Bringing Civility Back To Politics, And When To Wake The President

Nov 7, 2016

Right to left, former Amb. Allan Katz, former Mississippi Governor David Ronald Musgrove, and former Vermont Governor James Douglas took part in a public discussion on civility and politics, moderated by KCUR contributor Brian Ellison.
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In light of a campaign season some view as the most rancorous in recent history, we look at the role civility still plays in politics. Then, it's 3 a.m. and there's a phone ringing in the White House. If something disastrous happens in the world, it's the president's job to respond. We take a look at the history of disaster management by the Oval Office.

Tevi Troy will speak on the president's role in dealing with calamity and his book "Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office" at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library on Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit