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9:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Tracing The Economy's Roots

Founding Finance

The financial crisis may have started in this century, but the economic system that built up to it has been part of this country since its founding.

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Up to Date
9:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Past Meets Present In The Adams Family

Abigail Adams

It's easy to forget that the big names of history still have living relatives today.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Looking Back At The Anti-Slavery Movement

American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

Ask a school kid, and he or she will tell you that slavery in America ended in the mid-1860s. But when did the movement against slavery start?

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10:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Two Women, One World & 80 Days

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
Jessica Hills

In 1889, it wasn't a woman's world, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of reporters Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland when they embarked on a journey to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional travels.

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Up to Date
7:20 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Music Affected World War I

Sheet music for "When the War Is Over"

All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Film Traces Career Of KC Musician

Virgil Thomson

He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician to trailblazer of the American style of music composition.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 25, 2013

From Poetry To History

Needle in the Bone by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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KC Currents
6:53 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Local Artifacts From The Atomic Era

A photograph from the exhibit 'Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow' at the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Once upon a time, youth in the '50s and '60s lived in fear. They practiced going to “fallout” shelters to escape the atomic bomb.

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Truman Capote's Take On True Crime

In Cold Blood.

Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood" showcased a quadruple murder case in southwestern Kansas, becoming one of the most famous true crime books ever.

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Central Standard Friday
9:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Highlight Reel

flickr / Ronan_C

We've got a rare treat for you.

Tune in this week when Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, and Emily Farris, of Feed Me KC, join forces with history host Monroe Dodd to bring you a very special edition of Central Standard Friday.

Up to Date
5:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Kansas City Spirit

Spirit of Kansas City by Norman Rockwell and John Atherton

During its history, Kansas City has suffered from floods and other disasters. But each time it has been uplifted by ordinary and extraordinary people. 

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Central Standard Friday
7:42 am
Fri September 28, 2012

KC History: Kansas Bureau Of Investigation

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, a look at some of the most high-profile criminal cases spanning the past 70 years in the state of Kansas.

For this show, we'll get a detailed history of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. History host Monroe Dodd talks with Larry Welch, author of Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK.

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Central Standard Friday
9:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

KC History: What Led To Vietnam

How did America end up in Vietnam? Coming up on Central Standard Friday, a look at the 40 years of political, military and diplomatic decisions that led to U.S. involvement in Indochina, going back to Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Up To Speed: KC's Timothy "Speed" Levitch Hosts Hulu Travel Show

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, urban philosopher Timothy "Speed" Levitch shares his love for skipping across State Line Road.

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Central Standard Friday
2:53 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

KC History: This WWI Memoir Isn't A Major Motion Picture, Yet

U.S. Army Medal Of Honor, World War I

Around the time that the 19th Century turned into the 20th, the most extraordinary man grew up in the woods of Western Missouri. There he learned to track and shoot with consummate skill.

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Central Standard
10:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

When Prospect Avenue Was Main Street

Local historian and activist Joelouis Mattox joins us in the second half of Tuesday's Central Standard to discuss the varied history of midtown's Prospect Avenue.

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Up to Date
5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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Central Standard Friday
3:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

KC History: Forgotten Tales of Missouri

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, join host Monroe Dodd for a history of the Show Me State rarely shown, including the chamber pot war of 1812, Long’s Dragon Boat, and wind wagon technology from 1846.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse.

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Central Standard Friday
4:26 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

KC History: Waldo & The Westport Presbyterian Church

From "The Waldo Story" by LaDene Morton
The History Press

Next time on Central Standard Friday, join historian Monroe Dodd for the history of the Waldo neighborhood with LaDene Morton, author of The Waldo Story.

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KC Currents
8:30 am
Sun June 3, 2012

PHOTOS: What Kansas Looked Like Then And What It Looks Like Now

Monument Rocks, Kansas (1949)
Kansas City Star

If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100+ years ago? 

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Central Standard Friday
1:29 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

KC History: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

What comes to mind when you think of famous Missourians? Brad Pitt, or Thomas Hart Benton, or Sheryl Crow? Well, of course, but even more long-enduring is the beloved author and satirist Mark Twain.

On Central Standard Friday, our host Monroe Dodd interviews Cindy Lovell, executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. The museum celebrates its 100th anniversary on May 15th.

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2:12 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Revising History: Native American Missions In Kansas

Tai Edwards teaches history at Johnson County Community College.

Sitting on the Old Santa Fe Trail, the town of Shawnee Mission was originally that: a mission for members of the Shawnee tribe who were transplanted from their native territory.

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Thank You, Walt
12:45 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Walt's 'Loveable Joints' On KMBC

Walt Bodine has been a ubiquitous voice for Kansas City over the years, but he's also been a face as well. In these human-interest shorts that he did for KMBC starting in 1982, Walt reaches out to Kansas City by doing what he does best: telling stories and sharing information.

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Walt Bodine Show
9:33 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Tournament Town

Before March Madness infected the nation, Kansas City was patient zero.

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Central Standard
2:39 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Students from the Youth Leadership Summit from the Urban League's national conference in Boston last year

If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

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Up to Date
11:01 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Racing Through The Night

The sister ships Olympic and Titanic

On the night the Titanic sank, its nearly identical sister ship, the Olympic was 500 miles away. 

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Walt Bodine Show
11:26 am
Fri March 30, 2012

KC History: The Upcoming 1940 Census Release

The 1940 census tells a story of the economic dislocation that took place in America during the Great Depression. On April 2, those records will be made publicly available online for researchers everywhere.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The U.S. Capitol & The Coming Of The Civil War

The construction of the U.S. Capitol began with a building plan adopted in 1793.  Its history of being built, burnt, rebuilt & extended meant its completion came at the most crucial point in our nation’s development: the Civil War.

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