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The Game Board Patent

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/16Apr21-Macomb-Illinois-Monopoly-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you invented something you might get a patent.  That’s what Lizzie did, but her patent was quite a story…

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Preparing for Abe’s Debate

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/15Apr21-Macomb-Illinois-Lincoln-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s probably the most famous debate in American history – the Lincoln Douglas debates.  While the two where vying for…

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Picture of a Rugged Abe

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/14Apr21-Macomb-Illinois-Lincoln-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)These days it’s not a bid deal at all to take a picture.  The bigger problem is figuring out what…

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West of the Mississippi to Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/15Mar21-Kaskaskia-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today we head west of the Mississippi River to the state of Illinois.  Yes, that is correct…we’re heading west across…

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Liberty Bell of the West

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/12Mar21-Kaskaskia-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The Liberty Bell tolled for freedom in Philadelphia…or was it really in the state of Illinois.  The surprising answer to…

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The Mighty Kaskaskia, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/11Mar21-Kaskaskia-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Roll back the clock 250 years and this city’s population might rival some of the largest towns on the east…

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The Man Who Ran For President Three Times

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/08Jan21-William-Jennings-Bryan.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over a century has passed since this man ran for president three times.  While he never held the oval office,…

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Facing Santa Anna in the Mexican War

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/11/16Nov20-Santa-Annas-Leg.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s been over 150 years since Illinois soldiers faced Santa Anna in the Mexican War.  However traces of that battle…

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President Lincoln’s Servant and Friend

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/09/28Sep20-Lincoln-Servant-William-Johnson.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Few people know that on Abraham Lincoln’s return to D.C. from delivering the Gettysburg Address, he contracted a mild case…

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Bookends To a Presidency

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/09/22Sep20-Lincoln-Inauguration-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)On the surface, this old train station in Springfield, IL may not seem to be that important.  However, when you…

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A President Elect’s Moving Sale

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/09/21Sep20-Lincoln-Inauguration-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When people move, they often put some items up for sale and place others in the trash.  Now imagine it…

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The Last Steam Engine

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/05/03Jun20-Sterling-Illinois-Dillon-Home-Barbed-Wire-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)You can still find a few steam engines in this country pulling tourist trains. But when was the last steam…

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“What” Won the West

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/05/02Jun20-Sterling-Illinois-Dillon-Home-Barbed-Wire-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Who won the west? Perhaps a better question is, “what” won the west? Erin Thompson says what won the west…

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A Patent That Changed the Way People Farmed and Ranched

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/05/01Jun20-Sterling-Illinois-Dillon-Home-Barbed-Wire-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In the 1870’s, a series of patents were first issued for this product that was destined to change the way…

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A CEO’s Philosophy of Business and Life

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/04/07May20-WD-40-Gary-Ridge-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When you walk into the offices of this company you’ll be greeted by someone with a unique title.  They are…

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The Squeaky Wheel Gets WD40

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/04/06May20-WD-40-Gary-Ridge-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)A cliché says, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In this case, Gary Ridge hopes the squeaky wheel gets WD40. …

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Failing 39 Times

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/04/05May20-WD-40-Gary-Ridge-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you failed at something 39 times, would you attempt success with a 40th try?  This company did, and of…

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The First U.S. Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/04/04May20-Jane-Adams-Hull-House.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)She was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a lady who helped establish a field of work…

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Abraham Lincoln’s Senator Challenger

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/02/25Feb20-Stephen-Douglas-2020.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, but it was this man who defeated him for the senate…

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Smoke-filled Rooms

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/02/19Feb20-Blackstone-Hotel-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)You many have heard of backroom political deals referred to as having taken place in a smoke-filled room.  Today I’ll…

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