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Financial Or Physical Health | 'Fargo' In Kansas City

Chris Rock, seated, plays a gangster in Fargo's fourth season, set in 1950's Kansas City.
Elizabeth Morris, FX
Chris Rock, seated, plays a gangster in what may have been the final season of "Fargo."

A doctor shares patients' stories of how their financial well-being affects their health decisions, and a fact-check of Season 4 of the popular crime drama set in 1950's Kansas City.

Segment 1 beginning at 4:42: One doctor focuses on financial well-being as much as physical health for his patients.

This year is emphasizing how difficult it can be for people to reconcile finances with necessary healthcare. In "Broke" Dr. Michael Stein highlights the problem as told to him by his patients during office visits. "More and more people are unemployed and without income," Stein said.

Segment 2 beginning at 31:35: The latest season of the FX series "Fargo" explores an altered world of organized crime in Kansas City.

Each episode of the series leads with the statement, "based on true events." While the season accurately captures the feel of mid-century Kansas City, the narrative is based mainly in fiction. "It's a true crime story that isn't true" according to mafia expert Terence O'Malley.

  • Michael Wells, Missouri Valley Special Collections librarian
  • Terence O'Malley, film director and author for “Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in KC" and co-founder of the Kansas City Mafia Film Festival
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