Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
They will discuss politics, partisanship, the ebb and flow of power, and a changing press scrambling to cover the nation's capital.
The event is the first in the new series, Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, which provides an insider's look at key issues facing our nation through the eyes of America's top journalists. The series is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute.
Allen is creator of the influential daily news digest Playbook. A veteran of the New York Times and the Washington Post, his agenda-setting status in Washington makes him "the man the White House wakes up to," in the words of the New York Times Magazine. In addition, Allen is a frequent contributor to "Morning Joe" and other television programs.
Von Drehle, a Kansas City resident, has reported and edited for the Denver Post, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. Among his books are Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, and Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment. In March Von Drehle spoke at the library on his new book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.
Up next in the series is Washington Post staff writer Joel Achenbach discussing NASA and space exploration on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
This series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy
Fund grants to the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.