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My First Job, And Kansas City's 'Suffrajitsu' Senior Wins National History Prize

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Erin Lowe played suffragette jiu-jitsu instructor Edith Garrud in her gold medal-winning National History Day performance. "To actually become the character is amazing," she says. "Experiencing history in this sort of way is different from anything else."

Whether you spent hours in the summer sun at a lifeguard post or delivered hot, greasy pizzas across town, it's hard to forget your very first job. Today, callers and KCUR staffers share their memories and the lasting impacts of that first job or paycheck. Then, we meet the Kansas City high schooler whose year-long research project into the "suffrajitsu" movement earned her top marks at the National History Day competition.

Erin Lowe will perform 'Suffrajitsu: the Women Who Fought Back' at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. Visit for more information.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.