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.

  • Longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor, Monroe Dodd, recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds in a town long ago known as a hotbed for criminals.
    Monroe Dodd: Kansas City Crime Central
    Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Central Library

    From bandits to gangsters, from kidnappers to gunslinging evangelists, Kansas City has proved to be a hotbed for criminals. In Kansas City Crime Central, longtime Kansas City Star reporter and editor Monroe Dodd recounts the highlights and lowlights of a century and a half of bad deeds.

    His new book not only covers the area’s most notorious crimes, but also details the gangland shooting of Ferris Anthon in the 1930s and a 1890s hanging for which the sheriff sent out printed invitations.

  • Literary authority Eva Brann explains how the popular  conception of Robinson Crusoe  bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe.
    Eva Brann: The Unexpurgated Robinson Crusoe
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010
    Central Library

    The classic children’s novel Robinson Crusoe bears little resemblance to the novel authored by Daniel DeFoe in 1719. Decades after the author’s death, editors stripped the novel of its religious center and existential elements to create the tale of adventure and ingenuity that is well-known to generations of readers.

  • This third event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy  and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.
    The Great Debates Revisited: Timothy Naftali
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This third event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the third presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Timothy Naftali.

  • Former FDA Commisioner David Kessler offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits.
    David Kessler: The End of Overeating
    Monday, October 11, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler discusses his new book The End of Overeating and offers insights on how to break unhealthy eating habits on Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Robert Pledge, co-author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier and president of Contact Press Images, talks about China’s Cultural Revolution as seen through the eyes of Li Zhensheng,  photographer.
    Robert Pledge: Red-Color News Soldier
    Thursday, October 7, 2010
    Central Library

    On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.

  • Steven Epstein explains how a vaccination intended to help prevent cervical and other cancers became the object of a politically-charged debate about sexuality and morality.
    Steven Epstein - Gardasil and the Politics of Vaccination
    Thursday, October 7, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Join Mary Davidson Cohen, Joanne Collins, Monroe Dodd, Anita Gorman, Adele Hall,  Barnett Helzberg, Crosby Kemper III, Bruce Mathews, Doug Weaver, and other co-authors for an extraordinary journey of discovery into Kansas City’s past.
    Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library marks the launch of a new book, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • This second event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between  Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James   Roth
    The Great Debates Revisited: James Roth
    Tuesday, October 5, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.

  • Author Marjorie Agosin discusses her new memoir and explains how the Chilean coup d’état of 1973 proved to be a turning point in the history of Chile as well as in her own life.
    Marjorie Agosín - Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir
    Monday, October 4, 2010
    Central Library

    The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.

  • Father Paisius (David) Altschul discusses the history of Troost Avenue and the creation of the 200 Years on Troost exhibit currently on display at the Central Library.
    Father Paisius (David) Altschul: A Look at 200 Years on Troost
    Sunday, October 3, 2010
    Central Library

    The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

    Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.

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