The John Cotton Dana Award is considered one of the most prestigious in the library marketing and public relations field. Out of eight winners this year, two area libraries - Lawrence Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library - were recognized.
Former KC Star TV critic Aaron Barnhart talks about Quantrill's raiders in an interview with Steve Kraske. He and his wife Diane Eickhoff, co-authors of The Big Divide, visited Up to Date April 24, 2013.
The Big Divide by Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff
The three C’s--Clans, cliques and clubs—everyone has probably enjoyed the sense of belonging and the social support that membership provides. Throughout history, organized groups have waged war and influenced everything from local customs to the division of wealth and property. But when does loyalty to the group begin to interfere with individual freedom, and at worst, the very stability of clan itself? And how do we live in a democratic society and balance both individuals and group needs and pressures? We talk about how our modern society was shaped by ancient forms of social organization---otherwise known as clans---and debate the balance between individual freedom and group loyalty -- family.
History host Monroe Dodd speaks with Michael Lind about his most recent book, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States. They explore the curious history of the United States from its inception to today through the lens of three distinct economic republics. These three periods of American history are distinct in their incredible transformation brought about by technological and subsequent economical changes that also transformed the very way America understands itself.
When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional routes of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book,Rest In Pieces released this month. Rest In Pieces shares the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest.
The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War. His storylines have centered around the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, unfound weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. Presidents.
As part of Black History Month activities, UMKC is hosting an African-American Read In Feb. 20 and 28. Employees of the UMKC library and the public will read aloud from some of their favorite African-American literature and writing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is our federal police force, “to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States." However, in that mission the FBI has investigated its own citizens, even it's own presidents. Pulitzer prize winning author Tim Weiner discusses the complicated history of the FBI.
Leonardo da Vinci once peered deeply into the opening of a cave and wrote, “After having remained at the entry of the grotto some time, two contrary emotions arose in me, fear and desire – fear of the threatening dark grotto, and a desire to see whether there were any marvelous things within it.”
During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Richard Blanco delivered a poem written especially for this occasion. At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor.