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Mo’ Curious #7: ‘There is a better way’

In an intentional community, or commune, people organize themselves around cooperative activities. Where much of modern, industrial, late stage capitalism is based around competition for scarce material resources, there are a few among us who choose to work together to achieve a standard of living that’s good enough.

In the first part of this two-part episode, we explored what 19th and 20th century Missouri utopias were like. In this episode, we head to Northeast Missouri’s Scotland County to meet some contemporary communards and hear what draws them to the land in search of a more intentional and low-impact life.

Part one of this two part series on Missouri utopias can be heard here.

Thanks for listening. Let me know what you think and share ideas for future episodes. Contact me at Trevor@RecollectionAgency.com.

Kyle Yoder lovin’ on his cat at Dancing Rabbit near Rutledge, Missouri.

The Mo’ Curious podcast is generously sponsored by Missouri Life.

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Mo’ Curious #6: ‘That American Ideal’

Almost as long as there has been a Missouri, there have been idealists in our midst. In 1844, “Doctor” Wilhelm Keil and his followers established the German Communal Society of Bethel in Northeast Missouri. They were followed by an Icarian outpost in 1858 near St. Louis.

In this episode of Mo’ Curious by Missouri Life, you’ll learn about these settlements, what inspired them and how the lineage of radical rural cooperation continues into the 21st century.

This is the first part of a two-part episode on utopias and communes in Missouri. Here is part II.

The Mo’ Curious podcast is generously sponsored by Missouri Life.

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Mo’ Curious #5: Missouri Rocks!

Curious to know more about our state’s geologic past, Trevor Harris recently talked to a pair of geologists and a cave mapper.

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Mo’ Curious #4: The View from Beacon Hill

In 2019, my wife and I moved to Kansas City for her new job. We wanted to live in a real neighborhood with real people. We needed to dwell near enough downtown for her to walk and bike to work. The house we rented was in Beacon Hill. From our earliest days on Tracy Avenue, I immediately saw two neighborhoods existing in one urban space.

As the middle class fled Kansas City’s urban core after 1970, Beacon Hill’s fortunes changed. Many families and retailers decamped for greener suburban pastures. Numerous families stayed put in Beacon Hill. In recent years these long-timers had increasingly been joined by the likes of my wife and I: younger and mostly white professionals. Renters like us tended to drive up prices in the local rental housing market. Growing numbers of newcomers to Beacon Hill had bought available lots, then built and occupied new homes. These homes commanded prices previously unheard of in the 64108 zip code.

At my first neighborhood meeting, I met the leadership of the Beacon Hill/McFeders Community Council. These women had spent decades in Beacon Hill and raised families there. They were eager to share their neighborhood memoirs. In 2020 and 2021, seven long-time neighborhood residents discussed how their part of Kansas City had changed during their years there.

Drawing on oral histories conducted at the Black Archives of Mid-America in 2020 and 2021 this episode of Mo’ Curious podcast draws on the cultural memory of Kansas City’s Beacon Hill, one of Missouri’s urban neighborhood in transition.

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Mo’ Curious #3: The Hawk’s Origin

Mo’ Curious #3 explores the early years of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins when he lived in and near St. Joseph, Missouri.

This audio returns Fall 2021.

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Mo’ Curious #2: Start Your Engines

This episode of Mo’ Curious introduces you to three people – a trucker, a businessman and an activist – who discuss the very different ways their lives have been shaped by Interstate 70 in Missouri.

Mo’ Curious is generously sponsored by Missouri Life.

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Mo’ Curious #1: Digging Deep

Mo’ Curious # 1: Digging Deep looks at how it was to mine coal and be married to a miner in Macon County, Missouri.

This audio returns Fall 2021.