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In the 1990s, fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt was a student at Southwest Missouri State University when a folklore professor made a passing reference to a little-known dialect of French spoken nearby. An encore presentation of his journey to find out if anyone still spoke Missouri French.

Then, a KU professor on the connection between blues and funk, and Question Quest has the final installment of the mysterious bird lady statue on the Trolley Trail.

Suzanne and Cody return with a follow-up episode to the "bird lady" statue in Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood. And this time, they've got all the answers.

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Before you pack away your Chiefs gear: A look back at the history of the team and how they helped shape KC.

Plus, Question Quest discovers why people keep leaving little bird figurines around a statue in Brookside.

Guests:

  • Monroe Dodd, KCUR's resident historian
  • Joel Thorman, Editor, Arrowhead Pride

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Many people pass by the unmarked statue of a woman at 52nd Street and Brookside Boulevard, every day perhaps without ever noticing the bird shenanigans taking place.

Around the base of the statue, which sits just off to the side of the popular Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail, there is a collection of small gifted birds. And the way that the statue is decorated with these birds seems to mysteriously change over time.

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In this special bonus live episode, Suzanne and Cody investigate why people keep leaving little bird figurines around a statue in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.

Join Suzanne and Cody for Question Quest Live on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Buffalo Room at the Westport Flea Market in Kansas City, Missouri. We'll be solving a new quest on stage, and hopefully we'll upload the audio here afterwards. Thanks!

In this episode, Suzanne sifts through legend and superstition to find the true story behind the Black Angel in Iowa City, Iowa. 

When Donald Trump explained his remarks on grabbing women as "locker room talk," some women responded by sharing their own stories of survival. Has the conversation on sexual assault and the casual objectification of women reached a tipping point?

Plus, Question Quest finds out what's in the center of the United States.

Guests:

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

This story first appeared on KCUR's Question Quest. You can find the episode here or wherever you download podcasts.

In this episode, Cody and Suzanne hit the road to find out what's in the center of the United States. 

An interview with the political correspondent at NPR. How did her conservative Christian background and growing up in KC help her connect with people on the campaign trail?

Plus, Question Quest looks into a mysterious octagon in Belton.

Guest:

In this episode, Suzanne digs into the sacred geometry and mysterious happenings surrounding a giant octagon in Belton, Missouri. 

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

This story first appeared on KCUR's Question Quest. You can find the episode here or wherever you download podcasts.

Just about every city has "that store." The one that just can't seem to find its footing for very long. One year it's a seedy liquor store, the next, a themed restaurant, the next, a sleepy book store.

In this episode, Cody dives into a strange mix of karaoke, theater nerdery and artist subcultures to find out what happened to an odd roadhouse bar in Kansas City, Kansas.

Suzanne Hogan / KCUR 89.3

This story first appeared on KCUR's Question Quest. You can find the episode here or wherever you download podcasts.

Lots of people have stores they remember going to when they were a kid— for you maybe it was the video store, the arcade, a comic shop, an ice cream stand or corner store.

In this episode, co-host Suzanne Hogan goes on her first quest to find out what happened to a zany skate and surf shop in Kansas that many remember fondly today. 

Laura Spencer / KCUR 89.3

This story first appeared on KCUR's Question Quest. You can find the episode here or wherever you download podcasts.

In the inaugural episode of Question Quest, co-host Cody Newill dives into the past to find out about a decrepit underground tunnel in Kansas City, Missouri, that's been long abandoned and is very hard to get into.

Mike Russo / KCUR 89.3

KCUR on Friday announced a new podcast Question Quest, launching in September.

Co-hosts Suzanne Hogan and Cody Newill will take turns scouring the Midwest for oddities, landmarks and just plain old strange things that make you ask, "What's up with that?" 

Starting in September, KCUR Studios brings you Question Quest, a podcast about everyday mysteries, curiosities and questions in the Midwest. Co-hosts Suzanne Hogan and Cody Newill will take turns sending each other on grand adventures to find the stories behind intriguing things.