Radio Interviews

KCUR, Kansas City's local NPR station, hosts on its programs many of the authors and speakers that visit the Library. This page lists these interviews and provides links for you to listen to the programs.

  • Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg chronicles the incredible lives of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz who survived the privations of World War II and after 30 years met at the University of Kansas and became the best of friends.
    Needle in the Bone - Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
    Thursday, January 31, 2013
    Plaza Branch

    Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg discusses her new book Needle in the Bone about the incredible lives of a Holocaust survivor (Lou Frydman) and a member of the Polish resistance (Jarek Piekalkiewicz) who somehow endured extraordinary privations during World War II and after 30 years met at the University of Kansas and became good friends.

    Mirriam-Goldberg is a poet, novelist (The Divorce Girl), and certified poetry therapist.

    Co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

  • Eli Paul, manager of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections, examines the stories behind some of the 200 vintage postcards currently on display in the original exhibit Greetings from Kansas City, now at the Central Library.
    Greetings from Kansas City - Eli Paul
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    Central Library

    Eli Paul, manager of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections, examines the stories behind some of the 200 locally made post cards comprising the Greetings from Kansas City exhibit opening in January at the Central Library.

    The exhibit is divided into three categories: Business and Industry (factories, the stockyards, trains and trolleys), History and Heritage (local monuments, cityscapes, the American Royal) and Entertainment, Arts, and Culture (museums, theaters, parks and boulevards).

  • Biographer Robert Farnsworth looks at the life, death, and lingering legacy of Leon Jordan, a one-time police officer and educator who founded Freedom, Inc., and became Missouri’s most powerful black politician before being gunned down in an unsolved 1970 assassination.
    Leon Mercer Jordan - Robert Farnsworth
    Sunday, January 20, 2013
    Central Library

    Biographer Robert Farnsworth discusses his new eBook about the life, death, and legacy of Leon Jordan, a one-time police officer and educator who founded Freedom, Inc., and became Missouri’s most powerful black politician before being gunned down in a 1970 assassination outside his Kansas City tavern.

  • Author/musician/rickshaw driver Eric Brende offers new lyrics for a Christmas favorite that reflect a greener, cleaner, more frugal approach to celebrating the holidays.
    The Twelve Days of Christmas, Revisited - Eric Brende
    Thursday, December 6, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Ever get the feeling that Christmas has morphed into something it was never supposed to be?

    How did a celebration of joy, togetherness, love, and hope transmute into an extended shopping spree accounting for 25 percent of annual consumer spending? 

  • Author Robert W. Merry wraps up the presidential election - and the Hail to the Chiefs series - with a fresh, playful and challenging way of rating our presidents.
    Robert W. Merry - Where They Stand: Ranking the Presidents
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Author Robert W. Merry wraps up the presidential election – and the Hail to the Chiefs series – with a fresh, playful, and challenging way of rating our presidents. He is the author of Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.

    Merry has been a Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of Congressional Quarterly.

    Co-presented with the Truman Library Institute; co-sponsored by KCUR’s Up To Date.

  • Get a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary about America’s worst manmade ecological disaster, followed by a panel discussion featuring screenwriter Dayton Duncan.
    Dayton Duncan - The Dust Bowl
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    The result of uncontrolled plowing on the Great Plains, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s turned prairies into deserts and unleashed a pattern of massive and deadly dust storms. Children contracted “dust pneumonia,” businesses collapsed, and thousands lost their land and were forced on the road.

    A screening of excerpts from Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl will be followed by a panel discussion headlined by the documentary’s writer and co-producer Dayton Duncan.

    Co-sponsored by KCPT and the University of Kansas Libraries.

  • With his thick spectacles, big teeth, and boundless energy, President Theodore Roosevelt was a cartoonist’s dream subject. Author and former political cartoonist Rick Marschall discusses this  most dynamic of chief executives.
    Rick Marschall - Theodore Roosevelt
    Thursday, November 1, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    With his thick spectacles, big teeth, and boundless energy, President Theodore Roosevelt was a cartoonist’s dream subject. Rick Marschall, author of Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More than 200 Vintage Political Cartoons discusses this most dynamic of chief executives.

    Marschall is a former political cartoonist. Bostonia magazine calls him “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture.”

  • Host Steve Kraske conducts a Q&A session (to be broadcast love) with area political consultants Jeff Roe (Republican) and Roy Temple (Democrat) over the choices offered by their parties for Missouri and the nation.
    Up to Date - A Surrogate Presidential Debate
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    In the waning days of the 2012 political campaign, KCUR-FM and the Library join forces to present a live surrogate Presidential debate.

    Steve Kraske will broadcast a live episode of his Up to Date program.

  • Historian Henry Wiencek examines how Thomas Jefferson, for all his accomplishments and advanced thinking, could not get beyond his own limited perspective in matters of race.
    Henry Wiencek - Thomas Jefferson
    Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    For all his accomplishments and advanced thinking, Thomas Jefferson could not get beyond his own limited perspective in matters of race. Drawing from new archaeological work and previously overlooked evidence, historian Henry Wiencek examines the factors that led Jefferson, once an emancipationist, to keep some of his own children as slaves.

  • The sustainability movement is alive and well in Kansas City. A discussion by a panel of experts in energy use and generation, water use and recycling provides a clear understanding of the many efforts underway to achieve energy and resource sustainability.
    The Future of Energy & Creating a Sustainable Community
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    The sustainability movement is healthy and active in Kansas City.

    A panel of energy and recycling experts moderated by Kate Corwin, CEO of GreenWorks Kansas City, discuss The Future of Energy and Creating a Sustainable Community. Participants include Kristin Riott of Bridging the Gap, Bob Housh of the Metropolitan Energy Center, Lara Isch of the KCMO Water Department, Stacia Stelk of Ripple Glass and Chuck Caisley of Kansas City Power & Light.