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 Paris Wife, an evocative and moving novel by Paula McLain, captures a period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable figures— Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley in Paris in the 1920s.
    Paula McLain: The Paris Wife
    Wednesday, March 9, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    This evocative and moving novel by Paula McLain captures a period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable figures— Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley.

  • Be a part of a KCTV 5 live broadcast of a mayoral runoff debate before the March 22, 2011, election for the top post in Kansas City, Missouri.
    Kansas City Mayoral Runoff Debate
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    With the election just around the corner, KCTV 5 partners with the Kansas City Public Library to host a runoff debate between mayoral candidates Sly James and Mike Burke for the top post in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Historian Sir Max Hastings chronicles the final year of  World War II in the Pacific and explains how the Japanese wartime mind-set caused an otherwise civilized society to carry out atrocities that haunt the nation to this day.
    Sir Max Hastings - Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
    Monday, March 7, 2011
    Central Library

    Author and historian Sir Max Hastings presents a talk based on his book Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45.

  • Curator Dee Harris discusses the new National Archives exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood.
    Dee Harris - Cowboys, Quacks, and Carousels: Stories of Kansas
    Tuesday, March 1, 2011
    Central Library

    National Archives and Records Administration Exhibits Specialist Dee Harris discusses Cowboys, Quacks, and Carousels: Stories of Kansas.

  • Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Eckstut, a literary agent, and Sterry, a book doctor, demystify every step of the publishing process.  Attendees will be randomly selected to pitch their book idea to a panel of experts.
    Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry: Pitchapalooza
    Monday, February 28, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Described as “an invaluable resource” by both authors and publishers, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry talk about The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. This event was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2011, but was rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions on that day. If you submitted an RSVP to the January 31 event, you will need to RSVP again.

  • Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries—be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.
    Robert Mnookin - Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Kansas City native Robert Mnookin, the Samuel Williston professor of law at Harvard, draws on a variety of real-life examples to illustrate how we should deal with potentially harmful adversaries — be they a business giant, a nuclear power, or a jilted former spouse.

  • Up-To-Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City Mayoral Primary Debate
    Up-To-Date with Steve Kraske: Kansas City Mayoral Primary Debate
    Monday, February 21, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    The award-winning Up-To-Date program on KCUR 89.3 FM will broadcast a live debate featuring all of the candidates running for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At the request of KCUR, the venue for the debate has changed to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The primary debate will be held just one day before the city votes to determine which two candidates will compete in a runoff election on March 22.

  • Historian Bob Moore introduces the premiere public screening of a documentary that gives an up-close glimpse into the life of one of America’s greatest sportsmen.
    Bob Moore - Games: Lamar Hunt and the Landscape of American Sports
    Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Lamar Hunt, original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, was a pioneer in the growth of professional athletics, evidenced by his induction into eight halls of fame ranging from football to tennis. Hunt’s passion for competition earned him the childhood nickname “Games.”

  • Historian Diane Mutti Burke discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed, for better or worse, from slavery in the Deep South.
    Diane Mutti Burke: On Slavery's Border
    Sunday, January 16, 2011
    Central Library

    Diane Mutti Burke, an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed from the Deep South on Sunday, January 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and Midwest Regional Director Sara Imhof discuss bipartisan solutions to America’s fiscal problems.
    Robert Bixby & Sara Imhof: Restoring Fiscal Sanity in Washington
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Robert Bixby and Sara Imhof discuss the state of the American economy, and offer bipartisan solutions to reduce the national debt and improve the fiscal outlook for future generations on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.