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Swamp Root to Cure Your Ails

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/06Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you saw an advertisement for someone selling “swamp root” that could cure your ails, well, you might be a…

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A Meeting in the Park

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/05Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This small town was in danger of losing a treasured part of its past and present.  But who would step…

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The World’s Fair in Iowa

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/04Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Perhaps you’ve heard of the World’s Fair.  Many editions of that global event have been held over the centuries.  But…

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Losing All Five Sullivan Children

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/11/12Nov20-Sullivan-Brothers-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)One cannot fathom the thought of losing five children in one event, but that’s exactly what happened to the Sullivans. …

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Remembering the Sacrifices

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/11/11Nov20-Sullivan-Brothers-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Veteran’s Day is a time we remember the sacrifices of those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy in the…

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Remembering Five Brothers from Waterloo

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/11/10Nov20-Sullivan-Brothers-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)After the attack on Pearl Harbor, many young men in the country rushed to join the military to fight for…

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A Different Cemetery

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/10/05Nov20-Hobo-Museum-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In Britt, Iowa you’ll find a section of the town’s cemetery that looks different than the rest.  The stones are…

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Luring a Convention

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/10/04Nov20-Hobo-Museum-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Lots of cities work to lure conventions to town.  They may offer several amenities to take advantage of the economic…

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Catching a Train Ride on a No Budget Trip

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/10/03Nov20-Hobo-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It was quite an adventure.  Shorty and Frog caught and westbound train and were headed over the Rocky Mountains and…

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A Visit with Hobos

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/10/02Nov20-Hobo-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When I told my son on a recent trip that we were going to stop and visit with a couple…

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Putting Hats on the Map

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/19Aug20-Iowa-Hat-Lady-2020-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)People always ask who is the most interesting person I’ve interviewed?  It’s a question with many answers, and most of…

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The Hat Lady, Alvina Sellers

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/18Aug20-Iowa-Hat-Lady-2020-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Dr. Suess wrote the cat in the hat, but he should have consulted an expert like Alvina Sellers for background…

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The National Championship Pedal Pull

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/12Sep19-Pedal-Pull-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Every September kids from across the country come to the Corn Palace to compete in this national championship.  It’s a…

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Another Way to Invest Your Retirement Money

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/11Sep19-Pedal-Pull-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)People decide to do a multitude of things with their retirement money.  Ken Meyers decided to invest his in something…

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Everything Is For Sale

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/05Sep19-Auctioneer-Jared-Miller-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)What’s the most difficult genre of items for an auctioneer to sell?  That depends on the auctioneer you ask but…

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The Best Auctioneer

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/04Sep19-Auctioneer-Jared-Miller-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The chant of an auctioneer – it is the sounds that calls for bids and brings items to their top…

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The Story of Kate Shelley

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/11/14Nov18-Kate-Shelley-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)If you live in the state of Iowa you perhaps know the name of Kate Shelly.  At one time she…

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Disaster Lurking in the Darkness

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/11/13Nov18-Kate-Shelley-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)There was a disaster lurking in the darkness.  A rail bridge had washed out and a passenger train would soon…

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The History of a Popular Apple

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/19Jul18-Red-Delicious-Apples-2018.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a…

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The First Professional African American Baseball Player

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/06/05Jun18-Bud-Fowler-Keokuk-Baseball-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Who was the first African American major league baseball player.  Most say Jackie Robinson.  However, residents of this town say…

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