fair share of battles—and overcame them through perseverance and faith. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Lesson Learned: Clean Hog Manure Off Your Boots Before Going to School, He Didn't Know Where He Came From Until His 40s and The Story of Las Vegas Through Neon Signs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Scott Jones, author of Growing Up Rural: Lessons Learned  For a Lifetime, tells the story of the time he stunk up his classroom with hog manure-covered boots...and how a gracious teacher really helped him out. Eddie Willis tells the story of the search for his birth parents and an outcome he could've never imagined. 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) Time Codes:  00:00 - Lesson Learned: Clean Hog Manure Off Your Boots Before Going to School 10:00 - He Didn't Know Where He Came From Until His 40s 35:00 - The Story of Las Vegas Through Neon Signs See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Last of the Tuskegee Airman's Story of Heroism and Service and The Fateful Night During WWII That Cecil Wax Met God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Lt. Col. Harry Stewart shares how he fought for his country in WW2, and faced discrimination and worse along the way. 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) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Last of the Tuskegee Airman's Story of Heroism and Service 35:00 - The Fateful Night During WWII That Cecil Wax Met God See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Woman Who Holds 13 World Records for Running... And with a Prosthetic Leg and "I Was Fired Twice and Decided I Was Unemployable for Life"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Amy Palmiero-Winters, founder of the One Step Ahead Foundation, shares how an unexpected accident changed her career path. Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, tells the story of the setbacks that unexpectedly presented him...  his greatest opportunity.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Woman Who Holds 13 World Records for Running... And with a Prosthetic Leg 35:00 - "I Was Fired Twice and Decided I Was Unemployable for Life" See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The 6 Littleton Brothers: A Civil War Story of Bravery and Loss and He Found Out in His Teens that His Grandfather Was One of the 3 Stooges

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 38:16

    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. Brad Server (aka “Curly G”) shares how he grew up watching the Three Stooges on TV not knowing he was related to one of the greatest comics of all time. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes:  00:00 - The 6 Littleton Brothers: A Civil War Story of Bravery and Loss  23:00 - He Found Out in His Teens that His Grandfather Was One of the 3 Stooges See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny, Uncle Bud's Last Days and The Man Who Milks Snakes for a Living

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, English historian Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny, tells the story of this remarkable leader. Our regular contributor from Delaware, Brent Timmons, shares the story of spending time with his Uncle Bud in his last days. Nathaniel Frank, CEO of MToxins Venom Lab, tells us how he produces high volumes of snake and scorpion venom for the production of antivenom, which saves lives. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny 23:00 - Uncle Bud's Last Days 35:00 - The Man Who Milks Snakes for a Living See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The USS Lexington, The Naval Juggernaut, The Shocking Story Behind the Diamond Engagement Ring and How Piggly Wiggly Created the Modern Supermarket

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, regular contributor, Anne Clare, tells the story of a unique aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington. 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. Mike Freeman, author of Clarence Saunders & the Founding of Piggly Wiggly: The Rise and Fall of a Memphis Maverick, tells us how Clarence Saunders revolutionized the way people shopped by developing “self-service” grocery shopping. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The USS Lexington, The Naval Juggernaut 10:00 - The Shocking Story Behind the Diamond Engagement Ring 23:00 - How Piggly Wiggly Created the Modern Supermarket See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Unlikely Pair Who Share A Liver and Homestead Laws Saving Women From Homelessness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Vic Billingsley shares how Kara French's organ transplant unexpectedly led to a unique friendship. 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.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Unlikely Pair Who Share A Liver 35:00 - Homestead Laws Saving Women From Homelessness See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Hillsdale College Students' Roles in Preserving the Union

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Hillsdale college professor, Peter Jennings, tells the history of Hillsdale College and its role during the civil war as an abolitionist college. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Robert Todd Lincoln: In His Father's Shadow and Roane and Eva Hunter: A Story of Love Lost, Then Rediscovered

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, the History Guy tells us about the 16th President's son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Roane and Eva Hunter share how they came to realize that marriage is not the solution to a relationship and that they had to love themselves before they could love each other. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Robert Todd Lincoln: In His Father's Shadow 10:00 - Roane and Eva Hunter: A Story of Love Lost, Then Rediscovered See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Glorious 25th of November, Evacuation Day and A Father Wanted A Clean Hotel For His Family ... So He Created Holiday Inn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 38:16

    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. Kemmons Wilson Jr. tells the story of how his father (Kemmons Wilson) created a hotel chain that established the modern hotel industry.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Glorious 25th of November, Evacuation Day 25:00 - A Father Wanted A Clean Hotel For His Family ... So He Created Holiday Inn See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Ilene Hall Joined the Army to Search for Her Husband During WWII and The 1st "Disneyland" on Lake Michigan's Shore, and The Man Behind It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Ilene Hall tells us the story of when her husband, to whom she was married in March 1943, finished his training in the Army and was about to be shipped overseas and she decided not to put an ocean between them. Chris Siriano of the House of David Museum in Saint Joe, MI, tells the story of how a band of religious misfits ended up in along the shores of Lake Michigan and used their massive amounts of wealth to invent everything from the waffle cone, to food taken up into outer space by astronauts—all while creating an amusement park that even Walt Disney would take inspiration from.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)   Time Codes:  00:00 - Ilene Hall Joined the Army to Search for Her Husband During WWII 25:00 - The 1st "Disneyland" on Lake Michigan's Shore, and The Man Behind It See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The First Real Time Tragedy: The Sinking of the RMS Titanic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, William Hazelgrove, author of One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanictells the story of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio and founder of the Marconi Company, as well as his surviving wireless operator-Harold Bride and how both men and their technology helped save over 700 people. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Two Funerals, One Steelers Legend: THE Art Rooney, Sr., Dreaded Diseases of the Great Depression and She Quit Her High Paying Job To Make Crafts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, sports journalist, Jim O'Brian, tells us the story of the founding owner of the Steelers, Legend Art Rooney, Sr.Joy Neal Kidney, author of Leora's Letters, tells us the story of the many diseases people contracted during the great depression and how they carried on. Keycap artist, known as Tiny Makes Things, shares her story of when she decided that she wanted to quit her job and start her own business making artisan keycaps for mechanical keyboards. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Two Funerals, One Steelers Legend: THE Art Rooney, Sr. 25:00 - Dreaded Diseases of the Great Depression 35:00 - She Quit Her High Paying Job To Make Crafts See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Humble Potato: Idaho's Superstarch and The Four Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 38:16

    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. Roger McGrath, author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier, tells us the story of the men known as “The Big Four,” who incorporated the Central Pacific Railroad and helped build the transcontinental railroad.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Humble Potato: Idaho's Superstarch 10:00 - The Four Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    How A Stray Cat Exposed a Mother's Heart, These Guys Use Dungeons and Dragons as a Break-through Therapy Tool and A Brief History of Toilet Paper

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 38:13

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Brent Timmons tells us how an unlikely cat revealed a deep love inside of him. Adam Davis and Adam Johns tell us how they met in grad school at Antioch University, and how they've been using table-top games as a tool to encourage personal growth, teamwork, and problem solving. The History Guy gives us the story of toilet paper. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How A Stray Cat Exposed a Mother's Heart 10:00 - These Guys Use Dungeons and Dragons as a Break-through Therapy Tool 35:00 - A Brief History of Toilet Paper See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Interrupted Odyssey of US Grant and Ely Parker and Visiting a Devastated Town After a Tornado... and Lending a Hand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 38:13

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Mary Stockwell, author of Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant  and the American Indians, tells the story of how the lives of America's first Native American appointed to a cabinet level position and our 18th President intertwined. Listener Paul Kotz shares about his service trip to Mayfield, Kentucky several months after a tornado devastated the town.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Interrupted Odyssey of US Grant and Ely Parker  35:00 - Visiting a Devastated Town After a Tornado... and Lending a Hand See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    How Duke's Coach K Was Almost Fired in 1983 and The Unexpected Visitors of Toledo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, John Feinstein tells us the story of how Duke University's legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski almost didn't become who he is today. Tedd Long of Holy Toledo History tells the story of three famous and unexpected visitors to Toledo, Ohio. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Duke's Coach K Was Almost Fired in 1983 35:00 - The Unexpected Visitors of Toledo  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Confederate Soldier Who Risked His Life to Aid Union Wounded, The Angel of St. Marye's Heights and Boyhood Dream Turns into Career, Joe Klimchak KNEW He'd Work for the Pittsburgh Pirates Since He Was 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Hood from Valencia, California, takes us back in time to the Battle of Fredericksburg and tells a story about compassion in the midst of America's deadliest war. Joe Klimchak tells us how he was inspired by a Pirates legend to pursue his MLB career dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Confederate Soldier Who Risked His Life to Aid Union Wounded, The Angel of St. Marye's Heights 25:00 - Boyhood Dream Turns into Career, Joe Klimchak KNEW He'd Work for the Pittsburgh Pirates Since He Was 7 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Pyromaniac's Paradise: Running a Fireworks Tent, The Long Road to Victory and American Independence and The Declaration of Independence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, we continue our 4th of July celebration. Joel Wegener and his wife who have 10 kids tell us how they found an explosive way during the summer to make a little extra money. Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, and author Nathaniel Philbrick tell the story of how we won our independence against all odds. Our production team comes together to read the document that made America, well, America.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Pyromaniac's Paradise: Running a Fireworks Tent 10:00 - The Long Road to Victory and American Independence 35:00 - The Declaration of Independence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Celebrating 4th of July with Newly Minted American Citizens, JFK on the 4th of July and OAS Listener tells his life story in 4th of July

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 38:16

    On this episode of Our American Stories, we're celebrating the 4th of July. The Our American Stories team attended a naturalization ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee and got to hear the personal stories of new U.S. citizens. The famous 4th of July speech at Independence Hall by John F. Kennedy in 1962 when the it was discovered that the Soviet Union planned to instal missiles in Cuba to attack the United States. We hear from long time listener, Dennis Peterson, about his experiences and memories of Independence Day.  Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Celebrating 4th of July with Newly Minted American Citizens 25:00 - JFK on the 4th of July 35:00 - OAS Listener tells his life story in 4th of July See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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