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Seg. 1: Etzanoa. Seg. 2: Kansas Dinosaur. Seg. 3: Mary Beth Tinker.

Segment 1: The ancient civilization that once thrived in Kansas.

About a year ago, a researcher at Wichita State University found the city of Etzanoa, an indigenous settlement that once thrived in Kansas. Limited tours for the public are just now getting started, but accessing the site can be hard: there's a modern city on top of the ancient one.

Segment 2, beginning at 14:13: The dinosaur that called Kansas home.

Hear about Silvisaurus condrayi, the only land dinosaur that lived in Kansas. Its skeleton is now on display at the KU's Natural History museum.

Segment 3, beginning at 26:15: The story of youth activism in the United States.

What are the rights of young people to express their political views at school? In the 1960s, Mary Beth Tinker and her family took students' rights all the way to the Supreme Court. Hear how armbands protesting the Vietnam War changed her life and this country.

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.