Grateful American™ Radio Show

September 5episode

iHeart Radio Shines a Light on David Bruce Smith's Grateful American™ Foundation


iHeart Radio host Pat Rullo has a passion for history.

The author, radio show host, and health care / insurance industry expert knows that you have to understand the past to understand the future, so in this podcast asked David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation:

  • What inspired you to launch the Grateful American™ Foundation?
  • What are your goals for the project?
  • Do you think textbooks, which can be less than riveting, are part of the problem?
  • Adults don’t seem to know much more than kids when tested on their knowledge of American history. Do you think this is really a problem, and if so, why?
  • What are some solutions to getting more kids and adults excited about knowing American history, and re-igniting our passion for the people who founded the country?
  • Though the Grateful American™ TV Show, you have interviewed dozens of the leaders of the nation’s biggest presidential homes—including Mt. Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, Lincoln’s Cottage, as well Benjamin Franklin’s House in London. What are some of your favorite things about each home?
  • Who is your favorite president, and why?
  • You also have a deep appreciation for contributions made by the first ladies, and the women who shaped America’s early history. Why is that, and what are some of your favorites stories about these ladies?
  • If you could accomplish one thing with the Grateful American™ Foundation, what would it be?

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Part Rullo is an author, radio show host, and insurance industry expert who has served on the advisory boards of New York Life Insurance Company and Transamerica Life Insurance Company. Author of numerous business magazine articles, she has also written several books: “Worksite Marketing—A Promise to Deliver,” “Succeed With Style,” and “When Daddy Plays Golf,” in addition to “Speak Up and Stay Alive.” For her own health, Pat makes time for daily contemplation in her pink kayak at her summer home on the Chagrin River in Ohio and does tai chi in the desert at her winter home in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. More here.


David Bruce Smith has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from George Washington University, and a master’s in Journalism from New York University. During the past 20 years he has been a real estate executive and the editor-in-chief/publisher of Crystal City Magazine. He is the author of 11 books: “In Many Arenas,” • “13 Young Men,” • “Tennessee,” • “Three Miles From Providence,” • “Conversations with Papa Charlie,” • “Afternoon Tea with Mom,” • “Letters to My Children,” • “Building the Community,” • “Continuum,” • “Building My Life,” • and his most recent, “American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.”

His company, David Bruce Smith Publications, specializes in creating, designing, and composing limited-edition books on a variety of subjects: authors, historic figures, artists, and leaders. Several are about the amazing life-story of real estate developer and philanthropist Charles E. Smith. For more information, visit davidbrucesmith.com. David Bruce Smith Publications is committed to educating young children through books, literature, and historic sites. On President’s Day 2014, he founded the Grateful American™ Foundation — an organization dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids, and adults. Click here to learn more: GratefulAmericanFoundation.com.

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