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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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FREAKO's Fun House

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Hey, FREAKS! It's your old pal FREAKO the Clown! Are you ready to GET FREAKY! Then listen to my Crazy NEW Podcast with my BFF PINKEY the Clown! We laugh! We get wild! We get crazy! We have a blast talking about different clown stuff but sometimes we talk about Boobies! Fair warning, this is NOT a show for kids! So if you're easily offended take a HIKE! But if you like to laugh, then you've come to the right house! See you soon at FREAKO'S Fun House!
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, author Winter Prosapio dives into some of the weird laws we have here in the U.S.; Andrew Thompson, continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Joel Wegener and his wife are blessed with 10 children, 2 of which were diag…
 
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My good baggers, I present to you a turkey day treat. It's the return of our beloved friend Mark Adkins! We discuss medical kink, what happens when an animal is hogtied, tiddies, depression, ass, and what being called a 4 by your friends does to an MF. Happy Thanksgiving! Big thanks to Manscaped for sponsoring our program this week. Head on over to…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Star Wars enthusiast and museum curator Jarod Roll shares how Star Wars revolutionized movie merchandising, licensing and how kids played with toys; and Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime. Support the show…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, teacher, organist, choir director, and World War II history buff Anne Clare, tells the story of how World War II impacted a small Navy town on the West Coast; Donna Howard shares the story of how she created a business to be able to provide a supportive work environment for people who are neurodivergent; Lis…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Ilene Hall tells the story of when she enlisted in the Army WAC in 1943, to follow her husband, Edward “Ken” Hall to war; and While working for Dick Cavett, Steve Stoliar met not one but two of Hollywood’s greatest dance legends. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 …
 
Howdy gang we're very excited this week on account of we've got Bryan Quinby from Street Fight back with us! We discuss Bryan's series Hedo Bryan unleashed before gettin into your questions, including: Anxiety and uncertainty over having kids | Need help with talking to people on dating apps | Surrounded by people in relationships while single and …
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Robert Frohlich, author of Aimless Life, Awesome God, tells the story of his German born grandfather William Burtner- a man who helped build the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II; Kirk Aubry, the CEO of the supply chain services company Savage, on the ethical principles of their 2nd generation, 75-year-…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, actress Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl and how now 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroes; Joy Neal Kidney, the recipient of our 2021 Great American Storyteller Award, tells the story of several Civil War s…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, as a Cuban exile, Ray Montalvo joined Brigade 2506 to fight back against Castro, leading to his imprisonment in the country he once loved; and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, tells the story of the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trial…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson continues to share another slice from his ultimate guide to understanding these baffling mini mysteries of the English language; and Bob Drury and Tom Clavin tell the remarkable story of the evacuation of Saigon in Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam. Suppo…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, The remarkable life story of Ken Kendrick, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ principal owner and general managing partner; The History Guy tells the story of Richard “Dick” Bong who was a hero in an era of heroes; Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Small-Town West Vi…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dr. Roger McGrath tells the story of famous actor, Jimmy Stewart, and how his greatest honor in life was serving his country in WWII. Brent Evanoff discovers a secret he’d been unaware of for over 25 years and manages to help another veteran reconnect with something they lost as well. Support the show (https…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Anne Claire shares the history of Veterans Day and the many ways Veterans have been honored throughout American history with the use of banners; Vince Benedetto shares the time he explained the importance of Veterans Day to an auditorium of kids and how George Washington is responsible for so many of our Ame…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alex Castle tells us how she came to own the first whiskey distillery, Old Dominick Distillery, in Memphis as well as the first female head distiller in the state of Tennessee since Prohibition; and Tom Clavin shares some great stories of Joltin' Joe, Dom, and Vince from his book, The DiMaggios: Three Brothe…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Mike Leven was President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. One of the great hoteliers of all time—a legend in his business. Here’s Mike with a story about what he learned from his unseemly college law professor; and John Collins shares how his obsession with paper airplanes helped him achi…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, in America, we have four time zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern. But we used to have thousands!; Dennis Peterson shares memories of his Appalachian storytelling grandfather; and Trudy Cathy White on identity and climbing the mountains of life Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/d…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, 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 product.; Fitzgerald, Georgia, mayor Jim Puckett shares the story of his town building the world's largest topiary chicken; Thomas J…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Randy and Kelsey Bohlender have 10 children, 6 of which are adopted. Take a listen to hear their stories of adoption and how they came to found the adoption agency Zoe’s House; Wayne Gretzky tells us about the life of his father, Walter Gretzky known as “Canada's hockey dad,” and how his father's death promp…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Don Arthurs and Erich Offenburg tell the story of their special needs program, Crown Theater Productions, and how it won Columbiana the title of "Nicest Place in America; and Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods, and Kirby Ferguson of "Everything a Remix" tell the story of how Led Zeppelin found thems…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Bryk brings us the tale of the day British forces evacuated New York City after the Revolutionary War; Vermont historian and journalist Mark Bushnell takes us into the life of Calvin Coolidge in his hometown; and Loma Linda University Health has sought to not see patients as customers, but as individual…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dwight Pogue tells the story 1961 story of how McDonald County, Missouri found a unique way to protest their state government. Also check out his book about this historic event. Laura Treppendahl’s life was one worth remembering. After being killed in a drunk driving accident, Laura’s family told the judge t…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, we learn about why we participate in these strange celebrations every Halloween season from Lesley Bannatyne, the author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History and Lisa Morton, the author of Trick Or Treat: A History of Halloween. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) L…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joe Jutras shares how he broke the record in 2017 for the largest giant green squash ever grown coming in at 2118lbs; Halloween historian Lisa Morton is going to be unpacking the history of Haunted Attractions (AKA: Halloween Haunted House) which is directly tied into today’s practice of Trick-or-Treating; C…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeanne Bishop tells us the story of the brutal murders of her beloved family member and how a change of heart changed her life and so many others. Read her book for the full story; and Chris Siriano tells this curious story about Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin being placed in a glass coffin. Support the show (…
 
WooooOOOOOooooo spooky noises wooooo it's goddamn halloweekend folks and we're recovering from seasonal depression AND regular depression as it seems like many of y'all are! But we're here to rally with ya and beat this business cause it's spooky RFTB time. And you know the spooky shit is gonna be high effort and incredible. Here's what we cover Re…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Muniz tells a story that one of his friends told him about a coffee incident that took place on the USS Enterprise and David Klein, creator and founder of Jelly Belly jellybeans, shares the story of what led him to leave Jelly Belly just as it was about to explode and grow into a billion dollar enter…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Kent Nerburn, author of Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love was surprised, but elated to have a son at the age of 40. But afraid he wouldn't live long enough to see him into manhood, he penned several letters of fatherly advice should the unthinkable happen; Tom Zoellner purchased…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Leon Cooperman shares how he grew up in a rough neighborhood of New York City and how he become one of the most successful investors in history. Andrea Ludden, owner of the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, shares the story of how this amazing collection came to be a museum. Support the…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Randall Haley shares how the scents from So Delta Candle Company helped alleviate some of her homesickness. Roger McGrath shares the story of the men known as “The Big Four,” who incorporated the Central Pacific Railroad and helped build the transcontinental railroad. Support the show (https://www.ouramerica…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dawn and Casey share how they connected through similar childhood traumas and how they learned to improve their own marriage to break the cycle; and Jimmy Liautaud tells the story of how he created the well-known Jimmy Johns sandwich restaurant. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Ti…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Maria Elvin, Zoologist Manager of Birds at the Saint Louis Zoo, tells us about Enrique the penguin who wears shoes and James Ward gives his thoughts and experience during the response to protest on police brutality and what happened when he let his faith guide his response when an officer pulled him over. Su…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tyler Spady talks about the mass shooting that took place on November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the Borderline Bar & Grill, where thirteen people were killed; and Justin Maguire shares the story about meeting his father when he was 23-years-old. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstorie…
 
Howdy gang, we're very excited this week because we have social worker, former podcaster, and all-around good-ass person Maria Guido with us! We talk about Maria's work, our own mental health struggles, the nonsense that is "Conduct Disorder", and surprise parent meetings before getting into your questions: A message from the real Audrey heads | Ge…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, we hear about the Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr. She was known for her beauty, but her accomplishments go far beyond her appearance. Jane Leavey and Sandy Berman tell the story of the museum they created—The Breman Museum—and tell some stories of Jewish people in the American South. S…
 
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On this episode of Our American Stories, Lowell Lytle saw the Titanic first-hand and he tells his story and the story of The Titanic’s Last Hero; Beth Funk tells the story of her Yoga studio near Fort Hood, Texas that's been helping our men and women in uniform and anyone who wants to come in- find grounding; and Paul Bauer, a regular contributor, …
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy shares the story of “The Great Vowel Shift” and the making of modern English which has now become the official language in over 75 countries; and Rick Bowers shares how an undercover agent infiltrated the KKK, and with the help of Superman exposed them to the world. Support the show (https://…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Christopher Klein tell the story of how former U.S. president and Civil War hero, Ulysses S Grant raced to complete a literary masterpiece that saved his wife from destitution; Ralph Stayer, the founder of Johnsonville Sausage, shares his incredible faith journey; and Marilyn Jensen tells the harrowing story…
 
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