Love in America

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South Dakota writer/storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns reveal tales of deep and abiding loves in American history, travels and culture.

What is the secret of true love? What is the meaning of life?
Deadwood, South Dakota storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns love the easy questions!

So, several years ago, they began motorcycle touring America, finding love in American culture and the country’s great love stories from small towns, mountain and coastal communities, to reservations, college campuses and truck stops. From big city streets to prisons, farms, suburbs, and US military bases, Love in America dives deep into love in American history, society and culture, asking Americans of every color, faith and age about the meaning of love in their lives. Scotte and Toni’s tales from the heart of America reveal that the greatest love stories aren’t just romantic love, they’re also loves of community, of a sense of purpose, the places we call home, and of the American story itself.

Story is the key to understanding what is love, because throughout human history, the way we’ve shared meaning, purpose, culture, even morals, has been through our stories. As one Native American storyteller shared with Love in America, we can find knowledge by being told what something means - but through story, we find our own meanings, and in that way discover the answers we seek.

And through story, we come full circle to those first two questions: What is the secret of true love and what is the meaning of life? There’s a simple answer to both...You get to choose that.

Stories about the choices others have made, the many paths their loves have taken, and especially the laughter they’ve shared, are the places we begin that quest.
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What is the secret of true love? What is the meaning of life? Deadwood, South Dakota storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns love the easy questions! So, several years ago, they began motorcycle touring America, finding love in American culture and the country’s great love stories from small towns, mountain and coastal communities, to reservations, college campuses and truck stops. From big city streets to prisons, farms, suburbs, and US military bases, Love in America dives deep into love in American history, society and culture, asking Americans of every color, faith and age about the meaning of love in their lives. Scotte and Toni’s tales from the heart of America reveal that the greatest love stories aren’t just romantic love, they’re also loves of community, of a sense of purpose, the... Show full description


67 Pieces

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Fred and Joanne Rogers’ imaginative love story opens this episode of Love in America - Just Imagine! Also, love from the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 40:40
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Alice and Sheryl Cooper Welcome you to their Lovin’ Nightmare (we hope they don’t scare you!) Also, come on a pre-journey to the Love in America 20...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2019
  • Length: 42:03
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George and Margaret Westinghouse offer a “powerful” love from American history as we go back for seconds on two favorite stories. Then, we take you...

  • Added: May 26, 2019
  • Length: 39:35
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Jeb and Columba Bush and their Schoolhouse Rock love story - an international couple with a Tex-Mex flair. Come On the Road with us to Kennebunk, M...

  • Added: May 12, 2019
  • Length: 37:19
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Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, an elegant Catholic girl from the Bronx and a goofy Jewish boy from Brooklyn show why interfaith couples have faith i...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2019
  • Length: 39:36
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The Déjà vu of Love with couples who remarry...each other! Marie Osmond & Steve Craig’s twice true love; Baron & Luwanna, for better or worse & bet...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 39:19
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Love stories and the Spirit of Radio: Paul Harvey & Angel; a “portable” FM romance; a Maine attraction; kids’ slam poem on love called, A Day Full.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 39:33
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Growing old together with the love story of Betty White and Allen Ludden and the chickens that ended one marriage and became date night in another!...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2019
  • Length: 39:28
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Real love for Women’s History Month! The American love story of Annie Oakley & early feminist Frank Butler; down home with the women of North Carol...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2019
  • Length: 38:42
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Unexpected love! From a South Dakota gold mine to a surprising Hollywood couple, a Buddhist monk offering laughs and bible verses in an Iowa Greek ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 39:40
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What do swords, South Dakota, and love have in common? Also, come On the Road to Kenosha, WI and a Renaissance of love stories at the Bristol Renai...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2019
  • Length: 37:06
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The Afterlife of Love...and vice versa! From the beautiful Lakota vision of “walking on” to an extinct culture’s kinky eternal dinner party, Love i...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2019
  • Length: 39:44
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Hamsters & lingerie from the Middle East; the love of Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue; A gift from Heaven in Buffalo, NY; writer Mo Issa’s insights on...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2019
  • Length: 38:32
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Love in New York! Starting with East meets West and what happens when New Yorker’s come to experience the summer attractions of the Black Hills… in...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2018
  • Length: 39:37
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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple who taught America how to live up to their names - and their South Dakota love pioneer counterpa...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2018
  • Length: 37:08
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Love means knowing you are never alone, and having a little something to laugh about together - perfect for this week’s theme of love and Alzheimer...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2018
  • Length: 36:43
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It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD, MADison World on Love in America, starting in Madison, South Dakota, where it’s not safe to steal a seat! We’re going to lay ...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2018
  • Length: 39:47
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Love and homelessness in America, beginning with the tale of how a dollar given in charity on the streets of New York City turned into a lifetime o...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2018
  • Length: 39:45
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For mental health, humor can be the best medicine! Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh, challenge notions of who deserves a second (or 3rd, or 4th) cha...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2018
  • Length: 38:12
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Lovin' the teachers! Love in History this week is A Little Love On the Prairie – the tale of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. On the Road begins w...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2018
  • Length: 38:12