Midwesternish

By KCUR Studios

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A podcast for people who ♥ the heartland. Hosted by writer, storyteller and public radio journalist Gina Kaufmann, a Midwesterner born and raised.

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Introducing A People's History Of Kansas City
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Midwesternish listeners, we have a new podcast for you! KCUR's Suzanne Hogan brings you tales of the everyday heroes, renegades and visionaries who shaped Kansas City and the region. If these stories aren't told, they're in danger of fading into the past. The first episode drops February 6. Apple Podcasts | Spotify
Feb 04, 2020
The North To The Midwest: It's Not You, It's Us
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Minnesota wants to rebrand itself as "The North," because apparently they think they're different from the rest of the Midwest. So, is it time to break up? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Apr 11, 2018
Midwest Accent
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The Midwest has a reputation for being a bland, neutral, accent-free place. But experts say that simply is not true. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Apr 04, 2018
School Lunch
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We produce a lot of food in this part of the country, and some of it ends up as school lunch. But with every cafeteria tray comes a large helping of economics and politics. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 28, 2018
From A Small Town To The Big Stage
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Singer Vanessa Thomas credits her idyllic childhood in a cozy Kansas town for her international success. But she ended up in that town through a set of dark circumstances. And her path forward hasn't always been a straight shot. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 21, 2018
Squirrels Go Rogue
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Midwesterners are used to seeing squirrels all over the place - in the woods, in cuisine (really) and in their front yards. But some species are leaving the Midwest for the west coast and abroad. And they're not making friends easily. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 14, 2018
Midwest Famous
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What's it like to be an icon in the Midwest? The tap-dancing McFadden Brothers tell the story of their coming up, and how they're carrying on a legacy for African American arts in the Midwest. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 07, 2018
Demo Derby
1328
People have been intentionally destroying cars in demolition derbies for generations. It's like the Midwest's Colosseum. But the old school demo derby is running out of gas. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 07, 2018
Challenging Midwestern Clichés
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When we talk about being from the Midwest, it usually comes with some familiar words. "Quaint" and "old fashioned" or worse, "close-minded" and "too slow." So are they true? Well - it's complicated. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher .
Mar 07, 2018
Trailer: Midwesternish Season 2
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Ever been to a squirrel cook-off? How about the demo derby? Well ... that's ok. Here in the Midwest we eat all kinds of food, play all kinds of sports and maybe aren't exactly what you thought — particularly if you identify as a Midwesterner yourself. Midwesternish is a podcast that explores (and sometimes explodes) what it means to be Midwestern. Stories of triumph, identity and casseroles.
Mar 02, 2018
The Best Of All Possible Worlds
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Reporter Laura Ziegler reflects on what bringing her family and her father under one roof really meant. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Feathered ," " Silent Flock ," and " On Belay " by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Sep 03, 2017
Origin Story
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For his day job, he smoked ribs at a barbecue joint. But his secret identity was a playwright. Hear Nathan Louis Jackson's journey to becoming a writer for television and stage, including the Netflix series Luke Cage. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Set The Tip Jar ," and " Balti " by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Aug 25, 2017
No Place Like Home?
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When you start a show called "Midwesternish," at some point there'll be an episode about The Wizard of Oz . If this film defines Kansas for the entire world, what exactly does it say and do we believe it? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Filing Away ," " In Passage " and " On Belay ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Aug 17, 2017
The Cassette Tape Revival
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2015 was the most successful year since 1969 for the nation's largest cassette tape manufacturer. We meet the founder of that company, based in Springfield, Missouri, and try to figure out why people are returning to cassettes. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Pulsars ," and " Jetsam " by Podington Bear, and " Manele ," and " Heliotrope ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Aug 11, 2017
The Garden Of Eden In Lucas, Kansas
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The Garden of Eden isn't as far away as you might think. It's in the small town of Lucas, Kansas and it's filled with art. On this episode, a grassroots art project and it's unexpected caretaker. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Home Home At Last ," " Drifting Spade ," and " City Limits ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Aug 04, 2017
Regulating a Tradition: African Hair Braiding
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What happens when a state regulates a tradition practiced on stoops and living room floors for generations? Missouri hair braiders say you could end up disenfranchising a community. On this episode: African hair braiding in the Midwest. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Home Home At Last ," " Sunday Lights ," and " One Needle ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Jul 21, 2017
Abortion Experiences And The Difficult Search For Middle Ground
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It's one of the hardest conversations to have: the conversation about abortion. But what if we tried to just talk about it without all the politics. We sat down to hear two women share their stories, they stand on opposite sides of the issue, politically, but they've both had abortions. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Denzel Sprak ," " Cobweb Transit ," " Headlights/Mountain Road ," and " One Needle ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Jul 14, 2017
How To Save A Rural Midwestern Town
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Roger Thomas wants you to move to his hometown, Orrick, Missouri, in order to save a small town that's only getting smaller. But can he convice you to see what he sees in Orrick? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Milkwood ," " Paper Napkin ," " Algea Tender ," and " On Belay ," by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited for length.
Jul 08, 2017
How Not To Do Fourth Of July
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The story of how one Kansas City man's DIY fireworks display got completely out of hand. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: Gentle Marimba by Alastair Cameron, The Stars And Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Jun 29, 2017
Relearning To Hear With Cochlear Implants
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Can you imagine what it would be like to regain your sense of hearing after years of silence? Regaining the ability to hear isn't as simple as flipping a switch. Hear what Rob Jefferson heard as he relearned to hear with cochlear implants. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Dirtbike Lovers " by Blue Dot Sessions; it has been edited for length.
Jun 23, 2017