Composing Music for Walt Disney

You’ve most likely never heard his name, but you’ve likely heard his music.  His family tried to dissuade him from majoring in music, but it turned out this small town musician hit it big with a new movie company…

The Small Town that Served 1.5 Million Troops

Many people like to be patriotic and support our troops.  This small town went well above and beyond, helping over 1.5 million soldiers all with volunteer labor and food…

Discovering Pluto

He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his ashes were sent to that speck of light he discovered way back in 1930…

Super Slurper & Much More!

It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more folks don’t realize it was developed in what seems a most unlikely place…

The Moldy Cantaloupe that Saved the World

You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed help save thousands of lives…

The Race For A Cure

Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corp was traveling worldwide looking to help find a wonder drug that could save thousands of lives…

The Race to Develop Penicillin

You may have heard of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin back in the 1920s.  However, most folks don’t know the important role agricultural scientists played in bringing us that miracle cure…

The Miracle in Short Supply

It was a miracle drug.  Penicillin.  However Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was far from an immediate success as the world’s supply could be used up on just one patient.

Where Did That Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Over the holidays many of us will have a piece of Pumpkin pie.  When you eat that dessert, you might give a brief tip of the cap to one Midwestern town, because there’s a very good chance that pumpkin was grown here…

Changing the Way They Farmed

During the 1980s many farmers were forced to change the way they farmed.  The financial conditions of the decade made a lasting effect on many.  One such farm is just east of Peoria, and the changes the family made are ones that have brought success today…

More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

AMC_Brazil2016We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to AmericanCountryside.com and listen to each feature…

Lives In Jeopardy

AMC_Brazil2016As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps.  For the three members of the Straus family, each of their lives was very much in jeopardy…

Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

AMC_Brazil2016The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That was the case for Judy Straus…

The Nazis Invade Home

AMC_Brazil2016The Straus family left Germany in the 1930s to escape the rising power of Adolf Hitler.  Then, in the early 1940s, the Nazis invaded the new nation they called home…

Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

AMC_Brazil2016This week we visit with Judy Straus, a survivor of the Holocaust  Her story is one of tragedy and hope…and a story I hope you’ll tune into each day…

Saved Jewish Artifacts

FJ Alaska Banner AdThe movie, “Monuments Men,” details the race by Allied forces to save precious Jewish artifacts from destruction by the Nazis.  That story played out in real life at the end of World War II and today you can see some of the items saved…

A Museum Dedicated to Jewish Survivors

FJ Alaska Banner AdIn 1976 a group led by Frank Collin wanted to march in the city of Skokie, Illinois.  The event drew national attention and multiple court rulings because it was a group of Nazi sympathizers who proposed to march in a predominately Jewish community.  This museum perhaps would not be here if not for that demonstration…

A Journey to the US Ahead of the War

FJ Alaska Banner AdToday we know the atrocities committed against Jews at the hands of the Nazis.  However, in the years leading up to World War II, and even during the war itself, many in America simply couldn’t imagine such stories were indeed true.  We visit with a man who made that journey to the U.S. just ahead of the war…

The Night of Broken Glass

FJ Alaska Banner AdIt is a night that Henry Straus will never forget.  November 9th, 1938.  It’s today known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”  Today we go back to that time with a man who witnessed it as a ten year old boy…

A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany

FJ Alaska Banner AdWe resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a country where the Nazis were rising to power. We appreciate the assistance of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center with this series…