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.

  • Longtime FBI agent William Ouseley discusses his new book about the family that ruled organized crime in Kansas City for three decades, during which time bodies turned up in car trunks, gunfire was exchanged in restaurants, and buildings were blown up.
    Bill Ouseley - Mobsters In Our Midst: The Civella Crime Family of Kansas City
    Sunday, April 17, 2011
    Central Library

    Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century; and the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella.

  • Historian Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor whose real life often differs from the English-speaking world’s stereotype.
    Mark Gerges: Napoleon Bonaparte
    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the influence and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • International relations scholar John Mearsheimer offers a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.
    John Mearsheimer - Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011
    Central Library

    International relations scholar John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago discusses his new book, Why Leaders Lie, a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.

  • On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Military historian Ethan Rafuse discusses the battle and the effect it had on a nation that had feared a civil war for months before the first shots were fired.
    Ethan Rafuse : The Attack on Fort Sumter
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011
    Central Library

    On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ending an excruciating period of uncertainty and marking the start of the most destructive war ever waged on American soil—the Civil War.

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at Fort Sumter, historian Ethan Rafuse of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on the nation.

  • Julian Zugazagoitia: Francisco Toledo’s Muse
    Monday, April 4, 2011
    Central Library

    Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, interprets the life and art of Francisco Toledo, one of today’s most important Mexican artists.

  • Author and architectural historian Cydney Millstein discusses the exhibit Century of Legendary Places: The Legacy of Kansas City’s Hare & Hare. The talk marks the opening night of the year-long installation.
    Cydney Millstein: 100 Years of Hare & Hare
    Thursday, March 31, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Author and architectural historian Cydney Millstein discusses the exhibit Century of Legendary Places: The Legacy of Kansas City’s Hare & Hare. The talk marks the opening night of the year-long installation.

  • Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis.
    Randy Roberts - Joe Louis: Hard Times Man
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Central Library

    Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis and explains how his impact on sport and country was unlike that of any other athlete of his era.

  • A disturbing look inside America’s fallen liberal institutions provided by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, now a senior fellow at The Nation Institute.
    Chris Hedges: Death of the Liberal Class
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses his latest book, Death of the Liberal Class.

  • 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.