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.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.
    A Conversation with Joe Ratterman
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010
    Central Library

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.

    Based in Lenexa, Kansas, BATS Exchange is one of the fastest growing equity markets in the United States with a team focused on fostering innovation and competition in the securities markets. BATS was founded in June 2005 at a time when market innovation and technology leadership were at risk due to over consolidation in the exchange industry.

  • Bill Braniff, an instructor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, discusses the environment in which terrorist organizations operate.
    Bill Braniff: Understanding the Roots of the Terrorist Threat to the United States
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    Central Library

    Bill Braniff discusses the terrorist threat faced by the United States and explains how close examination of the environments in which terrorist organizations operate is crucial to understanding the global Salafi-jihadi movement on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Cartoonist Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of his best cartoons.
    Leigh Rubin: A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
    Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey discusses her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.
    A Conversation with Margot Livesey
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Fiction writer and UMKC Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence Margot Livesey will discuss her work in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR 89.3 FM’s New Letters on the Air.

  • Author Roy Morris explains how the frontier exploits of a young Samuel Clemens led to his eventual emergence as Mark Twain.
    Roy Morris: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010
    Plaza Branch

     Author Roy Morris explains how Samuel Clemens’ six-year journey from Missouri to Hawaii – with lengthy stopovers in Virginia City, Nevada, and San Francisco – resulted in his literary emergence as Mark Twain on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • 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.