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Helping Rural Business Thrive in Developing Nations

Willie Foote saw farmers and farmer cooperatives in developing nations often struggling to survive. What resulted was a vision turned non-profit organization that is making…

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Posted in American Countryside food international Podcast

Root Capital

American farmers know the financial difficulties that result from conditions that are often out of their control. Now imagine you are a small farmer in…

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Posted in American Countryside Kansas Podcast

Limited Married Life at Fort Hays

(Hays, Kansas) – For an enlisted man at Fort Hays, it wasn’t enough to win a young woman’s heart and ask her hand in marriage….

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The Men at Fort Hays

The Army certainly needs strong, upstanding young men and women to fill its ranks today. But in the late 19th Century, the reasons men enlisted…

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Fort Hays, Kansas

(Fort Hays, Kansas) As Americans moved from east to west, a network of forts sprang up across the high plains to protect travel and commerce….

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From Silver Mines to Fields of Sheep

(Ketchum, Idaho) When the silver ran out, the sheep moved in; thousands of them, in fact! This place became one of the largest sheep exporting…

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The Ketchum, Idaho Sheep Festival

Today the number of snow skiers to this valley outnumbers the sheep that graze the summer mountainsides. However, the sheep still get the right of…

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Posted in American Countryside California Hawaii Pearl Harbor Podcast World War II

Swimming in a Sea of Burning Oil

Stu Hedley may have believed that once he left his ship, the West Virginia, in Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941 that…

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Posted in American Countryside California Hawaii Pearl Harbor Podcast World War II

Surviving Pearl Harbor: A First Hand Account

We’ve heard of the events of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Today, we meet one of the men who survived aboard one of the…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri Podcast Saint Joseph

Networking the Union with the Pony Express

Although the first riders of the Pony Express left from St. Joseph, Missouri, it could be argued that the headquarters of the operation was 50…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri Podcast Saint Joseph

Forming the Pony Express

They are three names etched in the history of western exploration and settlement: Russell, Majors and Waddell. Here’s one of their ancestors; a woman who…

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Dawson Dolly

Skagway, Alaska has a wealth of history from its gold mining days. One of the personalities who shares that story is a lady named Dolly….

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Posted in American Countryside baseball California New York Podcast World War II

Back to Baseball

Jerry Coleman served his country as a pilot during World War II, then returned home to play professional baseball. 1949 marked the first of five…

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Posted in American Countryside baseball California New York Podcast World War II

A Yankee Pilot

It is difficult to fathom the changes that took place in everyday life in the United State, yet alone Hawaii, after December 1941. Sports took…

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Posted in American Countryside baseball California New York Podcast World War II

Waiting to Join…

Jerry Coleman was a high school senior when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor. He was drafted the very next year, but not by the military….

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Posted in American Countryside Hawaii Podcast World War II

From Pearl Harbor into World War II

Al Bodenlos can tell you plenty about building airport runways. Of course, most of those he helped build were on surfaces like coral, under the…

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Posted in American Countryside Hawaii Podcast World War II

A Witness to the Beginning of World War II

Al Bodenlos was in Honolulu on the morning of December 7, 1941. Like many people there, he didn’t immediately realize the story that was beginning…

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Posted in American Countryside Hawaii Podcast World War II

An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor

Al was about to witness the most realistic military training exercise he had ever seen. As he got closer to the action, he quickly realized…

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The Father of the Green Revolution

One news anchored reported that this man may be responsible for saving more lives than anyone in the 20th Century. With the passing of Norman…

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The Birthplace of Stephen Douglas

Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, but it was this man who defeated him for the Senate two years earlier. We’ll go…

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