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Paris of the Plains Podcast

Paris of the Plains Podcast

The Paris of The Plains Podcast is dedicated to producing unheard audio stories from people who have a relationship with Kansas City. We will seek out those narratives that are personal, powerful, but above all surprising and engaging.

Kansas City is dynamic and developing. There are hundreds of thousands of people living out their lives. By helping them tell their stories through the power of audio, we can bring KC closer together, spark dialogues, and paint a picture of this city for the rest of the world.

Matt Hodapp Executive Producer + Host

Matthew Sullivan Design + Media

Jamie Searle Composer

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Jolie Justus (Serving As The First Openly Gay Senator In Missouri)
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February 24, 2016 |

Two years before Jolie Justus was elected the first openly gay state senator in Missouri, the General Assembly pushed an anti-gay marriage amendment to the ballot box, and voters approved it by 71%. This was in the forefront of her mind on her way to Jefferson City.


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Charlie Mylie (Walking The Border)
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January 31, 2016 |

Borders separate us, but they also define us. Creating your identity means defining what you are in relation to what you are not. This episode is about an artist who walked the border of Kansas City to discover himself and what lies at our boundaries. This story takes us on a journey at the fringes of the Paris of the Plains to uncover what Kansas City is like at it’s furthest edge. This is Charlie Mylie walking on the border…journalist Esther Honig brings us the story…


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Erika Wright (Growing The Troostwood Garden)
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January 10, 2016 |

Community gardens have been a source of food stability and financial savings for Americans since the 1800’s. During the Great Depression, they provided food to the unemployed, and The Victory Garden campaign during WWII encouraged people to help a rationed economy by growing their own fruits and vegetables. Although those national campaigns were abandoned after the war, America has seen a resurgence of community gardens since the 1970s. One of the first Kansas City gardens to join that trend was The Troostwood Youth Garden at 52nd and Paseo started by Erika Wright.


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Kadie And Suzanne (Spreading Holiday Warmth)
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December 24, 2015 |

Five thousand dollars in twenty-eight days, four schools, fifteen hundred winter clothing packs for kids in need, and two Kansas City women. For our Holiday Special we could have talked to a burned out Mall Santa or star crossed Christmas lovers…instead we decided to talk to two KC residents that started Keep KC Kids Warm just after Thanksgiving, and clothed fifteen hundred children by Christmas. I first met up with them two days before they were going to deliver their winter packs. This is a story about spreading Holiday warmth…


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Sol (Remembering The Hyatt Disaster)
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November 30, 2015 |

On July 17th, 1981 The Kansas City Hyatt Hotel Skywalk fell onto the unsuspecting attendants at one of the hotel’s popular Tea Dances. 114 people were killed and 200 were injured. It was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. History until the fall of the South Tower on Sep. 11th, 2001. Many have fought to establish a monument to the wounded and dead. This year, thirty-four years later, they finally broke ground on The Hyatt Skywalk Memorial to honor those that were lost. This is a story of a survivor who will never escape the memory of that tragedy, and who is fighting to make sure the world will always remember.


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Blair (Unraveling Love)
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November 17, 2015 |

Falling in love means having a great deal of trust in another person. A sense that your emotions are going to be safe and secure in their possession. Falling in love is like solving a mystery. Finding out who a person really is in the locked vault of their heart. This is a story about discovering the person behind the tinder profile, beyond the Facebook page…This is Blair.


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Zaid (Awaiting Approval)
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November 4, 2015 |

Have you ever found yourself at the bottom of a deep hole? Even metaphorically, maybe a problem at work, with a friend, or maybe a bad situation that seemingly has no way out. We’ve all had that feeling of being lost in the darkness, with the small light of escape hovering completely out of reach…This is a story about the darkness and the light. This is Zaid.


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Leone (Finding a Home)
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November 3, 2015 |

Do you remember moving into your first apartment, your first house? That initial feeling of intruding on someone else space. Imagining all sorts of absurd stories about what had happened before you got there. Many of the houses in Kansas City were built decades ago. Most of us are living surrounded by the ghosts of the past….This is a story about trying and failing to find a place to call your own. The journey of finding a space to inhabit in Kansas City.


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Welcome To The Paris of the Plains
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November 3, 2015 |

The Paris of The Plains Podcast is dedicated to producing unheard audio stories from people who have a relationship with Kansas City. We will seek out those narratives that are personal, powerful, but above all surprising and engaging. These narratives will be produced using the best journalistic, creative, and artistic skills.


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