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A Chronicle of Freedom
February 19, 2012
In-depth interview of Emiel Cleaver, son of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and former KC mayor. His film, called "Freedom Is Now," is about "Kansas City's oldest and most powerful African-American political...
A Cinematic Gem
December 8, 2013
Article focuses upon the history of the Plaza Grill & Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas. The theater's owner, Rita (Peach) Madl, is interviewed. Madl describes the process by which she discovered that the Plaza...
A Field Guide to the Crossroads Art District
May 1, 2005
Map depicting the area roughly between Truman Road (north boundary), Pershing Road (south boundary), Broadway (west boundary) and Cherry Street (east boundary). Includes drawings and identification of...
A KC Gem
September 5, 2010
Interview, with photographs, of Harold Tivol, owner of Tivol jewelry stores. Tivol, who sold the company to his daughter, Cathy, continues as chairman of the board. Tivol discusses his family, his own...
A Winning Pit Crew
October 24, 2010
Article profiles "Pellet Envy," the husband and wife barbecue team of Rod and Sheri Gray. The Leawood, Kansas, couple competes year-round in the competitive barbecue circuit and also teach barbecue cooking...
Advocacy, Activism and 300 Good Suits
October 27, 2013
Interview with Eric L. Wesson, reporter and columnist for The Kansas City Call newspaper. Wesson discusses the evolving mission of The Call over time, his background, and his approach to journalism.
Always Moving, Always Changing
February 23, 2014
Interview with Yvonne S. Wilson, former director of education for the Kansas City School District and Missouri state representative for the 42nd District. Wilson responds to questions regarding her involvement...
An Underground Journey
May 2, 2010
Article describing the work carried out by sewer maintenance workers and new technologies used by the Kansas City Water Services Department. One of Kansas City's first sewers was made of limestone quarried...
Attorney is Driven to Collect the Best
June 23, 2013
Interview with Marshall Miller, Kansas City attorney and creator of the annual Art of the Car Concours fundraiser to benefit the Kansas City Art Institute. Miller discusses his motivations for founding...
Blue Skies and Blue Dresses; We're off to See Wamego
August 24, 2014
Two part article that focuses upon two the Wizard of Oz tourists attractions in Kansas: Dorothy's House and Land of Oz in Liberal and the Oz Museum in Wamego. When describing Dorothy's House and Land of...
Bo Ling's Patriarch Talks Dumplings
July 7, 2013
Interview with Hok Kun Ng, whose children established the popular chain of Bo Ling's Chinese restaurants. Ng discusses his traditional methods for making dumplings, his roots in northern China and Hong...
Called to Care for the Elderly
October 7, 2012
Brief interview with Sister Beatrice Scully, development director for Little Sisters of the Poor. The order operates the Jeanne Jugan Center, a residential nursing home for the elderly who cannot provide...
May 19, 2009
Interview with Danny O'Neill, owner of The Roasterie coffee company and Roasterie Cafe. O'Neill started the company in 1993, roasting beans in the basement of his Brookside home, and it has grown into...
Dan Hesse Is the Face of Change
March 15, 2009
Short interview with Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, who answers questions about his work, family life, and other topics. Hesse was named CEO of Sprint in December 2007.
Designing Kansas City
November 7, 2010
Cover story about Ralph Ochsner, CEO of the 100-year old planning and landscape architecture firm Ochsner Hare & Hare. The firm works to revitalize small towns but is also well known for the designs of...
Doing the Right Thing, Even in the Face of Danger
January 26, 2014
Interview with civil rights activist and 2013 Kansas City Public Library scholar in residence, Alvin Sykes. Sykes discusses his background and his experiences during the 1968 riots following the assassination...
Equality Has Been Her Life's Work
February 16, 2014
Interview with Mamie Hughes, former Jackson County legislator, founding member of Central Exchange, former chairwoman of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and emeritus board member of the Samuel...
Festival Features Drums, Dancing Under a Harvest Moon
October 2, 2011
Interview of Teresa Bradskey, a Kansas City resident who is a member of the Miami of Oklahoma tribe. Bradskey is founder of the first Harvest Moon Native American Festival to be held October 15, 2011.
Happy Returns from the Tax Man
February 27, 2011
Short interview with businessman and philanthropist Henry Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block. He answers questions about the biography written by his son, Thomas Bloch, titled "Many Happy Returns: The Story...
His Job Offers 'Real Drama in Real Time'
May 1, 2011
Brief interview with John Bluford, CEO of Truman Medical Center and Chairman of the Board of the American Hospital Association for 2011. Bluford discusses his tenure at Truman Medical Center and healthcare...
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