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Some call it fly-over country -- the big, burly middle between the East and the West. We’re coast-less, and OK with that. Life out here isn't what it used to be. We're Midwestern ... ish. This is a podcast about the thinkers, doers and change-makers that make up our part of the country. Hosted by writer, storyteller and public radio journalist Gina Kaufmann, a Midwesterner born and raised.
||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|
||CleanUp All Night||Weird stuff happens in the middle of the night. We share stories recorded at a live storytelling event hosted by Gina. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Tiny Putty "," " Balti ", " Filing Away ", and " Milkwood ," by Blue||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfederate Monuments In Missouri: How To Remember The Losers||As Confederate monuments come down in New Orleans, people in other states across the country are considering similar memorials in their own backyards. On this episode, one Midwestern state deals with its own Confederate history. Subscribe on Apple||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTraveling Time And Space With William Least Heat-Moon||William Least Heat-Moon takes us on a trip across America's forgotten rural routes, through history, away from our digital devices and into the universe. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Google Play and Stitcher . Music: " Twosome ," and " Ice Climb ," by||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoung, Transgender And In The National Spotlight||Avery Jackson was the first transgender person in the world to grace the cover of National Geographic. That's a huge responsibility for a nine-year-old girl from the Midwest. But, through her journey, Avery's learned to deal with the haters. Subscribe o||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Search For A Midwestern Identity||You might think it's easy to define the Midwest...it's just a collection of states, right? Wrong. On this episode, we explore our regional identity and attempt to answer the question: what is the Midwest, really? Subscribe on iTunes , Google Play and||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGone The Way Of The Zambezi Zinger||There's something a little sad about returning to your favorite childhood amusement park as an adult. That pinch of nostalgia for certain rides connects us to the places we grew up, and the people with whom we grew up. Subscribe on iTunes , Google Play||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Path From Politics To Poetry||Every city has that one bookstore, the irreverent corner shop where literary types plot revolutions. In Kansas City, that bookstore is Prospero's, owned by Will Leathem. Leathem took a surprising path to becoming a used book salesman. Subscribe on iTune||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Big Little Town: Atchison, Kansas||At one point in history, Atchison , Kansas was positioned to be one of the main connecting points for the railways between Missouri and Kansas. It's said there were more millionaires there than anywhere in the world. Can Atchison hold onto its grand pas||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Death Of The Great American Shopping Center||Malls used to be "cool" places to hang out. But now, more and more malls are becoming abandoned structures, rotting inside and waiting for the wrecking ball. What do these hollowed-out shopping centers say about where we are as a country? Subscribe on||4/13/2017||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.