27 episodes

The podcast about 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. Hosted by Suzanne Hogan. Send story ideas to peopleshistorykc@kcur.org, follow us on Twitter @PHKCpod or join our Facebook Group.

A People's History of Kansas City KCUR Studios

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    • 4.8 • 143 Ratings

The podcast about 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. Hosted by Suzanne Hogan. Send story ideas to peopleshistorykc@kcur.org, follow us on Twitter @PHKCpod or join our Facebook Group.

    An American Dream at Parade Park

    An American Dream at Parade Park

    As Kansas City’s first Black-owned housing co-op, Parade Park helped residents pursue the American Dream of owning a home and building a community. But after 60 years, it’s uncertain if it can survive foreclosure and redevelopment.

    • 37 min
    Unraveling the legend of Doc Annie

    Unraveling the legend of Doc Annie

    This isn't the first time Missouri has banned abortions. Residents may have heard ghoulish tales of “Doc Annie” Smith, a physician who looms large in Missouri’s mythology for performing illegal abortions in the early 1900s. Today, the truth about her work has largely disappeared.

    • 26 min
    A toast to the birthplace of sliced bread

    A toast to the birthplace of sliced bread

    Chillicothe, Missouri, has an unusual claim to fame: It’s the town where sliced bread first debuted back in 1928. But despite being less than a century old, the origin of this revolutionary pantry staple was almost lost to history.

    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 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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