In the wake of swirling fears about the spread of Ebola as well as Kansas cases of pertussis and measles, we look back on a pandemic that hit home for Kansas City: the Influenza pandemic of 1918. The death rate in Kansas City outpaced that in other places, and some say the city's politics and public health infrastructure were largely to blame.
In World War I, he served alongside American forces in 17 battles. He had a unique talent for locating wounded soldiers, and he often alerted his unit to incoming gas attacks. This unlikely hero was Sergeant Stubby a stray stump-tailed terrier mutt who became a national hero.
Of the 4.7 million Americans who took part in World War I, over 116,000 of them died. Many were given a final resting place in American military cemeteries in Europe. After the Great War a program was begun to give Gold Star mothers and widows (those whose son or husband had served during the conflict) the opportunity to cross the Atlantic to visit their loved one's grave.
When World War I broke out in Europe a century ago, more than one in 10 Missourians was German-American. Host Monroe Dodd is joined by Petra DeWitt, author of a book about the struggles that Missouri's German population faced during the war.
Petra DeWitt, Assistant Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T and author of Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I.
A century ago, America got hooked on speed. On the ground, speed meant motor cars and in the air, it meant planes. All that speed was delivered by the internal combustion engine, and no one represented the new world of motor speed better than Eddie Rickenbacker. He was not only a champion race-car driver, but also the greatest of World War I flying aces.
Everyone is familiar with the National World War I Monument in Kansas City, but there are others.
On Monday, we'll hear the stories behind some of the most prominent WWI monuments and memorials in Kansas City. James J. Heiman the author of Voices In the Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials joins us.
James J. Heiman is the author of Voices In Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials.
On today's Central Standard, culinary historian Andrea Broomfield joins us to discuss the importance of food during the first World War.
Broomfield explains what the food industry was like during that time at War Fare: Chow Challenge on April 30. Chefs from area restaurants will compete in an Iron Chef-style event using food available during World War I.
The National World War I Museum, housed at the base of the Liberty Memorial, is this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. By pure coincidence, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning play War Horse arrives at the Music Hall next month, creating a rare convergence of history and theatricality in Kansas City.
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and a new exhibit at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., details the events that led up to the war — from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war a month later on July 28, 1914.
The exhibit presents archival newspaper articles and diplomatic communications from around the world.
By 1919, much of continental Europe lay in ruins in the aftermath of World War I. Prior to that conflict, with three European empires ruled by the “Kingly cousins,” most people thought a war was nearly impossible.
Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver says he feels good about the designation of Liberty Memorial as the nation’s official World War One Memorial. The bill made it out of committee this week without any House opposition, but similar measures have had a checkered history.