Event Audio

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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.

  • Fred Strebeigh: Equal
    Fred Strebeigh: Equal
    Thursday, May 28, 2009
    Central Library

    Author Fred Strebeigh discusses his new book Equal: Women Reshape American Law on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Leonard Zeskind: Blood and Politics
    Leonard Zeskind: Blood and Politics
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Leonard Zeskind discusses his new book Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Fred E. Woods sheds new light on the 30 year period of Mormon history defined by the Order of Extermination issued by Misosuri governor Lilburn Boggs in 1838
    The Mormon Passage through Missouri
    Sunday, May 17, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    History of the Mormon Church

    In 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued the "Order of Extermination" that ordered the killing or removal of Mormons residing in Missouri—initiating an exodus of Latter-day Saints. Though there seems to be no historical evidence that Missouri carried out these threats, the order spurred Mormons to leave the state in search of friendlier territory.

  • Catherine Clinton: Mrs.  Lincoln
    Catherine Clinton: Mrs. Lincoln
    Thursday, May 14, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Biographies of Mary Todd Lincoln

    Author and historian Catherine Clinton discusses her new book Mrs. Lincoln on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Brian Kelly: Re-Inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age
    Brian Kelly: Re-Inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Journalism &
    New Media

    U.S. News & World Report editor Brian Kelly discusses how traditional media is adapting to the challenges presented by new media in a talk titled Re-inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine for the Digital Age on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. 

  • A Conversation with Tobias Wolff
    A Conversation with Tobias Wolff
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts A Conversation with Tobias Wolff, author of the Kansas City Big Read selection Old School, on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • National security analyst Nathaniel Fick examines the prospects for America's continuing involvement in the country known as the graveyard of empires
    Nathaniel Fick: The Afghanistan Inheritance
    Monday, May 11, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Narratives of the Afghan War

    On Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., bestselling author Nathaniel Fick presents The Afghanistan Inheritance.

  • Leonard Mlodinow: The Drunkard's Walk
    Leonard Mlodinow: The Drunkard's Walk
    Thursday, May 7, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Leonard Mlodinow for a presentation based on his book The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Matthew Algeo discussed his new book about the Trumans' 1953 cross-country road trip
    Matthew Algeo: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Get to Know Harry S. Truman

    Matthew Algeo discusses his new book Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Scott Tobias: The New Cult Canon
    The New Cult Canon
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Cult Films

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes film critic Scott Tobias for a presentation called The New Cult Canon on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.