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 Thomas Mallon uses both drama and satire to take us behind the scenes of America’s biggest, wildest, most traumatic political scandal.
    Thomas Mallon - Watergate
    Thursday, August 9, 2012
    Central Library

    Many historians have written about the Watergate conspiracy. But can a novelist throw new light on this traumatic moment in American political history?

    Thomas Mallon does just that in Watergate, using drama and comedy to take readers behind the scenes of a national scandal, creating “a universal tragicomedy of ludicrous errors and malignant crimes, epic hubris and sorrow.”

    Mallon is the author of Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Aurora 7.

  • Douglas Hundley, an elder at the Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, explains why it is important to read and understand the King James Bible. The program complements Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, an exhibit on display through August 10 at the Central Library.
    Douglas Hundley - Why Read the King James Bible
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    Central Library

    Why read the King James Bible? Douglas Hundley, an elder at the Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, answers that question.

    His talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible on display through August 10 at the Central Library.

    Hundley uses his love of the King James Bible as a stepping off point for an even more fundamental question: Why do we read?

  • Celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman as education reformer Virginia Walden Ford discusses the movement for school choice.
    Virginia Walden Ford - The Case for School Choice
    Monday, July 30, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman as education reformer Virginia Walden Ford discusses the movement for school choice.

    Friedman, the late Nobel Prize-winning economist, was a champion of capitalism and an advocate of school vouchers.

    Ford is the author of Voices, Choices, and Second Chances: How to Win the Battle to Bring Opportunity Scholarships to Your State.

  • Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of  Lincoln and the Triumph of a Nation, examines charges that Lincoln played fast and loose with the Constitution during his presidency.
    Mark E. Neely, Jr. - Abraham Lincoln
    Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    In pursuing the Civil War, did Abraham Lincoln play fast and loose with civil liberties?

    Pulitzer Prize winner Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of Lincoln and the Triumph of a Nation, rejects that idea and argues that Lincoln’s interpretation of the Constitution was well suited to tolerate the stresses of wartime.

    Neely is McCabe-Greer Professor of Civil War History at Pennsylvania State University.

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

  • Ron Tanner explains how he — and his then-girlfriend, now wife — turned a garbage-strewn former fraternity house into a showpiece of Victorian architecture.
    Ron Tanner - From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story
    Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Central Library

    A decade ago Ron Tanner and his then-girlfriend (now wife) turned a condemned former fraternity house in Baltimore, Maryland, into a showpiece.

    Tanner will discuss that epic transformation as chronicled in his book From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. He will also provide home renovation tips gleaned from his experiences.

    Tanner is an historic preservationist and a licensed home inspector.

    Co-sponsored by the Historic Kansas City Foundation.

  • Religious scholar Wilburn Stancil discusses the King James Bible, of which it has been written: "If everything else in our language should perish, it alone would suffice to show the extent of its beauty and power."
    Wilburn Stancil - From Ancient Texts to Literary Masterpiece
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    Central Library

    Wilburn Stancil discusses the King James Bible, of which it has been written: “If everything else in our language should perish, it alone would suffice to show the extent of its beauty and power.”

    The program complements Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, an exhibit on display starting July 12 at the Central Library.

    Stancil is a professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University.

  • Architect Richard Farnan explores six Kansas City buildings that exemplify the best in art deco design, including the Power & Light Building and the Jackson County Courthouse.
    Richard Farnan - Kansas City’s Art Deco Masterpieces
    Sunday, July 22, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Architect Richard Farnan explores six downtown Kansas City buildings that exhibit the symmetrical elegance of the art deco style.

    The event focuses on City Hall, the Jackson County Courthouse, and the Municipal Auditorium.

    There is a sister event on July 15 that looks at the Kansas City Power & Light Bulding, the Union Carbide Building, and the Fidelity National Bank Building.

  • LaDene Morton traces the 170-year history of Kansas City’s residential/business district as depicted in her book The Waldo Story: The Home of Friendly Merchants.
    LaDene Morton - The Road to Waldo
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    LaDene Morton, author of The Waldo Story: The Home of Friendly Merchants, traces the history of the district from the Civil War and the coming of the railroad to Waldo’s role in the Kansas City housing boom. Throughout the years the ever-adaptable Waldo neighborhood always seems to find ways to stay modern and prosperous.

    Morton is a former researcher and policy analyst at Midwest Research Institute, and past vice president of the Applied Urban Research Institute. She runs the consulting firm I/O & Company.

  • Architect Richard Farnan explores six Kansas City buildings that expemplify the best in art deco design, including the Power & Light Building and the Jackson County Courthouse.
    Richard Farnan - Kansas City’s Art Deco Masterpieces
    Sunday, July 15, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Architect Richard Farnan explores six downtown Kansas City buildings that exhibit the symmetrical elegance of the art deco style.

    The program looks at the Kansas City Power & Light Bulding, the Union Carbide Building, and the Fidelity National Bank Building.

    There is a sister event on July 22 that focuses on City Hall, the Jackson County Courthouse, and the Municipal Auditorium.

  • Western author Johnny D. Boggs examines the cinematic heritage of Missouri outlaw Jesse James to separate fact from fiction and myth from reality.
    Johnny D. Boggs - Jesse James and the Movies
    Sunday, July 15, 2012
    Central Library

    Since his first celluloid depiction in 1908, Jesse James has been the subject of more than 40 films and has been portrayed by the likes of Tyrone Power, Audie Murphy, Robert Duvall, and Brad Pitt. Western author Johnny D. Boggs examines this cinematic heritage to separate fact from fiction and myth from reality.

    Boggs has written more than 40 novels about the Old West. He is a six-time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America, and in 2004 received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award.

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