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An 'Oddball Hoedown' in Kansas City

A new Kansas City square-dancing group is putting a gender-neutral spin on an age old American tradition. Plus: A Kansas historian documents the internal fighting between white soldiers and mistreated Black soldiers that threatened America's war efforts in Vietnam.

At Kansas City’s new gender-neutral square dance, you won’t hear words like “Ladies” and “Gents” being called out with the dance moves. KCUR’s Julie Denesha takes us to a unique, do-si-do scene in the West Bottoms at the Oddball Hoedown.

While the Vietnam War was being fought a sea away, a battle was raging among white and Black service members over proper treatment. The racial conflict was so intense, the army was eventually forced to respond. KCUR contributor Anne Kniggendorf spoke with University of Kansas professor Beth Baily about her new book "An Army Afire" that chronicles this internal crisis.

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