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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.

A People's History of Kansas City KCUR Studios

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    • 4.8 • 109 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.

    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
    A People’s History Of Possum Trot

    A People’s History Of Possum Trot

    People from Kansas City know that our city’s name can be confusing to outsiders, because there is more than one Kansas City. But how close were we to being called something else?

    • 34 min
    Trailer: A People's History of Kansas City, Season 2

    Trailer: A People's History of Kansas City, Season 2

    Season 2 of A People's History of Kansas City is finally here, and we're starting from the beginning of Kansas City's History.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

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.

Tapioca1001 ,

Thanks

This is the kind of local journalism I crave. Well done!

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.

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