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Popcorn and Pumpkins

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/24July19-Illinois-Popcorn-Pumpkins.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Popcorn, pumpkins and more.  Colin just thought every farm in American grew those crops, but then he took a look…

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The Risk of a Crop Below Ground

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/23July19-Illinois-Oil-Field-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Most farmers take on some risk when they put a crop in the ground.  This farmer sees the risk in…

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An Oil Field Where You Might Not Expect It

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/22July19-Illinois-Oil-Field-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When you think of American oilfield you perhaps think of Texas, North Dakota or the fields on the north slope…

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A Trip to the Mastodon Park

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/12Jul19-Mastodon-Park.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up…

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From Korea to Vietnam

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/06/26Jun19-Kermit-Bell.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over 2 decades after he first entered the army, Kermit Bell was now on his way to Vietnam. Not only…

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Civil War History in Sycamore, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/04/18Apr19-Sycamore-Illinois-Civil-War-History.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)In the days after the Civil War, some African American families moved north with the Union troops with which they…

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The Historic Chicago Fire

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/17Oct18-Chicago-Fire-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)Bells rang the warning.  Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming…

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A Fast Moving Fire

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/16Oct18-Chicago-Fire-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)It was a fast moving fire. In fact, it was moving so quickly that people could not find aware to…

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The Most Famous Cow in History

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/15Oct18-Chicago-Fire-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems…

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Inside the Dickson Mounds

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/31Jul18-Dixon-Mounds-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try…

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An Early City of a Thousand Years Ago

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/30Jul18-Dixon-Mounds-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Havana, Illinois is located on the Illinois River but is far from the first city that’s stood here.  In fact,…

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Chicago’s Old City Library

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/03/05Mar18-Old-Chicago-Library.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by…

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Chicago’s Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/02/02Mar18-Chicago-Cultural-Center.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by…

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Part of Chicago’s Famous Park Landscape

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/09/25Sept17-Lincoln-Parks-Lilly-Pool.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)This famous architect was hired to design one of Chicago’s famous park landscapes.  No sooner did he design it than…

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Three Presidents in One Place

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/04/25May17-Greenup-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s hard to imagine a U.S. president taking time to check into a hotel, sign their name to the registration…

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Linking Two Ends of the Nation

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/04/24May17-Greenup-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today interstate highways provide the roads for multistate trips, but when this country was founded, any road at all was…

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The City of Porches

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/04/23May17-Greenup-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Some say this small Midwestern town has the look of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  When you drive down Main Street…

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A Two Story Outhouse

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/04/09May17-Two-Story-Outhouse.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)You may be tempted to believe this small building in central Illinois is just a gimmick devised for people to…

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The Postville Courthouse

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/04/21Apr17-Postville-Courthouse-2017.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Americans regard him as one of their most beloved presidents…a man that pulled a nation together as civil war tore…

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An Unexpected Boom

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/03/07Apr17-Oblong-Illinois-Oil-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Just south of Interstate 70 in southeast Illinois, you may begin to see some unusual sights popping up and down…

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