American Stories and American Music

Posted by Janette on 08/04/2013

Our July program celebrates two things that make our nation great: our stories and our music. 

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Bob Dotson
Bob Dotson
has been a correspondent for NBC News for more than four decades. A master at storytelling, Dotson has introduced us to thousands of ordinary Americans whose stories have been triumphant, humorous, painful and heroic. Dotson joins us to talk about his new book, “American Story,” a New York Times bestseller. He says the stories in the book are about “people in our own backyard.” Dotson has a family connection to Oklahoma and spent part of his early broadcasting career at Channel 4 in Oklahoma City, winning a national EMMY award for writing and narrating the documentary, “Through the Looking Glass Darkly.” After more than four decades in broadcasting – and crisscrossing the country in search of ordinary stories about ordinary people -- Dotson says he’s had a “front row seat on America.”

Kyle Dillingham and Peter Markes

Two very talented Oklahoma musicians have been doing some traveling of their own. Kyle Dillingham and Peter Markes are musical ambassadors involved in a program called, “American Music Abroad,” which teaches audiences around the world about American music. Dillingham is a founding member of the group, “Horseshoe Road” and Markes is his musical partner. The two have logged thousands of miles performing live American music for audiences in Asia and Europe. You’ll hear their song, “The Liberty” as well as an impromptu performance of “Orange Blossom Special.”

-Debra Martin, Producer-

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Support for The Living Room with Gerry Bonds is provided by the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma – a destination devoted to sharing and celebrating Chickasaw history and culture. More information at

American Stories and American Music (July 2013 - Program 211)
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