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.

  • 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.

  • Reporter Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz discuss the history of Katz Drug Stores at a launch event for their new book The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz.
    Brian Burnes & Steve Katz: Remembering Katz Drug Stores
    Sunday, October 30, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Steve Paul discusses his new book, a collection of “KC Architecture A-Z” columns that have appeared in Star Magazine. The book contains more than 200 photographs of Kansas City’s architectural scene.
    Steve Paul: KC Architecture A to Z
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    Central Library

    Architecture A-Z began as a Star Magazine feature based on a simple concept: What can we learn and share about Kansas City’s history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?

  • Central Standard, the award-winning KCUR morning program, hosts a variety show to commemorate the one-year anniversary of its inception.
    The Central Standard Variety Show
    Friday, October 7, 2011
    Central Library

    Central Standard, the award-winning KCUR morning program, hosts a variety show to commemorate the one year anniversary of its inception.

    Since replacing the legendary Walt Bodine Show Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning in October 2010, Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall and producer Andrea Silenzi have rapidly developed a strong, eclectic following in the area by exploring the different worlds within Kansas City.

  • Award-winning historian  William C. Harris argues that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.
    William C. Harris: Lincoln and the Border States
    Thursday, October 6, 2011
    Central Library

    Faced with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln deemed the loyalty of the border slave states crucial to the preservation of the Union. But while most scholars contend that these states were secure by the end of 1861, award-winning historian William C. Harris argues in Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, that Confederate campaigns and guerrilla activities kept the region in constant turmoil, and that those states preoccupied Lincoln throughout the war.

  • The Kansas City Public Library and The Reading Reptile present Caldecott Winner Brian Selznick who will present his latest book Wonderstruck. A percentage of the evening’s book sales will be donated to the Turning the Page effort for Joplin public schools.
    Brian Selznick: Wonderstruck
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Brian Selznick, creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a Caldecott Medal winner, presents his newest novel, Wonderstruck. This event is part of Turning the Page: Building a Community of Readers campaign to benefit Joplin Missouri schools. A percentage of the evening’s book sales will be donated to the campaign.

    RSVP online at www.kclibrary.org or pick up a free ticket from Reading Reptile.

    Co-sponsored by Reading Reptile.

    No audio or video recording of Brian Selznick’s presentation will be permitted.

  • The Social Media Club of Kansas City joins community thought leaders in a public discussion of how Google Fiber high-speed internet can impact the city’s infrastructure, economy, educational systems, and beyond.
    Building the Gigabit City: Brainstorming a Google Fiber Roadmap
    Monday, October 3, 2011
    Central Library

    In the six months since choosing Kansas City as a test market for its new fiber-optic network, Google has asked for community input in planning how this technology will be used.

  • From hilarious scenes from his youth to the present state his parents helped create, Frank Schaeffer asks what the leading right-wingers and the paranoid fantasies of their “echo chamber” are really about. Here’s a hint…sex.
    Frank Schaeffer: Sex, Mom, and God
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Central Library

    In his New York Times best-selling book, Frank Schaeffer uses his life as a lens through which to view a larger narrative: the rightward lurch of American politics since the 1970s.

    The central character is Schaeffer’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual throughout Schaeffer’s childhood.

    Schaeffer asks what the leading right-wingers and the paranoid fantasies of their “echo chamber” are really about. Here’s a hint... sex.

  • Author Carolyn Brewer discusses the 1957 tornado that killed 39 people and left 531 injured and shares first-person narratives collected during a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication.
    Carolyn Brewer - Caught Ever After: Children of the Ruskin Heights Tornado
    Sunday, September 25, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    On the evening of May 20, 1957, an F-5 tornado tore into the communities of Ottawa and Spring Hill, Kansas, and Martin City, Grandview, Hickman Mills, and Ruskin Heights, Missouri. The storm left 39 people dead and 531 injured. More than 840 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

    Author Carolyn Brewer tells the story of the tragic event, as well as the rebuilding effort, through a series of first-person narratives collected during a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication.