Portrait of Ari Shapiro

An Evening with Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro does what we all should do. He listens. He observes. He considers. It’s fundamental to the sensitive and compelling reporting he has done over nearly two decades for National Public Radio.

In a special presentation as part of the Library’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, Shapiro discusses his work and the power of stories and storytelling to foster connectedness in our society. Now a popular host of NPR’s award-winning news magazine All Things Considered, he weighs the importance of not only journalism but also libraries in that role and their essentialness in these divided times as public institutions.

The event also is livestreamed at youtube.com/kclibrary (for which no RSVP is necessary).

Shapiro has been one of the distinctive voices of All Things Considered since 2015 and hosts the companion podcast Consider This. He previously served as NPR’s international correspondent based in London, White House correspondent during the Obama administration, and justice correspondent during the George W. Bush administration. Among many other honors, his work has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism

Shapiro’s first book, The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening, was a bestseller upon its release in March 2023.

His presentation is preceded by a 6 p.m. reception offering food, cocktails, and music.  

RSVPs for this event are not yet open. The Library will provide advance notice of the start of sign-ups closer to June 13.

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Portrait of Ari Shapiro

An Evening with Ari Shapiro

Date & Location
Reception: 6 p.m.
In Person