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What is the secret of true love? What is the meaning of life?

We're Deadwood, South Dakota storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns, and we love the easy questions!



So, several years ago, we began motorcycle touring America, revealing love in American culture and the country’s great love stories from small towns, mountain and coastal communities, to reservations, college campuses and truck stops. From big city streets to prisons, farms, suburbs, and US military bases, Love in America dives deep into love in American history, society and culture, asking Americans of every color, faith and age about the meaning of love in this American life. Our tales from the heart of America reveal that the greatest love stories aren’t just romantic love, they’re also tales of perseverance, lifelong devotion, inspiration, and of the American story itself.



Story is the key to understanding what is love, because throughout human history, the way humans have shared meaning, purpose, culture, even morals, has been through our stories. As one Native American storyteller shared with Love in America, we gain knowledge by being told what something means - but through story, we find our own meanings, and in that way, we truly discover the wisdom we seek.



And through story, we come full circle to those first two questions: What is the secret of true love and what is the meaning of life? There’s a simple answer to both...You get to choose that.



Stories about the choices others have made, the many paths their loves have taken, and especially the laughter they’ve shared, are the places we begin that quest.

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What is the secret of true love? What is the meaning of life?

We're Deadwood, South Dakota storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns, and we love the easy questions!



So, several years ago, we began motorcycle touring America, revealing love in American culture and the country’s great love stories from small towns, mountain and coastal communities, to reservations, college campuses and truck stops. From big city streets to prisons, farms, suburbs, and US military bases, Love in America dives deep into love in American history, society and culture, asking Americans of every color, faith and age about the meaning of love in this American life. Our tales from the heart of America reveal that the greatest love stories aren’t just romantic love, they’re also tales of perseverance, lifelong devotion, inspiration, and of the American story itself.



Story is the key to understanding what is love, because throughout human history, the way humans have shared meaning, purpose, culture, even morals, has been through our stories. As one Native American storyteller shared with Love in America, we gain knowledge by being told what something means - but through story, we find our own meanings, and in that way, we truly discover the wisdom we seek.



And through story, we come full circle to those first two questions: What is the secret of true love and what is the meaning of life? There’s a simple answer to both...You get to choose that.



Stories about the choices others have made, the many paths their loves have taken, and especially the laughter they’ve shared, are the places we begin that quest.

    Grapes of Wrath of Khan – 072

    Grapes of Wrath of Khan – 072

    The love of Ricardo and Georgiana Montalban: Star Trek meets Corinthian leather on Fantasy Island; Foreplay chardonnay or “wining” about winter in the South Dakota vineyards; Love and laughter On the Road with sage stylist Alesia in Omaha; A Great Joy - A Tale from The Heart of America about when history reaches out to touch you back.



    This Love in America Podcast originally aired April 14, 2018 as Episode 27 - Grapes of Wrath of Khan



    CREDITS: https://lovin-america.blubrry.net/khan-072

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    Links:



    From South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Tips on Cows (not cow tipping)

    Wine’ing in South Dakota:



    Valiant Vineyards

    Red Ass Rhubarb from Prairie Berry Winery

    The Strawbale Winery

    Stone Face Winery

    Naked Winery

    And all the ones we missed from the American Winery Guide: A list of South Dakota wineries 

    From iGrow.org: Grapes Varieties for South Dakota





    More from Alesia of Omaha:



    From Amazon.com: Life Behind the Chair, Journey of a Concrete Rose





    Ricardo and Georgiana Montalban:



    YouTube: From Spy Kids

    YouTube: From Star Trek the Wrath of Khan

    YouTube: From Chrysler Commercial

    From People Magazine, 1978: Cast Off in Hollywood, Ricardo Montalban Lands Safely on 'Fantasy Island'

    From the New York Times: Ricardo Montalbán, Star of ‘Fantasy Island,’ Dies at 88

    From Cafe California with Cris Franco, YouTube Video: Ricardo Montalban 2/3

    From Cafe California with Cris Franco, YouTube Video: Ricardo Montalban 3/3

    YouTube Video: Ricardo Montalban on Late Night with David Letterman, April 14, 1987

    From PureHistory.com: Ricardo Montalban





    Lovin America website: www.LoveInAmerica.us

    • 38 min
    The Right Stuff for Love – 071

    The Right Stuff for Love – 071

    John Glenn and Annie Glen - love is in the stars with one small step for a man and one giant leap for love. From tractor puller to celestial being, On the Road with Kathy at the North Stonington Ag Fair in Connecticut. Lovin SoDak - where stars don’t only come out at night, they come out all day. And, our Tales from The Heart of America original narrative reveals that our years are stars, our lives a constellation - a story called Goodbye Orion.   



    **This Love in America Podcast originally aired August 19, 2018 as Episode 45 - In the Stars**



    CREDITS: http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/right-stuff-love-071

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    Links:



    Night Sky Program, Badlands National Park (https://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/night-sky-program.htm)

    Within the Stars in South Dakota:



    Astronaut Charles D. “Sam” Gemar - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_D._Gemar); 

    Astronaut Michael Fossum - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_E._Fossum)

    Actress Mamie Van Doren - imdb.com (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0886638/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm0);

    Radio Voice Personality Gary Owens - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Owens)





    Annie and John Glenn:



    From MyHero.com - Annie Glenn, by John Glen (https://myhero.com/Annie_Glenn_bk06)

    From The Washington Post - Annie Glenn: ‘When I called John, he cried. People just couldn’t believe that I could really talk.’ (https://goo.gl/DhY5DJ)

    From CNN.com: John Glenn's True Hero, by Bob Greene (https://www.cnn.com/2012/02/19/opinion/greene-john-annie-glenn/index.html); 

    From The Columbus Dispatch: Glenn, Wife Continue Long Journey Together (https://tinyurl.com/GlennColumbusDispatch); 





    Love in America website: https://www.LoveInAmerica.us

    • 36 min
    Ladies First – 070

    Ladies First – 070

    Carol Burnett and her love story with life - you’ll be glad we had this time together; On the Road stays close to home with two powerful women in one - and woe to them who stand in the way of either - Deadwood’s own Calamity Jane, actress Jena Sierks; Lovin SoDak is a slew of ladies showing their... grit, in Deadwood; and our original Tale from The Heart of America is a narrative of a woman who’s strength turned struggle into kindness, Karma Margo.



    **This Love in America Podcast originally aired August 12, 2018 as Episode 44 - Tough as (Painted) Nails**



    CREDITS: http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/ladies1st-070

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    Links:



    Strong Women of Deadwood



    The Madams:



    Mollie Johnson a/k/a Queen of the Blondes  (http://www.deadwoodmagazine.com/archivedsite/Archives/Girls_Mollie2.htm)

    Dora DuFran (https://sites.google.com/site/samanthapattersonamh/marriage-among-prostitutes/madam-dora-dufran)

    Kitty LeRoy (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134214586/kitty-leroy)





    Eleanore Dumont a/k/a Madame Mustachio (https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-eleanoredumont/2/)

    Poker Alice Tubbs (https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-pokeralice/)

    Lucretia “Aunt Lou” Marchbanks (https://www.legendsofamerica.com/sd-auntlou/)





    Calamity Jane, Jena Sierks, and Deadwood Alive (https://www.deadwoodalive.com/about-us.html)

    Carol Burnett: 



    From ABCNews online, Humor Helps Carol Burnett Cope (https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=123891&page=1)

    From the NY Times, A Touch for Funny Bones and Earlobes (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/books/31burnett.html);





    Love in America website: https://www.LoveInAmerica.us

    • 41 min
    Love & Haight – 069

    Love & Haight – 069

    Doc Holliday and Kate Elder - the passionate Old West tale of a gentleman dentist and a cultured dance hall girl; Boxers and woodpeckers share hard knocks in Deadwood; Taj brings forth love from Haight (Ashbury!); an original Tales from the Heart of America, Road Worn, tells the story of a well-worn highway. 



    This episode of Love In America Podcast originally aired on March 17, 2018.



    CREDITS: http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/love-haight-069



    Links:



    John Henry (Doc) Holliday and Mary Katharine (Kate Elder) Haroney:



    From the Tombstone Times: Katie Elder, Her True Story by Maggie Van Ostrand (http://www.tombstonetimes.com/stories/kate.html)

    From AngelFire.com: Biography, John Henry Holliday (http://www.angelfire.com/co4/earpgang/doc01.html)

    From True West Magazine: Mrs. John Holliday? By Gary L. Roberts (https://truewestmagazine.com/mrs-john-holliday)

    From the Book: Love Untamed, by JoAnn Chartier and Chris Enss (https://www.amazon.com/Love-Untamed-Romances-Old-West/dp/0762711426)





    Love in America website: https://www.LoveInAmerica.us

    • 39 min
    No Greater Love – 68

    No Greater Love – 68

    Pat and Marie Tillman...and Joe Shenton - an inspiring story of love and devotion begins this episode on love in the military! Discipline can be funny, especially when it doesn’t happen to you; military marriage with the US Army and Lehigh Valley, PA’s Kyle and Megan Dalpais; an original Tale from The Heart of America tribute to a Coast Guardsman and dad - USS Vaudeville.



    *Originally broadcast June 16, 2018*



    CREDITS: http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/no-greater-love-068



    Links:



    The Love Story of Pat and Marie Tillman, and Marie Tillman and Joe Shenton -



    From Amazon.com: The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life, by Marie Tillman (https://tinyurl.com/TheLetter-MyJourney); 





    Narrative - USS Vaudeville



    From the upcoming book: Tales from The Heart of America;  





    Love in America website: www.LoveInAmerica.us

    • 41 min
    Just Imagine – 067

    Just Imagine – 067

    Fred and Joanne Rogers’ imaginative love story opens this episode of Love in America - Just Imagine! Also, love from the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist Monastery in Woodstock NY;  an off-the-hoof idea for a Deadwood sporting event: The Running of the Buffalo!; An original Tale from The Heart of America titled Can You Imagine?



    CREDITS: http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/just-imagine-067



    All this and more on this episode of Love in America.



    Links:



    Lead in song: Lovity Love by SomethingUnderground.com;

    Love Story of Mrs. and Mr. Rogers



    Mr. Rogers Neighborhood opening song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL3xSctTB5c 

    From YouTube, Galen Fott Channel: Unmixed Garden of Your Mind, original clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-eA_HxeCfI

    From YouTube RockOBuster Channel: The remix song - Garden of Your Mind . PBS . Mister Rogers, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRo3jkgyn6M





    Love in America website: https://www.LoveInAmerica.us



     

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

Wordcyco ,

Well done in every way

Scotte and Toni present interesting, entertaining, and very well researched stories about relationships. Their interviews with people they have met on their travels reveal that everyone has a story to tell if only they are asked, and can provide amazing insights about human connections.

Taystanlo ,

Lovin’ America

Scotte and Toni have a love that Emanates through their love of travel, and their ability to showcase their talents through this podcast series. As a former student of Mr. Scotte Burns I enjoy this podcast because it embodies everything that he used to teach.

Tanya B Listening ,

Engaging Couple

It's like sitting down to coffee with Scotte & Toni! I feel like part of the broadcast. Engaging, entertaining, and uplifting.

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