Event Audio

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

To listen to an audio recording of a previous Library special event, click the icon. The audio file will launch the media player on your computer.

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.

  • Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, explains what she learned about the conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan, a country afflicted  by three decades of warfare.
    Kathy Kelly - Courage for Peace: Perspectives from Afghanistan
    Sunday, December 11, 2011
    Central Library

    Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, discusses her four trips to Afghanistan since 2010 and explains what she learned about the conditions faced by ordinary people in a country afflicted by three decades of warfare.

  • United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role  of the courts in our democracy and advocates a pragmatic approach to the law that applies unchanging constitutional values to  ever-changing circumstances.
    Stephen Breyer - Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View
    Thursday, December 8, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role of the Court in American government and explains why he believes the justices should interpret the Constitution in a way that works in practice as well as in theory.

    Breyer rejects approaches that look exclusively at the Constitution’s text or the 18th century views of the framers and instead advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances.

    Co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.

  • Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.
    Barron H. Lerner - One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900
    Thursday, December 1, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.

    Lerner examines drunk driving in the context of American beliefs about alcoholism, driving, individualism, and civil liberties and narrates the debate between two factions: those vehemently against drunk driving and those who say the problem is exaggerated.

  • Shawn Faulkner of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College explains the motivation of Civil War soldiers to fight and endure the hardships of war.
    Shawn Faulkner: Jonny Reb and Billy Yank
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    Central Library

    Shawn Faulkner of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the conditions faced by the average Civil War soldier – on and off the battlefield – in a presentation titled Jonny Reb and Billy Yank.

    Faulkner explains the many factors that shaped the daily lives of the soldiers, including the quality and availability of food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Faulkner also answers the question: What motivated soldiers on both sides to fight and to endure the hardships of war?

  • Authors James Leiker and Ramon Powers recount the epic story of the escape of the Cheyennes from their Indian Territory reservation and their arduous trek to their northern homeland.
    James Leiker & Ramon Powers: The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory
    Sunday, November 20, 2011
    Central Library

    Drawing from their book, The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, authors James Leiker and Ramon Powers recount the epic story of the escape of the Cheyennes from their Indian Territory reservation and their arduous trek to their northern homeland.

  • The Bach Aria Soloists bring to life the drama of the cherished children’s classic Ferdinand the Bull with music by English composer Alan Ridout, performed by violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane and further interpreted by actor Stuart Rider.
    Bach Aria Soloists: Musical Tales featuring Ferdinand the Bull
    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    Central Library

    The Bach Aria Soloists bring to life the humor and drama of the cherished children’s classic Ferdinand the Bull with music by English composer Alan Ridout, performed by violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane and further interpreted by actor Stuart Rider.

    This performance includes musical and theatrical interpretations of Roger Quilter compositions based on Shakespeare's "As You Like It," as well as Franz Schubert's "Die Spinnrade," based on Goethe poems.

  • To close out Global Entrepreneurship Week,  Clara Reyes discusses how her newspaper, Dos Mundos, has grown to become an innovative, beneficial source of information and education for the Hispanic community.
    A Conversation with Clara Reyes
    Friday, November 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Global Entrepreneurship Week closes as Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Clara Reyes, founder of the Kansas City bilingual newspaper, Dos Mundos.

  • Jamie Van Leeuwen, senior policy advisor to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, offers a briefing on Denver’s Road Home program aimed at addressing chronic homelessness in the Mile High City.
    Jamie Van Leeuwen: A Blueprint To End Homelessness
    Friday, November 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Jamie Van Leeuwen, senior policy advisor to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, offers a briefing on Denver’s Road Home program aimed at addressing chronic homelessness in the Mile High City, on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8 a.m. at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. Kansas City Mayor Sly James introduces the session and delivers opening remarks.

  • The Writers at Work series returns with Winter’s Bone author Daniel Woodrell discussing his new collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album, in a public conversation with Kansas City author Whitney Terrell.
    Daniel Woodrell: The Outlaw Album
    Thursday, November 17, 2011
    Central Library

    Author Daniel Woodrell discusses his new collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album, in a discussion led by Kansas City’s own Whitney Terrell.

    The Outlaw Album includes the stories of a husband who cruelly avenges the killing of his wife’s pet, and an injured rapist who is cared for by a young girl until she reaches her breaking point.

    Organized by Whitney Terrell and co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Round Table.

  • Ollie Gates discusses how his family restaurant, Gates Bar-B-Q, has served as a tasty calling card for Kansas City on the national food scene since its inception in 1946.
    A Conversation with Ollie Gates
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Central Library

    For more than 60 years, the name Ollie Gates has been synonymous with Kansas City-style barbeque, sauces, and their trademark greeting, “Hi! May I help you?” Reception courtesy of Gates Bar-B-Q.