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Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann

The coronavirus has changed everything about how we live in Kansas City. KCUR's Gina Kaufmann brings you personal essays about how we're all adapting to a very different world.

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  • People who lost the ability to smell due to COVID-19 describe surreal experiences, like tasting nothing but ketchup for weeks. They also describe the jarring impact of not being able to rely on what scientists call a "primal sense."
  • The Real Humans podcast crew is off for the week, but we love this episode of A People's History of Kansas City and we think you will too. It's the little-known story of Henry Perry, the guy who made Kansas City barbecue famous back in the 1900s. He hasn't gotten the credit he deserves — until now.
  • Over the course of a long, pandemic winter, we may have gotten awfully cozy with our phones. Now we're trying to figure out how to put them down.
  • The Freedom Affair is a nine-piece band known for getting crowds dancing. But they haven't had a live show since February 2020, and fans have had to make do with headphones instead of dance floors. That's about to change.
  • One by one, Kansas Citians wind their way through the bewildering maze that is the vaccine rollout. Sharing a selfie is one of the few ways to celebrate the milestone with friends and family. But there's a catch.
  • There's one local movie theater standing in Kansas City, and die-hard fans insist there's no replacing it. But after a year spent adapting to home-viewing, it's unclear whether crowds are coming back.
  • Wilma Gibson is the matriarch of a big, affectionate family. But she lives alone and hasn't touched her daughter — or anyone else — in a year.
  • Two men living on two separate continents went into the pandemic with plans to open two very different restaurants. When COVID upended those plans, fate — and technology — threw them together.
  • Remote P.E. has forced gym teachers to re-think fitness for their students. But can they help stir-crazy adults?
  • For 15 years, Kip Ludwigs carefully calculated every move she made as owner of her dream business, Solaris Massage in Kansas City. When the coronavirus threw all her plans out the window, she found solace and solutions in unlikely places. Here's her story.