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.

  • Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses his new book about the history of NASCAR and explains how Big Bill France helped turn the sport into a billion dollar industry.
    Daniel S. Pierce: Real NASCAR
    Tuesday, August 3, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Author Daniel S. Pierce discusses the history of NASCAR from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks to the billion dollar industry it is today on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author of the best-selling book Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen discusses misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
    James Loewen: Lies My Teacher Told Me About Slavery and the Underground Railroad
    Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Central Library

    James Loewen, best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, gives an original presentation on misconceptions about slavery and the Underground Railroad on Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her biography of Mithradates, one of Rome’s most relentless but least understood foes.
    Adrienne Mayor: The Poison King
    Thursday, July 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Author Adrienne Mayor discusses her new book, The Poison King, a compelling account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.

  • Historian Allan Meltzer and Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank president Tom Hoenig join Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation on the role of the central bank in the domestic and global economy past and present.
    Figuring Out the Fed: A Conversation with Allan Meltzer and Tom Hoenig
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010
    Central Library

    Allan Meltzer, the leading historian of the nation’s central bank, and Tom Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, join Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library for a public conversation on the past, present, and future of the Federal Reserve System. The program takes place on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author David Kirkpatrick  tracks the meteoric rise of Facebook from dorm room novelty to a social networking website with more than 500 million users.
    David Kirkpatrick: The Facebook Effect
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010
    Central Library

    Former Fortune magazine technology reporter David Kirkpatrick tracks the meteoric rise of Facebook from dorm room novelty to a social networking website with 500 million users.

  • Don Lambert discusses the efforts of 40 anti-slavery "free-staters" whose so-called Topeka Constitution helped lead to Kansas' eventual entry into the Union as a free state.
    Don Lambert: Against All Odds
    Sunday, July 18, 2010
    Central Library

    Don Lambert discusses the efforts of 40 men and women whose so-called Topeka Constitution marked a milestone on the road Kansas would take to eventually enter the Union as a free state on Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    On March 30, 1855, a mass influx from Missouri of several thousand armed "border ruffians" overwhelmed voting for delegates to the first Kansas Territorial Legislature, resulting in a landslide victory for proslavery adherents.

  • Baseball historian G. Michael Green discusses his new book, the first full biography of former Athletics owner Charlie Finley.
    G. Michael Green: Charlie Finley
    Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Central Library

    Baseball historian G. Michael Green discusses his new biography of Charlie Finley, the former owner of the Athletics who moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, on Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • The best-selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife discusses her latest novel, Her Fearful Symmetry.
    Audrey Niffenegger: Her Fearful Symmetry
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Audrey Niffenegger, author of the bestselling The Time Traveler's Wife, discusses her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, a story about the complications of love, identity, and sibling rivalry.

    When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves her apartment to her American twin nieces, Julia and Valentina.

  • Harry S. Truman Book Award winner Steven Casey explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public opinion and influenced the media during the Korean War.
    Steven Casey: Selling the Korean War
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Steven Casey discusses his new book Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The book, which won the 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award, explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public discourse about the Korean War, influenced media, and gained political and public support.

  • Exhibit creator Joseph Opala draws on his 30 years of research to discuss Bunce Island’s history and ties to the American slave trade.
    Joseph Opala: Bunce Island
    Thursday, July 8, 2010
    Central Library

    Joseph Opala, the exhibit creator for Bunce Island: A British Slave Castle in Sierra Leone, draws on his 30 years of research to discuss Bunce Island’s history and ties to the American slave trade. From this site off the coast of West Africa, slave traders sent nearly 30,000 African captives to the Americas from 1670 to 1807. Many were shipped to South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah who live in this region today are descendants of these slaves.