Event Audio

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The most recent recording displays at the top. The Library offers recordings only with the permission of the presenter. Please allow 7-10 days for the recording to be posted.

  • Novelist Naomi Benaron (Running the Rift) and filmmaker Leah Warshawski (Film Festival: Rwanda) explain how Rwanda has recovered from the 1998 murder of approximately 800,000 people known as the Rwandan Genocide.
    Naomi Bernaron & Leah Warshawski - Literature and Film of Witness
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Novelist Naomi Benaron and filmmaker Leah Warshawski, descendants of Holocaust survivors, discuss their work about Rwandan genocide.

    Benaron’s debut novel, Running the Rift, is the story of a Rwandan athlete whose Olympic dreams collide with ethnic hatreds.

    Warshawski’s upcoming documentary Film Festival: Rwanda follows filmmakers who create a traveling film festival to restore pride in their country.

  • Author Tanner Colby engages in a public conversation about his new book — an incisive and candid look at  how America got lost on the way to Dr. King’s  Promised Land — with Kansas City writer  Whitney Terrell as part of the Writers at Work series.
    Tanner Colby - Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Central Library

    Tanner Colby engages in a public conversation about his new book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, with Kansas City writer Whitney Terrell. Colby’s book about race is anchored by four interrelated stories, one of which involves a Kansas City neighborhood.

    A child of a white-flight Southern suburb, Colby is former head writer of the National Lampoon Radio Hour and co-author of Belushi: A Biography.

    Co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable & the UMKC English Department.

  • Photojournalist Paola Gianturco illustrates how today’s grandmothers are embracing activism to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere.
    Paola Gianturco - Grandmother Power
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Central Library

    The grandmothers of today are younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than grandmothers have ever been. And, as photojournalist Paola Gianturco shows in her book Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, these women have embraced activism to fight poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and human rights abuses.

  • Jay Angoff of the Department of Health and Human Services joins a panel of health experts to discuss the implementation and effects of the Affordable Care Act.
    Jay Angoff - The Affordable Care Act
    Monday, October 8, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    What will the Affordable Care Act mean to the lives, health, and finances of you and your family? How will it be implemented?

    Jay Angoff, Region VII director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a panel of health experts discuss the new law.

    Angoff was Missouri’s insurance commissioner from 1993-1998. He was the first director of the Health and Human Services Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

    Co-sponsored by the Missouri Nurses Association.

  • Editor Steve Paul and a panel of authors - Catherine Browder, Matthew Eck, and Andres Rodriguez - share stories about Kansas City’s seedy underbelly
    Steve Paul - Kansas City Noir
    Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    Central Library

    Steve Paul is joined by three of the area writers who contributed to Kansas City Noir, a collection of short stories that takes readers on a journey through the dark underbelly of our sunny Midwestern metropolis.

  • Author William H. Chafe, who studies American politics through politicians’ personal lives,  reveals the core complexity of William Jefferson Clinton as an individual, a husband, and as a national public figure.
    William H. Chafe - William Jefferson Clinton
    Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Taking the White House requires a team, and America had never seen anything like the husband-and-wife team of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Historian William H. Chafe, a pioneer in the study of American politics through the personal lives of politicians, reveals the core complexity of the Clintons as individuals, as a couple, and as national figures.

    Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University and the author of Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal.

  • Historian Allan R. Millett, author of a monumental trilogy about the Korean conflict, examines the “local” war that quickly entangled the military forces of both the United States and Communist China.
    Allan R. Millett - The War for Korea 1950-51: They Came From the North
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Americans view the Korean conflict as an American war in which the United States lost nearly 38,000 men. But above all else it was a war between Koreans that began years earlier, according to historian Allan R. Millett, in a discussion of his most recent book The War for Korea 1950-51: They Came from the North.

  • Award-winning reporter Eleanor Clift joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about the 2012 presidential election.
    Eleanor Clift - Forecasting the Presidential Election
    Monday, September 24, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Reporter/pundit Eleanor Clift joins Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about 2012 presidential election.

    Today electing a president is vastly more complex an undertaking than what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Yet the process remains exciting and hugely important. And if it is sometimes disillusioning, it can also be inspiring.

  • Roosevelt biographer Alan Brinkley examines the life and influence of the man who forever changed international diplomacy, the party system, and the role of government here and abroad.
    Alan Brinkley - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Sunday, September 23, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    No president since the founders has done more to shape American government than Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    Alan Brinkley argues that Roosevelt’s presidency forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government’s role in global and domestic policy.

    Brinkley is one of just three American historians to have been Harmsworth Professor at Oxford and Pitt Professor of American history at Cambridge.

    Co-presented with the Truman Library Institute; co-sponsored by KCUR’s UP to Date.

  • Author Jamal Joseph discusses his life as a member of the Black Panther Party, prison inmate, activist, poet, filmmaker, and professor at Columbia University, the school he once claimed should be burned down.
    Jamal Joseph - Panther Baby
    Friday, September 21, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    As a member of the Black Panther Party, Jamal Joseph advocated burning Columbia University to the ground. Forty years later he’s a professor at Columbia. In his memoir Panther Baby Jamal takes readers from his Bronx childhood to Leavenworth prison and his current career in the arts.

    Joseph is executive artistic producer of the New Heritage Theater in Harlem. In 2008 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his contributions to the song “Raise It Up” from the film August Rush.

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