Event Audio

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

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.

  • Bestselling author Jasper Fforde discusses his novel One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, the latest installment in the Thursday Next series.
    Jasper Fforde: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
    Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Jasper Fforde helps celebrate the 2011 Winter Reading season with a discussion of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing—the latest installment in his best-selling Thursday Next series, which started with The Eyre Affair.

  • The surprisingly hopeful  autobiographical story of how  a straight, non-promiscuous, everyday girl from Tennessee  who contracted HIV manages to stay upbeat, inspired, and more positive about life than ever before.
    Marvelyn Brown - The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Marvelyn Brown, author of The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive and an Emmy Award-winning international AIDS activist, for a presentation at the Plaza Branch, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

  • Historian Eric Rauchway discusses the New Deal and explains what lessons can be learned about the role of government during economic crisis.
    Eric Rauchway: How Well Did the New Deal Work?
    Thursday, March 10, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Eric Rauchway, professor of history at the University of California - Davis, presents How Well Did the New Deal Work? The talk is the keynote address for the annual Richard D. McKinzie Research Symposium.

  • An expert in the field of contemporary cultural studies, Susan Bordo explains how society’s perception of beauty has changed over the years.
    Susan Bordo: What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like?
    Monday, March 7, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    An expert in the field of contemporary cultural studies, Susan Bordo explains how society’s perception of beauty has changed over the years.

  • The Writers at Work Series organized by Whitney Terrell continues with author Deb Olin Unferth discussing the year she spent in Central America looking to join a revolution.
    Writers at Work: Deb Olin Unferth
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011
    Central Library

    Author Deb Olin Unferth discusses her new memoir about the year she spent in Central America looking for a revolution to help “foment.”

  • Up-To-Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City Mayoral Primary Debate
    Up-To-Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City Mayoral Primary Debate
    Monday, February 21, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    The award-winning Up-To-Date program on KCUR 89.3 FM will broadcast a live debate featuring all of the candidates running for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At the request of KCUR, the venue for the debate has changed to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The primary debate will be held just one day before the city votes to determine which two candidates will compete in a runoff election on March 22.

  • Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history,  the investigation and subsequent impeachment of President  Bill Clinton.
    Ken Gormley - The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr
    Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history, the investigation and subsequent impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

    In his new book The Death of American Virtue, Gormley chronicles the events leading up to the trial, from Ken Starr’s investigation, through Paula Jones’ sexual harassment suit, to the Monica Lewinsky affair. The book features never-before-released evidence from lawyers, and exclusive interviews with key players.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and leader of the Mongol invasions of Eurasia.
    Great Commanders Series: Genghis Khan
    Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military accomplishments of Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and leader of the Mongol invasions of Eurasia.

    The Mongol invasions resulted in the conquest of most of Eurasia and made the Mongol Empire the largest contiguous empire in history.

    The event is the third in the Great Commanders series, held on the second Thursday of each month through June 2011.

  • Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping of his then 14-year-old cousin Emmett Till and explains what life was like for his family before, during, and after the trial.
    Simeon Wright - Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
    Central Library

    Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and explains what life was like before, during, and after the trial.

    Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett Till whistle at Caroline Bryant at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when her husband came in and took Emmett away; and he was at the sensational trial.

    Wright is the author of a new book about the abduction and trial, Simeon’s Story, in which he attempts to clear up lingering misconceptions.

  • To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable  presidents from his upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his rise to the White House.
    Michael Schaller: Ronald Reagan
    Thursday, February 3, 2011
    Central Library

    To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable and successful presidents.

    In this new biography, Schaller gives an account of Reagan’s life, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his extraordinary rise to the White House.