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Seg. 1: Kadesh Flow. Seg. 2: Soccer in Kansas City. Seg. 3: 'No Place Like Home.'

Segment 1: A Kansas City musician's self-proclaimed 'nerdy rap.'

Kadesh Flow is a trombonist with The Phantastics. He released "Room Service," a solo hip-hop album, which he recorded in a hotel room during a gamer convention. Hear more of his story, from leaving his job at Cerner to pursue music to being part of the Nerdy People of Color Collective.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:24: Soccer wasn't always popular in Kansas City.

KCUR's Suzanne Hogan tells the story of how immigrant families helped popularize the sport back in the 1950s.

Segment 3, beginning at 22:56: A look back at the fight for gay rights in Kansas.

KCUR's C.J. Janovy shares stories of activists who both struggled and found solidarity in an inhospitable state.

C.J. Janovy's next event will be at the Delta Athenaeum, entitled How to Win Hearts and Minds by Losing.

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.
Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.