18 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.

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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.

    9:29 The Minutes That Moved Kansas City

    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.

    • 34 min
    The Battle Over Mickey Mouse

    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.

    • 39 min
    Where Missouri Got Its Name

    Where Missouri Got Its Name

    The history of the Missouria people and how a prolific Otoe-Missouria storyteller helped preserve a fading language.

    • 31 min
    Kansas City's Fierce Women's Rights Champion

    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.

    • 33 min
    The First Known Female Buffalo Soldier

    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.

    • 35 min
    Kansas City's Barbecue King

    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.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

SonOfOl ,

Compelling Local History

Engaging, well researched and well told local history.

Msabmurph ,

Love love love

I couldn’t be more happy that this podcast exist. I’ve learned so much about Kansas City and truly entertain hearing about background that I didn’t even know existed.

Lou E Charles ,

Lou Charles

Loved it. Fresh approach to what I had heard over the years about the Possum Trot name.
Looking forward to the rest of the season 2 episodes.

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