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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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A Chicago Landmark

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/02/18Feb20-Blackstone-Hotel-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When it was constructed just over a century ago, it was the tallest building in Chicago.  It remains a landmark…

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John Deere Before the Tractor

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/09Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When you hear the name John Deere you might think of tractors.  However, that is to think in modern terms. …

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The Relocation of John Deere

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/08Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)We’ve all heard of John Deere equipment and you may know the company is headquartered in Moline, Illinois.  But that’s…

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The Man Who Was Just Another Blacksmith

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/07Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He was just another blacksmith until some of his old friends convinced him to move from the northeastern U.S. to…

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Guinness Records Knows Casey, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/26Sep19-Casey-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The folks at Guinness Book World Records knows Casey, Illinois very well.  It seems they have to send someone there…

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A Beautiful Rocking Chair

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/25Sep19-Casey-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)It’s a beautiful rocking chair.  The kind of chair that would be the perfect place to relax.  There’s plenty of…

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How Windchimes Changed Lives

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/24Sep19-Casey-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)They are the windchimes that changed the way people thought about this small town.  How could wind chimes do that…

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A Place They Call Barnacopia

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/10Sep19-Barnacopia.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)What does a farmer do when he retires from working the land?  For Gary Bocker he really wasn’t looking to…

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An Iconic Vehicle Modernized

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/03Sep19-Mahindra-Roxor.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Some say it was the iconic vehicle of World War II.  A vehicle that General Esienhower said was one of…

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