45 episodes

Every generation of Americans has been faced with the same question: how should we live? Our endlessly interesting answers have created The American Story. The weekly episodes published here stretch from battlefields and patriot graves to back roads, school yards, bar stools, city halls, blues joints, summer afternoons, old neighborhoods, ball parks, and deserted beaches—everywhere you find Americans being and becoming American. They are true stories about what it is that makes America beautiful, what it is that makes America good and therefore worthy of love. Each episode aims in some small way to awaken the better angels of our nature, to welcome us into and encourage us to enrich the great American story.

The American Story Christopher Flannery

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    • 4.7, 62 Ratings

Every generation of Americans has been faced with the same question: how should we live? Our endlessly interesting answers have created The American Story. The weekly episodes published here stretch from battlefields and patriot graves to back roads, school yards, bar stools, city halls, blues joints, summer afternoons, old neighborhoods, ball parks, and deserted beaches—everywhere you find Americans being and becoming American. They are true stories about what it is that makes America beautiful, what it is that makes America good and therefore worthy of love. Each episode aims in some small way to awaken the better angels of our nature, to welcome us into and encourage us to enrich the great American story.

    Last Hand

    Last Hand

    It is hard to know where facts give way to legend in the case of Wild Bill; but some of the things he did in truth, as a frontiersman and lawman, may have exceeded the legends or at least deserved to become legends. The case of Wild Bill seems custom made for the immortal and mystifying words of the editor of the Shinbone Star, in the classic John Ford film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence”: “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

    • 8 min
    “Make Cakes!”

    “Make Cakes!”

    During peak hours, in the 300 block of Brand Boulevard in the city of Glendale, in what is called “Metropolitan Los Angeles,” you might see a line of eager people making their way into Porto’s Bakery & Café. You might see a similar scene in Buena Park, Burbank, Downey, or West Covina. Porto’s is a many-splendored gift to the Southland. And it’s not just the empanadas; it’s the spirit of freedom and enterprise. Rosa and Raul Porto and their children brought this gift to America from Cuba a lifet

    • 7 min
    Fingertip Memories

    Fingertip Memories

    Helen Keller was 14 years old when she first met the world-famous Mark Twain in 1894. They became fast friends for life. Keller, who was deaf and blind, loved to listen to Twain tell his stories by putting her fingers to his lips. As she said of Twain, “He knew that we do not think with eyes and ears, and that our capacity for thought is not measured by five senses. He kept me always in mind while he talked, and he treated me like a competent human being. That is why I loved him.”

    • 7 min
    The Man of Steel

    The Man of Steel

    Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive…The Man of Steel fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.

    • 7 min
    Our Greatest Poet

    Our Greatest Poet

    When you read Abraham Lincoln, you somehow become more than yourself, you become better. And his words want to be read aloud, too. Start with the Second Inaugural—so beautiful—and the Gettysburg Address—his short ones. They are American poems.

    • 6 min
    Number 42

    Number 42

    Each year on April 15, all players in Major League Baseball turn in their regular uniforms and wear one adorned with the number 42. On no other day does any player wear that number; it has been permanently retired. This custom, unique in North American professional sports, has been adopted to honor a man who not only changed a sport, but helped change a country.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Andrew @ Beck ,

America Needs This Program

Chris Flannery and his team have created such a beautiful program. Each episode is short, under ten minutes long, but still a journey that is full of original music, beautiful narration, and poetic language that instruct us—and make us look inside ourselves for these “better angels of our nature.” America needs this program. Now more than ever.

USC always ,

Excellent in all respects

This series is both informative and encouraging. In a time when too few Americans know our story, and when too many try to recast it to fit an agenda, this podcast is a healthful corrective. It tells a brief story and invites the hearer to explore further. This is a true resource for our citizens.

appreciative patriot ,

The American The beautiful

Chris Flannery charming narrator of the idea of the dream with music. Love this gravelly voice with great stories. Informative

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