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More Profitable Than Farmland

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/03/06Apr17-Oblong-Illinois-Oil-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)There was a time when the farmers of southeastern Illinois found something far more profitable on their land than corn…

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Composing Music for Walt Disney

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/02/04Apr16-Streator-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)You’ve most likely never heard his name, but you’ve likely heard his music.  His family tried to dissuade him from…

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The Small Town that Served 1.5 Million Troops

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/02/01Apr16-Streator-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many people like to be patriotic and support our troops.  This small town went well above and beyond, helping over…

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Discovering Pluto

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/02/31Mar16-Streator-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his…

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Super Slurper & Much More!

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2015/02/24Feb16-Peoria-Penicillin-5.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more…

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The Moldy Cantaloupe that Saved the World

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2015/02/23Feb16-Peoria-Penicillin-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:03 — 2.1MB)You could call it the “moldy cantaloupe that saved the world.”  It was an unlikely find, but one that indeed…

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The Race For A Cure

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2015/02/22Feb16-Peoria-Penicillin-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Early in World War II, the US Army Air Corp was traveling worldwide looking to help find a wonder drug…

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The Race to Develop Penicillin

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2015/02/19Feb16-Peoria-Penicillin-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:04 — 2.1MB)You may have heard of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin back in the 1920s.  However, most folks don’t know the…

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The Miracle in Short Supply

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2015/02/18Feb16-Peoria-Penicillin-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)It was a miracle drug.  Penicillin.  However Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was far from an immediate success as the world’s…

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Where Did That Pumpkin Pie Come From?

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/11/04Dec15-Ackerman-Farms-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over the holidays many of us will have a piece of Pumpkin pie.  When you eat that dessert, you might…

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Changing the Way They Farmed

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/11/03Dec15-Ackerman-Farms-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)During the 1980s many farmers were forced to change the way they farmed.  The financial conditions of the decade made…

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More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/10Jul15-Judy-Straus-5.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph,…

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Lives In Jeopardy

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/09Jul15-Judy-Straus-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending…

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Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/08Jul15-Judy-Straus-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That…

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The Nazis Invade Home

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/07Jul15-Judy-Straus-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The Straus family left Germany in the 1930s to escape the rising power of Adolf Hitler.  Then, in the early…

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Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/06Jul15-Judy-Straus-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)This week we visit with Judy Straus, a survivor of the Holocaust  Her story is one of tragedy and hope…and…

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Saved Jewish Artifacts

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/06Feb15-Chicago-Holocaust-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The movie, “Monuments Men,” details the race by Allied forces to save precious Jewish artifacts from destruction by the Nazis. …

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A Museum Dedicated to Jewish Survivors

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/05Feb15-Chicago-Holocaust-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)In 1976 a group led by Frank Collin wanted to march in the city of Skokie, Illinois.  The event drew…

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A Journey to the US Ahead of the War

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/04Feb15-Henry-Straus-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)Today we know the atrocities committed against Jews at the hands of the Nazis.  However, in the years leading up…

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The Night of Broken Glass

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/03Feb15-Henry-Straus-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)It is a night that Henry Straus will never forget.  November 9th, 1938.  It’s today known as the “Night of…

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