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A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/30Jan15-Henry-Straus-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)We resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a…

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Growing Up Jewish in Germany

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/12/29Jan15-Henry-Straus-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)From his earliest memories, Henry Straus remembers discrimination. As a young Jewish boy living in a German city, his family…

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Recruiting Students for Careers in Agriculture

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/11/20Nov14-Corey-Flournoy-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you were recruiting students for careers in agriculture, a large city might be the last place you’d think to make…

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An Unlikely Choice for FFA President

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/11/19Nov14-Corey-Flournoy-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Twenty years ago a the Future Farmers of America made an unlikely choice for their national president…for his years were spent…

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The Largest of Indian Mounds

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/10/04Nov14-Kahokia-Mounds-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:57 — 2.0MB)We’ve probably all heard of Indian mounds scattered throughout parts of North America.  Here just east of present day St. Louis…

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The Largest City

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/10/03Nov14-Kahokia-Mounds-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:57 — 2.0MB)Before there was a United States of America, this was the largest city within it’s modern boundaries.  In fact, it’s size…

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Developing the Self Scouring Plow

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/05/25Aug14-John-Deere-Plow.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one.  Yet his name is synonymous with the equipment used…

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That Will Be a Half-Cent, Mr. President

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/12/12Dec13-Lincoln-Pittsfield-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Toll roads have been around as long as the nation.  Today those tolls are often paid on multi-lane turnpikes, often…

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The Cannon That Fired Too Soon

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/12/11Dec13-Lincoln-Pittsfield-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When you’re in  Pittsfield, Illinois, enjoy the chance to drive around the city and listen to stories on your car…

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A Frequent Visitor

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/11/10Dec13-Lincoln-Pittsfield-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today we say hello to out listeners on WBBA in Pittsfield, Illinois.  Listeners there know that just over a century…

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6 St. Louis Spots History Lovers Shouldn’t Miss

A lot of visitors to St. Louis may catch a Cardinals game, take in the world-class zoo, or ride to the top of the St….

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New Philadelphia

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/09/18Oct13-New-Philadelphia.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today it is difficult to find much of the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois.  However, the town’s place in the…

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The Old Log Cabin Inn

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/08/30Aug13-Old-Log-Cabin-Inn.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When you operate a restaurant that features a talking crow and airplane rides, you will certainly stand out compared to…

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A Unique Hall of Fame

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/08/29Aug13-Route-66-Hall-of-Fame.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)There are many Halls of Fame across this nation.  Most will display items related to those enshrined.  This one is…

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The Pontiac Wagon

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/08/26Aug13-Pontiac-Oakland-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)Today we take a look at a very old Pontiac wagon.  No, we’re not talking about a station wagon, but…

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A Car Named for Oakland County, Michigan

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/08/23Aug13-Pontiac-Oakland-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)If I were to tell you that there is a car named for Oakland County, Michigan you’d probably not recognize…

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The Walldog Museum

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/08/22Aug13-Walldogs.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)What is a “walldog” and why is there a museum devoted to it?  Well, the answer can be found in…

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Some Abraham Lincoln Stories You Won’t Get from Hollywood

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2013/06/28Jun13-Vandalia-Lincoln.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 1.4MB)What was Abraham Lincoln doing with 81 bottles of champagne and 14 pounds of raisins? Thankfully he didn’t consume them…

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A Network of Ancient Cities

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2009/12/Dickson-Mounds-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:02 — 950.8KB)Before interstate highways existed, something apparently linked America’s first large cities. But we don’t know exactly what. Andrew McCrea examines…

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An Ancient City in Mid-America

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2009/12/Dickson-Mounds-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:02 — 1.9MB)Dickson, Illinois, is a nice town on the Illinois River. But it’s far from the first city in that location….

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