Swing Low: An Unlikely Classic

The Jubilee Singers Quartet: Alfred King, James Myers, Noah Ryder and John W. Work II recorded Swing Low Sweet Chariot in 1909.

You know the song but are probably unfamiliar with its story. A song first sung in the fields by slaves in a remote corner of the South became one of the most well known songs the world over. This is the story of the unlikely route “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” followed to reach the ears of common men and royalty,

The Coming Golden Age: Live Music Post COVID

Those local entertainers, musicians and comedians, trying to make their first big break, were sidelined by the COVID pandemic over the past several months. Venues have been quiet. One Kansas City superfan thinks there is a golden age of live entertainment just around the corner. We visit with Ben Wendt of the Ope! Radio podcast as he peers through his crystal ball to the future of local music!

The Negro Leagues: Bringing History Into Focus

Late in 2020, Major League Baseball recognized several of the Negro Leagues that thrived from 1920 until the sport was integrated as their own. Now these overlooked athletes’ stats will be included in the records of MLB, a place some have thought they should have been long ago.

But what is the story of the Negro Leagues? Our conversation with Raymond Doswell, Vice-president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, answers that question and more. The story of the Negro Leagues is about world-class players in a segregated society, but there is so much more to it. The Leagues represent the struggle for equality in a time not that different from our own!

Try A Mental Health Day

We have had a great response to our episode “Josh Cress: A Healthy Mind!” We were sent an article and graphic to help folks in the workplace with their mental health. Helping people is always the right thing to do!

Before 2020, there were plenty of stressors that we had to deal with in order to keep our emotional health in a good place. But 2020 and now 2021 (and beyond) are throwing their own kinds of stressors into our lives, ones that are forcing us to dig deep into our mental health strengths and find new coping mechanism. It’s not easy. But there’s one thing that you can do to help reset your outlook: a mental health day.
    A mental health day is a chance to do a couple of things. Sleep, for example, may be hurting your mental health, and taking a day can be a chance for you to catch up in that area. You can also find activities that help you to re-center and refocus on what’s been troubling you and what you can do to change that. Need other ideas to recover? This graphic explains them.


A Mountain We Could Climb: A Guitar Story

“It seemed like a mountain we could climb” said Aaron Eubanks of the idea to build custom guitars that emerged during a game of cards. And climb they did. Eubanks, with co-conspirators Jason Crittenden and Billy Wigert, founded Mad N8V Guitars this past year.

It’s a story about three guys, all members of the Cherokee Nation, with a crazy idea. It’s a story about the craftsmanship of making custom guitars and the learning that comes with it, but mostly it’s a story about believing in yourself and following your dreams.