New Season of Our Missouri podcast Features Historic Missourians

In the latest series of Our Missouri, host Sean Rost explores the lives of several influential Missourians and their contributions to art, politics, radio and television, conservation and environmentalism, breaking racial barriers, and philanthropy.

The series begins with Independence native Paul Henning, a screenwriter and producer who made his way to Hollywood after getting his start in Kansas City radio. Drawing from his family’s memories of rural Missouri, Henning created popular movies and television series, including The Beverly HillbilliesPetticoat Junction, and Green Acres.

Episode two explores zoologist and MU professor Mary Jane Guthrie, whose research on mice helped scientists better understand the origins of cancer. Other podcasts in the series focus on educator Arvah Strickland, country music pioneer Ralph Foster, politician Dewey Short, artists and conservationists Charles and Elizabeth Schwartz, and bankers and philanthropists Ted and Pat Jones.

Our Missouri is a free podcast series with new episodes posted twice a month. The series features the people, places, culture and history of Missouri, and is produced by the State Historical Society of Missouri. Find the podcast here, or wherever you get your podcasts.