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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.

Our American Stories Our American Stories

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 345 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.

    Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Man in a Glass Coffin, and The Road to Sobriety

    Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Man in a Glass Coffin, and The Road to Sobriety

    On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Mark McCray, author of The Best Saturday's of Our Lives, tells us the story of Saturday morning cartoons and what happened to them; also, Chris Siriano tells us about an American man in a glass coffin along the shores of Lake Michigan; and finally, Casey Brogan shares his story of his battle with addiction and his journey towards sobriety.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    EP28: Blockbuster vs. Netflix, The History of Spam, and The Iowa Freedom Rocks

    EP28: Blockbuster vs. Netflix, The History of Spam, and The Iowa Freedom Rocks

    On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jim Keyes, the former CEO of BlockBuster, tells us the story of Blockbuster during its final days; also, the author of The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat, Dustin Black, tells the story of this often speculated household name; and finally,  Ray Bubba Sorensen tells us about the painted rocks depicting local military heroes scattered across Iowa's 90 counties.
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    • 48 min
    EP27: 100-Year Old Skydiver, Therapy through Dungeons & Dragons, and A History of NYC

    EP27: 100-Year Old Skydiver, Therapy through Dungeons & Dragons, and A History of NYC

    On the episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Ronald Mason, a WWII pilot with a heck of a story; also, the story of Adam Davis and Adam John who have been using table-top games as a therapy tool; and finally, Bill Bryk makes the familiar fascinating and  briefly recounts how New York City became the city it is today, as well as his love for its past. 
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    • 49 min
    EP26: Bottled Rainwater, Ford v. Ferrari: The Rematch, and Overcoming the KKK

    EP26: Bottled Rainwater, Ford v. Ferrari: The Rematch, and Overcoming the KKK

    On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you the story of one out of over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, that has changed the game forever, Richard's Rainwater, and the man behind it all, Richard Heinichen; also, Jon Elfner brings us the story of Ford's 100th anniversary celebration and its new supercar built to showcase its heritage and future through the eyes of industry legends Neil Ressler, Scott Ahlman, and Mark McGowan; and finally, the story of Shiana Rasheed, a young woman who struggled with her family being in the KKK, rebelled against them, and married a Middle Eastern Muslim man.
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    • 57 min
    EP25: Groucho's Assistant, Pointy Hat Prank, and Jelly Belly's Founder

    EP25: Groucho's Assistant, Pointy Hat Prank, and Jelly Belly's Founder

    On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Steve Stoliar who tells about his years as Groucho Marx's secretary and historian; also, Duncan Scott tells us his story of pranking the New Mexico State Legislature; and finally, David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly, shares his story of how he lost his beans, but kept his soul.
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    • 57 min
    EP24: The Texas Grocery Miracle, The Pilsner in America, and 7-Eleven's American Dream

    EP24: The Texas Grocery Miracle, The Pilsner in America, and 7-Eleven's American Dream

    On this week's episode, we bring you the story of when Tim and Deb Hennessy received a miraculous surprise when they visited a local grocery during the February 2021 deep freeze in Texas; also, Tom Acitelli, author of "Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World" tells the story of how an experimental drink in the Austrian Empire became America's favorite drink; and finally, Fomer CEO of 7-11, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American Dream.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

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Inspiring

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Wonderful!

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