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.

  • The retired Special Agent tells the real stories behind the headlines of some of the highest profile FBI cases investigated in Kansas City.
    Jeff Lanza - Federal Cases: Inside the Kansas City FBI
    Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    A newborn baby is kidnapped from a Kansas City hospital. A New Year’s Eve bank robber takes hostages in a stand-off. A pharmacist dilutes the medication of 4,000 patients. Over the past 20 years, some of the highest profile FBI cases were investigated in Kansas City.

    Retired Special Agent Jeff Lanza, who served as the FBI’s Kansas City spokesman, tells the real stories behind the headlines and reveals how he learned to interact with local and national media. Lanza is author of the recently released Pistols to Press.

  • Former VP of CIGNA Wendell Potter explains how insurance companies make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar  PR campaigns.
    Wendell Potter: Deadly Spin
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Central Library

    Wendell Potter, a former VP of CIGNA, argues that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

  • Author Isaac Getz uses real world examples to show that innovation rises as often from the factory floor as from the corner office and explains how companies can ensure that no good idea goes unnoticed.
    Isaac Getz: Freedom, Inc.
    Monday, December 5, 2011
    Central Library

    Isaac Getz – a professor at the highly touted ESCP Europe international business school – discusses his new book Freedom, Inc. and explains his belief that if people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous. Citing real world examples from companies such as Harley-Davidson and Sun Hydraulics, Getz explains how innovation rises as often from the factory floor as it emerges from the corner office.

  • Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.
    Barron H. Lerner - One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900
    Thursday, December 1, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Barron H. Lerner – professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University – discusses his new book One for the Road and explains why, after decades of warning, people continue to drink and drive.

    Lerner examines drunk driving in the context of American beliefs about alcoholism, driving, individualism, and civil liberties and narrates the debate between two factions: those vehemently against drunk driving and those who say the problem is exaggerated.

  • The Bach Aria Soloists bring to life the drama of the cherished children’s classic Ferdinand the Bull with music by English composer Alan Ridout, performed by violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane and further interpreted by actor Stuart Rider.
    Bach Aria Soloists: Musical Tales featuring Ferdinand the Bull
    Saturday, November 19, 2011
    Central Library

    The Bach Aria Soloists bring to life the humor and drama of the cherished children’s classic Ferdinand the Bull with music by English composer Alan Ridout, performed by violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane and further interpreted by actor Stuart Rider.

    This performance includes musical and theatrical interpretations of Roger Quilter compositions based on Shakespeare's "As You Like It," as well as Franz Schubert's "Die Spinnrade," based on Goethe poems.

  • The Writers at Work series returns with Winter’s Bone author Daniel Woodrell discussing his new collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album, in a public conversation with Kansas City author Whitney Terrell.
    Daniel Woodrell: The Outlaw Album
    Thursday, November 17, 2011
    Central Library

    Author Daniel Woodrell discusses his new collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album, in a discussion led by Kansas City’s own Whitney Terrell.

    The Outlaw Album includes the stories of a husband who cruelly avenges the killing of his wife’s pet, and an injured rapist who is cared for by a young girl until she reaches her breaking point.

    Organized by Whitney Terrell and co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Round Table.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – an association of Holmes fanatics who delight in playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.
    Michael Dirda - On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
    Monday, November 14, 2011
    Central Library

    A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirdaa presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Darryl Levings discusses his new historical novel, following Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas to the battles of Westport and Mine Creek.
    Darryl Levings - Saddle the Pale Horse: A Novel of the Invasion of Missouri
    Sunday, November 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
    to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

    This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.

  • Mike Brown of the Brainzooming Group presents ideas for how the Google Fiber gigabit broadband network can benefit schools, colleges, medical centers, urban and suburban neighborhoods, and the everyday lives of all Kansas Citians.
    Gigabit City: 1,001 Uses for Google Fiber in Kansas City
    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Mike Brown, strategic innovation expert at The Brainzooming Group, presents ideas for how the Google Fiber gigabit broadband Internet service can be used to benefit Kansas City on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook discusses his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, in a special public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III.
    Hal Holbrook Tonight
    Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    Central Library

    Renowned stage and screen actor Hal Holbrook visits the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 for a public conversation about his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.