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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.
||CleanThe North To The Midwest: It's Not You, It's Us||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 .||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMidwest Accent||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 .||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSchool Lunch||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 .||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom A Small Town To The Big Stage||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||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSquirrels Go Rogue||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||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMidwest Famous||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 .||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemo Derby||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 .||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChallenging Midwestern Clichés||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||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer: Midwesternish Season 2||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.||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Best Of All Possible Worlds||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||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrigin Story||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 , Googl||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Place Like Home?||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||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cassette Tape Revival||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 Podcas||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Garden Of Eden In Lucas, Kansas||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 .||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRegulating a Tradition: African Hair Braiding||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 App||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbortion Experiences And The Difficult Search For Middle Ground||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, politicall||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Save A Rural Midwestern Town||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||7/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Not To Do Fourth Of July||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||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRelearning To Hear With Cochlear Implants||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||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Home In Paris, A Heart In The Plains||When you're falling in love, spending time apart can seem unbearable. Kansas City-born musician Krystle Warren has been away from her first love, her hometown, for a long time. She shares her story of finding a new home in Paris when her heart was still||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
About time we had something like this.
Really fun stuff, love hearing these stories from this perspective. Really well done!
I just discovered this podcast and it is fantastic. It is produced really well and the content and delivery is top notch. I'm looking forward to more episodes.