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


71 Pieces

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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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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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Boxers, woodpeckers share hard knocks in Deadwood; Love from Haight (Ashbury!); the passionate Old West tale of a gentleman dentist and a cultured ...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The dark side of Daylight Saving; Learning to crawl on St Patty’s Day in Deadwood; A Republic of Texas romance with Don and Shay; and a Legacy of l...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Deadwood’s limping cowboy poet - Captain Jack Crawford; Lovin America on the road meets Virginia…in Green Bay; and our Lovin History story is a M*A...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Opportunity knocks on a Purple Door in Deadwood; older than the Rocky Mountains in the Black Hills; wisdom and a quickie from Salem, MA - how to re...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Foreplay chardonnay and “wining” about winter in the South Dakota vineyards; Love and laughter with Omaha's sage stylist Alesia; our weekly Lovin H...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Lovin the historic small towns of America, including the largest town of its size, anywhere!; All’s “Faire” in love, with the Bristol Renaissance i...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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A coyote tale that really hits “The Spot” in Deadwood; Then, “We’ll get you my pretties!” with the Hollywood love story of Toto né Terry; finally, ...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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A stage coach approaches Deadwood; Leather, love, and laughter from the Center of the Everything with Belle Fourche’s Kerry and Bernadette; Some li...

  • Added: May 06, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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"The rest of the story" with the lifelong love of Paul and Lynn/Angel Harvey; South Dakota versus the Whistle Pigs!; On the road with Love in Ameri...

  • Added: May 12, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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This week’s Love in History comes with a song in our hearts – from the musical love of Irving and Ellin Berlin. Also in this episode, Lovin America...

  • Added: May 20, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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