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Fed up with harassment, a group of queer Kansas City women create a new type of community in the 1990s. Plus, global warming and a dwindling water supply has some Kansas farmers taking a risk on cotton.

Cotton growing only accounts for a small fraction of Kansas farm production. But as David Condos of the Kansas News Service reports, a combination of global warming, dwindling water and new infrastructure might set the stage for southwest Kansas to become cotton country.

Back in the 1990s, a group of queer Kansas City women were fed up with harassment and housing discrimination. So they transformed 12 city blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood into a radical enclave by and for women. Suzanne Hogan tells us more in this special episode of KCUR's podcast A People’s History of Kansas City.

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