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  • Time magazine editor-at-large  David Von Drehle conducts a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen, providing an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, and the ebb and flow of power in the nation’s capital.
    Politico’s Mike Allen
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Central Library

    In the new series Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, journalists covering the nation’s capital offer an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, the ebb and flow of power, and the challenges facing our country today.

    David Von DrehleTime magazine’s editor-at-large and a Kansas City resident – holds a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen. Allen is creator of the influential daily news digest Playbook and “the man the White House wakes up to,” in the words of The New York Times Magazine.

  • KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates a panel of experts discussing proposals to replace the city’s three-terminal airport with a single-terminal design, as well as the movement for a citywide vote on the issue.
    KCI Terminal Replacement: What Does the Future Hold?
    Thursday, July 11, 2013
    Central Library

    When it opened 40 years ago, Kansas City International Airport and its three-terminal design was hailed as the most convenient airport in the country. But with changing times and new security demands, is it time for a new facility? A panel of experts discusses whether it’s time to build a new KCI.

    This is the third of four public forums in 2013 examining current municipal issues. Up next: the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri (on October 17, 2013).

  • Rutgers University Distinguished Professor of Law Earl M. Maltz examines the controversial 1856 Supreme Court decision that found blacks were not citizens of the United States.
    Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery - Earl M. Maltz
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Central Library

    The slave Dred Scott claimed that his residence in a free state transformed him into a free man. When the Court decided otherwise, the ruling sent shock waves through the nation and helped lead to the Civil War.

    Earl M. Maltz discusses his book Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery and argues that the case revealed a political climate that had grown so threatening to the South that overturning the Missouri Compromise was considered essential.

  • The Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper known to fans as “The White Puma” joins us for the launch of his new memoir Welcome to the Blue Heaven: Don’t Bet Against the Goalkeeper.
    Welcome to the Blue Heaven: Jimmy Nielsen
    Thursday, June 20, 2013
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper and captain Jimmy Nielsen for the launch of his new memoir Welcome to the Blue Heaven.

    Nielsen was once scouted by Manchester United and a host of other leading European clubs, but his career was derailed by a gambling habit that earned him the nickname “Casino Jimmy.” He managed to piece his life back together and started a record 398 games for Aalborg, the team he supported as a boy; but he was ready for a change and contemplating retirement when he received a call from Kansas City in 2010 to play for a team that he did know existed until that very moment.

  • Intrigued by the idea of city folk growing their own food? Join like-minded individuals for this kickoff event in preparation for an upcoming  tour of the city’s urban farms.
    Plant the Seed: Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour Kickoff
    Monday, June 17, 2013
    Central Library

    Every other June Cultivate Kansas City holds the Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour to showcase efforts to grow fresh, natural foods in the neighborhoods where we live, work, shop, and play. This kickoff event features a host of guest speakers, Boulevard beer, and appetizers made with locally-grown produce.

  • Pastor and self-described avid hunter James E. Atwood argues that our national obsession with firearms is rooted in theological myth, and that an absolute trust in guns easily morphs into idolatry.
    America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose
    Thursday, June 13, 2013
    Plaza Branch

    In his book America and Its Guns pastor and self-proclaimed avid hunter James. E. Atwood maintains that our national obsession with firearms is rooted in the myth that God has appointed America as “the trustee of the civilization of the world” and empowered its citizens to carry weapons as a “redemptive” practice. But, Atwood warns, absolute trust in guns easily morphs into idolatry.

  • Author and economist Zachary Karabell argues that while media reports emphasize tensions between the United States and China, the occasional conflicts pale in comparison to the deepening and ongoing economic bonds that tie the two countries together.
    The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong About U.S.-China Relations
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    Central Library

    After more than a decade of intimate economic relations, China and the United States have become deeply intertwined. Historian Zachary Karabell maintains that while neither country is fully at ease with this partnership, the occasional tension over intellectual property, human rights, and regional strategy pales in comparison to the deepening and on-going economic bonds that tie the two countries together.

  • Journalist Jay Nordlinger talks about the sometimes controversial individuals who have won the Nobel Peace Prize and those who didn’t but should have.
    Peace, They Say
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Central Library

    Bestowed on statesmen, preachers, artists, and activists, the Nobel Peace Prize is among the world’s most prestigious honors. And also among the most controversial, as Jay Nordlinger explains in a discussion of his new book, Peace, They Say. He talks about the individuals who have won the award (Theodore Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Yasser Arafat) and those who didn’t but should have.

  • As the Board of Trade prepares to relocate to Chicago, former CEO Michael Braude traces the history, development, and economic impact of this 157-year-old institution.
    Farewell to the Kansas City Board of Trade
    Sunday, June 9, 2013
    Central Library

    As the Kansas City Board of Trade prepares to move to Chicago, its CEO Michael Braude traces the history, development, and economic impact of the 157-year-old futures exchange specializing in hard red winter wheat. It was said that more money changed hands at the Board of Trade than anywhere else in the Missouri Valley region. Braude joined the Board of Trade in the 1980s. He is a longtime civic leader and columnist for the Kansas City Business Journal.

  • Biographer Cynthia A. Kierner discusses  the life of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, a graceful, sincere, and well-educated woman  who often assumed the duties of first lady for her widowed father.
    Martha Jefferson Randolph
    Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    Plaza Branch

    As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph was well educated, known on two continents for her grace and sincerity, and often assumed the duties of first lady for her widowed father.

    Yet as biographer Cynthia A. Kierner points out, Patsy Jefferson was not spared the tedium, frustration, and sorrow experienced by most women of her time.

    Kierner is professor of history at George Mason University and the author of Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello.