Our Missouri Podcast

Welcome to Our Missouri, a podcast about the people, places, culture, and history of the 114 counties and independent city of St. Louis that comprise the great state of Missouri. Each episode focuses on a topic related to the state ranging from publications about Missouri’s history to current projects undertaken by organizations to preserve and promote local institutions.

The Our Missouri Podcast engages with experts and scholars on a variety of topics related to the state's complex history and culture. Each episode is recorded in the J. Christian Bay Rare Books Room at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center, and is generously provided to you by the State Historical Society of Missouri, thanks to the support of members and donors. Join host Sean Rost as he explores what makes Our Missouri.

New episodes are posted twice a month. You can also subscribe via Apple iTunes, Google Podcast, or Stitcher.

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Episodes

Episode 34: Commonwealth of Compromise – Amy Laurel Fluker (Border Wars, Part 1)

With the announced renewal of the Missouri-Kansas sports rivalry in 2019, Our Missouri opens the first half of Season 3 with an examination of the origins and history behind this rivalry, while also looking at the conflicts that defined Missouri's borders and identity before, during, and after the Civil War. This episode features a conversation with Amy Laurel Fluker about her new book, Commonwealth of Compromise: Civil War Commemoration in Missouri, published by the University of Missouri Press.

Summer Series 2020: Voda Curtis: Suffrage & Civil Rights – Keely Doll (Show-Me Suffragists, Part 4)

This episode focuses on the life of Voda "Bea" Hardy Curtis, and documents the path of her family from slavery to suffrage. The episode also features audio clips from Voda Curtis' 1977 oral history (S0829) housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri's St. Louis Research Center, as well as final thoughts from past oral history interns–Cydney Smith, Cassie Draudt, and Keely Doll–who conducted research on Voda Curtis' life.

Episode 33: Life, Death, & Coroner's Inquests – Sarah Lirley McCune (Meet Me in St. Louis, Part 9)

While this year's Missouri Conference on History may be over, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to "meet us" in St. Louis for a multi-part series focusing on several projects and institutions that document the city's history and cultural identity. This episode concludes Season 2 and features Sarah Lirley McCune discussing her soon-to-be-released book project, tentatively titled, "An Arc of Death," which examines how coroners interpreted the lives and deaths of 19th Century St.

Episode 32: "Baseball in St. Louis" – Ed Wheatley (Meet Me in St. Louis, Part 8)

While this year's Missouri Conference on History may be over, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to "meet us" in St. Louis for a multi-part series focusing on several projects and institutions that document the city's history and cultural identity. This episode features Ed Wheatley, President of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society, discussing his new book, "Baseball in St. Louis: From Little Leagues to Major Leagues."

Episode 31: "Groping Toward Democracy" – Priscilla Dowden-White (Meet Me in St. Louis, Part 7)

While this year's Missouri Conference on History may be over, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to "meet us" in St. Louis for a multi-part series focusing on several projects and institutions that document the city's history and cultural identity. This episode features Priscilla Dowden-White discussing her book, "Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949," as well as her current research project on St. Louisan Margaret Bush Wilson.

Episode 30: "Gateway To Equality" – Keona Ervin (Meet Me in St. Louis, Part 6)

While this year's Missouri Conference on History may be over, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to "meet us" in St. Louis for a multi-part series focusing on several projects and institutions that document the city's history and cultural identity. This episode features Keona Ervin discussing her award-winning book, "Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis," which was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2017.

Episode 29: Hamburg, St. Louis, & Missouri's German Heritage Corridor – Caitlin Yager (Meet Me in St. Louis, Part 5)

While this year's Missouri Conference on History may be over, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to "meet us" in St. Louis for a multi-part series focusing on several projects and institutions that document the city's history and cultural identity. This episode features Caitlin Yager, Director of Heritage Programs for the Missouri Humanities Council.