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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Episode 18: "A History of the Ozarks" – Brooks Blevins

Sure, you think you know about the Ozarks. The home of Branson, the Baldknobbers, and the Beverly Hillbillies…right? Well, in this series, we'll talk about the Ozarks—a region covering roughly half of Missouri—as a cultural identity as well as a physical place. So, come along for a trip to the Ozarks. This episode features a conversation with Brooks Blevins about his new three-volume series on the Ozarks entitled A History of the Ozarks.

Episode 17: "A River in the City of Fountains" – Amahia Mallea

Since its earliest days, Missouri has been defined by its rivers. While the Mississippi River gets most of the attention thanks to the literary works of authors like Mark Twain, the Missouri River is actually the longer of the two waterways and travels through more counties in the state than its counterpart. This episode features a conversation with Amahia Mallea about her new book, A River in the City of Fountains, and the complex history of the great river known as the "Big Muddy."

    Episode 16: Rolla, Rotoscope, & Route 66 – Katie Seale

    Spring is here. The temperatures are warming up. The trees are green. The wildlife is out. And the state's highways and waterways are calling your name. For many, May marks the start of vacation season. And so, it's time to hit the road and talk about Rolla, Rotoscope, and Route 66. This episode features Katie Seale discussing the upcoming Ozark Pickin' Time Concert as well as some of the unique collections housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri's Rolla Research Center.

      Episode 15: The African American Press in Missouri – Debra Foster Greene

      On April 30, 2019, Debra Foster Greene, professor emerita of history at Lincoln University will give a presentation entitled, "To Educate and Elevate: The African American Press in Missouri," as part of the African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series. Greene's presentation will be held at the Memorial Student Union's Stotler Lounge on the University of Missouri campus. This episode features Debra Foster Greene discussing notable state newspapers, prominent publishers, the evolution of journalism, and how she came to research Missouri's African American Press.

        Episode 14: A Conversation with Missouri’s First Lady – Teresa Parson

        The year 2021 will mark Missouri's Bicentennial, as well as the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Governor's Mansion. Recorded on location at the "People's House," this episode features Mrs. Teresa Parson, First Lady of the State of Missouri, and Dr. Gary R. Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, discussing Mrs. Parson's life and family as well as her goals for addressing important issues related to the state's culture and history.

        Episode 13: National History Day in Missouri – Maggie Mayhan

        Each year, thousands of Missouri students put in hours of hard work in preparation for National History Day competitions across the state. National History Day in Missouri offers students at the middle school and high school levels the opportunity to explore global issues through projects such as documentaries, performances, papers, websites, and exhibits.