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The True History Of Cowboys, Getting Beyond Fossil Fuels, And The Volcano Explorer

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Cowboys take a load off at the Bob Saloon, Miles City, Montana, in 1880.

They may be icons of the old west, but cowboys aren't just an American phenomenon. Today, we learn the long history of the horseback herdsmen, whose roots go back to Africa. Then, we discuss climate change and the complexities of reducing fossil fuel use with environmentalist Bill McKibben. Later, we ask Sam Cossman why on earth he climbs into active volcanoes and what he hopes to gain from doing so.

"Cowboy Mike" Grauer shares "The (True) History of Cowboys" at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library on Thursday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit

Bill McKibben delivers a Cockefair Chair lecture at UMKC's Pierson Auditorium on Friday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your seat by going to Cockefair Chair website.

Sam Cossman discusses his journey into an active volcano at the Linda Hall Library on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.