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Seg. 1: Mark Twain's Favorite Food. Seg. 2: Nick Vedros

Segment 1: Mark Twain's love letter to American cuisine.

Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, was an avid writer and traveler. He was also a champion of America's regional foods. While homesick in Europe, he wrote an extensive list of the foods he missed, like prairie hen and peach cobbler. On this episode, we speak with the author who's been following in Twain's culinary footsteps, first for a book in 2011, and now for a podcast.

Segment 2, beginning at 36:17: A local photographer in a survey of American portraiture.

Kansas City's Nick Vedros is one of just 9 living photographers in an exhibit showcasing the great American portrait photography of the past century. Hear the stories behind both photos included in the show: one of George Brett, one of James Earl Jones.

Portraits Americana: A Brief Survey of American Portrait Photography is on display at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art through January 6. For more information, visit

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Suzanne Hogan is contributing announcer, producer and reporter for KCUR 89.3. She also hosts and produces the podcast, A People’s History of Kansas City. Reach her at