Event Audio

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  • Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the 2009 stimulus package and suggests an alternative plan he contends would promote economic expansion rather than redistribution.
    Jeff Miron: Obamanomics – Growing the Pie or Dividing the Pie?
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Libertarian economist Jeff Miron discusses the economic impact of the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Miron says because tax liabilities accompany any government spending program, last year’s stimulus package may not have expanded the output of the American economy, but instead simply redistributed the economy’s output.

  • Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of the iconic doll and the controversy surrounding the influence it has had on the self-image of American girls.
    Courtney Martin: Barbie and Body Image
    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Author Courtney E. Martin discusses the history of Barbie and the influence the iconic doll has had on the self-image of American girls since its launch in March 1959 on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Architect Alan Dunlop discusses the development of Glasgow as a city and how it drew inspiration from – and inspired architecture in – many American cities, most notably Chicago.
    Alan Dunlop: Teasing the Grid
    Tuesday, March 9, 2010
    Central Library

    Renowned Scottish architect Alan Dunlop discusses the development of Glasgow as a city and its relationship to American cities on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Mark Lee Gardner discusses his new book about one of the most thrilling manhunts in Wild West history.
    Mark Lee Gardner: To Hell on a Fast Horse
    Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Mark Lee Gardner discusses his new book about one of the most thrilling manhunts in Wild West history, lawman Pat Garrett’s pursuit of outlaw Billy the Kid on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Author and historian Daniel Walker Howe explains how President Abraham Lincoln’s youthful obsession with self-improvement made him an American legend.
    Daniel Walker Howe: Abraham Lincoln and the Moral Character
    Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe explains how President Abraham Lincoln’s youthful obsession with self-improvement made him one of the most successful presidents in American history on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Howe will discuss how Lincoln’s program of self-education through disciplined reading, and other experiences in his young adulthood, shaped his moral character and influenced his politics and his worldview.

  • The acclaimed author of Mother Tongue will discuss her journey as an equally renowned lecturer, activist, and columnist.
    Demetria Martinez
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    Central Library

    Demetria Martinez will discuss her journey as a renowned author, lecturer, activist, and columnist.

    Among Martinez’s most notable books is Mother Tongue, based in part upon her 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was later found to be not guilty on First Amendment grounds. Martinez’s collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, earned her the 2006 International Latino Book Award.

  • The rise of Hugo Chavez as witnessed by author and political activist Charles Hardy.
    Charles Hardy: Cowboy in Caracas
    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Plaza Branch

     Author and political activist Charles Hardy discusses his book Cowboy in Caracas: A North American Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    A former Catholic priest, Hardy has lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years. He spent eight of those years in a shack made of cardboard and tin in one of Caracas’ barrios.

  • Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at  the best TV of the past 15 years.
    Aaron Barnhart: Tasteland
    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Central Library

    Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at the best TV of the past 15 years, on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The event marks the release of the book, in which Barnhart chronicles the 100 best television programs to air during his 15 years as a critic. Each selection includes Barnhart's comments. His selections can all be rented, bought, or downloaded.

  • Longtime Kansas City Star  columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie’s Vegetable Paradise.
    Mike & Roxie's Vegetable Paradise
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010
    Central Library

    Longtime Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, local blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss their new book Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy and explains how he overcame  various setbacks  to write 23 books, including A Boy’s Own Story– his autobiographical novel about growing up gay in the 1950s.
    Edmund White: City Boy
    Monday, February 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Novelist and critic Edmund White discusses his new memoir City Boy on Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.