Covering every hamlet and precinct in America, big and small, the stories span arts and sports, business and history, innovation and adventure, generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love, past and present. In short, Our American Stories tells the story of America to Americans.

About Lee Habeeb

Lee Habeeb co-founded Laura Ingraham’s national radio show in 2001, moved to Salem Media Group in 2008 as Vice President of Content overseeing their nationally syndicated lineup, and launched Our American Stories in 2016. He is a University of Virginia School of Law graduate, and writes a weekly column for Newsweek.

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Eli Whitney and His Fake Interchangeable Gun Parts Demo (Ashley Hlebinsky)

“Knock on Wood" & "Kick the Bucket” and the Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions (Pt. 11)

On this episode of Our American Stories, Andrew Thompson shares another slice of his guide to understanding the baffling mini-mysteries of the English language. The book is Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Wonderful Origins of Everyday Expressions and Fun Phrases.

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The Man Who Witnessed the Assassination of Abe Lincoln

On this episode of Our American Stories, Ford's Theater reenactor Mike Robinson tells the full unknown story through the eyes of A.C. Richards, Washington's Superintendent of Police.

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Stephen Ambrose on 1942: The Doolittle Raid and Midway

On this episode of Our American Stories, here’s Stephen Ambrose telling the story of America’s payback for Pearl Harbor—Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo—and the Japanese response, the Battle of Midway.

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Black Sam Bellamy: The Story of the Richest Pirate in History

On this episode of Our American Stories, Samuel Bellamy was a pirate who operated off the coast of New England and throughout the Caribbean. Later known as "Black Sam,” he became one of the wealthiest pirates before his untimely death in 1717. Here to tell the story is Ashley Hlebinsky.

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Captain John Smith: American Hero

On this episode of Our American Stories, many people know John Smith as the man who was saved by Pocahontas. What you may not know is that he led a life full of adventure.

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Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Separated Throughout 4 Foster Homes

On this episode of Our American Stories, the story of how one childless married couple of 13 years became a family of 9, literally overnight.

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The Story of How Chick-fil-A Borrowed “My Pleasure” from a Luxury Hotel

On this episode of Our American Stories, the origins of Chick-fil-A’s “my pleasure” catchphrase began in 2001. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s version of the story begins with him visiting a Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel—a hotel his friend Horst Schulze co-founded. Here's Horst with the story.

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Brett Favre on Humility, Aging, and Faith (Pt. 4 of 5)

On this episode of Our American Stories, much of what’s known about legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been kept between the goal posts. So Greg Hengler sat down with Brett Favre in his Hattiesburg, Mississippi, home where Brett shared stories about humility, aging, and faith, in this fourth part of his five part series.

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The MLB Pitcher Who Survived a Lightning Strike and Finished the Game

On this episode of Our American Stories, Ray Caldwell put on a Cleveland Indian uniform for the first time—and none of the 20,000 fans at League Park had any idea that they were about to see something that defies belief. This story comes to us from Nick Ragone, host of the popular YouTube Channel “This Date in History with Nick Ragone.”

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