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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For three decades, organized crime in Kansas City was ruled by one mobster: Nick Civella. On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Monroe Dodd will be joined by longtime FBI Agent William Ouseley for a look at how the mob emerged into the public eye, and ran every aspect of our city, as told in his books Mobsters in our Midst, and Open City.
DJs pride themselves on the rare grooves they can dig up and play for audiences. But there’s another kind of audio lover who searches for artifacts of eras gone by, whether it’s radio broadcasts, commercials or speeches.
On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, historian Monroe Dodd discusses the history of remarkable women in Kansas, with past KCUR contributor and author, Gina Kaufmann. Her new bookMore than Petticoats: Remarkable Kansas Women tells the stories of women who shaped the Sunflower State, including a dentist, an orator, a pilot, a mayor and a fugitive slave.
An assassination attempt on the American president, a world-famous inventor on a deadline and a hard-headed doctor named Doctor Bliss. You couldn't make this stuff up, and Leawood author Candice Millard found it too good not to write about.
Independence, MO – Sixty years ago today, President Harry Truman was in Independence when word came that the North Koreans had invaded the South, and the cold war had become hot. Today, veterans of that war were honored in Independence at the Community of Christ Auditorium and sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.