A People’s History of Kansas City

Suzanne Hogan
Missouri Valley Saturdays
Saturday, September 16, 2023
2:00 pm
Helzberg Auditorium
In Person Event

Since its launch in 2020, KCUR public radio’s A People’s History of Kansas City podcast has highlighted unexpected and forgotten stories from Kansas City’s past. Creator and producer Suzanne Hogan and her team have offered fresh perspectives on such figures as jazz singer Julia Lee, who specialized in risqué songs “her mother taught her not to sing” but more importantly blazed a trail for Black female musicians in the first half of the 20th century, and Lea Hopkins, the bold Black lesbian who spearheaded Kansas City’s firsts Pride parade in 1977.

In a special Missouri Valley Saturdays presentation, Hogan discusses her approach to podcasting and the challenges of uncovering little-known histories. She also shares some of her favorite experiences from working on a show that combines archival audio and new interviews with those who experienced featured events firsthand.

With a broadcasting career spanning more than a decade, Hogan has worked on various talk shows, reported features, and served as an announcer at KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate.