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Audiofiles: Winter Edition

We share tipson starting a successful podcast from The Heart's Kaitlin Prest. Our critics on what they're listening to, from fresh takes on folk tales to new ways of exploring crime to voices of Bernie Sanders supporters and other political podcasts. Bonus: Take an audio journey through the wacky hotel scene at the annual Folk Alliance International conference with KCUR's Hannah Copeland. 


  • Kaitlin Prest, national podcast creator, The Heart
  • Beckett Graham, local podcast creator, The History Chicks
  • Matt Staub, podcast enthusiast
  • Kyle J Smith, KCUR intern, podcast enthusiast

New recommendations from the Audiofiles:

  • Myths and Legends, a retelling of stories that have shaped culture
  • You Must Remember This, behind-the-scenes stories from old-timey Hollywood
  • Lexicon Valley, on the origins of words and phrases
  • Bandwagon, exploring voices of Bernie Sanders supporters from across the country
  • Criminal, in-depth crime stories told with intellect, compassion and curiosity
  • Where There's Smoke, an exploration of the human condition in pop culture and current events
  • Whistlestop, connecting presidential campaigns of the past with news of the present
People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.