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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Walt Bodine Show
4:45 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

KC History: Mobsters In Our Midst

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.

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Becoming American In Missouri

In 2003 he left his life working as an attorney in London and Paris and moved to the much smaller community of Columbia, Missouri. Last week, he made it official. Alex George is a U.S. citizen.

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Walt Bodine Show
11:53 am
Fri February 17, 2012

KC History: Small-Scale Slavery In Missouri

Louisa and Harry E. Hayward. Circa 1858. Louisa was the slave nurse for Harry, who was seated in her lap. The image suggests the intimate and complicated relations that existed between slaveholding family members and their slaves.
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum Phoographs and Prints Collectiojns, St. Louis.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Monroe Dodd discusses the history of small-scale slavery in Missouri with Diane Mutti Burke.

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4:33 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Tuning In To A KC Era Gone By

The reel-to-reel recording format was used in the earliest tape recorders.
H. Michael Miley Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Up to Date
7:40 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Historic Kansas City Foundation Announces Most Endangered List

Each year the Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list of the "most endangered" structures in an effort to raise awareness of the city's historic buildings.

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What IS That?
11:38 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Kansas History On The Highway

Asa Smith's grave sits on the shoulder of K7 South.
Kayla Regan KCUR

From K-7 S, it really doesn’t look like much—just four poles and some kind of stone.

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Walt Bodine Show
10:43 am
Fri January 27, 2012

KC History: Remarkable Kansas Women

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 book More 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.

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Walt Bodine Show
4:00 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

KC History: Americans by Choice

Coming up Friday on the Walt Bodine Show, we'll take a look at "Americans by Choice," an exhibit that tells the history of immigration and naturalization in the state of Kansas.

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Up to Date
12:55 am
Wed December 28, 2011

The Preventable Death of President Garfield

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.

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KC History
6:52 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KC History: Prairie Fire

UPDATE: Our past guest Julie Courtwright will be speaking this Sunday at 2pm at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. More info here.

Coming up on the Walt Bodine Show this Friday, an environmental history of the Great Plains through the lens of prairie fires.

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9:18 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Historic Datemark: Korean Conflict

General David Petraeus speaks of Korean War veterans at Independence, MO.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

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.

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