Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

A Look Into Kansas City's Past

1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.

John Simonson is the author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “Paris of the Plains” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.

Guest:

  • John Simonson, author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year

HEAR MORE: John Simonson speaks at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at the National Archives, 400 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, Mo.

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