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WCAZ Radio

Today’s program comes from the studios of WCAZ Radio in Carthage, Illinois. It’s a place with a long tradition in broadcasting…a place that’s been on…

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Racing the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Imagine running the Daytona 500 on a mountain road with steep grades and no guardrails. The cars may not be the same…but autos have been…

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Driving the Mt. Washington Auto Road

It’s a mountain road with hairpin curves, no guardrails and an average grade of 12%. That makes it one of the most popular and perhaps…

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Building the Mt. Washington Auto Road

It was big news when this mountain road opened…not because it linked two cities, but rather because it linked tourists with one of the most…

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The Kansas Cosmosphere

Today we’re back in Hutchinson, KS and say hello to our listeners on KWBW. I can attest to what folks there already know…the space museum…

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A Space Museum in the Midwest

Where can you find the largest collection of Soviet space artifacts on public display in the world? The answer is in a most unexpected place,…

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New Hampshire Primaries at the Town and Country Motor Inn

Many hotels host important guests…but Scott Labnon’s family owned property is guaranteed to see plenty of secret service and presidential candidates occupy his location every…

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The Town and Country Motor Inn

The Northeastern United State is home to many long time, family owned resort motels. One of the most famous properties began with just a handful…

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Cleveland, Ohio

It was once a place that served as the punch line to jokes. Some of those jokes are still around, but the city they berated…

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Hatch Chili

If you play with fire you’re liable to get burned. But on Jim Lidle’s farm, fire is what they grow. It’s fire in the form…

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Posted in American Countryside Podcast World War II

German Prisoners of War Going to Church

Sunday was a day of worship in Hampshire, Illinois…both for the American residents and their friends, the German POWs. The American Countryside is brought to…

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Posted in American Countryside Podcast World War II

Learning English from a German POW

When John Fenzell was struggling with English at his Illinois elementary school, he got a tutor…a tutor that just happened to be a German POW….

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Posted in American Countryside Podcast World War II

Delivering the Paper to a German POW Camp

John Fenzell, like many young boys, delivered papers growing up. However, some of his customers happened to be German POWs picking crops in Illinois. Today’s…

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Midwestern POW Camps in World War II

During World War II, young working men left the Midwest to fight for their country. In some cases, it was the enemy soldiers that came…

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The Fitzgerald and Kennedy Families

There was no doubt in Fitz’s mind…Joe was not the man for his daughter. The story of what happened when they married anyway is brought…

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JFK’s Birthplace

Beal Street looks to be just another street in suburban Boston, but one house here is special…Our features this week on the American Countryside are…

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A History of Voting

This country has had close elections and we can certainly find examples of disputed elections around the world. So, today, we take a look at…

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Seeking Refuge from Chicago’s Fire

Bells rang the warning. Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming disaster. This week our American…

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The Great Chicago Fire

The fire was moving quickly. Some thought the river would offer protection, but soon it was clear that only Lake Michigan itself would provide safety….

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A Cow and a Fire

No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems she caused? The answer to…

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