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Central Standard

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.

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.