313 episodes

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.

Our American Stories iHeartRadio On-Demand

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 468 Ratings

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.

    EP312: The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget, "Run Amuck" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and The Reluctant Memoirist: Leslie Leyland Fields

    EP312: The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget, "Run Amuck" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and The Reluctant Memoirist: Leslie Leyland Fields

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kengor tells us how the U.S. government chose to keep the details of this WWII attack hushed. Author, Andrew Thompson, shares another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language. Leslie Leyland Fields tells the story of how she came to write her memoir.

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - The WWII Tragedy America Chose to Forget

    12:30 - "Run Amuck" and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions

    25:00 - The Reluctant Memoirist: Leslie Leyland Fields

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    • 38 min
    EP311: Army Ranger Michael Schlitz Shares His Iraq Story and Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

    EP311: Army Ranger Michael Schlitz Shares His Iraq Story and Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

    On this episode of Our American Stories, retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Michael Schlitz tells us how he enlisted in March 1996 and served in several positions including Rifleman and Platoon Sergeant. While in Baghdad, Iraq on February 27, 2007, Mike and his crew were on a road-clearing mission when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). Jon Elfner helps tell the story behind 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."

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - Army Ranger Michael Schlitz Shares His Iraq Story

    37:00 - Harvard's President Believed Books, Not Schooling, Were the Key To Education

     

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    • 38 min
    EP310: The Story of a 5-Star Steakhouse CEO and an NFL Linebacker and Oregon Told This Engineer That He Wasn't an Engineer

    EP310: The Story of a 5-Star Steakhouse CEO and an NFL Linebacker and Oregon Told This Engineer That He Wasn't an Engineer

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment shares with us how she leads a team of more than 500 employees across 7 luxury steakhouses in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. When his wife got a ticket for a tiny infraction, Mats Järlström, driven by curiosity, investigated a local traffic cam system... which led to an investigation into him!  

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - The Story of a 5-Star Steakhouse CEO and an NFL Linebacker

    37:00 - Oregon Told This Engineer That He Wasn't an Engineer

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    • 38 min
    EP309: The Transatlantic Cable: The Thread that Connected the World and 7-Eleven's Commitment to the American Dream

    EP309: The Transatlantic Cable: The Thread that Connected the World and 7-Eleven's Commitment to the American Dream

    On this episode of Our American Stories, 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. Former CEO of 7-Eleven, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American Dream.

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - The Transatlantic Cable: The Thread that Connected the World

    37:00 - 7-Eleven's Commitment to the American Dream

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    • 38 min
    EP308: Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling, The German Immigrant Who Brought Us Banquet Beer and The Man Who Played with Trains

    EP308: Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling, The German Immigrant Who Brought Us Banquet Beer and The Man Who Played with Trains

    On this episode of Our American Stories, the History Guy tells us the story of the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Rudyard Kipling, and how he survived a difficult childhood to go on to become one of the most celebrated authors of his day, penning such classics as "The Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories.” Pete Coors tells the story of Coors Banquet beer and how the story began with a German immigrant living in a Colorado mining town. Bill Bryk brings us the story of the an ingenious inventor who went from inventing naval mine detonators to one of the top 5 toys of the 20th century... and all because he was unimpressed by a store's window display. 

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling

    25:00 - The German Immigrant Who Brought Us Banquet Beer

    37:00 -The Man Who Played with Trains

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    • 38 min
    EP307: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, Stay-At-Home Mom Becomes Oldest Rookie Cop  and When Your Losing Football Team Brings Your Family Together

    EP307: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, Stay-At-Home Mom Becomes Oldest Rookie Cop  and When Your Losing Football Team Brings Your Family Together

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of the street dog, Sgt. Stubby, turned soldier turned mascot. At 53 years young, Officer Wendy Caldwell made history at the Houston, Texas Police Department. Nancy Ball shares a story she wrote, “Being an Ole Miss Fan is in and of Itself a Lesson in Humility.”

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    Time Codes: 

    00:00 - The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI

    12:30 - Stay-At-Home Mom Becomes Oldest Rookie Cop 

    37:00 - When Your Losing Football Team Brings Your Family Together

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    • 38 min

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468 Ratings

468 Ratings

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