10 episodes

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.

A People's History of Kansas City KCUR Studios

    • History
    • 4.8, 81 Ratings

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.

    Be A History Maker

    Be A History Maker

    An important message from the team behind A People's History of Kansas City.

    • 2 min
    The Spanish Flu Of 1918 In Kansas City

    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.

    • 30 min
    Jim The Wonder Dog

    Jim The Wonder Dog

    The real life story of an amazingly intelligent dog who captured people's imaginations in Depression-era Missouri.

    • 26 min
    Leila's Hair Museum

    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.

    • 18 min
    Kansas Drinkers Can Thank This Tough Guy

    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.

    • 26 min
    How Latinos Took Over The Guadalupe Center

    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.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

PopsDub ,

Informative & Educational

I enjoyed listening to the segments to date and look forward to future episodes. The topics provide insight to areas and individuals we otherwise might never have been exposed to as well as subjects providing a glimpse of KC’s history. The presentation is well produced and the reporters are knowledgeable and relatable.

MODkc ,

KC History

I’ve always said KC is a city or neighborhoods and now we have a resource to tell us the stories behind those vibrant histories. A great listen. Well researched and provocative story telling.

Lisa Mirella ,

Telling the untold stories

I grew up in KCK and love Kansas City in general. This podcast tells the untold stories of KC. I’m excited to just have listened to the first episode about the Wyandot National Burying Ground that I grew up seeing every time I visited the library, but knew nothing about. Hearing Lyda Conley’s story was inspiring as she took action to stand up for what she believed in, during a time where her behavior was unwelcome. Looking forward to hearing more of these important stories! -Lisa Peña, Urban Hikes KC

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