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A People's History of Kansas City
35 minutes | May 24, 2021
9:29 The Minutes That Moved Kansas City
George Floyd’s murder sparked a long overdue reckoning of racial injustice in 2020. But no one experienced the movement in quite the same way. To take the pulse of what changed in Kansas City, we talked to protesters and police on the front lines, and the officials and advocates working behind the scenes on reform.
40 minutes | May 18, 2021
The Battle Over Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney gets most of the credit for creating Mickey Mouse. But few know the real story: Kansas City animator Ub Iwerks, Disney’s best friend, was the first to bring the iconic character to life. Then Mickey's success almost tore them apart for good.
31 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Where Missouri Got Its Name
The history of the Missouria people and how a prolific Otoe-Missouria storyteller helped preserve a fading language.
34 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Kansas City's Fierce Women's Rights Champion
In the early 1900s, Sarah Lloyd Green was notorious for sticking it to the man as a feminist, suffragette and labor organizer in Kansas City. Her story isn't well known, but she was a champion for Black and white laundry workers and even started a waitress union.
36 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
The First Known Female Buffalo Soldier
The story of Cathay Williams, a pioneer in the fight against race and gender discrimination. Growing up enslaved in Independence, Missouri, she disguised herself as a man in order to become a legendary Buffalo Soldier.
30 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Kansas City's Barbecue King
The story behind the Black entrepreneur in the 1900s who made Kansas City barbecue a national treasure. Before Arthur Bryant and Ollie Gates, there was Henry Perry.
34 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
A People’s History Of Possum Trot
People from Kansas City know that our city’s name can be confusing to outsiders, because there is more than one Kansas City. But how close were we to being called something else?
3 minutes | May 22, 2020
Be A History Maker
An important message from the team behind A People's History of Kansas City.
30 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
The Spanish Flu Of 1918 In Kansas City
A historian says Kansas City "blew it" in the 1918 flu pandemic. How a corrupt political system and the end of World War I led to a bungled response and an overwhelming loss of life.
27 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Jim The Wonder Dog
The real life story of an amazingly intelligent dog who captured people's imagination in Depression-era Missouri.
18 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Leila's Hair Museum
A cosmetologist becomes obsessed with the Victorian tradition of hair art, and amasses the world's largest collection in Independence, Missouri. Each of these art pieces is woven with human hair, often in memory of loved ones and friends. Leila's Hair Museum has revived the art and launched a 21st century tradition of hair jewelry.
27 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Kansas Drinkers Can Thank This Tough Guy
The story of the pugnacious Kansas sheriff and attorney general Vern Miller, whose antics seemed to be a throwback to the Wild West era but left a surprising legacy. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher
25 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
How Latinos Took Over The Guadalupe Center
The oldest continuously-operating Latino services center in the United States is right here in Kansas City. 101 years ago, the Guadalupe Center was established to "Americanize" Mexicans who had moved here to work on the railroads. But over the course of a century, Latinos transformed the organization, and Kansas City.
26 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
How To Save A Dying Language
Many early, unique dialects of German are preserved in communities in small towns in Missouri and Kansas. But they're endangered. Meet a handful of linguistic diehards in Cole Camp, Missouri, and hear about their valiant efforts to save their immigrant history.
28 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
The Black History Of Lincoln Prep
The prestigious, historically black high school in Kansas City is becoming more integrated. Hear how Lincoln's alumni, students and faculty are trying to make sure the school's legacy as an incubator for black excellence is not forgotten.
25 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
The Occupation That Saved A Wyandot Cemetery
Three sisters barricaded themselves in a Wyandot cemetery in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, in the early 1900s, in order to save it from destruction. Hear how the Wyandot came to settle in Kansas, and how one of those sisters, Lyda Conley, took the battle over the cemetery all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
2 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
Introducing A People's History Of Kansas City
KCUR's Suzanne Hogan brings you tales of the everyday heroes, renegades and visionaries who shaped Kansas City and the region. If these stories aren't told, they're in danger of fading into the past. The first episode drops February 6. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play
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