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Show Me The State

Missouri has had a curious history, with many iterations and incarnations powered by changes in its political, cultural and religious climate. Show Me The State explores Missouri’s strange and misunderstood past as it relates to the present. Each episode focuses on one particular piece of folklore and investigates what really happened, why did it happen and how has that shaped the state today? The Show Me The State team looks at ghost stories, legendary political maneuvers and hometown heroes across the state. Host Kristofor Husted sits down with the people who know the story best to get as close to a first-hand account as we can.

Latest Episodes
  • French settlers colonized southeast Missouri over 200 years ago. And with them came the French language and culture.They mined the lead belt region and…
  • About 150 years ago in the vineyards of southern France, winemakers start to notice their vineyards aren’t looking healthy. They rack their brains but…
  • In 1969, graduate student Barbara Papish hands out an underground newspaper on the University of Missouri Columbia campus. The Free Press Underground…
  • Helen Stephens starts high school in Fulton in 1931. She’s a gangly, gravelly-voiced farm girl dressed in homemade clothes. Her classmates tease her with…
  • When the St. Louis Arch was being built in 1964, no Black workers had been hired for the construction crew.That didn’t sit well with Black activist Percy…
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journey to becoming a worldwide author is interlaced with pure hardship.On the morning of July 17, 1894, Laura has gathered…
  • Today, on a map, Lake of the Ozarks looks like a sprouting, twisting tree root that covers 86 square miles. The over 1000 miles of shoreline are dotted…
  • In the steamboat’s glory days right before the Civil War, there would be on average, 60 boats traveling through different ports along the Missouri River…
  • In the 1940s and ‘50s, designated police officers and university administrators were on the lookout for gay students and faculty.There are documented…
  • Walt Disney famously spent a good chunk of his youth growing up in Missouri. Just ask the residents of Marceline, Walt’s boyhood town.Walt was born in…