Event Audio

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.

  • Biographer David O. Stewart discusses his new portrait of  Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.
    David Stewart - American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America
    Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.

  • As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kauffman Foundation CEO Carl Schramm discusses entrepreneurial innovation, job creation, and economic growth.
    A Conversation with Carl Schramm
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    Central Library

    As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

    The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.

  • Harry J. Getzov, author of gOld, presents stories on the beauty of aging through the eyes of extraordinary senior citizens in a public conversation with KCUR personality Laura Ziegler.
    Harry J. Getzov: gOld
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?

  • Reporter Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz discuss the history of Katz Drug Stores at a launch event for their new book The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz.
    Brian Burnes & Steve Katz: Remembering Katz Drug Stores
    Sunday, October 30, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College discusses the first year of the Civil War with an emphasis on battles and events that took place in Missouri.
    Terry Beckenbaugh: The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri
    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Catch-22 with a presentation based on his new book, Just One Catch, the first major biography of Joseph Heller.
    Tracy Daugherty - Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    Central Library

    Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Steve Paul discusses his new book, a collection of “KC Architecture A-Z” columns that have appeared in Star Magazine. The book contains more than 200 photographs of Kansas City’s architectural scene.
    Steve Paul: KC Architecture A to Z
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    Central Library

    Architecture A-Z began as a Star Magazine feature based on a simple concept: What can we learn and share about Kansas City’s history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?

  • James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories.
    James Young: Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York After 9/11
    Sunday, October 23, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, and a juror for New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Site competition and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories. Young is distinguished professor of English and Judaic Studies, and director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

  • Archaeologist Dan L. Davis,  explains how he helped direct the first scientific excavation of two ancient deep-water wrecks in the Black Sea using a remotely operated vehicle.
    Dan L. Davis - Exploring in Jason’s Wake: Deepwater Archaeology in the Black Sea
    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    The Black Sea once served as a maritime highway for ancient and medieval cultures. In its depths, an international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are now discovering shipwrecks using the latest in robotic and digital imaging technology.

  • CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes government attempts to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.
    Andrew Puzder - Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011
    Central Library

    CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes attempts by the government to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.

    Puzder contends that the American private sector has always been the initiator of new employment, and consistently introduced the products and service innovations that put millions of people to work.

    Co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.