24 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. Email the podcast at peopleshistorykc@kcur.org, follow them on Twitter @PHKCpod or join their Facebook Group.

A People's History of Kansas City KCUR Studios

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    • 4.8 • 136 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. Email the podcast at peopleshistorykc@kcur.org, follow them on Twitter @PHKCpod or join their Facebook Group.

    Kansas City's raunchy blues queen

    Kansas City's raunchy blues queen

    For three decades, Julia Lee reigned over Kansas City jazz clubs singing risqué songs “her mother taught her not to sing.” But beyond the lyrical wordplay of hits like "Snatch and Grab It," Lee was a trailblazer for Black female musicians, and forged a career on her own terms.

    • 33 min
    How Kansas City blazed a path for gay liberation

    How Kansas City blazed a path for gay liberation

    Years before the Stonewall uprising, Drew Shafer started Kansas City's first gay rights organization and published the first LGBTQ magazine in the Midwest. At one point, his Kansas City home was even the “information distribution center” for the entire gay rights movement.

    • 33 min
    Hot 103 Jamz & the birth of Black radio

    Hot 103 Jamz & the birth of Black radio

    Black-owned broadcasters have faced a difficult path in the United States, from Jim Crow-era discrimination to racist practices within the FCC. But in Kansas City, radio pioneer Andrew Skip Carter broke through — founding the country’s oldest Black owned radio company and inspiring new generations of talent.

    • 38 min
    100 years of the Plaza

    100 years of the Plaza

    Over the last century, the Country Club Plaza has survived natural disasters, social unrest and challenging economic climates. But how can we reckon the place we love with the controversial vision of its creator, J.C. Nichols?

    • 39 min
    A radical enclave called Womontown

    A radical enclave called Womontown

    Fed up with harassment and housing discrimination, lesbians in 1990s Kansas City dreamed of a place where they could "walk hand in hand, freely down the streets." So they created Womontown. The self-sufficient community encompassed 12 city blocks and attracted women from all over the U.S.

    • 30 min
    Crock-Pots for the people, from Hungry For MO

    Crock-Pots for the people, from Hungry For MO

    No Midwestern cookout is complete without a delicious chili or dip simmering in a Crock-Pot. But when the device was first unveiled by a Kansas City company in 1971, it promised something more: freedom. Plus, a preview of our upcoming season in May.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

yogiawq ,

Great for old and new Kansas Citians

Great podcast. Wish they kept it going. Binged it over the summer and keep waiting for more!!!

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.

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