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Missouri Life magazine celebrates its 50th year of publication in 2023. Show-Me Missouri Life complements the storytelling about and exploration of the Show-Me State that Missouri Life readers have come to rely on.

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Missouri Life magazine celebrates its 50th year of publication in 2023. Show-Me Missouri Life complements the storytelling about and exploration of the Show-Me State that Missouri Life readers have come to rely on.

    Show-Me Missouri Life ... with author John W. Brown

    Show-Me Missouri Life ... with author John W. Brown

    John W. Brown is an author, television anchor, traveler, and storyteller, with a great passion for Missouri's people, places, and historical events. (He prefers not to be called a historian, but we kind of think that's exactly what he is).

    In John's words: "People always ask me, you know, why are you so passionate about this state? And to me as I've looked into it from all over, from all across this state, Over all these years, we still have this inferiority complex that, you know, these amazing things only happen on the coast. That's not true. And you cannot read the books that I've written about the people and the famous places and the famous events and not realize there's something special about Missouri.

    We were formed at a special time in this country's founding. We were so formative in the way the country grew after that, especially going to the west. And I just want people to realize that it doesn't matter what exit you take off I-70 I-44, 55, you name the highway. You jump off into one of those small towns and there's somebody who did something amazing from every one of those towns and I've kept track of them.

    And so I still, whenever I drive across the state, I still talk to my family about, Hey, at this exit right here, the final piece of route 66 happened. At this exit right here, the great John Brown, from Dixon, Missouri, basketball legend he's from here. And so it doesn't matter where I go.

    There's amazing stories. And so we need to realize something great has happened here. We have a great pass, but I still also think we have a great future in Missouri."

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    • 27 min
    The living legacy of Missouri's dramatic 1939 sharecroppers' strike

    The living legacy of Missouri's dramatic 1939 sharecroppers' strike

    Back in 1939, the world was a different place. For one thing, there were a lot more people involved in farming. In the Bootheel of Missouri, this meant cotton. Under the sharecropper model, those Missourians who grew cotton had no guarantees of a wage. They could be evicted anytime from the land on which they lived and worked.

    In this episode of Mo’ Curious, we learn about the 1939 sharecroppers strike in Mississippi County, Missouri. It was on January 1 of that Depression year that Bootheel tenant farmers, or sharecroppers, participated in a protest. They camped on the roadside to draw attention to the deplorable economic and housing conditions that kept them impoverished and dependent.

    For two months, fifteen hundred Missourians lived their lives on the side of Highway 60 between Sikeston and Charleston.

    In order to bring a better understanding of the strike to area youth, we asked Charleston High School students to conduct oral history interviews. These interviews aimed to explain the strike and its legacy on the surrounding communities.

    Mo’ Curious by Missouri Life is a podcast about the past, present, and future of the 24th state. Hear past episodes at MoCurious.com.

    • 29 min
    Preserving the disappearing history of Missouri's 'Little Tuskegee'

    Preserving the disappearing history of Missouri's 'Little Tuskegee'

    Madelyn Paine remembers getting weighed at the Dalton elevator. Diane Pippens feels her light skin helped her pass for white or Mexican when she integrated her town's high school. William Payne recalls the town's annual reunion where he met his future wife.

    It was at Dalton, Missouri's annual reunion in 2021 that I did my first interview for this podcast episode. Throughout that summer and ending on Labor Day, my colleague Jennifer Thornburg and I conducted six oral histories with alumni from the former Dalton Vocational School in Chariton County. Dalton, now listed as a village by the U.S. Census Bureau, had an official population of seven in 2020.

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    Nathanial Bruce started the school for blacks in Dalton in 1907. Between 1907 and 1956, Bartlett Agricultural and Mechanical School (later Dalton Vocational School) graduated young men with skills in farming and machinery. Young women learned how to type and cook in preparation for future work in offices and as house-keepers.

    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that separate-but-equal facilities like schools were unconstitutional. This led to the closure of the school perched on the hillside in Dalton. After the 1956 school year, active Dalton students attended now-integrated schools in their hometowns.

    Now seemed like a great time to gather memories of Dalton Vocational School from the shrinking pool of aging alumni. This podcast tells the story of Dalton Vocational School—Missouri's "Little Tuskegee"—in the former students' own words.

    • 30 min
    Digging Deep: Macon County Mining Memories

    Digging Deep: Macon County Mining Memories

    Episode 6—Digging Deep: Macon County Mining Memories.

    Climate change requires adaptation and, as a result, Missourians are now powering their lives with less pollution and more renewable energy. Windmills and solar panels have an increased footprint across the state, but for decades it was coal and coal mining that was a major force in Missouri's energy production and economy.

    In this episode of Mo' Curious, you'll meet four Missourians whose lives are deeply embedded within North Central Missouri's mining history and culture. Macon County is the setting for “Digging Deep,” which draws on recent oral histories to describe a time when coal was king.

    Mo’ Curious host Trevor Harris intertwines the narrative with observations from Steve Blomberg and George Morganwick, representing the Macon County Historical Society in Macon, and Patty Cheever and Lois McQuitty, who are affiliated with Bevier, Missouri’s Black Diamond Museum.

    • 29 min
    The View from Beacon Hill

    The View from Beacon Hill

    Kansas City is a city of neighborhoods. In this episode of Mo' Curious, Trevor Harris introduces us to a trio of long-time residents of Beacon Hill. These neighbors explain how the place they call home for decades has been variously impacted by racial covenants, middle-class flight, and gentrification. Using oral histories, this is a recent history of one of Missouri's changing, urban neighborhoods.

    Sources and organizations in this episode:

    Reverend Leroy Legrand is a longtime resident of Beacon Hill neighborhood. Here's his Facebook page.

    Jeanene Dunn and Claudia Woods are longtime Beacon Hill residents and leaders in the Beacon Hill/McFeders Community Council.

    The Black Archives of Mid-America has a new webpage and a very active Facebook page.

    • 32 min
    Start Your Engines: I-70 and Missouri's Culture

    Start Your Engines: I-70 and Missouri's Culture

    Episode 4 of the Mo' Curious by Missouri Life looks at the history of I-70, with a particular focus on how this busy highway is woven into the culture of communities across the Show-Me State. The episode also shows how the Missouri Highway Patrol interacts with the interstate and its motorists.

    Mo' Curious is a podcast that explores the past, present, and future of the 24th state. It is created and hosted by Trevor Harris and proudly presented by Missouri Life.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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Writer Dianna ,

Love this podcast! Fascinating!

This podcast makes Missouri’s history fascinating, even topics that are challenging or boring! I never thought I would be interested in rocks but I listens to the geology episode twice!