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.

  • Historian David Goldfield discusses his vivid narrative history of the Civil War, America Aflame, which offers the first major new interpretation of the era in 20 years.
    David Goldfield - America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian David Goldfield discusses his vivid narrative history of the Civil War, America Aflame, which offers the first major new interpretation of the era in 20 years.

  • Longtime FBI agent William Ouseley discusses his new book about the family that ruled organized crime in Kansas City for three decades, during which time bodies turned up in car trunks, gunfire was exchanged in restaurants, and buildings were blown up.
    Bill Ouseley - Mobsters In Our Midst: The Civella Crime Family of Kansas City
    Sunday, April 17, 2011
    Central Library

    Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century; and the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella.

  • Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis.
    Randy Roberts - Joe Louis: Hard Times Man
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Central Library

    Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis and explains how his impact on sport and country was unlike that of any other athlete of his era.

  • 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.