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Within The Realm

65 EpisodesProduced by Steve GarrettWebsite

There's a story behind everything and it's all within the realm. Check us out on Facebook @withintherealm1 Twitter @realm_within or withinpodcast.com. Find archived episodes at withinpodcast.com!

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200 years of Cherokee Talking Leaves

July 26th, 2021

14:11

200 years ago, in the wilds of the then American frontier, Sequoyah, the Cherokee Cadmus, introduced his writing system to the members of his tribe that had moved west to escape the influence of the white man. Some …

Clyde Tombaugh: From Kansas to the Kuiper Belt

July 12th, 2021

19:01

A tale with a lost opportunity for a college education, a one-way train ride and the fate of a planet! Hear the amazing story of Kansas Astronomer …

The Airlight: Arkansas' Historic Phone Booth

June 28th, 2021

13:07

Sometimes we forget how truly important seemingly ordinary things are to our own story. Hear how one small town rallied to save, of all things, a …

More Than They Bargained For: Music Survives The Pandemic

June 14th, 2021

21:49

Two Kansas University Journalism students, suffering from a bad case of Senioritis and struggling through  their classes during the pandemic had a final assignment before graduation. After beginning work on their task, …

Before The Mouse: Disney's Laugh-O-gram Studios

May 31st, 2021

10:33

Before the mouse, long before the Magic Kingdom, the cradle of the Golden Age of Animation was launched in Kansas City. The Laugh-O-grams studio was …

The Endangered Ozark Giraffe

May 17th, 2021

14:49

The Ozark Mountains are dotted with odd-looking houses built during the Great Depression. When I was a kid, they served as a reminder of our "hillbilly" past and, compared to the new fangled pre-fab homes, they were out …

A Chat With Your Host - Bonus Episode

May 4th, 2021

7:07

A stormy evening that presents a less than ideal recording environment turns into a little chat with the host about the show, where it came from ad …

Protection, Kansas

April 14th, 2021

9:25

There's a lot of talk about vaccines these days, but at one time the effort to end the scourge of polio through Dr. Salk's vaccine was focused on an …

My Uncle, The National Treasure

March 29th, 2021

17:21

A childhood interest in how arrowheads were made, blossomed into the mastery of the almost lost art of flint knapping for Vyrl Keeter. His pursuit of the craft led to his designation as a Cherokee National Treasure. In …

Where Do We Go From Here?

March 15th, 2021

25:43

Now that we can see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it's time for a review. What's the take away from our experience?

We look at the arenas …

Swing Low:An Unlikely Classic

February 22nd, 2021

11:10

The song is significant enough to make the list of important recording in US history and a blacklist in Nazi Germany, but the road to cherished American classic was a long and unlikely one for the spiritual "Swing Low, …

The Coming Golden Age: Live Music Post COVID

February 9th, 2021

12:11

With the closure of anything that would draw a crowd, local music and comedy venues fell silent as the pandemic spread. Even after the worst is over, …

The Negro Leagues: Bringing History Into Focus

January 23rd, 2021

23:35

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 …

A Mountain We Could Climb: A Guitar Story

January 4th, 2021

22:18

"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 …

Santa and Me: Not for Believing Ears

December 21st, 2020

11:44

Hear the tale of my brief but tumultuous days as a Santa-ophile. Published in hopes to explain why I'm more of a Scrooge than a Bob Cratchit. My …

Josh Cress: A Healthy Mind

December 14th, 2020

16:58

Maintaining a emotional balance has proven to be extra difficult in recent months. Mental health counselor Josh Cress joins us to discuss emotional …

Dedication: The Legacy of Fletcher Hardware

November 30th, 2020

15:39

A couple of years ago I did an episode about my hometown's oldest business, Fletcher Hardware. Today the store is gone, but in it's place is Fletcher …

A Century of Women's Suffrage: Mona Casts Her Ballot

November 1st, 2020

6:34

On this 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, I bring you the story of my Great-grandmother, Mona Perkins and her first experience with the ballot box. She was a young upstart, her independence scandalized the small …

1972: Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote

October 30th, 2020

17:13

In the election of 1972, 18 year-olds were allowed the vote for the first time. We speak to a friend, Randy Pease, then an Indiana college student …

Saint Kate: Ninety Pounds of Dynamite

October 20th, 2020

18:06

Kate Barnard was elected to statewide office in Oklahoma before she could vote for herself. She was a young, progressive reformer applying her vision …

Bohemians West: A Story of Political and Personal Freedom

September 4th, 2020

20:38

Erskine Wood and Sara Bard Field were introduced by none other than Clarence Darrow as progressives that should know each other. They both …

Mrs. Carson: Our Pioneer of Preschool

August 20th, 2020

14:06

Louise Carson was a first time teacher, tasked with teaching 60 5 year-olds with no curriculum and little direction on a daily basis. She was my …

Primary Sources; What Makes A Story History

July 20th, 2020

16:28

In this episode we discuss primary sources with Dr. Megan Kate Nelson and their importance to the book The Three Cornered War. Dr. Nelson explains how letters, reports and other narratives from the time, Civil War Era …

Confronting the Pandemic: Couch X Couchwest, A Music Festival

June 22nd, 2020

20:00

When Austin's South X Southwest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many up and coming artists lost some great opportunities to further their careers. Two enterprising guys from the Kansas City music scene …

Emotional Self Care In These Uncertain Times

April 28th, 2020

24:55

A conversation with a licensed counselor about dealing with our emotions and mental health during this challenging time of COVID-19, quarantine and …

Becoming "The Person I Needed To See"

April 19th, 2020

13:58

We heard from Hannah Pithers a few months ago, emerging from a months long bout with Crohns, IBS and Colitis to find a  return to the life she loved. …

America's Three Cornered War

April 4th, 2020

20:20

The American Civil War is a much studied subject. Dr. Megan Kate Nelson visits with me about her new book "The Three Cornered War," a look at the …

Ways You Can Reduce Fear and Panic Right Now

March 18th, 2020

25:02

Tim O'Brien of O'Brien Communications and the Shaping Opinion podcast shares 5 tips to help us get through the COVID-19 and CoronaVirus crisis. 

Dayton Bissett: The Kid of Kansas City Comedy

March 13th, 2020

15:37

Average college student by day, but he also doubles as Kansas City's youngest working comedian. What drives someone to face the greatest fear, that …

Frozen: Oklahoma's Certifiable Congressman

February 10th, 2020

16:39

Oklahoma has the dubious honor of sending the first certifiably insane person to Congress. Manuel Herrick served one term in Congress (1921-1923), but was able to stir up a lifetime of trouble in that two years. From …

Pop Bottles: The Debt I Owe Buddy Margraff

January 27th, 2020

12:07

Carbonated drinks in glass bottles are making a comeback. There was a time these "pop" bottles could be returned to grocery stores for a few cents …

Community By Design: From Main Street to Grandma's House

January 13th, 2020

17:05

We often hear complaints about the lack of community in our country, from a lack of diversity to simply not knowing your neighbors. Could the design …

Broken, But Full

December 17th, 2019

20:05

Memories of loved ones too soon gone are kept alive through stories, stories that tell who they were and who they still are. Recently, I gave an …

My Only Sunshine

November 11th, 2019

16:29

It is one of the most recognizable songs the world over, but few know about it's start as a country music tear-jerker, and fewer still know about it's rocky road before it became renown. "You Are My Sunshine," even with …

A High Stakes Halloween

October 28th, 2019

15:50

Halloween is usually all fun and games...until you have something to prove. For my brother, it was unseating the reigning costume contest champion at the annual Halloween get-together. For me, it became a day of seeing …

Poor Mr. Dore: A Local Tale Through The Lens of The Frontier Thesis

October 21st, 2019

20:23

On February 27, 1914, Westville businessman PJ Dore was killed by Tandy Folsom. It's the stuff of local legend, but it serves as an illustration for …

Go Ahead: Crockett Takes on The President

September 30th, 2019

19:08

David Crockett (he never signed his name Davy Crockett) cut quite a figure in history. He was known as a frontiersman, a bear hunter, an Indian …

More Than Tang and Velcro: Everyday Americans Reach For The Stars

July 26th, 2019

26:15

Recently America...and the world...celebrated the 50th Anniversary of men landing on the moon. In this episode we discuss the space program with a couple of friends of mine who can provide a unique perspective on the …

The Punk Within

June 3rd, 2019

31:07

Punk Rock is more than music. It's a movement, "A thing you are," says one of our contributors to today's episode. Although it's seen as movement for young people, there are plenty that hang on to the philosophies and …

Talking Leaves: The Genius of Sequoyah

April 29th, 2019

14:35

With no formal education and not speaking English, Sequoyah developed a writing system for the Cherokees that helped preserve their language and …

The Great American Desert

April 15th, 2019

12:29

Once a barrier to the westward expansion of the United States now just a reference on aged maps, the Great American Desert played a pivotal role in …

Words of Wisdom

April 8th, 2019

16:53

Join us on this episode as friends from Within The Realm share Words of Wisdom that they have applied to their lives. A revealing look into the …

Before He Was The Hangin' Judge: Isaac Parker

April 1st, 2019

10:51

There's a renewed interest in Judge Isaac Parker, Fort Smith's famed Hangin' Judge. Join us for an encore presentation of one of our earlier episodes about the fascinating life of Isaac Parker before he was the "Law …

PoliSci: Legislative Term Limits, A Review

March 26th, 2019

20:51

We speak with Dr. Rick Farmer, a political Scientist who has done work in the area of legislative term limits. We discuss the pros and cons of this …

Marathoning For Two

March 18th, 2019

23:03

"I believe we were put here to do hard things," says Nikki, a Mom of two little girls and an avid runner. Recently, she took took up a new challenge that tested both the Mom and the runner in her. Listen in to an …

Arthur Stilwell: Railroads and Voices From Beyond

March 11th, 2019

17:48

Arthur was a mover and shaker. He was an innovator in the advertisement and insurance businesses, making a comfortable living for himself. He had a …

Song Lab: Looking Forward to Monday Nights

March 4th, 2019

17:55

Every Monday night, some of Kansas City's best songwriters gather at a little place called the RINO for an Open Mic Night called Song Lab. Now into it's second year, Song Lab has become a supportive community for the …

Whiskey: One Man's Quest For The Best

February 25th, 2019

18:26

With Dewayne, It's a passion! He collects whiskeys of the world, not for the buzz, but for the camaraderie of liked minded souls that enjoy a good …

Joplin's Own Spaghetti Red

February 25th, 2019

11:25

What Cheese Steak is to Philadelphia, so is Spaghetti Red to Joplin, Missouri. You really haven't experienced that neck of the Ozarks without …

Within The Realm Trailer

February 7th, 2019

3:19

Our trailer, just a little sampling of what you're going to get when you enter the Realm!

Lorenzo Fuller: From High Plains to Television Pioneer

January 18th, 2019

10:31

Lorenzo Dow Fuller, Jr. was a pioneer in the early days of television, but his parents were Pioneers in their own right. His father was a traveling …

Red Ferns and Coon Dogs: Our Brush With Hollywood

January 11th, 2019

7:51

When I was a kid growing up in the foothills of the Ozarks there wasn't a lot of excitement, but that changed the summer I turned nine. The filming of "Where The Red Fern Grows" had come to town with all the glitz and …

Fletcher Hardware: A Step Back In Time

January 5th, 2019

13:45

Nowadays a trip to the hardware store is a trip to a brightly colored big box. There was a time when such a trip was to a downtown shop full of …

Matt's Story: A Normal Day Is Awesome

December 25th, 2018

19:20

Earlier in this season we met Hannah Pithers, a young personal trainer with a big health issue , Crohn's Disease, in "Hannah's Story: The Big Comeback." In the course of the interview, I learned that I had two great …

Do It Yourself Diplomacy: Lovely's Purchase

December 21st, 2018

13:33

It was the edge of the United States, closer to Spanish territory than the nearest military installation of the United States. William Lovely had been placed as agent to the Cherokees in the West, tasked with ending the …

The Revolver: A Story Will Rogers Would Love

December 10th, 2018

15:28

Will Rogers, Oklahoma’s favorite son, worked his way from failed rancher to Wild West show performer to the highest paid performer in Hollywood. His …

But You Don't Look Indian...

November 30th, 2018

17:23

One of the most-heard comments at showings of his work by Indian artist Bobby C. Martin is "But you don't look Indian..." The theme of much of Bobby's work centers around the subject of Indian identity - in fact, his …

Keeper of the Stories

November 23rd, 2018

12:55

Someone has to keep the family stories alive...Are you the Keeper of the Stories? Listen in as host Steve Garrett discusses the importance of maintaining the family stories and tells one from his own family that was …

Up from the Bottom Shelf: The Music of Courtney Ann Hall

November 16th, 2018

15:59

Check out the adventures of Courtney Ann Hall as she goes from novice songwriter to recording artist in the span of one year.

Meet Val: Photographs for Honor Flight

November 8th, 2018

16:20

Val Anderson claims to be a quiet person who just wants to take pictures. She's pretty good at it and finds herself lending her talent to various groups, like Honor Flight Kansas City, a non-profit that provides a …

A Story of Skilly-ville: A Hunt for Bigfoot

October 28th, 2018

12:48

Just in time for Halloween! A story of a hunt for Bigfoot in the hills of Oklahoma with an excitable teenage boy and a reluctant local editor.

American Girl, German Comedy: Playing it For Laughs

October 21st, 2018

15:30

Emily was the quintessential Midwestern girl until she took a trip to Europe, met a guy, fell in love and got married. She now lives in a small village in the German countryside, but her adventurous spirit led her to …

Hannah's Story: The Big Comeback

October 10th, 2018

20:02

Listen to Hannah's inspirational story. A young personal trainer who helped others get fit began having health issues of her own,,,and they kept getting worse! Her journey through dealing with Crohn's Disease and …

Meet Emily, Highland Games Professional

September 21st, 2018

13:11

Emily has been participating in the Highland Games for longer than she didn't. For her it's a family tradition, but she's not leaving the accolades …

Superfan!

September 7th, 2018

15:22

We interview a couple of Superfans of the CBS reality show Survivor, about their attachment to the show and what it has taught them.

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