Archiver Podcast

logoOnce upon a time in Kansas, a man known as the “Goat Gland Doctor” ran for governor, a scandal changed the way Kansas picks judges, and a visit to Kansas impacted a Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

The 20th century political scene in Kansas was full of colorful characters and pivotal events that still resonate today. These are the kinds of important Kansas stories that the Archiver podcast is capturing with the support of a KHC Humanities grant. The Archiver podcast is produced by Do Good Productions, Inc.

Using archival tape, Archiver host Sam Zeff pulls listeners into the world of 20th century Kansas politics and explains how these events still affect us today.

Listen to all three podcasts:

The Sudden Need to Run

911kennedyTwo days after announcing his presidential bid, Robert Kennedy spoke at three Kansas colleges: the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Haskell Indian Junior College (now Haskell Indian Nations University). Kennedy’s primary opponent, Senator Eugene McCarthy, had already tapped into the youth culture of the 1960s. Kennedy knew he need the same base and his speeches at Kansas universities signaled the direction of his campaign. Click here to listen to the podcast. 



Goat Glands, Radio Waves, and the Governorship

brinkleyArayThink Donald Trump was the first “quirky millionaire” to fun for high office? Nope. John Brinkley, a wealthy quack medical doctor from Milford, Kansas, ran a long-shot but nearly successful write-in campaign for Kansas governor. The podcast includes recordings from Brinkley’s highly popular radio station. Click here to listen to the podcast. 



TV, The Triple Play, and the Man from Dodge

hall_fredToday you can’t imagine politics without television. But, a little known, one-term governor from Dodge City was a pioneer in that regard. Fred Hall is best known for the Triple Play judicial scandal that changed the way Kansas picks judges. But his early use of TV is fascinating as he helped move politics from radio to television. Click here to listen to the podcast.


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