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Seg. 1: Humorists Vs. Religion. Seg. 2: Wrestling In KC

Segment 1: A historic look at the conflict between faith and satire.

From court jesters of the medieval era to comedians of the modern day, humor and religion haven't exactly been the best of friends. In this conversation, a University of Kansas professor recounts a long history of standoffs between faith and wit.

Segment 2, beginning at 36:35: Pro wrestling in Kansas City.

The personalities, matches, and advertising of wrestling is a larger-than-life phenomenon. And the sport is making something of a grassroots resurgence in Kansas City. So what's it all about?

  • Kraig Keesaman, professional wrestler, a.k.a. "Niles Plonk"
  • Walter Fulbright, co-owner, Journey Pro KC

Space Age Love Song, a pro wrestling event, takes place Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Kanza Hall. For ticketing and more information, visit JourneyProKC.com.

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.