68 episodes

KCUR's Gina Kaufmann brings you personal essays about how we're all adapting to a very different world.

Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann KCUR Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

KCUR's Gina Kaufmann brings you personal essays about how we're all adapting to a very different world.

    A Midwest goodbye

    A Midwest goodbye

    For the last two years, the real humans of Kansas City have given us strength. They've helped us realize that when the outlook appears grim, daring to imagine a way forward isn't fanciful or naïve.

    • 10 min
    I want to tell you about my hometown

    I want to tell you about my hometown

    Kansas City has taught me that you don’t love a city by seeing only the parts that make you comfortable. Telling stories about this place for two decades allowed me to understand its quirks, its flaws, its strengths and its heartaches.

    • 13 min
    Kansas City vs. the bus

    Kansas City vs. the bus

    Despite long wait times between buses, confusing route changes and other inconveniences, these Kansas Citians use public transit not because they have to, but because they want to. Here's why that matters.

    • 14 min
    A bus rider in a car city

    A bus rider in a car city

    Despite being designed for cars, Kansas City is home to people who rely on the bus every day. We spent a day riding along with Richard Heimer to learn what's working and what's not in our public transit system.

    • 11 min
    'We're just your neighbors'

    'We're just your neighbors'

    Kansas Citians stirred by horrific scenes from Ukraine are reaching out to Sofia Khan with offers to help refugees who might move here. But Khan is still trying to meet the needs of immigrants from Afghanistan, who began arriving here by the hundreds in October — without the same outpouring of support.

    • 12 min
    Why Vi Tran stopped trying to prove himself

    Why Vi Tran stopped trying to prove himself

    Even at the height of his professional success as an actor, playwright and venue owner, Vi Tran struggled to pause long enough to enjoy his achievements. Since the pandemic hit, he's grown clearer about what it takes to live well as an artist — and he's started to demand it.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Joe Cupp ,

Bus rider no more

Hey Gina. Great episode. I used the bus for about 8 years until I got back to KC about a year ago. I live in mission, ks with my older father. After coming back - I had to get a car. In order to get around. I miss the bus and wish is was more assessable in south ks.

Love the show and have been a long time fan of yours.

Jurgbury ,

Great podcast

Vi Tran’s episode is especially great

Shift Command ,

Great Stories

This is so good Gina. I loved the episode that featured your father. Your voice on KCUR is very much missed.

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