374 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 • 479 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.

    King Solomon, Town's Grave Digging Drunk Turned Hero, Wandering Worker: The American Hobo and America Strikes Back After Pearl Harbor

    King Solomon, Town's Grave Digging Drunk Turned Hero, Wandering Worker: The American Hobo and America Strikes Back After Pearl Harbor

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Kentucky journalist Sam Terry tells the story of the man they called “King Solomon.” Connecticut Shorty of The Hobo Museum shares the story of the American hobo and how they are still celebrated today. Teacher, choir director, organist, and history buff Anne Clare tells the story of the first two major American responses to the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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    Time Codes:

    00:00 - King Solomon, Town's Grave Digging Drunk Turned Hero

    10:00 - Wandering Worker: The American Hobo

    35:00 - America Strikes Back After Pearl Harbor: The Battle of the Coral Sea and the Doolittle Raids 

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    • 38 min
    How a Corporate Lawyer Found His Mission-Driven Path (Bob Norton)

    How a Corporate Lawyer Found His Mission-Driven Path (Bob Norton)

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Bob Norton tells the story of his adventures from picking up nuts and bolts with dad at work, to being a very successful corporate lawyer, to now serving as the General Counsel of Hillsdale College.

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    • 38 min
    JoyRide, The Car Club Exclusively for Kids with Special Needs and North Carolina Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

    JoyRide, The Car Club Exclusively for Kids with Special Needs and North Carolina Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Blair Cornell tells us how his family navigated raising their neuordivergent son and how they created a non-profit car club to help people with autism. Craig Richardson, Matthew Bryant and Paula Smith tells us about the story of Winston-Salem, North Carolina's unconstitutional MAP Act.

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    Time Codes:

    00:00 - JoyRide, The Car Club Exclusively for Kids with Special Needs

    23:00 - North Carolina Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

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    • 38 min
    A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter, Ladies, Start Your Lawnmower Engines! and When People Sent Their Children Through the Mail

    A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter, Ladies, Start Your Lawnmower Engines! and When People Sent Their Children Through the Mail

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Richmond radio host Jeff Katz shares a note that his daughter won't ever read, but will surely impact your life for the better. Julie Tynmann's here with her story about the greatest show on turf. Christopher Warren shares the history of the U.S. Postal Service and a time when people mailed their children… and on one instance, an entire bank.

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    Time Codes:

    00:00 - A Father’s Note to His “Timeless” Daughter…Who Functions At A Toddler Level

    10:00 - The Grass and the Furious: Ladies, Start Your Lawnmower Engines!

    35:00 - When People Sent Their Children Through the Mail

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    • 38 min
    Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game of 1934 and Tennessee's Most Famous Grocer

    Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game of 1934 and Tennessee's Most Famous Grocer

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Buddy Morehouse tells us about the childhood of President Gerald Ford and how a football game changed him and his friend Willis Ward's lives forever. Dennis Petersontells the story of the legendary Cass Walker and his remarkable life... from the grocery empire that he built from scratch, to an unforgettable political run, a TV show, and much more.

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    Time Codes:

    00:00 - Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game of 1934

    35:00 - Tennessee's Most Famous Grocer

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    • 38 min
    Moonshine Runners and the Birth of NASCAR and “The Union is coming! The Union is coming!”

    Moonshine Runners and the Birth of NASCAR and “The Union is coming! The Union is coming!”

    On this episode of Our American Stories, Neal Thompson, author of Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR tells the true story behind NASCAR’s hardscrabble, moonshine-fueled origins. Horst Schulze tells us the difference between “management” and “leadership.”

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    Time Codes:

    00:00 - Moonshine Runners and the Birth of NASCAR

    35:00 - “The Union is coming! The Union is coming!”

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    • 38 min

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479 Ratings

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