Meet the Fed

Hoenig and Kemper

The grandson of Iowa farmers, Thomas Hoenig began working at the age of 9. Now, at 65, he is about to retire after 20 years as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where he was the longest-serving leader in Fed history.

For a very special edition of KCPT's The Local Show, Library Director Crosby Kemper III – himself a former banker – sat down with Hoenig to talk about his distinguished career and recently earned reputation as a dissenter against the policies of the very institution he served.

Watch the half-hour interview below.

As many joint KCPT and Library fans know, this isn't the first time our Director has gone all Charlie Rose on us. The critically acclaimed Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III series has seen our boss get deep with the likes of Amelia Earhart, Charlie Parker, and Harry Truman, among other figures of local historic import. Launched this year, the brand-new Cradle of Entrepreneurs series of public interviews by Crosby has drawn audiences hungry to hear the wisdom and experience of Kansas City business owners, including John McDonald of Boulevard Brewing Co. (watch a clip from their interview).

So, if you're looking for a sophisticated, conversational interviewer who'll do his homework well in advance, you'll find a pretty good one down at 10th and Baltimore. Just don't get too ambitious – the guy does have work to do here at the Library.

-- Jason Harper