Our American Stories


Gertrude Ederle: First Woman To Swim The English Channel!

The inspiring story of the woman who did what everyone said she couldn't. 


The Shel Silverstein Story: From "The Giving Tree" to "A Boy Named Sue"

We all know Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," but did you know he wrote some of the most famous American country songs? This is one unforgetable story!


Story of a Song: Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands"

The youngest of six siblings from a small mining town called Slab Fork, West Virginia, Bill Withers wrote some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, including "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." But his favorite song—and his best—was the one he wrote about his grandma.


Gold Rush Queen: Nellie Cashman

Relatively few women went with the initial stampedes to new mineral discoveries throughout the American frontiers. None went unescorted to so many remote, perilous places as Nellie Cashman, or persisted until they were pushing age 80, as Nellie did. This is her story as told to us by America's best Old West storyteller, Roger McGrath, author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier. Contributers are Jane Baker and Marshall Trimble.


The Venezuelan Dissident Who Started A Company in America...And Raised $200 Million!!

Luis Rodriguez’s remarkable story for our “Rule of Law” series.

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