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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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    • 4.6 • 431 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.

    EP76: Souping Up Her Subaru Started Her Career and Iowa's Long-Lost NBA Team Who Beat the Celtics

    EP76: Souping Up Her Subaru Started Her Career and Iowa's Long-Lost NBA Team Who Beat the Celtics

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Rebecca Nguyen fell in love with cars working alongside her dad in the garage. This would lead to her career in the car world; and Tim Harwood of Waterloo/Cedar Fall's KXEL 1540 and author of Ball Hawks: The Arrival and Departure of the NBA in Iowa tells us the story of the only professional sports team ever to play in Iowa.
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    EP75: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, The Palmer Raids and Standing Proudly On Deformed Feet

    EP75: The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI, The Palmer Raids and Standing Proudly On Deformed Feet

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of, Stg. Stubby, the street dog turned soldier turned mascot; Larry Reed, President Emeritus of FEE, tells the harrowing story of a dark time in American history; Chloe Howard, Author of Stand Beautiful: A Story Of Brokenness, Beauty and Embracing It All, shares her story of what it was like growing up with a club foot.
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    Time Codes:
    00:00 The Most Decorated War Dog of WWI
    08:50 The Palmer Raids
    18:00 Standing Proudly On Deformed Feet
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    • 46 min
    EP74: The WWII Veteran Who Was Imprisoned In Japan

    EP74: The WWII Veteran Who Was Imprisoned In Japan

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Carol Dickson shares the story of her father, Jacob DeShazer, his involvement in WWII during Pearl Harbor and when he was taken as a prisoner in Japan.
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    • 46 min
    EP73: The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon and The Creator of The Coors Light Silver Bullett

    EP73: The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon and The Creator of The Coors Light Silver Bullett

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Professor Susan Brownell shares the story of how the Olympics ended up in St. Louis and the infamous marathon event and Marc Barrios tells the story of how he left his mark on the American Advertising Industry when he immigrated from Cuba as a refugee and went on to create the Coors Light Silver Bullet.
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    Time Codes:
    00:00 The Disastrous 1904 Olympic Marathon
    17:59 The Creator of The Coor Light Silver Bullett
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    • 46 min
    EP72: Letting Your Daughter Grow Up, The Great Chicago Fire and Cars As Material Culture

    EP72: Letting Your Daughter Grow Up, The Great Chicago Fire and Cars As Material Culture

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Rusiniak shares his story of watching his daughter grow out of her old toys and into a teenager; Chicago's cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, tells us how this city was rebuilt after disaster; and car collector Miles C. Collier explains how cars are part of material culture.
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    • 46 min
    Remembering 9/11 and First Hand Accounts From Witnesses

    Remembering 9/11 and First Hand Accounts From Witnesses

    On this episode of Our American Stories, we continue commemorating 9/11 with firsthand accounts from Linda Shepley, who saw Flight 93 crash; testimony of civilians who witnessed Flight 93 from the ground; Vaughn Lohec, whose sister was on Flight 93; and Reagan's Speechwriter Tony Dolan, who was at the Pentagon on 9/11.
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    Time Codes:
    00:00 - Firsthand account of Linda Shepley, who saw Flight 93 crash
    08:00 - Flight 93 from the ground
    18:00 - Hearing from Vaughn Lohec, whose sister was on Flight 93
    27:30 - Reagan's Speechwriter Tony Dolan, who was at the Pentagon on 9/11: "They Will Be Remembered...For All Those Who Served"
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
431 Ratings

431 Ratings

jhargin ,

Great reprieve from bad news

Sometimes I need something to listen to that is uplifting and informative—that’s what this podcast is for me!

Chef Kibby ,

Celebrating the good

Too often, I fill my head with stories of what’s wrong with the world; this show is a rare chance to focus on the people and events where the best parts of our country shine bright. So glad I stumbled upon your program!!

Arlie K ,

Much needed inspiration!

It’s obvious that the Our American Stories team puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. I love listening to the stories of ordinary people that have lived extraordinary lives - despite our many flaws, it makes me proud of the nation we've made!

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