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.

  • 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.

  • 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.