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,... Show full description


62 Pieces

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Turkeys Drop - and not on Cincinnati!; and, our Lovin History feature is a tale of pure love, and pure imagination: the stories of Gene Wilder and ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2018
  • Length: 28:59
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Soundtrack of the Western frontier: Bluegrass or Bootylicious?; ride to North Carolina’s Min-o-Pon diner for lunch and live bait!; Gymnasts who fli...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Fat Tuesday on a Saturday means Mardi Gras in Deadwood!; On the road at the Nevada State Fair with Daniel and Haidee - a Union among Confederates; ...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2018
  • Length: 29:02
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Know your deer – Bambi versus reality!; Daryl and Stacey – a Loving legacy in Atlanta; When scientists are mad about each other: Christina Maslach,...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Lovin South Dakota's Nemo 500 Charity Outhouse Race!; America chooses the greatest love songs ever written; and a love story At Wit's End with Erma...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:02
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South Dakota decides...Yes means yes!; the Evergreen love story of Baron and Luwanna - choosing to love; an unexpected Love in History with Jeb and...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:02
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Angry mosquitos race in Deadwood; what does Sturgis taste like?; Maine squeeze with a pair of adventurers; and, love is a circle… and a hoop! On th...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 28, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Mentioning the unmentionables in Deadwood; love, music and the Atlantic midshipman toadfish; getting Baha’i on love in the Twin Cities; The love st...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2018
  • Length: 29:01
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Bison wrestling and fireproof buffalo!; fairy tales shared between Cinderella and the Mud Man; a heavy metal love story from over the Rainbow.

  • Added: Jan 14, 2018
  • Length: 29:02
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Christmas shopping in Deadwood, distilled to an art; The market for love in Reno, NV; Post Civil War presidential love – William and Ida McKinley. ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2018
  • Length: 29:02
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Deadwood questions: Care for a lucky cow spin? Who mines for fool's gold on purpose?; A military couple who lives by the motto: Love Never Dies; Lo...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 29:01
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What it takes to get on a first name basis with the Deadwood PD; very real insights on life from an addiction counselor in Bangor ME; our "best sho...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Motorcycles with skis; Milwaukee's best... loving couple; the love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, an acting couple whose activism was no act; l...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:02
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A traffic jam in Deadwood, complete with horns – Big Horns! Yoopie and Troll love with lovely crinkly edges; Saved from prison by children; a revol...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Snow in Deadwood means…water skiing with horses!; Monk’y business in Des Moines, IA; Lovin the Loving’s: a love in black and white - Richard and Mi...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2017
  • Length: 29:02
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Living in flyover country – or not; The answer to: Does a bar sit in the woods?; Flying puppies; America's last 1950’s Drive-In; Lovin history with...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Deadwood VFW Burgers & Bourbon, wild turkey dinner… maybe; tiny love in Portland (Oregon, that is); love story of America’s first acting couple. We...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Winter is coming to the Crooked Little House in Deadwood, but not to Ocean Springs, Mississippi...Imagine Statler and Waldorf as Ocean Springsters!...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 28:59
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Dragster dachshunds; bewitching love from Salem; what do puppies and weddings have in common?; when is it good to have grandpa go to the I.C.U?; “S...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Deadwood's butterfly invasion; Is there really puppy love?; a jail break of compassion; "Deaf" jam in Des Moines; Love story of Stephen and Tabitha...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Oct 29, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1