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The Battle Over Mickey Mouse


Walt Disney gets most of the credit for creating Mickey Mouse. But few know the real story: Kansas City animator Ub Iwerks, Disney’s best friend, was the first to bring the iconic character to life. Then Mickey's success almost tore them apart for good.

Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her on Twitter @_macmartin.
Suzanne Hogan is contributing announcer, producer and reporter for KCUR 89.3. She also hosts and produces the podcast, A People’s History of Kansas City. Reach her at