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


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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
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All about the love of dogs! He’s a Tramp, but they love him (especially his Lady) - Discover the story behind Lady and the Tramp, the greatest dog ...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2018
  • Length: 40:01
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This week, The Art of Love, beginning with a brush with greatness - the love story of painter Scott Jacobs and his muse, Sharon. Next, the colorfu...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2018
  • Length: 39:58
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John and Annie Glenn's story is one small step for a man and one giant leap for love. Love is in the stars in South Dakota, where they don’t only c...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 35:06
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Lovin the tough ladies! On the Road stays close to home with two powerful women in one - and woe to them who stand in the way of either - Deadwood’...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2018
  • Length: 39:51
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Lovin’ the tough guys this week! Real men love Teddy Bears and so do ladies – the love story of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt; On the Road, discover...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2018
  • Length: 38:42
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Love triumphs, even through the Civil War, with a union within the Union – the love story of Ulysses S. and Julia Grant; On the Road, discover a Un...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2018
  • Length: 38:56
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This week, we’ve got love down to a science! On the Road, we discover the love of a man who made cleaning a science - The Don Juan of the John, Don...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 37:56
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A trek through the stars with Star Trek Elvis in Ticonderoga, New York; then, where no love has gone before - the story of DeForest Kelly and Carol...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
  • Length: 38:29
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This week is all about lovers, dreamers and me, starting with the Portlandian dream of lovers Deb & Kol and their Caravan Tiny House Hotel; next, a...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2018
  • Length: 39:39
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This Love in America is about everyday people: laughs and love with Steve and Cindy from the couch in an Alabama motorcycle shop; Speaking of couch...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2018
  • Length: 38:52
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With great Pride, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner's lifelong tale of love and laughter! Our feature is Karol and Tammy of Namaste Ocean Shores, Washing...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2018
  • Length: 37:57
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Love in the military! Discipline can be funny, especially when it doesn’t happen to you; military marriage in the words of the US Army and Lehigh V...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2018
  • Length: 39:37
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An episode all about imagination! Love from the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist Monastery in Woodstock NY; the creative love story of Joanne an...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2018
  • Length: 39:22
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A Daily Show of passion with the love story of comedian and animal lovers Jon Stewart and Tracey McShane; Diving deep for love with submariner Clif...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2018
  • Length: 36:23
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Tractor pulling and becoming a star with Connecticut Kathy in North Stonington; Love in History this week is a Main Event of love between Shawn Mic...

  • Added: May 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:00