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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.

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.