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The Stage Door Canteen

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/21Jul21-Pontiac-WWII-Home-Band-Exhibit-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Imagine a chance to get to hear one of the biggest bands of the day and dance with movie starlets. …

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The $25 Per Month Home Mortgage

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/20Jul21-Pontiac-WWII-Home-Band-Exhibit-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)As time passes there are fewer Americans that can recall the life on the homefront during the years of World…

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The Music of the Civil War

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/16Jul21-Pontiac-Civil-War-Music-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many museums cover the history of the Civil War, but few cover this specific topic within that war.  That doesn’t…

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Titanic of Pontiac, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/15Jul21-Pontiac-Titanic-Museum.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many museums cover the history of the Civil War, but few cover this specific topic within that war.  That doesn’t…

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The Woman at the Helm of a Vast Empire

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/05/26May21-King-Neptune-the-Pig-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He was a hero of World War II.  And that’s saying something for a pig.  Yes, a pig named King…

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The Pig that Built a Battleship…Sort Of

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/05/25May21-King-Neptune-the-Pig-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It costs a lot of money to build a battleship.  The U.S. government was building all kinds of ships as…

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The 4-H Pig That Became A War Hero

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/05/24May21-King-Neptune-the-Pig-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Let’s face it – most hogs are destined to become pork chops and bacon.  But this hog had a change…

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Finding New Markets in a Pandemic

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/17May21-Ropp-Jersey-Cheese-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When the Covid pandemic hit this country, this small business suddenly found half of its sales gone.  It was a…

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Ropp Jersey Cheese

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/14May21-Ropp-Jersey-Cheese-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)It may be difficult for a small dairy producer to make a living.  However, just outside of Normal, Illinois, Ken…

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The Ropps of Ropp Road

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/13May21-Ropp-Jersey-Cheese-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Ken laughs when people tell him he must be pretty famous to have a road named after him.  It is…

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The Bronze Star Optometrist

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/12May21-Kermit-Bell-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Over two decades after he first entered the army…Kermit Bell was now on his way to Vietnam.  Not only would…

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Fighting the Second of Three Global Wars

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/11May21-Kermit-Bell-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)For Kermit Bell, the Korean was just the second of three world conflicts he would find himself in…

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How the Batchtown Farm Kid Made it to West Point

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/10May21-Kermit-Bell-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Kermit Bell never intended to make a career in the military…but by the time he retired from the army he…

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The Cozy Dog

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/06May21-Route-66-Cozy-Dog.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Route 66 is full of pieces of Americana…and in central Illinois you’ll find a drive in over 70 years old…and…

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Cruising in the Land Yacht

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/05May21-Route-66-Pontiac-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you asked someone in the U.S. to name a famous foreign highway, maybe they’d mention the German Autobahn or…

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Museum of the Mother Road

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/04May21-Route-66-Pontiac-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s the museum of the Mother Road.  And you know you’ve got quite a historic route when there is an…

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Crossing the Ohio at Cave in Rock

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/03May21-Cave-in-Rock-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s the end of the road in Illinois, and if you want to go further south on Route 1, you’ll…

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Cave In Rock

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/30Apr21-Cave-in-Rock-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It was a dangerous portion of the Ohio River – not because of the current, but because of who might…

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The Monopoly Patent

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/04/19Apr21-Macomb-Illinois-Monopoly-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Charles Darrow had a great new board game he sold to Parker Brothers – Monopoly.  The only problem was, Charles…

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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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