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Seg. 1: Most Typical Counties. Seg. 2: Block By Block History

Segment 1: Four nearby counties are "the most typical in the U.S." according to recent study.

A recent study by Echelon Insights, a research and polling firm based in Washington D.C., ranked the top 25 most typical counties in America. Two on the list include Jackson and Clay county in Missouri, as well as Shawnee and Sedgwick in Kansas, respectively. So what makes us so typical? And what does 'typical' even mean?

Segment 2, beginning at 25:10: Local journalist investigates history of Midtown block by block.

When it comes to local history, sometimes it's best to scale down. On this episode, we visit with a local writer who has compiled stories, photographs and memories of individual blocks in Midtown to learn more about our city's past.

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.