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Free Library Podcast

Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.
Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake | The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

57:25 | Jul 19th

In conversation with Michael A Smerconish Veteran counterterrorism czar and one of the world's leading experts on cyberspace security, Richard A. Clarke worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades of his professional life to combating thr...Show More
Julie Salamon | An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer

57:28 | Jul 17th

Exploring an astonishing range of genres and subject matter, Julie Salamon is the author of a score of novels, children's books, and nonfiction books. Initially a longtime banking reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal, then a TV critic...Show More
Andrew Shaffer | Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery

42:08 | Jul 16th

They're back! In Andrew Shaffer's sequel to the New York Times bestseller Hope Never Dies, the bromantic thriller that saw the former president and vice president tumble down a Delaware rabbit hole of conspiracy and murder, Obama and Biden are once a...Show More
Mary Pope Osborne | Magic Tree House: To the Future, Ben Franklin! with Natalie Pope Boyce

44:45 | Jul 15th

Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children's books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular books have been translated into nearly three dozen languages and have ...Show More
Jennifer Weiner | Mrs. Everything

52:57 | Jul 10th

''One of the biggest names in popular fiction'' (USA Today), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels-including Good in Bed, All Fall Down, and In Her Shoes, which was made into a major m...Show More
Rachel Louise Snyder | No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

53:24 | Jun 27th

The recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her contributions to This American Life, Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises. A ''gut-wrenching'' (Esquire) and intimate investigation into the scope and root causes of one of America'...Show More
Elaine Welteroth | More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

1:11:46 | Jun 26th

In conversation with Rakia Reynolds, founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media The firebrand former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director in Condé Nast's 107-year history, Elaine W...Show More
Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal, Karla Jay and Joel Hall

58:41 | Jun 24th

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement's most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those tumultuous events. Assemblin...Show More
Frank Langfitt | The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

51:28 | Jun 21st

In conversation with Bill Marimow As NPR's Correspondent in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt created a free-taxi service where he offered rides in exchange for passenger's stories and candid conversation. He met a motley crew of characters whose lives he f...Show More
Esi Edugyan | Washington Black

58:19 | Jun 19th

Esi Edugyan's novel Half-Blood Blues, the story of a World War II–era mixed-race jazz band's abducted star trumpeter, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of another novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyn...Show More
Mark Kram Jr. | Smokin' Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier

59:08 | Jun 18th

In conversation with longtime radio host Steve Ross Mark Kram Jr. won the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for Like Any Normal Day, the tragic story of two brothers bonded but separated by a devastating sports injury. He formerly wro...Show More
Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

57:22 | Jun 12th

In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canal...Show More
Nicole Dennis-Benn | Patsy with Rebecca Makkai | The Great Believers

1:03:52 | Jun 7th

Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn's debut novel about a young Jamaican struggling to protect her sister and village as she experiences feelings for another woman, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public ...Show More
James Ellroy | This Storm

55:01 | Jun 5th

In his bestselling L.A. Quartet mysteries and the Underworld USA trilogy, James Ellroy ''has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction'' (Atlanta Journal Constitution). He is also the author of the Lloyd Hopkins trilog...Show More
James Patterson | Unsolved in conversation with Elin Hilderbrand

49:02 | Jun 4th

In conversation with nos. 1 bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion ...Show More
Rick Atkinson | The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777

1:01:44 | May 31st

Rick Atkinson won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn, the first volume in his Liberation trilogy, a ''densely researched but supremely readable'' (New York Times Book Review) history of the Allied victory in World War II. His other bestselli...Show More
John Waters | Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

59:27 | May 30th

In conversation with Jason Freeman, producer and editor of author events John Waters's transgressive movies include Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, and Cecil B. Demented. He is also the author of Shock Value, Crackpot, Role Models,...Show More
Eve Ensler | The Apology

54:00 | May 23rd

One of Newsweek's ''150 Women Who Shake the World'' and the Guardian's ''Top 100 Women,'' Tony Award–winning playwright Eve Ensler is a performer, activist, and author. Her phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in nearly 50 languages an...Show More
Adam Gopnik | A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

58:37 | May 22nd

A staff writer at The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, The Table Comes First, and At the Strangers' Gate, an ''elegant'' memoir of his 1980s move to a peculiar New York that ''effortlessly weaves...Show More
David Brooks | The Second Mountain

1:01:19 | May 17th

A ''clever and insightful inspector of the American scene'' (Wall Street Journal), David Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since 2003. A former editor and columnist at The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, The Wall Street...Show More
Tommy Orange | There There: A Novel with Rachel Kushner | The Mars Room

1:04:36 | May 17th

''Masterful. . . . A devastating debut novel'' (The Washington Post), Tommy Orange's There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country's greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times bestseller and one of it...Show More
George Packer | Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

59:07 | May 15th

George Packer won the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding, a biographical examination of the seismic shifts in economics and politics over the past three decades that have brought the United States to the brink. A longtime New Yorker staff wri...Show More
Madhur Jaffrey | Madhur Jaffrey's Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes...

57:40 | May 13th

In conversation with Anusha Balasubramanian. Anusha spends her days as an executive assistant at a Philadelphia investment firm, but her greatest passions are books, cooking, and her mother's idli. Lauded as the ''queen of Indian cooking'' (Saveur)...Show More
Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

54:59 | May 9th

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution's President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a gene li...Show More
Lorene Cary | Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

50:11 | May 8th

''A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" (New York Times), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride, The Price of a Child, If Sons, Then Heirs, and the memoir Black Ice. A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Univers...Show More
Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel with Myla Goldberg | Feast Your Eyes

57:39 | May 3rd

Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their ''nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing'' (Los Angeles Times), Susan Choi's novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign Student; Ameri...Show More
One Book, One Philadelphia | Criminal Justice Reform Panel

1:19:48 | May 2nd

Inspired by the themes in the One Book, One Philadelphia 2019 selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, a panel of formerly incarcerated community advocates were joined in conversation by District Attorney Larry Krasner and Chief Public Defende...Show More
Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad

58:54 | May 1st

In conversation with Annette John-Hall, cohost and producer of The Why on WHYY A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand's 2005 sexual assault alle...Show More
Tyler Kepner | K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

58:53 | Apr 30th

The national baseball writer for the New York Times since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His first book, The Phillies Experience: A Year-by-Year Ch...Show More
Melinda Gates | The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World In conversation with John Green

50:36 | Apr 26th

Ranked by Forbes as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-the world's largest p...Show More
Mark Bowden | The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

58:02 | Apr 25th

In conversation with Catherine M. Recker. ''One of the most intense, visceral'' (Philadelphia Inquirer) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bests...Show More
Julia Alvarez | In the Time of the Butterflies: 25th Anniversary Edition

55:34 | Apr 24th

In conversation with Concepción de León, the digital staff writer for the Books desk at The New York Times. She also writes "El Espace," a news and culture column for Latino. A ''one-woman cultural collision'' (Los Angeles Times Book Review), poet,...Show More
Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

49:19 | Apr 23rd

In conversation with Bruce Weber, former obituary writer for the New York Times and author of the books As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires and Life is A Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist. Janny Scott, a 15-year reporte...Show More
Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

58:01 | Apr 22nd

In conversation with State Representative Christopher M. Raab Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, ''a humane and closely reported exploration'' (Wall Street Journal) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students, parents, and t...Show More
Bill McKibben | Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

59:36 | Apr 17th

''The world's best green journalist'' (Time), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature. His many other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth, and Oil and ...Show More
Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

49:31 | Apr 16th

''A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Mary Norris's bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen was a r...Show More
Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions

55:28 | Apr 12th

A 30-year contributor to The New Yorker, Patricia Marx is the author of several books including Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him, both of which were Thurber Prize finalists. A former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats,...Show More
Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

32:22 | Apr 11th

In conversation with Chef Elijah Milligan A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.'s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat's 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America's most acclaimed young culinary personal...Show More
Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

1:03:38 | Apr 10th

Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring heritage and identi...Show More
Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

58:48 | Apr 9th

A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Insa...Show More
Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

53:30 | Apr 8th

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at ''the summit of American historical writing'' (Washington Post), Robert...Show More
Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

1:00:43 | Apr 5th

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America, and O...Show More
Valerie Jarrett | Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

1:03:28 | Apr 4th

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition ''The ultimate Obama insider'' (New York Times), Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving advisor in the 44th President's administration. Born in Iran and raised in 1960s ...Show More
Barry Lopez | Horizon

58:14 | Apr 3rd

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams, a ''rich, abundant, vigorously composed'' (Boston Globe) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men, Crow and Weasel, and Resis...Show More
Cecile Richards | Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead-My Life Story

57:36 | Apr 1st

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A ''heroine of the resistance'' (Vogue), Cecile Richards was the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to...Show More
Nathan Englander | Kaddish.com with Thomas Mallon | Landfall

1:03:12 | Mar 28th

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. In addition t...Show More
Albert Woodfox | Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope

58:07 | Mar 27th

In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. Falsely accused and convicted of a 1972 robbery in which a white guard was killed, Albert Woodfox served more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana's notoriously brutal ...Show More
Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

1:04:41 | Mar 25th

''A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling'' (The New York Times Book Review), Adam Rutherford's A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the ages-spanning story o...Show More
Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

55:51 | Mar 20th

In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. ''An unflinching witness and eloq...Show More
Lidia Bastianich | My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

58:19 | Mar 19th

Renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is the owner and co-owner of celebrated Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. The author of a baker's dozen cookbooks, a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy, and a regular contributor...Show More
Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

1:13:08 | Mar 15th

Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, a ''tour de force'' (Nature) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. One o...Show More
Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

54:42 | Mar 13th

In conversation with Gene Seymour, contributor to The Nation and former film critic and jazz columnist for Newsday. He has written for Bookforum, CNN.com, and The Washington Post. Author and spoken-word artist Darius James's 1992 masterpiece, the W...Show More
David Treuer | The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

1:02:47 | Mar 8th

An Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and an unromantic chronicler of Native American culture and literature, David Treuer is the author of the novels Prudence, Little, The Hiawatha, and The Translation of Dr. Appeles. He is...Show More
Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower with Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

1:12:18 | Mar 6th

In converation with Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Examining the intersections of race, gender, and politics in a popular monthly Cosmo column, Brittney Cooper is also a professor of women's and g...Show More
Don Winslow | The Border

53:35 | Mar 1st

The author of numerous international bestselling crime novels, Don Winslow is the recipient of dozens of awards and spots on myriad best-books-of-the-year lists. These books include The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Force, and Savages, for which he ...Show More
Sigrid Nunez | The Friend: A Novel with Keith Gessen | A Terrible Country: A Novel

57:37 | Feb 27th

Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend, ''a penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory'' (NPR) in which a woman is forced to adopt her deceased best friend's Great Dane. The recipient of a Berlin Prize, the Rome Pri...Show More
Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

58:21 | Feb 22nd

A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie's Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secre...Show More
Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

1:03:55 | Feb 20th

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful ...Show More
Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

1:01:28 | Feb 15th

In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical. ''Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today'' (The Bosto...Show More
Howard Schultz | From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

58:54 | Feb 15th

In conversation with William Kristol, founder and former editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz led the java giant from eleven cafes in the Seattle area to more than 28,000 locations worldwi...Show More
Victor LaValle with Justina Ireland, Sam J. Miller, and Alice Sola Kim | A People's Future of the United States: Twenty-five Visionary Stories

1:02:52 | Feb 14th

Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People's Future of the United States, 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and strife. C...Show More
Chris Wilson | The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

50:30 | Feb 8th

In conversation with State Representative Jordan A. Harris Convicted of murder at 18 and sentenced to life in prison with no hope of release, Chris Wilson began to improve himself through study, physical fitness, and even started a business. For t...Show More
Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

1:01:50 | Feb 6th

Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia (Phila...Show More
Jane Brox | Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

45:34 | Feb 1st

Penning ''nonfiction literature of a high and lasting order'' (Chicago Tribune), Jane Brox is the author of, among other books, Five Thousand Days Like This One, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Brilliant: The Evolution of Artif...Show More
Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

42:16 | Jan 30th

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow, the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral, a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a ...Show More
Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

1:01:37 | Jan 28th

In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. Delivering ''an eviscerating, raw...Show More
Kristen Roupenian | You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

48:51 | Jan 18th

Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally published in The New Yorker in 2017, her story ''Cat Person'' garnered national attention for its frank depiction of dating in the digital ag...Show More
Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

56:33 | Jan 18th

In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical. Celebrated internationally for a prolific, ''achingly beautiful'' (Los...Show More
One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jesmyn Ward

1:13:24 | Jan 17th

One Book, One Philadelphia 2019 kicks off with a reading and conversation between Jesmyn Ward, author of the One Book featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing, and WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. Their talk will be followed by a performance of an...Show More
In Conversation With The Rosenbach: The Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment with Michele Norris

1:21:31 | Jan 17th

Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute's new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion. For more than a decade Norris served as a ho...Show More
Gregory B. Jaczko | Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

1:00:09 | Jan 15th

The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, Dr. Gregory Jaczko oversaw the U.S. government's response to Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. An NRC commissioner from 2005-2009 and former science policy advisor to S...Show More
Mary Schmidt Campbell | An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

59:21 | Jan 2nd

President of Spelman College since 2015, and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt Campbell served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities during the Obama administration. She has contributed to ...Show More
Kirsten Gillibrand | Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

54:50 | Dec 14th, 2018

In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces children to ten suffragists...Show More
Gary Giddins | Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

57:34 | Dec 5th, 2018

Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century, ''a grand, brilliant history" (The New York Times Book Review). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his other books include...Show More
Elaine Pagels | Why Religion?: A Personal Story

54:11 | Dec 3rd, 2018

In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations, Beyond Belief, and The Gnostic Gospels. Her many honors include Rockefeller, Guggenhe...Show More
Margaret George | The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero with Madeline Miller | Circe

55:58 | Nov 30th, 2018

Margaret George's fictional biographies of towering world figures-brimming ''with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation'' (Detroit Free Press) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record-include Helen of Troy, The...Show More
Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

59:42 | Nov 30th, 2018

Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post, Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N Word; W...Show More
H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

1:08:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

''Master storyteller'' (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subj...Show More
Daniel Torday | Boomer1 with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah | Friday Black: Stories

1:00:59 | Nov 29th, 2018

Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday's novel The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist. The Director of Creative Wri...Show More
Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

1:04:51 | Nov 29th, 2018

''America's best social critic'' (Time), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, The Puritan Ordeal, and Required Reading: Why Our ...Show More
David W. Blight | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

1:04:24 | Nov 28th, 2018

David W. Blight's many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass's first two autobiographies. Blight is a prof...Show More
Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

57:49 | Nov 28th, 2018

In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared ''one of the most respected bands on the planet'' and lauded as ''pa...Show More
Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

1:03:19 | Nov 9th, 2018

Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times. His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil Thomson...Show More
Mitch Albom | The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

1:23:50 | Nov 6th, 2018

''A writer with soul'' (Los Angeles Times) who captures the delicacies of the human condition, author, journalist, screenwriter, and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-s...Show More
Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

56:48 | Nov 6th, 2018

Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women's roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario's work regularly appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time. She is also the au...Show More
Nathaniel Philbrick | In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

56:23 | Nov 5th, 2018

''One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction'' (The Wall Street Journal), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea, an account of the nearly mythic 19th-century maritime disaste...Show More
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook | Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

51:40 | Nov 2nd, 2018

In conversation with Sam Sifton Acclaimed for ''cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors'' (New York Times), Michael Solomonov brought Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences to bear i...Show More
René Redzepi and David Zilber | The Noma Guide to Fermentation

1:13:43 | Oct 29th, 2018

René Redzepi is chef and co-owner of Copenhagen's Michelin two-star restaurant Noma, recognized an astounding four times as the best in the world. He is one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World and the subject of two full-length documen...Show More
Julián Castro | An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream

1:02:29 | Oct 29th, 2018

In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama's second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political stage as the ...Show More
Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

1:02:45 | Oct 26th, 2018

With a ''special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind'' (New York Times Book Review), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible, a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her othe...Show More
Ben Macintyre | The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

1:07:21 | Oct 25th, 2018

Praised for his ''elegant, jaunty, and very British high style'' (New York Times), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat, and Double Cross, among other books. He has adapted several of these...Show More
Jill Soloway | She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

1:05:30 | Oct 22nd, 2018

In conversation with Hannah Gadsby The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent, Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight, creator of the series I Love Dick, and was a writer and executive pro...Show More
Imani Perry | Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

51:12 | Oct 18th, 2018

A professor of African American studies, public affairs, and gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University, Dr. Imani Perry is the author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United Sta...Show More
Joseph Ellis | American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

59:56 | Oct 18th, 2018

In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor A ''sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged'' (The Economist), historian Joseph Ell...Show More
Ben Fountain | Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

57:57 | Oct 17th, 2018

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Ben Fountain is the author of The New York Times bestseller Billy Lynn's Long Halft...Show More
Ray Didinger | The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition with Mark Leibovich | Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

1:06:54 | Oct 16th, 2018

Fly Eagles fly! Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Ray Didinger updated his and late co-writer Robert S. Lyons's bestselling The Eagles Encyclopedia-''the definitive book for any Eagles fan'' (Philadelphia Daily News)-to reflect the quin...Show More
Nelson Díaz | Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aquí ni de Allá: The Autobiography of Nelson Díaz

57:22 | Oct 15th, 2018

In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist Introduced by Henry Cisneros A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Associ...Show More
John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

1:04:30 | Oct 9th, 2018

In conversation with Michael Smerconish John Kerry is a decorated combat veteran thrice wounded in the line of duty, a five-term United States senator from Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and four-year Secretary of State. H...Show More
Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

1:05:44 | Oct 5th, 2018

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies, The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the growing...Show More
Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

59:29 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor's Initiation and the ''extraordinary, ...Show More
Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

48:23 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Working ''her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror'' (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim for ...Show More
Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

1:16:26 | Sep 28th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Empire of Illusion, Wages of Rebellion, and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. For nearly two decades he ...Show More
David Levering Lewis | The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

1:01:22 | Sep 27th, 2018

Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his ''superb'' (The Nation) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal shaper of the...Show More
Maxwell King | The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers with David Newell ''Mr. McFeely'' of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

1:02:07 | Sep 25th, 2018

In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood as we welcome Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor, a personal, professional, and artistic biography of Fred Rogers. A figure as deceptively ...Show More
Jill Lepore | These Truths: A History of the United States

1:00:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

An historian whose ''discipline is worthy of a first-class detective'' (New York Review of Books), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, the story of Benjamin Franklin's beloved but often-overlooked sister Jane; ...Show More
Gary Shteyngart | Lake Success

47:01 | Sep 18th, 2018

''Ridiculously witty and painfully prescient'' (Time), Gary Shteyngart is the author of the culturally reflective novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, which was named one of the best novels of the year ...Show More
Andrew Shaffer | Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery

41:18 | Jul 31st, 2018

Crockett and Tubbs. Murtaugh and Riggs. Tango and Cash. Obama and Biden. In Hope Never Dies, this time it's personal as the former President and Vice President are on the case in this high-stakes thriller mystery from Andrew Shaffer,  the New York Ti...Show More
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha | What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

52:43 | Jul 26th, 2018

The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis-the signature environmental disaster of our time-and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study that exposed...Show More
Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

55:22 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You, and How We Got to Now, which he adapted into a popu...Show More
Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

55:06 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has ...Show More
Michael Eric Dyson | Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

1:04:28 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor Possessed of ''intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with wor...Show More
Jason Rekulak | The Impossible Fortress

55:12 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bes...Show More
Daniel C. Dennett | From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

1:02:20 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''Perhaps America's most widely read (and debated) living philosopher'' (New York Times), Daniel C. Dennett is the author of a score of books that explore the intersection of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, inclu...Show More
George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

52:34 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, ''it's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction'' (The Wall Stre...Show More
Mark Danielewski | The Familiar Volume 4: Hades

54:07 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves, a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book's u...Show More
Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms*

56:59 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of Forbes' 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their fi...Show More
Erica Armstrong Dunbar | Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

58:14 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has con...Show More
Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

42:08 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Restaurant Critic's Wife, The Tragedy Paper, and The Grandparents Handbook. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work ha...Show More
Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

1:03:59 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train, the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, and Sweetwater. She has...Show More
Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

57:27 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Popularly beloved as ''Judy Blue Eyes,'' eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant...Show More
Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

49:26 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Yiyun Li's ''remarkable'' (The Washington Post) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the...Show More
James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

55:02 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers' Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America's longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group deta...Show More
Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

1:02:58 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''One of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers'' (New York Times), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel The Reluctant Fu...Show More
Melissa Clark | Dinner: Changing the Game

57:22 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer One of America's most beloved food writers, Melissa Clark writes the New York Times column ''A Good Appetite'' and hosts its weekly complementa...Show More
Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

59:44 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant'' (The Washington Post), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti ...Show More
Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

57:01 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner...Show More
Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

1:02:57 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher'' (Time), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the Ord...Show More
Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

1:02:01 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC's news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes. Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes, in 2013 he became the younge...Show More
Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

58:13 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Roxane Gay's ''commanding debut'' (The New Yorker) novel An Untamed State, the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay co...Show More
Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

58:33 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume's popular ''Ask the Editor'' video series. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Po...Show More
Leading Voices: Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy*

1:02:38 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak The Vice President of Business Innovation Google's [X], Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 businesses, started almost hal...Show More
Anne-Marie Slaughter | The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

1:02:37 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New Ameri...Show More
Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

58:40 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Jason Freeman, program associate, author events Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker's death-defying fea...Show More
Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

55:31 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Employing ''agile prose and clever observations'' (New York Times Book Review), Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the ...Show More
Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

56:19 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated...and written with simple elegance'' (The New York Observer), Wendy Lesser's many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the Garden, Room ...Show More
Dr. Willie Parker | Life's Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice

55:01 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a b...Show More
Misty Copeland | Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

39:34 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world's most accomplished and recognizable artists. A...Show More
Jessamyn Stanley | Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

58:37 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher whose body-positive approach encourages students to ask ''How do I feel?'' rather than ''How do I look?,'' Jessamyn Stanley has been featured on Good Morning America, Shape, People, an...Show More
Joan Nathan | King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

51:03 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Joan Nathan is the author of 11 bestselling culinary guides, including The New American Cooking and Jewish Cooking in America, both of which won James Beard and IACP awards. The latter book was adapted into a PBS series produc...Show More
Joe Beddia | Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

46:16 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Joe Beddia is the owner and chef of Philly's own Pizzeria Beddia, named by Bon Appétit as the best pizza in America. This distinction is not surprising, considering that he ...Show More
David Grann | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

45:49 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. David Grann is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, the ''brilliant...impressively researched and crafted'' (Los Angeles Times) nonfiction tale of the deadly search for a fabled Amazonian civiliza...Show More
David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

57:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan's many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change, The Moral Center, and The Cheating Culture, a ''meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken moral c...Show More
Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

1:07:45 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce J...Show More
Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

49:35 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Possessed of ''a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller ...Show More
Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

58:48 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. ''A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" (The New York Review of Books), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer...Show More
Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

1:01:44 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Si...Show More
Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

1:05:22 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio ...Show More
Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

55:11 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø's ''maddeningly addictive'' (Vanity Fair) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 ...Show More
Paula Poundstone | The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

1:03:52 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Paula Poundstone's decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky ...Show More
China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

54:21 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his ''unparalleled inventiveness'' (Chicago Tribune), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels...Show More
Colm Tóibín | House of Names

58:37 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. ''His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power'' (Los Angeles Times), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels...Show More
Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

56:14 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Dennis Lehane's ''raw, harrowing, and unsentimental'' (Washington Post Book World) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone; and Live by Night, all of which have been adapted into critica...Show More
William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

58:46 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include ...Show More
Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

1:01:20 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris's ''truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness'' (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. ...Show More
Thomas E. Ricks | Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

52:52 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble, ...Show More
Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

57:51 | Jul 16th, 2018

Watch the video here. Yaa Gyasi's breakout debut novel Homegoing, a multigenerational tale that ''brims with compassion'' (NPR Books), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was...Show More
Leslie Odom, Jr. | Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has pe...Show More
Tracy K. Smith | Wade in the Water: Poems

0:00 | Apr 6th, 2018

The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars, a ''strange and beautiful'' book of verse that ''pulses with America's adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the edge of the ...Show More
Charles Frazier | Varina

0:00 | Apr 5th, 2018

In conversation with Jason Freeman Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier's ''rare and extraordinary'' (San Francisco Chronicle) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghel...Show More
Charles Frazier | Varina

0:00 | Apr 5th, 2018

In conversation with Jason Freeman Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier's ''rare and extraordinary'' (San Francisco Chronicle) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghel...Show More
Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2018

A writer who ''luxuriates in language'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America, Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda, and The True History of the Kelly Gang, the latter two of ...Show More
Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a ''stunningly eloquent'' speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Co...Show More
Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2018

''A superstar of the crime-fiction world'' (Seattle Times), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard's intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her many...Show More
Military History Club | Benito Mussolini

1:53:06 | Mar 26th, 2018

Join John Hemphill and the Military History Club for a discussion of Benito Mussolini, Dictator of Fascist Italy. (recorded 7/19/2017)
Anna Badkhen | Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

1:02:01 | Mar 23rd, 2018

With an artist's eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer Anna Badkhen offers ''rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs'' (Christian Science Monitor). Her immer...Show More
Mary Frances Berry | History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

1:04:33 | Mar 22nd, 2018

The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America's most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five Dollars ...Show More
One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

1:04:24 | Mar 22nd, 2018

The One Book Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of original work...Show More
Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

55:35 | Mar 16th, 2018

''One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West'' (Wall Street Journal), Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam; Year Zero: A History of 1945; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows ...Show More
Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

57:10 | Mar 15th, 2018

Introduced by Sonia Sanchez. Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story colle...Show More
Daniel Pink | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

1:05:17 | Mar 15th, 2018

''Rapidly acquiring international guru status'' (Financial Times) as an authority on the ever-evolving world of work, Daniel Pink is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell is Human, a counterintuitive mani...Show More
Lamont ''U-God'' Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

58:28 | Mar 9th, 2018

In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, reporter Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lamont ''U-God'' Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, ''the most significant posse in hip-hop'' (Rolling Stone). He and fel...Show More
Steve Coll | Directorate S.: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

1:04:51 | Mar 6th, 2018

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Steve Coll is the author of The Bin Ladens, a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars; and Private Empire, an examination of the notoriously secret machinati...Show More
Jorge Ramos | Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era

59:58 | Mar 5th, 2018

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America's most popular and influential j...Show More
Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

1:02:44 | Feb 28th, 2018

''Erudite and compelling'' (Chicago Tribune), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein's quest to discover a unified field theory. His bestselli...Show More
Bob Roth | Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

58:33 | Feb 21st, 2018

Counting Fortune 500 CEOs, veterans with PTSD, Michael J. Fox, inner-city youth, and Oprah Winfrey among his eclectic student body, Bob Roth is one of the world's most respected teachers of Transcendental Meditation. For more than 45 years he's sough...Show More
Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

1:06:20 | Feb 16th, 2018

Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History. His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment, Berlin Journal, The Case for Books, and The Devil in the Holy Water. Hi...Show More
Tayari Jones | An American Marriage with Stephanie Powell Watts | We Are Taking Only What We Need

57:35 | Feb 14th, 2018

Watch the video here. Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta, winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. ''One of the best writers of her generation'' (Atl...Show More
Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali | The Monk of Mokha

1:09:11 | Feb 14th, 2018

Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle, the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of the in...Show More
Cornel West | Race Matters: 25th Anniversary

1:04:37 | Feb 14th, 2018

Watch the video here. Lauded for his ''ferocious moral vision and astute intellect'' (New York Times), educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the author of the National Book Award-winning Race Matters, a sea change discourse on race, justice, a...Show More
Jennifer Egan | Manhattan Beach with Carmen Maria Machado | Her Body and Other Parties

1:04:43 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. Her other books of fiction include the National Book Award Finalist Look at Me, the bestselling The Kee...Show More
Mervyn King | Brexit and the Future of the Global Economy

1:01:44 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. The governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013, Lord Mervyn King steered the U.K.'s central banking institution through the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recessio...Show More
Jeffrey Eugenides | Fresh Complaint: Stories

53:38 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. ''Lyrical and portentous'' (The New York Times), Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex; The Virgin Suicides, which was adapted into a feature film by Sofia Coppola; and The Marriage Plot...Show More
John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

1:39:31 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Mary Richardson Graham John Hodgman played the role of ''PC'' in the Apple vs. PC commercials, served alternately as the ''Resident Expert'' and ''Deranged Millionaire'' on The Daily Show with Jon Stewar...Show More
Nikki Giovanni | A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

59:21 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. ''One of the finest poets of our time'' (Ebony), Nikki Giovanni is the author of nearly 30 books, including the collections Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; Those Who Ride the Night Winds; and Quilting the ...Show More
E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein | One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

1:08:03 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington P...Show More
James McBride | Five-Carat Soul

49:58 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. ''Absorbing and darkly funny'' (San Francisco Chronicle), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird, in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown's doomed mission....Show More
Van Jones | Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

1:10:07 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. A CNN political contributor and host of a popular recurring primetime special bearing his name, Van Jones was a green-jobs advisor to the Obama administration, overseeing billions in environmental recovery spending. His two be...Show More
Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

55:52 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events ''Powerful'' and ''full of magic'' (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan is the author of the beloved novels The Joy Luck Club, a finalist for the National Book Awa...Show More
James Forman Jr. | Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. *National Book Award nominee and Yale Law School professor James Forman Jr. has spent decades teaching, writing, and working on the ground in criminal procedure and policy, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. A for...Show More
Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

48:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. *In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II, and 2016's The...Show More
Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour

54:05 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. *Pulling the delicate threads of ''fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief'' (The Washington Post), Alice McDermott's acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of familial love, ...Show More
Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900

58:17 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical  Lauded historian Simon Schama is the author of...Show More
The Legacy of Race and Policing

1:23:35 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Seeking to encourage and host conversations about differences and complex social issues, and in response to the National Endowment for the Humanities' call for public programming on the legacy of race in the United States, the...Show More
Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

55:37 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh, co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge University. ...Show More
Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

58:39 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Jennifer Weiner is the ''funny, fierce, feisty'' (Glamour) no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family dynamics. With 11 m...Show More
Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites

45:57 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Dena Heilek Reading ''like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion'' (O, The Oprah Magazine), Deb Perelman's bestselling The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook won he...Show More
Ta-Nehisi Coates | We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

1:17:29 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me, a ''searing meditation on what it means to be black in America tod...Show More
Chris Matthews | Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

56:05 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. The host of MSNBC's popular news and commentary program Hardball, Chris Matthews is one of America's most familiar media faces. A former longtime syndicated print media columnist, staffer for several Democratic members of Cong...Show More
Dan Rather | What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

1:13:07 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most decorated and popular journalists of all time, Dan Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years. Renowned for his laconic Tex...Show More
Isabel Allende | In the Midst of Winter

1:01:04 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. In conversation with Janet Benton, author of the debut novel Lilli de Jong. ''Poignant, powerful'' and ''timeless'' (Boston Globe), Isabel Allende's acclaimed historical fiction weaves reality, memory, and mysticism into tap...Show More
Gordon S. Wood | Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

1:09:26 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, Gordon S. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for The Radicalism of the American Revolution, a rollicking and watersh...Show More
John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

49:04 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea, a story of loss and the fickle power of memory celebrated for its ''power and strangeness and piercing beauty'' (The Washington Post Book World). His other fiction-including ...Show More
Russell Shorto | Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

43:06 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Russell Shorto is the author of the bestselling The Island at the Center of World, ''a masterpiece of storytelling and first-rate intellectual history'' (Wall Street Journal) of the forgotten and mythologized Dutch colony of M...Show More
Roz Chast | Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York

59:16 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. ''By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny'' (New York Times), Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, in...Show More
Lawrence O'Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

1:04:51 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Lawrence O'Donnell is the host of MSNBC's The Last Word, one of cable television's most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Was...Show More
Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

1:03:58 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Watch the video here. Released just weeks after the tech guru's death, Walter Isaacson's ''staggering'' (The New York Times) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned bios of Benj...Show More