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


58 Pieces

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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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America's diversity of color, faith and status in love, on this week's Love in America! In Woodstock, New York a fairytale romance between boxer Sh...

  • 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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Mental health is no laughing matter. Yet, humor can still be the best medicine! This week on LiA - Psych! On Love in History, he’s not a psychiatri...

  • 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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Love is in the stars - From SoDak, where stars don’t only come out at night, they come out all day, to the story of Kathy at the North Stonington A...

  • 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