No drinks, just dialogue, with Kansas City's doers and makers. A new podcast by Visit KC showcasing How We Do Kansas City.

From Midwest cuisine to the craft beer scene, each episode of Speak Easy explores unique Kansas City culture—all with the help of people who make and shape it every day.

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Season 1:

Intro - Welcome to Speak Easy

Episode 1 - Prohibition and KC Distilleries with Tom’s Town

David Epstein

Known in the 1920s and '30s as the "Paris of the Plains," Kansas City was once home to the wettest block in the world. With free-flowing drink came new forms of art and music—all thanks to Tom Pendergast. We spoke with David Epstein from Tom's Town Distilling Co. about KC's Prohibition past—and its craft distilling future.

 

Savannah Northcraft Urban Provisions

Episode 2 - Made in KC with Urban Provisions

Savannah Northcraft

The maker movement in KC is more prevalent than ever. We take a deep dive into the world of locally made, artisanal goods with Savannah Northcraft from Urban Provisions.

 

Jeremy Danner Boulevard Brewing Co.

Episode 3 - KC's Craft Beer Scene with Boulevard Brewing Co.

Jeremy Danner

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s founding in 1989 marked the beginning of the craft beer movement in Kansas City. In recent years, more than a dozen independent brewers have opened in the metro, offering up unique flavors and regional favorites. We sat down with  Boulevard's Jeremy Danner to talk about KC craft beer, unique pairings and what's next for BLVD. 

 

Dan Mahaney Normal Human

Episode 4 - Kansas City T-Shirts with Normal Human

Dan Mahaney

From retro designs to screen printing and everything in between, Kansas City loves its T-shirts. We spoke with Dan Mahaney from Normal Human about the KC T-shirt craze, his creative process and where the trend is heading.

 

Jenny Vergara

Episode 5 - Midwest Cuisine with Jenny Vergara

Midwest cuisine is having a moment in KC. That said, it's a little more difficult to pin down than other regional flavors. We talked to local writer, entrepreneur and foodie Jenny Vergara about defining Heartland fare—and how it's defining itself in Kansas City.

 

Bo Nelson Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters

Episode 6 - KC Coffee Culture with Thou Mayest

Bo Nelson

Kansas City's coffee scene is brewing. Between large, wholesale roasters and quaint, family-owned shops, there's quite literally a cup of joe for everyone in town. We talked to Bo Nelson about his shop, Thou Mayest, and the impact it's had on the East Crossroads.

 

KC-Area Podcasts

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A selection of some of the best podcasts coming out of the Heart of America:

  • Paris of the Plains Podcast - dedicated to producing unheard audio stories from people who have a relationship with Kansas City. Personal, powerful, but above all surprising and engaging.
  • Mixtapes & Mixology – Jonathan Bender mashes up the Kansas City music and cocktail scene: take one track from a local artist, give it to a local bartender and ask them to make us a drink based on how the song makes them feel. Along the way, we dive into the world of that band, that bartender, and that cocktail.
  • The History Chicks – Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history.
  • Nerds of Nostalgia - A KC based podcast focusing on all the nerdy nostalgia from our past: movies, music and television with a variety of awesome guests
  • For Serious – A weekly podcast where we seriously answer serious questions seriously. For serious. It's true, we may divert ourselves along the way with flights of fancy, unabashed intellect and whatever the opposite of that is, but ultimately, we have a vested interest in making you feel vaguely educated. If you were the class clown but you still wanted to learn things, this is the podcast for you.
  • KC Startup 411 - KC Startup 411 covers the latest news from the Kansas City startup scene, we interview founders of local startups and others helping those startups. Interviews are done live at 1Million Cups on Wednesday Mornings and also at other local KC Start up events.
  • Question Quest - A podcast from KCUR looking into the landmarks, monuments and places that beg to be explored in the Midwest.
  • Kansas City Royals Podcasts - Royals beat reporters join national correspondents to take an inside look ahead at the story lines and developing news that impact the team's outlook. 
  • SportsBeat KC - A sports podcast by the Kansas City Star's sports writers and columnists, including in-depth commentary and analysis on the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, FC Kansas City and more.
  • Chiefs Download - A look into the world of the Kansas City Chiefs, including interviews with head coach Andy Reid, thoughts from your favorite players, practice reports, game previews, game wrap-ups and more. The Chiefs Download is a must-listen for any and all Kansas City Chiefs fans.
  • Talkin’ Touches - Thoughtful discussion surrounding Sporting Kansas City and Major League Soccer each and every week.
  • Unspecified - Each week on Unspecified Eric Hurst speaks with people doing something out of the ordinary. People working to free wrongfully convicted prisoners, uncovering the secrets of the brain, or challenging everything we were taught to be fact in grade school. There's no agenda, just a good dose of curiosity.
  • Can City Podcast - Tune in as three friends discuss local KC businesses, restaurants, movies, pop culture, tech and more. 
  • The Kansas City Podcast - Join host Cole Lindbergh each week as he sits down with a one-of-a-kind Kansas City native for a conversation on life in The City of Fountains.

Know of a Kansas City podcast we should check out? Drop a line to pr@visitkc.com.

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