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.

  • 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.

  • Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg discusses his award-winning novel The Emperor of Lies – a work of historical fiction set in the Lódz ghetto and centered on its controversial leader Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski.
    Steve Sem-Sandberg - Emperor of Lies: A Novel
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Central Library

    In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland. The ghetto’s chosen leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, realized that his survival rested on his ability to make the ghetto indispensable and set out to transform it into a productive industrial complex, forcing adults and children to work punishing hours to provide supplies for the German military.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – an association of Holmes fanatics who delight in playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.
    Michael Dirda - On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
    Monday, November 14, 2011
    Central Library

    A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirdaa presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Darryl Levings discusses his new historical novel, following Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas to the battles of Westport and Mine Creek.
    Darryl Levings - Saddle the Pale Horse: A Novel of the Invasion of Missouri
    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
    to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

    This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.

  • Vietnam War veteran and Veterans for Peace Interim Director Mike Ferner discusses the Windows & Mirrors Exhibit and offers his thoughts on the Afghan War and its effect on civilians.
    Mike Ferner - Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

    Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.

  • Preeminent American Civil War scholar Michael Fellman examines the robbery, arson, torture, murder, and raids that characterized this  most uncivil of wars in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands during the 1850s-60s.
    Michael Fellman - "I Came Not to Bring Peace, but a Sword"
    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

  • Park University English professor Dennis R. Okerstrom tells the story of the men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, and of an American pilot turned prisoner of war after he was gunned down over Croatia.
    Dennis Okerstrom: The Final Mission of Bottoms Up
    Sunday, November 6, 2011
    Central Library

    The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

    A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.

  • 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?