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Jason Rezaian's 544 Days in an Iranian Prison

45:14 | Feb 3rd

Jason Rezaian is an American journalist and author of a new memoir. In 2014, while reporting in Tehran for the Washington Post , he was arrested and wrongfully convicted of espionage by Iranian authorities. Rezaian recounts his experience in "Prisone...Show More
Finding Hope on the Road in "Nomadland"

45:20 | Jun 26th, 2018

Bernstein Book Award finalist, "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century" tells the stories of a growing population of "workampers"—retirement-age Americans who live and work on the road full-time, taking seasonal jobs and living out ...Show More
Stonewall 50: The Sound of Memory

49:25 | Jun 23rd

The Stonewall Riots were a flash point in LGBTQ history. After the riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ civil rights movement went from handfuls of pioneering activists to a national movement mobilizing thousands.
Before Stonewall

1:00:36 | Jun 16th

Frank Collerius, Manager of the Jefferson Market branch at NYPL, interviews writer and curator Hugh Ryan about his new book 'when brooklyn was queer.' We also hear a reading of 'The How and Why of Virginia,' the personal story of Virginia Prince, the...Show More
Marlon James Gets Nerdy with Kevin Young

54:21 | Jun 9th

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist and winner of the Man Booker Prize. His recent book Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in a epic trilogy that blends myth, fantasy, and history—what James has described as "African Game of Thrones." He spoke with...Show More
A History of the Queer Press

1:03:55 | Jun 2nd

The Gay Liberation Front was an organization recognized for publishing the first gay liberation newspaper in the world,"Come Out!". It provided openly queer media exposure for many activists, writers, and artists. In conjunction with the NYPL exhibit...Show More
Erin Lee Carr and Ta-Nehisi Coates Remember David Carr

54:10 | May 26th

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr remembers her father, legendary journalist David Carr, in a moving new memoir, "All That You Leave Behind." Erin Lee Carr, went looking for support and comfort in the lifetime of correspondence that they had shared...Show More
How Robert Caro Writes About Power and the Powerless

1:00:59 | May 19th

At age 83, Robert Caro pulls back the curtains on his process, in his new book "Working." He also answers the question he is asked most often: why does it take him so long to write his books? Caro is the author of the Robert Moses biography "The Powe...Show More
Breaking New Ground with Dr. Carla Hayden and Tracy K. Smith

45:26 | May 12th

Dr. Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, the first African American and the first woman to hold this position. Tracy K. Smith is the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, and Director and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton Unive...Show More
Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer's Insider Take on the News

59:57 | May 5th

The former executive editor of "The New York Times" tells the story of the news industry in  her new book "Merchants of Truth."  Jill Abramson traces the past ten years of four major news outlets and their prospective futures in the face of rapidly c...Show More
Eliza Griswold Uncovers the Human Cost of Fracking

46:50 | Apr 28th

Journalist, Eliza Griswold just won a Pulitzer Prize and a Bernstein Award for her recent book,"Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America." Even at its most basic level, the book is a fascinating story about the energy boom's rel...Show More
Shane Bauer's Undercover Reporting from Inside a Private Prison

45:25 | Apr 21st

Going undercover as a prison guard in Winnifield, Louisiana, journalist Shane Bauer exposes the brutality of for-profit private prison systems, and this country's history of outsourcing criminal punishment in his book "American Prison." This stunning...Show More
Emily Bazelon and Stacey Abrams talk Criminal Justice Reform

1:17:38 | Apr 14th

In the search for meaningful criminal justice reform, are prosecutors one of the keys to change? In her new book, "Charged," journalist  Emily Bazelon argues that prosecutors play an "outsize role" in mass incarceration -- from choosing the charge to...Show More
Bending Reality with G. Willow Wilson

52:53 | Apr 7th

G. Willow Wilson is a critically acclaimed novelist and co-creator of the first Muslim superhero with their own Marvel comic book series. Wilson's new book, The Bird King, is the story of a fantastical quest through the Iberian peninsula at the heigh...Show More
Janet Napolitano Explains Homeland Security with Joe Biden

1:02:40 | Mar 31st

Few people understand the state of our national security as well as Janet Napolitano and Joe Biden. Napolitano, former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary and the first appointed by President Obama, has written about the subject in her new book,"How...Show More
Still Cringing After 'Cat Person'

35:02 | Mar 24th

When "Cat Person" appeared in "The New Yorker" in December 2017, it quickly became a viral hit, striking a chord with readers at the height of the #MeToo Movement. People seemed surprised by the Internet popularity of a long form fiction story—includ...Show More
Paperback Crushin'

37:45 | Mar 17th

The 1970s are sometimes hailed as the true dawn of young-adult literature, the decade when authors like Judy Blume and Lois Lowry showed that teen readers were worth taking seriously. Decades later, J.K. Rowling revolutionized YA, permanently broaden...Show More
Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror

54:01 | Mar 10th

Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and ...Show More
Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. II

46:52 | Mar 3rd

This week we're featuring part two of Marilynne Robinson's lecture on American society, government and economy titled "Liberalism and American Tradition." Robinson discusses our country's Puritan history  and how society constructs value, referencing...Show More
Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. I

45:04 | Feb 24th

Marilynne Robinson is one of the most celebrated American writers—she won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was awarded a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama, to name just a few of her accolades. She recently delivered a lecture on A...Show More
How to Make Black Lives Matter at School

53:45 | Feb 17th

Despite the fact that New York City is one of the most diverse places in the country our school system is among the most segregated. As part of the nationwide campaign, Black Lives Matter at School Week, Schomburg Center's Associate Director of Educa...Show More
Envisioning 'A People's Future of the United States'

43:04 | Feb 10th

Howard Zinn’s seminal 1980 work "A People’s History of the United States" challenged dominant narratives of our country’s past by uncovering its darker truths; nearly 40 years later, a new collection of speculative fiction, "A People’s Future of the ...Show More
The Banished Immortal

53:10 | Jan 27th

Internationally bestselling author Ha Jin discussed his latest book—a new biography about legendary eighth-century Chinese poet, Li Bai. Ha Jin read some of the poet's lesser known works, and described  Li’s unconventional lifestyle which he research...Show More
Seeing and Being Seen in Sally Wen Mao's 'Oculus'

44:29 | Jan 20th

Sally Wen Mao is the author of "Oculus," a collection of poems that explores sight and being seen, futuristic worlds and historical figures. She completed this collection during her Cullman Center Fellowship at NYPL in 2016-2017.​ In conversation wit...Show More
Maria Popova's A Velocity of Being

1:09:18 | Jan 13th

Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick curated an anthology of letters and original illustrations by 121 of the most interesting and inspiring culture-makers alive today. "A Velocity of Being," Popova's project that was eight years in the making, asked each ...Show More
Satirizing America in 'Friday Black'

41:11 | Jan 6th

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah sheds light on a modern day America full of racial violence, greed, and heartbreak in his debut collection of short stories, "Friday Black." Focusing on the struggles of young black men and women, his characters fight to surv...Show More
The Librarian Is In with Eric Klinenberg

52:06 | Dec 30th, 2018

Our friends from NYPL's The Librarian Is In podcast recorded their first-ever live episode, featuring NYU sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg. His new book "Palaces for the People" looks at how shared public spaces like gardens, child-care centers...Show More
Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

1:17:27 | Dec 19th, 2018

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Dickens' classic, we're rebroadcasting this very special reading by writer and comic book author, Neil Gaiman. His live performance from 2013 uses a rare prompt copy that belonged to Charles Dickens himself a...Show More
A Reporting Life in Latin America

51:52 | Dec 16th, 2018

Award-winning journalist Alma Guillermoprieto delivered this year's annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, a series named in honor of the co-founding editor of The New York Review of Books. In her lecture titled  “Among the Drug Dealers, Criminals, Rapist...Show More
Magical Realism with Wayétu Moore

41:34 | Dec 9th, 2018

Wayétu Moore's debut novel explores African diasporic identity through historical fiction and magical realism. In a conversation with Buzzfeed writer, Isaac Fitzgerald, Moore talks about the stories behind her new book "She Would Be King":  the hist...Show More
John McPhee's Album Quilt

1:32:37 | Dec 2nd, 2018

In his seventh collection of essays, The Patch, master non-fiction writer John McPhee shares a montage of stories and reflections that range from a visit to the Hershey chocolate factory to encounters with Oscar Hammerstein, Joan Baez, and Mount Dena...Show More
How Congress Really Works...Or Doesn't

1:11:32 | Nov 25th, 2018

Wyatt Cenac moderates a panel of Washington insiders and journalists  about the mechanics of Congress, the archetypes for today's lawmakers, and advice on how constituents can ensure their representatives take action. Featuring Washington Post senior...Show More
James Baldwin's Children's Book

45:06 | Nov 18th, 2018

Did you know that when James Baldwin was writing "If Beale Street Could Talk" he was also writing a children's book? "Little Man, Little Man" was inspired by his young nephew and was first published in 1976. At the time, it got mixed reviews, went ou...Show More
Susan Orlean's Ode to Libraries

1:14:22 | Nov 11th, 2018

More than 30 years after a fire destroyed 400,000 books at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library,  journalist Susan Orlean re-examines the tragedy in "The Library Book." Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992; her ques...Show More
A History of Voter Suppression with Carol Anderson

1:21:32 | Nov 4th, 2018

Carol Anderson is an historian, educator, and author of "White Rage." Her latest book, "One Person, No Vote," is a timely survey of how voting rights have been rolled back in this country following the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. ...Show More
A Modern-day Gothic Horror Story

45:10 | Oct 28th, 2018

The bestselling English novelist of "The Essex Serpent," Sarah Perry, stopped by the Library to talk about her newest novel,"Melmoth." The books origins lie in an obscure 19th-century Gothic novel of the same name and an illness that upended her life...Show More
Making Movements Intersectional

55:47 | Oct 21st, 2018

Darnell L. Moore and Charlene Carruthers are two dynamic leaders and organizers committed to intersectional liberation in movements for Black lives. They are also friends and writers. Moore and Carruthers recently spoke at the Schomburg Center for Re...Show More
Why Men Fight with Thomas Page McBee

44:19 | Oct 14th, 2018

While training for a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden, writer Thomas Page McBee gained insight into how masculinity operates in the ring and in society— McBee became the first known trans man to box in the historic venue. He stopped by t...Show More
Righteous Rage with Rebecca Traister

52:29 | Oct 7th, 2018

In her new book, "Good and Mad" Rebecca Traister uncovers the history of women's anger in American politics—from the suffragettes to #MeToo. She argues that this collective fury is often the hidden force that drives political change, but rarely has i...Show More
The Secret Memoir of Bill Cunningham

53:37 | Sep 30th, 2018

When famed fashion and society photographer Bill Cunningham died in 2016, he left behind not only an incredible archive of New York Times columns and photographs, but two identical copies of a secret memoir that he apparently hoped someone would find...Show More
The Elite Charade of Changing the World

47:24 | Sep 23rd, 2018

The world’s leading philanthropists are constantly working to “make the world a better place,” leading passionate campaigns against everything from climate change to poverty that had once been the province of governments. Journalist Anand Giridharada...Show More
Looking for the Real Lolita

42:44 | Sep 16th, 2018

Vladimin Nabokov's "Lolita" is one of the most widely-read classics of twentieth century; however, few are familiar with the true story of an eleven-year-old-girl named Sally Horner, whose story bears an eerie resemblance to that of Nabokov's Dolores...Show More
Notes from the Reading Life: Tim Gunn and Min Jin Lee

54:04 | Sep 9th, 2018

Tim Gunn is the Emmy Award-winning former producer of "Project Runway," where for 16 seasons he mentored contestants with charm and care. But when he isn’t busy making it work, chances are he has his nose in a book. In a live conversation series pres...Show More
The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire

56:53 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Before the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, there was The Up Stairs Lounge fire. Author Robert Fieseler sets the largely overlooked tragedy of the Up Stairs Lounge arson that killed 32 people in its rightful historical place with "Tinderbox:The Unto...Show More
Coming This Sunday: New Name, New Look

01:35 | Aug 28th, 2018

Exciting news! Starting next episode, "The New York Public Library Podcast" will be renamed "Library Talks." We'll still be featuring the same public talks recorded live at NYPL with today's top writers and thinkers—we're just updating with a new log...Show More
There's No Such Thing As Now

52:53 | Aug 21st, 2018

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist. In his new book, The Order of Time,  Rovelli asks "Why do we remember the past and not the future…What ties time to our nature as persons, to our subjectivity?" Rovelli is the head of the Quantum Gr...Show More
Two Sisters' Path Toward Radical Islam

51:58 | Aug 14th, 2018

Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad's most recent book, Two Daughters: A Father, his Daughters, and their Journey into the Syrian Jihad, is a heart-pounding thriller tracing the radicalization of two teenage girls. In 2013, the two Somali youth aband...Show More
Chronicling Illness with Porochista Khakpour and Eileen Myles

59:05 | Aug 7th, 2018

For as far back as she can remember, writer Porochista Khakpour has been sick. She was recently diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease and has written her first memoir about her illness, Sick. Khakpour sat down with one of her literary heroes Eileen ...Show More
Love and Lanyards with Billy Collins

1:00:25 | Jul 31st, 2018

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins stopped by the Library earlier this Spring to read some of his work, share a few tips on the creative process, and land a few jokes. He sat down with Paul Holdengräber for a conversation about their favorite wr...Show More
Literacy is a Human Right with The World in Words Podcast

46:03 | Jul 24th, 2018

Earlier this spring, our friends from The World in Words Podcast recorded a live show at NYPL's very own Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. The podcast, hosted by  is about languages and the people who speak them. For this special epis...Show More
Roxane Gay and Aja Monet Tell Their Truth

59:50 | Jul 17th, 2018

Roxane Gay's latest book, "Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture," is a collection of first-person essays that directly tackle rape, sexual assault and harassment. With writer and organizer, Aja Monet, Gay discusses how their stories fit into th...Show More
Remembering to Listen with Arundhati Roy & Viet Thanh Nguyen

1:00:24 | Jul 10th, 2018

Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for "The God of Small Things," she returned to writing fiction in 2017 with her novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." The book was hailed for its ability to juggle “the vast, violent, circling...Show More
A Future for Democracy?

46:12 | Jul 3rd, 2018

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brings together political analysts from the right and left to ask what the future holds for American democracy and for democracies around the world. Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at "The Atlanti...Show More
Tarrell Alvin McCraney & Donja R. Love Lift Up Black Queer Narratives

57:01 | Jun 19th, 2018

Playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney and Donja R. Love stopped by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture earlier this spring. McCraney is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Moonlight" and a MacArthur Fellow. Love is an award-winning ...Show More
Sliding Off the Couch with George Saunders

55:50 | Jun 12th, 2018

Until recently, George Saunders  was best known for his short stories and essays. Then his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Saunders spoke with Paul Holdengräber about the book as well as the broader arc of his life a...Show More
The Harrowing History of Roosevelt Island

31:25 | Jun 5th, 2018

Before there was Rikers Island, there was Blackwell's—today known as Roosevelt Island. Historian Stacy Horn's newest book Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York is the first in-depth look at its dark past. In additio...Show More
Kevin Young & Claudia Rankine Discuss "Brown"

54:57 | May 29th, 2018

Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and New Yorker poetry editor, recently published a new collection of poems titled "Brown: Poems." From James Brown to John Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed., Young meditates o...Show More
Remembering Tom Wolfe and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

50:06 | May 24th, 2018

Literary icon and friend of The New York Public Library, Tom Wolfe passed away last week at the age of 88. Wolfe became a Library Lion in 1981, and is the author of many books, including The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff. Wolfe’s The E...Show More
Masha Gessen Explains Horror, Humor and Hope for the Future

44:35 | May 22nd, 2018

Masha Gessen’s book The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia is the winner of the Library’s 2018 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. A defining account of Russia’s post-Soviet era, it asks how the country’s pro...Show More
Zora Neale Hurston's Story of the Last Slave Ship Survivor

50:01 | May 15th, 2018

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is one of Zora Neale Hurston’s most important works of non-fiction that has never been published until today. Hurston recorded the story in Alabama in the late 1920s. It's a collection of interviews with...Show More
A Goddess Reimagined

45:30 | May 8th, 2018

Madeline Miller's first novel, The Song of Achilles, transformed The Iliad from a vast impersonal epic into an intimate and poignant love story. Now Miller turns her mind to Homer's other great work, and one of mythology's most riveting figures, in C...Show More
Trump's Doghouse has a Revolving Door

39:18 | May 1st, 2018

Joshua Green's Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising, was one of the first books to shed light on the Trump campaign and Bannon's influence on their way to the White House. A finalist for NYPL's 2018 Helen Berstein...Show More
Why Net Neutrality Matters

51:12 | Apr 24th, 2018

Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 to repeal net neutrality—which left many people wondering "why should we be concerned about the repeal and what can be done about it?" Library President Tony Marx convened a panel of expe...Show More
Sheelah Kolhatkar has Inside Information

53:39 | Apr 17th, 2018

Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer at The New Yorker and is a former hedge fund analyst. Her book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, tells the story of Steven A. Cohen and hi...Show More
Isabella Rossellini Shares Her Eggs

43:49 | Apr 10th, 2018

Actor Isabella Rossellini raises chickens; evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen studies them. In My Chickens Rossellini unexpectedly breeds 38 yellow chicks of diverse heritage breeds and capitalizes on the opportunity to study their traits, beh...Show More
Building Movements with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Shaun King

1:00:18 | Apr 3rd, 2018

How have social justice movements evolved in the fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death? Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an author and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University whose research examines race and public policy. ...Show More
Reforming America's Prisons

1:00:46 | Mar 27th, 2018

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brought together criminal-justice-reform advocates from the right and left to discuss the complex issues of American incarceration—Reginald Dwayne Betts, an award-winning writer and current Ph.D. candida...Show More
Dr. John Carlos Has No Regrets

56:16 | Mar 20th, 2018

Civil Rights leader and legendary athlete, Dr. John Carlos, made history on the Olympic podium in 1968. After medaling in the 200 meter race in Mexico City, he and Tommie Smith raised their fists in the Black Power salute during the national anthem. ...Show More
Debut Novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality

52:39 | Mar 13th, 2018

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist.  "Freshwater" ​is Emezi's debut novel and one of the most anticipated books of 2018. The partially autobiographical story follows a young person, Ada, from Nigeria to American college, where...Show More
Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt's search for the Golden State Killer

51:10 | Mar 6th, 2018

The comedian and actor Patton Oswalt shares the posthumous true-crime masterpiece written by his wife Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly at the age of 46 in 2016. McNamara, a true crime reporter and creator of TrueCrimeDiary.com, spent years tracki...Show More
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

52:33 | Feb 27th, 2018

In 1971 when Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers and revealed the true story of American involvement in Vietnam, he was holding on to a much larger and more terrifying set of American secrets than he was letting on. Ellsberg had to wait almost...Show More
Neel Mukherjee Tells Ghost Stories

36:23 | Feb 20th, 2018

A conversation with the author about migration, autonomy, home and his new novel "A State of Freedom."
Tayari Jones Redefines American Marriage

47:01 | Feb 13th, 2018

Inspired by her research into the painful realities of American incarceration, Jones’ “An American Marriage” blends equal parts heartbreak and humor to tell  the love story of a young couple whose marriage is tested by an unexpected calamity. In a co...Show More
Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors

53:59 | Feb 6th, 2018

To celebrate the publication of When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her co-author asha bandele stopped by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Akiba Solomon, Editorial Director of Colo...Show More
Networking with Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett

50:18 | Jan 30th, 2018

What do Mark Zuckerberg and Martin Luther have in common? Historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson explains in his newest book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. Ferguson stopped by The New York P...Show More
The Hunt for Timothy Leary

50:41 | Jan 22nd, 2018

How did a former Harvard professor turned counterculture icon become an international fugitive? Authors Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis explain the larger-than-life story of Timothy Leary, the middle-aged acid enthusiast of the early 1970s. The P...Show More
Jessica B. Harris and Carla Hall

45:47 | Jan 16th, 2018

The James Beard Award–winning food historian and cookbook writer was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this past fall to talk about her memoir, My Soul Looks Back, with chef and co-host of ABC's The Chew, Carla Hall.
Naomi Klein & Martin Breum: Climate Change and the Arctic Imagination

1:07:06 | Jan 9th, 2018

The best-selling journalist speaks with Danish reporter on the Arctic, Martin Breum, about melting ice and global solutions for our changing climate.
Masha Gessen—The Stories of a Life

35:36 | Jan 2nd, 2018

The journalist and 2017 National Book Award Winner delivered the Library's annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture. The talk is named in honor of the co-founding editor of the New York Review of Books, who died in March 2017. With unexpected candor and inti...Show More
Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

1:19:40 | Dec 19th, 2017

Neil Gaiman's reading from 2013 uses a rare prompt copy that belonged to Charles Dickens himself and now resides in The New York Public Library. Dickens marked it up and annotated it for the express purpose of performing the story in front of an audi...Show More
Muhammad Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs

1:15:27 | Dec 12th, 2017

Is self-interest the only force motivating business? Or can altruism be an equally powerful driver? It's a question that Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize–winning father of microcredit, answers in his latest book, A World of Three Zeros: The New Econom...Show More
Nikki Giovani & Joy-Ann Reid

1:08:32 | Dec 5th, 2017

The titan of American poetry was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in November to talk about her latest collection, A Good Cry. She spoke with Joy-Ann Reid, the host of MSNBC's AM Joy.
Stephen Greenblatt & Tony Kushner: Adam and Eve in the Teeth of Time

1:07:54 | Nov 28th, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize–winning literary historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright discuss Greenblatt's latest book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, "a life history of one of the most extraordinary stories ever told." Exploring the power of narra...Show More
Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers

1:11:56 | Nov 21st, 2017

The Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker speaks with Garnette Cadogan about his most recent work of nonfiction, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and ...Show More
Anne Applebaum: Fighting Against the Great Forgetting

1:07:32 | Nov 14th, 2017

The Soviet famine of the early 1930s killed around 5 million people; almost 4 million of them were Ukrainians. As Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum demonstrates in her latest book, Red Famine, it wasn't fat...Show More
Theaster Gates: "I'm Trying to Create an Intimate Moment with Our Most Treasured Assets."

48:46 | Nov 7th, 2017

Envisioning the archives of the future with the Chicago-based artist, who was joined by Nettrice Gaskins, director of the STEAM Lab at the Boston Arts Academy, and Greg Carr, a professor at Howard University.
Van Jones: "You have to keep open the possibility for redemption."

1:22:05 | Oct 31st, 2017

Jones may be known as a liberal activist, but his new book, "Beyond the Messy Truth," is a call to action for all Americans seeking a way out of our ideological and cultural divisions. He spoke about it at the Library with CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
Ron Chernow: Grant

45:38 | Oct 24th, 2017

Ulysses S. Grant has for decades routinely listed as one of our worst presidents. Ron Chernow says the legacy of the Civil War hero and 18th president is deeply misunderstood, making the case in both his latest book and in this conversation with Rich...Show More
Nasty Women

1:16:35 | Oct 18th, 2017

The co-editors of the essay collection Nasty Women along with select contributors to it explore the complications of being an American woman in 2017. Featuring Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, with Kera Bolonik, Zerlina Maxwell, and Meredith Ta...Show More
Mike Wallace, Greater Gotham

1:00:29 | Oct 10th, 2017

Twenty years in the making, Greater Gotham is Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Mike Wallace's follow-up to his 1999 Gotham. He spoke about the New York City history, which covers 1898 to 1918, with the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb.
Salman Rushdie, The Golden House

1:17:59 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The Booker Prize–winning novelist discusses his twelfth, and most recent, novel, The Golden House.
Jesmyn Ward on 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'

55:18 | Sep 26th, 2017

The National Book Award–winning author spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture about her most recent novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. She was joined by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.
Atul Gawande & Elizabeth Alexander

1:11:39 | Sep 19th, 2017

Two writers, two beautiful books, both on the subject of death. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal examines the lengths modern medicine must go to better humanize the final stages of our lives. Elizabeth Alexander's The Light of the World is the memoir of h...Show More
Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland

57:23 | Sep 12th, 2017

The host and co-creator of Studio 360 discusses his new book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500-Year History. He spoke with NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah. Andersen argues that the roots of our post-truth, alternative facts present can...Show More
Raoul Peck, "I Am Not Your Negro"

1:10:22 | Sep 5th, 2017

The filmmaker speaks about his groundbreaking documentary I Am Not Your Negro at the Schomburg Center with the Schomburg's Director, Kevin Young and LIVE from the NYPl's Paul Holdengräber.
Ayobami Adebayo on her debut novel "Stay With Me"

46:15 | Aug 29th, 2017

The Nigerian writer discusses her debut novel, Stay With Me, the haunting tale of a young couple whose childless marriage threatens to tear them apart. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and hailed by Michiko Kakutani as "po...Show More
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning

1:18:33 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Kendi discussed his National Book Award–winning work on the history of racist ideas in America with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Noam Chomsky and Wallace Shawn: Rigorous Rationality

1:20:20 | Aug 15th, 2017

MIT linguist, philosopher, and political theorist Noam Chomsky, in conversation with actor Wallace Shawn.
How Judy Collins Conquered Her Cravings

1:01:07 | Aug 8th, 2017

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and best-selling author Judy Collins came to the Library back in February, to celebrate the publication of her most recent book, Cravings. “As an active, working alcoholic with an eating disorder,” she writes, “I y...Show More
Lynn Nottage & Sweat

1:06:43 | Aug 1st, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright was joined in May by members of the Broadway cast of Sweat to talk about the play and the issues behind it at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Immigrant Stories—Min Jin Lee with Simon Winchester

1:01:20 | Jul 25th, 2017

Best-selling novelist Min Jin Lee on her latest book, the ups and downs of her career, the history of Koreans in Japan, and the treatment of Asians in America.
Phillip Glass, Words Without Music

1:22:01 | Jul 18th, 2017

Philip Glass is a giant of twentieth-century American music, arguably of the most influential composers of his time. He spoke with LIVE from the NYPL’s Paul Holdengräber last June about his memoir "Words Without Music." It is a riveting record of a l...Show More
Janet Mock, Surpassing Certainty

56:32 | Jul 11th, 2017

Writer, activist, and podcast host Janet Mock joins for a discussion of her second memoir, Surpassing Certainty. She's interviewed by Lisa Lucas, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. The two talked about everything from Mock’s time...Show More
Inside the Work and Mind of Nick Cave

50:31 | Jul 4th, 2017

One of contemporary art's most towering figures guides us through his astonishing new exhibition at MASS MoCA.
David Grann

49:22 | Jun 27th, 2017

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma become oil millionaires after black gold was discovered under their land. Discover the stories of the mysterious that followed and one of the FBI's earliest investigations.
Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate

37:41 | Jun 20th, 2017

Tracy K. Smith was named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate last week. In 2016 she came by the Library to discuss her memoir, Ordinary Light.
Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 2: Demagogues of American History)

1:04:40 | Jun 15th, 2017

This week, the second part of Jelani Cobb's lecture on politics, journalism, and history entitled "The Half-Life of Freedom: The Demagogues of American History."
Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 1: The Media and Alternative Facts)

1:06:00 | Jun 13th, 2017

New Yorker staff writer and Columbia Journalism School professor Jelani Cobb delivers a lecture on politics, journalism, and history entitled "The Half-Life of Freedom." This episode is part 1: "The Media and Alternative Facts."
Alec Baldwin

1:18:56 | Jun 6th, 2017

Alec Baldwin spoke with NY Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris about his recent memoir, "Nevertheless," at LIVE from the NYPL.
Journalism in the Age of Trump, part 2

57:39 | May 30th, 2017

Katherine Boo, Anand Giridharadas, and Philip Gourevitch are all past winners of the Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, which celebrates its 30 anniversary this year. They came to the Library to speak on the shifting r...Show More
Jane Mayer, Winner of the Bernstein Award

52:32 | May 23rd, 2017

Is the Trump Administration a dream or a nightmare for the Koch brothers? This week's episode asks and answers many questions about the intricate relationship between money and politics in American life with Jane Mayer, a New Yorker staff writer and ...Show More
George Packer and Reihan Salam with Tony Marx

1:14:47 | May 15th, 2017

Explore both the seeds and the fruits of our present American political condition with New Yorker writer George Packer, National Review editor Reihan Salam, and New York Public Library President Tony Marx.
Syria's Human Side, with Janine di Giovanni

46:28 | May 9th, 2017

Bernstein Award finalist Janine di Giovanni talks about her book, "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria," the story of Syria's civil war as told through the people who have lived through it.
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Bernstein Award Finalist

1:01:23 | May 2nd, 2017

Bernstein Award finalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson talks about her book, 'Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis,' which follows individuals fleeing violence and persecution in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and Eritrea.
The Librarian Is In: American Passions

39:59 | Apr 27th, 2017

BONUS: We're giving you a taste of the Library's other podcast, The Librarian Is In. Each week hosts Gwen and Frank discuss books, culture, what you should read next , and interview interesting figures from the world of books and libraries. Give it a...Show More
Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story

1:19:48 | Apr 25th, 2017

A hilarious, confounding, perplexing, and thoroughly engrossing conversation between theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and actor Alan Alda. They came to the LIVE from the NYPL stage to discuss Krauss’s new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told…So Fa...Show More
Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist

55:07 | Apr 18th, 2017

An interview with Bernstein finalist and Guardian editor-at-large Gary Younge. His book is called Another Day in the Death of America: a Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. On an average day in the U.S., seven children and teens will die from gun violence....Show More
Like Passover, But Funnier

59:11 | Apr 11th, 2017

If you’ve ever made it through a full Seder, you know that celebrating Passover can last as long as the Exodus itself. Today, on day two of the annual holiday, the NYPL podcast has a measure of comic relief for you in the form of an all-new Haggadah ...Show More
Sonia Shah & Pandemic, Bernstein Award Finalist

57:00 | Apr 4th, 2017

Sonia Shah's new book 'Pandemic' uses the history of cholera as a template toward understanding the life cycles of disease outbreaks and how our how our next global pandemic might arise.
Women's and Girls' Lives Matter

1:19:55 | Mar 28th, 2017

An extraordinary group of women who are on the front lines of the fight for bettering the lives for young black women and girls across the country gathered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this International Women's Day to highli...Show More
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear with Dr. Ofri and Mary Harris

1:01:39 | Mar 21st, 2017

Modern medicine is infatuated with high-tech gadgetry, yet the single most powerful diagnostic tool remains the doctor-patient conversation, which can uncover the lion’s share of illnesses. Dr. Danielle Ofri speaks with WNYC host Mary Harris about he...Show More
Etgar Keret, the Rock and the Hard Place

1:32:13 | Mar 16th, 2017

Whether evoking the tragicomic and surreal for which his short stories first gained acclaim, or awakening the keen love of family in 2015’s The Seven Good Years, Etgar Keret mines the human experience for all of its farce and dignity. The Israeli aut...Show More
Journalism in the Age of Trump

1:19:05 | Mar 8th, 2017

This year, the New York Public Library will, for the thirtieth year, dispense the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. In the first in a series of events to celebrate the award, we welcomed Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York...Show More
Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations

57:46 | Feb 28th, 2017

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we present discussions presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on two documentaries about icons Maya Angelou and John Lewis. To talk about American Masters - And ...Show More
Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice

59:13 | Feb 21st, 2017

Today the name Giacomo Casanova has become synonymous with the skilled lover. The Venetian claimed to have seduced countless women over his lifetime. Laurence Bergreen's new biography Casanova: the World of a Seductive Genius recounts the life of Cas...Show More
Hugh Ryan on the Queer Histories of Brooklyn's Waterfront

1:18:49 | Feb 14th, 2017

Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture and history. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and sits on the Board of QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking. As the Library’s ...Show More
Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy

1:04:52 | Feb 7th, 2017

The year was 1955, and the place was America. The murderers were white men, and the fourteen-year-old boy who was kidnapped, beaten, murdered, and dumped in a river was Emmett Till.
George Washington and the Hyper-Partisan Now

1:00:36 | Jan 31st, 2017

New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman joins Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon to discuss his new book, Washington’s Farewell: the Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.
New York Never Built

1:26:38 | Jan 24th, 2017

It's hard to imagine a New York different from the one we know, but what would the city have been like if the ideas of some of the greatest architectural dreamers had made it beyond the drawing boards and into built form? The new book Never Built New...Show More
Art Spiegelman on How He Sees Himself, Becoming a Devotee to Another Artist, and the Artist After Art

1:31:01 | Jan 17th, 2017

Art Spiegelman moved readers with Maus, the renowned graphic novel recounting his father’s experience of the Holocaust. Now, Spiegelman has brought to our attention the forgotten Si Lewen masterpiece, The Parade, a wordless meditation on the cycle of...Show More
Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy

1:23:11 | Jan 10th, 2017

This week we’re proud to present a compelling panel discussion on diversity and democracy. The discussion features participants from education, government, journalism, and non-profit sectors, with moderator Brian Lehrer of WNYC. At a time when Americ...Show More
Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Suketu Mehta, and Luc Sante on Phone Maps, Libraries, and Walking

1:41:45 | Jan 3rd, 2017

This week we’re bringing you a conversation with the minds behind Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, essayist Garnette Cadogan, and authors Suketu Mehta and Luc Sante parti...Show More
Michael Chabon and Richard Price on Plot, Secular Judaism, and Remembering to Make Stuff Up

58:27 | Dec 27th, 2016

Lying on your deathbed, how does the story of your life unfold? Michael Chabon's new novel, Moonglow, unfolds surrounded by this question, in a story both imagined and researched, fictionalized and biographical. Joined by author Richard Price, the tw...Show More
Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

1:27:30 | Dec 20th, 2016

This week we’re rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: acclaimed author Neil Gaiman delivering a memorable reading of A Christmas Carol. You’ll hear Gaiman reading from the Library’s own rare copy, which includes edits and prompts Charles Dicke...Show More
Paul Krugman on Fake News, Lying Candidates, and What Public Intellectuals Need to Do

1:29:45 | Dec 13th, 2016

This week we’re thrilled to present a thought-provoking lecture from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. He recently came to the library to deliver the annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, and gave a stirring talk he titled “Public Discourse In A Tim...Show More
James McBride on James Brown and NYC

1:15:59 | Dec 6th, 2016

This week we're joined by musician and author James McBride, who returns to the Library to mark the paperback publication of his book,Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul.He's joined by journalist and author Philip Gour...Show More
Sarah Sze on Scale, Gravity, and Value

1:33:58 | Nov 29th, 2016

Sarah Sze is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and questions the value society places on objects. She joined NYPL's Paul Holdengraber this spring for a conversation spanning...Show More
Robbie Robertson on Six Nations Inspiration, Bob Dylan, and Goals of the Soul

1:19:04 | Nov 22nd, 2016

This week we’re bringing you a conversation with songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson. As an original member of the seminal music group the Band, Robertson has helped shape American music and culture profoundly. He’s joined by Stevie Van Zandt o...Show More
Wole Soyinka on Hollywood, Reparations, and Morgan Freeman

1:27:58 | Nov 15th, 2016

For this week’s episode we’re bringing you a conversation between two Nigerian authors whose works include plays, novels, poetry, essays and more. Chris Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics and our shared political...Show More
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Margo Jefferson on Understanding Uncle Tom's Cabin

1:18:19 | Nov 8th, 2016

For this week’s episode, we’re bringing you a conversation between two public intellectuals who have contributed immensely to our understanding of history, literature, cultural criticism, and politics, Macarthur Fellow Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Pulit...Show More
Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry on Doubt and Diaries

1:22:04 | Nov 1st, 2016

This week we’re joined by two legendary women from very different artistic backgrounds, performance artist Marina Abramović and rock singer Debbie Harry of Blondie. The two share stories and insights from their lives and art as they discuss Abramovic...Show More
Tim Wu on How the Internet Is Not Really Free

1:32:55 | Oct 25th, 2016

This week, we’re bringing you a conversation with author and policy advisor Tim Wu. In his new book The Attention Merchants, Wu makes the case truly paying attention is both incredibly rare and incredibly valuable. He’s joined in conversation by conv...Show More
Margaret Atwood on Shakespeare in the 21st Century and on YouTube

1:22:10 | Oct 18th, 2016

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, Margaret Atwood retells one of his most beloved plays, The Tempest, with a dark and fantastical interpretation in her new book, Hag-Seed. This week on the podcast, Atwood is joined in conversation...Show More
Mona Eltahawy and Yasmine El Rashidi on White Feminism and the Privilege to Protest

1:39:12 | Oct 11th, 2016

The original Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting unabashedly for what they believe. This week on the podcast, we welcome journalist, feminist, and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs...Show More
Sally Mann on Cy Twombly and the Babushkas Who Saved Russian Art

1:32:53 | Oct 4th, 2016

Perhaps the most permanent - and essential - character in Sally Mann’s work is that of place: the American South. Her home of Lexington, VA is not just the set for her most powerful work; it is also the place where she met fellow artist and friend, C...Show More
Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky on Money and The Sickest Joke in the History of Humankind

1:35:23 | Sep 27th, 2016

Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country's financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled. He ...Show More
Alan Cumming on Memory, Gore Vidal, and Monica Lewinsky

1:27:57 | Sep 20th, 2016

He enthralls audiences with his colorful roles, but Alan Cumming’s real-life adventures pack just as much punch. This week we’re bringing you the first event from our Fall LIVE series as Paul Holdengräber and the award-winning actor in a conversation...Show More
Edwidge Danticat on Silence, Bridging Audiences, and Participating in Stories

1:07:33 | Sep 13th, 2016

This week, we’re going back into the archives to bring you a conversation with Hatian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat. When she came the Library in 2010, she discussed her book CREATE DANGEROUSLY: The Immigrant Artist at Wor...Show More
Werner Herzog on Death, Executioners, and Advice for Filmmakers

1:49:18 | Sep 6th, 2016

This week, we celebrate legendary film director Werner Herzog’s birthday with a thrilling conversation from the archives. In 2012, Herzog came to the Library to discuss his most recent film, “Into the Abyss,” as well as his four-part television serie...Show More
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walter Mosley on Empire, English, and Beethoven

1:22:28 | Aug 30th, 2016

On this week’s podcast, we welcome basketball legend, activist, and bestselling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who came to the Library this summer for a conversation with his hero, critically acclaimed author Walter Mosley. In this thought-provoking con...Show More
Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum on Clarity & Cruelty

1:01:41 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Bestselling author Maggie Nelson's latest book, “The Argonauts,” received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In this conversation with poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum, Nelson talks about justice, empathy, and the nature of gr...Show More
Colson Whitehead on "The Underground Railroad" & Poker

30:26 | Aug 16th, 2016

Macarthur Award-winning author Colson Whitehead's latest book, “The Underground Railroad,” was released August 2nd to widespread critical acclaim and recently named an Oprah’s Book Club Pick. The author, a former fellow at NYPL’s Cullman Center for S...Show More
Kevin Young & Gabrielle Hamilton on Food & Poetry

54:46 | Aug 9th, 2016

Award-winning poet Kevin Young will be joining the NYPL family this fall as the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He came to the Library last November for a talk with chef and writer Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of the ...Show More
Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics & Storytelling

1:13:34 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Renowned cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee came to the Library this spring to discuss his new book “The Gene: An Intimate History,” a fascinating examination of our understanding of human heredity and its influence on our personali...Show More
Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery

1:34:52 | Jul 26th, 2016

Writer, artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, came to the Library this spring to discuss her life and work. In this conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Anderson talks about art, insp...Show More
Derek Walcott on Hemingway, the Caribbean, & First Love

43:14 | Jul 19th, 2016

We’re celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s birthday with an event from the archives. Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott gives us a new appreciation of Hemingway as a great and influential Caribbean writer, discussing Hemingway's influence on his writin...Show More
John Lithgow & James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes & Falling for Shakespeare

59:02 | Jul 12th, 2016

This week, we’re thrilled to welcome acclaimed author and Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro in a talk with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor John Lithgow. In a conversation that covers drama, language, and the relationship between hist...Show More
The World in Words Presents: From Ainu to Zaza

1:05:58 | Jul 5th, 2016

This week, we’re bringing you a very special episode produced in partnership with Public Radio International. Along with a panel of speakers including NYPL’s Denise Hibay, the World in Words’ hosts Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki examine the state of e...Show More
Geoff Dyer on Class in America

35:17 | Jun 28th, 2016

Award-winning English author Geoff Dyer came to the Library this spring to discuss his latest book, “White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Dyer talks about travel, unexpected awareness, and...Show More
Bruce Davidson & Matt Dillon on Lasting Impressions

1:16:51 | Jun 21st, 2016

Award-winning photographer Bruce Davidson's prolific body of work includes documentations of the 1960s Civil Rights movement and the gritty underbelly of New York City in the late 70s. He came to the Library this spring for a conversation with Academ...Show More
Padma Lakshmi on NYC & the Greatest Gift

45:21 | Jun 14th, 2016

Padma Lakshmi, author and Emmy-nominated host of “Top Chef,” came to the Library to mark the release of her debut memoir, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Lakshmi talks about food, family, and the import...Show More
Jill Leovy on Murder in America

46:27 | Jun 7th, 2016

This week, we bring you a conversation with the 2016 winner of The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Each year the award is given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events,...Show More
Maya Lin on Memorializing What Is Missing

1:31:46 | May 31st, 2016

Award-winning artist and designer Maya Lin first achieved fame at the age of 21 as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and her work today encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, ar...Show More
Åsne Seierstad on the Deadliest Attack on Norway Since WWII

1:09:32 | May 24th, 2016

Award-winning Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad's book “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway” examines the incidents of July 22, 2011, when one man’s attacks left more than 70 people dead. In this conversation with NYPL...Show More
The Bad Rap of Do-Gooders: Larissa MacFarquhar

1:11:02 | May 17th, 2016

“New Yorker” writer Larissa MacFarquhar's book “Strangers Drowning” examines the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals who are practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment. In this conversation with NYPL’s J...Show More
Helen Mirren on Women's Roles & Taking on Shakespeare

1:37:27 | May 10th, 2016

This week, we’re excited to welcome Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. Going back to her start with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mirren’s career has been heavily influenced by the works of legendary poet and playwright Willia...Show More
Dan Ephron: When The Man Who Almost Changed Israel Met Bill Clinton

53:17 | May 3rd, 2016

This week, we bring you the 2nd of five conversations with the2016 finalists for NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellencein Journalism. Each year the award is given to journalists whosebooks have brought clarity and public attention to import...Show More
Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, & Poetry

1:21:57 | Apr 26th, 2016

Grammy Award-winning musician Rosanne Cash's many accomplishments include penning the bestselling 2010 book “Composed: A Memoir.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Cash talks about Shakespeare, songwriting, and her father, the great...Show More
Dale Russakoff: When Facebook Tried to Save Newark

1:01:01 | Apr 19th, 2016

Journalist Dale Russakoff's new book, “The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools,” investigates the state of public education in America’s underserved communities. In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Russakoff tells the story of Fa...Show More
Robert A. Caro & Frank Rich on Power & Corruption

47:21 | Apr 12th, 2016

We’re bringing you a special talk with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Robert Caro, whose book “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York” was hailed by Time magazine as one of the hundred top nonfiction books of a...Show More
Elizabeth Alexander & Hilton Als on Dreams & Obsession

1:11:24 | Apr 5th, 2016

We’re kicking off National Poetry Month with award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, who came to the Library to celebrate the release of her new memoir, “The Light of the World.” In this provocative conversation with “The New Yorker” writer Hilton Al...Show More
Nathaniel Kahn & Matt Mountain on Outer Space & Weird Science

1:28:30 | Mar 29th, 2016

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and renowned astrophysicist Matt Mountain give us a look at the state-of-the-art Webb Telescope, which will succeed the Hubble Telescope in 2018. Kahn and Mountain, both of whom have been deeply involv...Show More
Dana Spiotta on Good People, Heroes, & Writing

34:19 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Dana Spiotta is the National Book Award-nominated author of “Stone Arabia.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Spiotta talks about art, friendships, and her new novel, “Innocents and Others.”
Darryl Pinckney & Zadie Smith on Achievement & Beyoncé

44:50 | Mar 15th, 2016

This week, we welcome two award-winning authors: American writer Darryl Pinckney and popular English novelist Zadie Smith. In this wide-ranging conversation, Pinckney and Smith talk about race, class, and Pinckney’s new novel, “Black Deutschland.”
Jhumpa Lahiri on Language & Disorder

1:23:36 | Mar 8th, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri comes to the Library to celebrate the release of her new novel, “In Other Words.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Lahiri talks about nostalgia, expression, and her love of the Italian la...Show More
Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, & Style

1:08:10 | Mar 1st, 2016

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie came to NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts in 2013 for a talk with Rolling Stone senior critic Will Hermes. In this rousing conversation, Harry and Stein discuss punk, photography, and the New York City mus...Show More
The Future of Black History

44:52 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, Jay-Z, and Zadie Smith are just a few among the black authors and creators we'll hear from this week. In our 100th episode, we present the men and women making black history today, from music moguls to authors, chefs ...Show More
Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin on Music & Meditation

1:42:20 | Feb 16th, 2016

We’re going back in the archives to bring you a conversation with the founders of record label Def Jam Recordings: music producers Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. In this talk with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Simmons and Rubin discuss hip hop, collabor...Show More
Yusef Komunyakaa on Politics, Imagery, & Memorizing Poetry

35:59 | Feb 9th, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa came to the Library last October to celebrate the release of his latest book, “The Emperor of Water Clocks.” In this engrossing conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Komunyakaa talks about musi...Show More
Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress

1:45:03 | Feb 2nd, 2016

We’re kicking off Black History Month with Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, who came to NYPL in 2010 for a conversation with activist and author Angela Davis. In this wide-ranging talk, Morrison and Davis discuss Frederick Dougl...Show More
Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, & War

20:52 | Jan 26th, 2016

Award-winning author Francine Prose came to the Library to talk about her latest novel, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Prose discusses love, storytelling, and how to read like a writer.
Junot Díaz on Intimacy & the Game of Fiction

1:22:30 | Jan 19th, 2016

Bestselling author Junot Díaz came to the Library in 2013 to mark the release of his book “This Is How You Lose Her.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Díaz talks about family, love, and the American immigrant experience.
Sharon Olds & Cynthia Nixon on Dickinson, First Drafts, & Selfhood

1:01:37 | Jan 12th, 2016

This week, we welcome two great artists: Pulitzer and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds; and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon. In this entertaining conversation, co-presented by the Academy of American Poets, Olds an...Show More
David Hare on Theater, Anticipation, & Hitchcock

44:01 | Jan 5th, 2016

English playwright and screenwriter David Hare's work includes the Academy Award-nominated screenplays for “The Hours” and “The Reader,” as well as three Tony Award-nominated plays on Broadway. In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Hare ta...Show More
Nico Muhly & Ira Glass on Composers & the Internet

1:27:12 | Dec 29th, 2015

Ira Glass, creator and host of “This American Life,” talks to composer Nico Muhly, who has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and organizations including the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Paris Op...Show More
Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

1:26:58 | Dec 22nd, 2015

This week, we bring you a rebroadcast of a podcast favorite. Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman comes to the Library to present a memorable reading of A Christmas Carol from the Library’s own rare copy, which includes edits and prompts Charles Dickens wrot...Show More
Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, & Kids

53:13 | Dec 15th, 2015

Renowned music producer Timbaland joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Emperor of Sound,” which provides a long-anticipated inside look at his extraordinary life and career. In this, his first public conversation about his new book, Timbaland sits...Show More
Edmund de Waal on Porcelain, Time Travel, & Sound

1:19:43 | Dec 8th, 2015

Celebrated artist Edmund de Waal's porcelain works can be found in major museum collections around the world. His new book, “The White Road,” chronicles the lure his chosen medium has held over the centuries, as well as its role in his own life and w...Show More
Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, & Magazines

1:35:22 | Dec 1st, 2015

World-renowned activist and writer Gloria Steinem's new book “My Life on the Road” was released in October to critical acclaim. She came to the Library this fall to talk with attorney Roberta Kaplan, who landed a major victory for the LGBTQ movement ...Show More
Mary-Louise Parker on Relationships, Motherhood, & Religion

1:01:04 | Nov 24th, 2015

Emmy and Tony-award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker comes to the Library this fall to celebrate the release of her first book, “Dear Mr. You,” which has received advance acclaim from the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, among others. In this ...Show More
Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, & Imitation

1:38:31 | Nov 17th, 2015

Grammy Award-winning musician Elvis Costello's prolific career as a singer-songwriter spans nearly four decades. This fall, he comes to NYPL to celebrate his new memoir, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.” In this delightful conversation with Paul...Show More
Sloane Crosley on College, Jewelry, & Publicity

37:46 | Nov 10th, 2015

Writer Sloane Crosley is a frequent New York Times contributor and author of the bestselling books “How Did You Get This Number” and “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” a Thurber Prize finalist. In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Crosley disc...Show More
The 2015 Library Lions on Truth & Inspiration

51:32 | Nov 3rd, 2015

World-renowned activist and author Gloria Steinem, award-winning author and playwright Alan Bennett, heralded dancer and choreographer Judith A. Jamison, celebrated author and illustrator Maira Kalman, and groundbreaking novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard ...Show More
Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, & Slam Dunks

1:02:45 | Oct 27th, 2015

Sports legend and businessman Shaquille O’Neal's nineteen-year basketball career made him a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time NBA champion, and a fifteen-time All-Star. This fall, he comes to NYPL to celebrate the release of his new children’s book,...Show More
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, & History

1:36:51 | Oct 20th, 2015

Recent Macarthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for “The Atlantic” whose latest book, “Between the World and Me,” is a nominee for the 2015 National Book Award. This fall, Coates sits down with Khalil Gibran Muhammad...Show More
Patti Smith on Authors She Loves

1:07:54 | Oct 13th, 2015

Musician, writer and artist Patti Smith returns to the podcast this fall to discuss her new memoir “M Train,” a follow-up to her 2010 National Book Award-winning debut memoir, “Just Kids.” In a conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Smith talks ...Show More
Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet & Favorite Authors

41:01 | Oct 6th, 2015

Award-winning author Erica Jong's prolific career has produced such bestsellers as “Fear of Flying,” “Seducing the Demon,” and her latest work, “Fear of Dying.” In this delightful conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Jong discusses feminism, earl...Show More
Ron Rash on Writer Survival & Place

36:29 | Sep 29th, 2015

A two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, Ron Rash is the author of numerous novels, short stories and poetry collections, including New York Times bestseller “Serena,” and most recently, “Above the Waterfall.” In a conversation with NYPL’s Jessica St...Show More
Alice Waters on the Pleasures of the Palate

1:30:29 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Two stars of the culinary world join us for this week's podcast: Chez Panisse restaurateur Alice Waters and James Beard Award-winner and wine importer Kermit Lynch. Waters, a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement and recent winner of the National Hum...Show More
John Lithgow on Shakespeare & Bedtime Stories

1:14:28 | Sep 15th, 2015

On this week’s podcast, we’re reaching back in the archives to 2011, when NYPL welcomed John Lithgow, winner of numerous Emmys and Golden Globes and one of the most distinguished American actors of his generation. In a conversation with Peabody Award...Show More
Jack White on Music & Freedom

1:28:20 | Sep 8th, 2015

This week, we’re excited to welcome a panel of guests including musician Jack White and cofounder of Revenant Records, Dean Blackwood. Along with author Daphne A. Brooks, these lovers of music examine the rise and fall of Paramount Records, a label t...Show More
In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

1:14:03 | Aug 31st, 2015

This week, we’re honoring the memory of Oliver Sacks, esteemed neurologist and author of numerous bestselling books, including “Awakenings”, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” and, most recently, his autobiography “On the Move.” We’re reaching...Show More
Chimamanda Adichie & Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, & Relationships

1:04:02 | Aug 25th, 2015

On the heels of the blockbuster success of her latest novel, “Americanah,” Adichie sat down with Smith at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to discuss the critically acclaimed book and how it came to be. In their far-reaching conv...Show More
Colson Whitehead on Poker

30:34 | Aug 18th, 2015

The Macarthur Award-winning author joins us to celebrate the release of his latest book, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death,” which chronicles his experience as an amateur card player trying his hand at the World Series of Poker. In a conve...Show More
The Moth on the Power of Storytelling

1:36:59 | Aug 11th, 2015

Eighteen years ago, storytelling collective The Moth launched what has become a world-wide storytelling movement. In this captivating show, we join novelist and Moth Founder George Dawes Green, writer Andrew Solomon, and The Moth's long-time Artistic...Show More
Lou Reed on Playing Outside the Box

1:10:49 | Aug 4th, 2015

Lou Reed, Mo Tucker, and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground reunited at the Library in 2009 for a discussion with Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke. In this provocative conversation, the three legendary musicians talk about strange performance v...Show More
Vivian Gornick on Voice in Memoir

38:17 | Jul 28th, 2015

The bestselling author's latest book, “The Odd Woman and the City,” was released this May to critical acclaim. In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Gornick talks about modern feminists, New York City, and the evolution of friendship over ...Show More
Alan Rusbridger on Whistleblowers & Wikileaks

1:32:50 | Jul 21st, 2015

Former editor-in-chief of The Guardian and a keen amateur pianist, Alan Rusbridger's book “Play It Again” recounts how he learned Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 during a year bookended by Wikileaks and the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Together wi...Show More
Patti Smith on Youth & Friendship

1:20:24 | Jul 14th, 2015

This week, we’re taking you back in the archives to a captivating conversation with Patti Smith, the beloved and critically acclaimed artist and performer. Smith came to the Library in 2010 to mark the release of her book “Just Kids,” which chronicle...Show More
Sally Mann on Ethical Photography & Stories

36:58 | Jul 7th, 2015

This week on the podcast, we welcome renowned photographer Sally Mann, whose works are included in the permanent collections at the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others. Mann came to the Library this spring to celebrat...Show More
Werner Herzog on Greece & Wrestlemania

1:40:52 | Jun 30th, 2015

This week, we’re excited to welcome legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose numerous, award-winning films have made him one of the most influential directors of New German Cinema and contemporary film around the world. In a conversation co-presented...Show More
Dan Savage on Monogamy

1:36:44 | Jun 23rd, 2015

This week, we’re celebrating Pride Month with popular writer and gay activist Dan Savage, author of the advice column "Savage Love" and creator of the Emmy-winning "It Gets Better" campaign. Along with fellow writer and political commentator Andrew S...Show More
Suzanne Farrell on George Balanchine

1:29:00 | Jun 16th, 2015

This week, we’re thrilled to welcome Suzanne Farrell, one of George Balanchine’s most celebrated muses and a legendary figure in the ballet world. The world-renowned dancer inspired some of Balanchine's finest choreography, and today, she helps maint...Show More
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin

1:10:57 | Jun 9th, 2015

This week, we’ll be hearing from a panel of writers and innovators on the often talked about, but rarely understood, Bitcoin. New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper, whose book “Digital Gold” tells the story of this trail-blazing virtual currency, ...Show More
Damien Echols on Hope & Death Row

1:22:43 | Jun 2nd, 2015

This week, we’re excited to welcome Damien Echols, whose bestselling memoir “Life After Death” describes how he was falsely convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on death row. He’s joined by performer and activist Henry Rollins f...Show More
Matthew Weiner on the End of "Mad Men"

1:26:15 | May 26th, 2015

In his first public discussion of the show from beginning to end, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner sits down with writer A.M. Homes to talk about the show’s themes, the fates of its characters, and the enigmatic final episode.