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Garrison Keillor's New Venture, And A Short History Of The Kansas City Mafia

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After handing off the reins of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is back on the road. Today, we speak with the legendary radio personality about the Love & Comedy Tour that's taking him across the country and through the Paris of the Plains. Then, we learn the history of how mafiosos survived in Kansas City after the death of political mob boss Tom Pendergast.

Garrison Keillor's "Love and Comedy Tour" makes a stop at the Uptown Theater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. For more information, visit UptownTheater.com.

Terrance O'Malley presents "How the KC Mafia Survived the Fall of the Pendergast Machine" at the Midwest Genealogy Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 24. Registration is full but you can put your name on the waiting list at MyMCPL.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.