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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

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.

Alan Cumming on NYC & Acting

35:03 | May 19th, 2015

He's written a memoir Not My Father's Son. He's Eli Gold on The Good Wife. He's been Nightcrawler in X-2: Men United and Hamlet and Mr. Elton in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. He's Alan Cumming, and we're so pleased to share his recent ap...Show More

Diane von Furstenberg on Confident Women

1:14:15 | May 12th, 2015

Internationally renowned fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg comes to NYPL for a conversation with Rhonda Garelick, award-winning scholar and author of “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History.” Together, von Furstenberg and Garelick di...Show More

Sonia Sotomayor on Education & Color Blindness

54:55 | May 5th, 2015

In this inspiring conversation with NYPL President Tony Marx, Sotomayor talks about her early life in the Bronx, the importance of education, and her rise to becoming one of the most powerful women in America today.

Frank Bruni on College Admissions Mania

35:20 | Apr 28th, 2015

The author and popular op-ed columnist for the New York Times joins us to discuss his latest book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.” Talking to NYPL’s own Jessica Strand, Bruni reflects on modern anxiet...Show More

T.C. Boyle on Finding Stories and Themes

27:09 | Apr 22nd, 2015

Bestselling and prolific author T.C. Boyle comes to NYPL to discuss his twenty-fifth book, “The Harder They Come.” In this witty conversation with the Library’s Jessica Strand, Boyle talks about irony, black humor, and America’s obsession with image ...Show More

Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou

44:30 | Apr 14th, 2015

Joined by NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Tavis Smiley talks about his latest book, “My Journey with Maya,” which details his friendship with the late Maya Angelou. In this moving conversation, Tavis Smiley discusses the value of debate, his connection with t...Show More

Azar Nafisi on the Freedom to Read

1:25:00 | Apr 7th, 2015

The bestselling author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” a portrayal of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effects on one university professor and her students, Azar Nafisi comes to NYPL to celebrate the success of her most recent book, “The Republi...Show More

Jeffrey Deitch on Art & Spectacle

1:25:30 | Mar 31st, 2015

Jeffrey Deitch, a celebrated art critic and curator, talks about his popular new book “Live the Art,” which details his decades of boundary-pushing work in the galleries and museums of New York, California, and beyond. In a fascinating conversation w...Show More

RuPaul on Fantasy & Identity

1:33:33 | Mar 24th, 2015

The musician, performer, and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" sashays onto our stage to celebrate the recent release of his seventh studio album, "Realness." In a wildly entertaining and thought-provoking conversation, the cultural icon talks to NYPL’s P...Show More

Stay Tuned

01:05 | Mar 19th, 2015

Get ready for our upcoming spring season of exciting talks from very special guests at the Library, now released every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Sarah Lewis & Anna Deavere Smith on Inspiring Failures

1:12:51 | Mar 12th, 2015

Art historian and curator Sarah Lewis talks to award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith about Lewis’s nonfiction debut, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” which examines stories of innovation and discovery born f...Show More

Ann Patchett & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

1:12:27 | Mar 5th, 2015

Ann Patchett, the award-winning author of numerous books including “Bel Canto” and “State of Wonder,” joins her good friend Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the hit bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love,” to talk about the challenges and joys of their craft. In th...Show More

Jay-Z on Hustling & Forgiveness

1:46:42 | Feb 26th, 2015

Grammy Award winning artist Jay-Z came to NYPL in 2010, when his long-awaited memoir, "Decoded," had just hit shelves. He’s joined by NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber and intellectual icon Cornel West for a conversation about his journey from a rough childho...Show More

Charles Blow on His Unexpected Childhood Hero

1:25:59 | Feb 20th, 2015

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joins Khalil Muhammad, Director of NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, for a conversation about Blow’s new memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Through the lens of Blow’s powerful personal st...Show More

Tom Wolfe on Handwriting & Humility

1:26:34 | Feb 12th, 2015

On the heels of the success of his bestselling 2012 novel “Back to Blood,” Wolfe came to NYPL to discuss identity, beliefs, and the weaving together of journalism and fiction.

Ntozake Shange on Inspiration & Harlem

1:06:24 | Feb 6th, 2015

The great American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, creator of the Obie Award-winning play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of her landmark work with a panel discussion about...Show More

Joan Didion on Writing & Revising

52:47 | Jan 29th, 2015

The beloved writer talks to fellow bestselling author Sloane Crosley about the challenges of putting personal tragedy and illusory pleasure into words.

Cheryl Strayed on Wild Success

1:26:24 | Jan 23rd, 2015

Before her memoir Wild become an oscar nominated film, Strayed joined NYPL to discuss the blockbuster memoir, measuring success, and good advice.

Joyce Carol Oates on Inspiration and Obsession

1:20:11 | Jan 16th, 2015

The prolific and beloved writer talks about creativity, productivity, and the importance of living an inspired life.

Marlon James & Salman Rushdie on Storytelling

1:09:54 | Jan 9th, 2015

The two great authors discuss experimental narrative, political turmoil, and blending believable fiction with the absurd truth.

Thomas Struth on Collective Memory and Family Photos

1:34:56 | Dec 30th, 2014

This week, the New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Thomas Struth, the world-famous and influential photographer best known for his family portraits and large-scale cityscapes. To celebrate the opening of NYPL’s new exhibition "Public Eye: 175 Ye...Show More

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

1:26:46 | Dec 19th, 2014

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman performs a memorable dramatic reading from the Library’s own rare copy of "A Christmas Carol," which includes edits and prompts Charles Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique public readings 150 years ago. Dressed i...Show More

Maira Kalman on Her Favorite Things

26:08 | Dec 11th, 2014

The illustrator and author of more than twenty books for both kids and adults sits down with us to talk about strong female characters, nonlinear storytelling, and drawing outside the lines.

Mark Strand on Artistic Imagination

26:07 | Dec 2nd, 2014

This week, we honor Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate Mark Strand, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 80. The beloved poet and author joined us this October to discuss art, imagination, and the life of the mind.

Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Love, & Gratitude

1:23:42 | Nov 24th, 2014

This Thanksgiving week, we’re reaching back into the NYPL archives to bring you a story about food, family, and multicultural identity. Internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson describes his remarkable journey from a humble kitchen in Sweden,...Show More

Richard Ford on Becoming a Reader and Finding a Voice

35:27 | Nov 20th, 2014

This week, we welcome novelist Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Sportswriter," "Independence Day," and "The Lay of the Land." Ford comes to NYPL to talk about his latest book, "Let Me Be Frank with You," a fourth installment in...Show More

George Clinton on the Future of Funk

1:26:11 | Nov 13th, 2014

This week, the NYPL Podcast welcomes George Clinton, the singular musical phenomenon who twisted soul music into funk. Clinton joins us to talk about his life's work, learning from his proteges, and pushing the boundaries of what music can do.

Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales Revisited

1:48:36 | Nov 6th, 2014

This week on the podcast, Neil Gaiman, the beloved bestselling author of "Coraline," "American Gods," and "The Graveyard Book," joins us on Halloween night for some scary stories and thrilling conversation. He speaks about disobedient adults, why he ...Show More

Sam Roberts on New York City

31:31 | Oct 31st, 2014

This week on the podcast, Sam Roberts joins us to discuss seeing history through objects, productive procrastination, and what he thinks the motto of New York City should be.

Marjane Satrapi - Narratives of Social Protest.

1:19:07 | Oct 24th, 2014

This week, the NYPL Podcast welcomes Marjane Satrapi, the graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author who brought us Persepolis. She speaks to NYPL's Paul Holdengraber about the liabilities of learning English from Americ...Show More

Jane Smiley - The Last Hundred Years

26:48 | Oct 17th, 2014

This week, acclaimed author Jane Smiley joins us to discuss the origins of her new trilogy "The Last Hundred Years," the hard part about spending a century with her characters, and her middle school reading tastes.

Philip K. Howard - The Rule of Nobody

35:20 | Oct 10th, 2014

This week on the podcast, noted legal reformer Philip K. Howard discusses his latest work, "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government."

Tom Perotta - Nine Inches

33:37 | Oct 3rd, 2014

This week, the New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Tom Perrotta, whose novels Little Children, Election, and The Leftovers have been adapted into highly-lauded films and television series. He joins us today to discuss his latest work, Nine Inche...Show More

Ben Lerner - 10:04

1:28:21 | Sep 26th, 2014

The award-winning poet and author of the novel Leaving the Atocha Station brings his masterful command of words from the page to the stage, celebrating the start of LIVE's Fall 2014 season and his new book, 10:04.

Ayana Mathis - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

28:35 | Sep 22nd, 2014

This week on the podcast, acclaimed author Ayana Mathis comes to NYPL to talk about her latest work, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

Losing Parents to AIDS: The Personal and the Political

1:37:52 | Sep 5th, 2014

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast features personal stories from adult children who have lost their parents to AIDS, including Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father.

Robert Morris: "Object Sculpture, 1960-1965"

1:19:36 | Aug 22nd, 2014

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, internationally renowned artist Robert Morris discusses various aspects of his practice and some of the key themes—time, memory, language, medium, and process—of his work.

CUT – The Songs That Didn't Make It

1:09:36 | Aug 7th, 2014

The Library for the Performing Arts presents an evening of songs—songs that were cut from this season’s new Broadway musicals, including The Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, and Rocky.

The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

49:38 | Jul 24th, 2014

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Stephen Schlesinger, as he discusses his new book, The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., a collection of his father’s vivid, witty correspondence influential political and cultural figures of ...Show More

George Prochnik - "The Impossible Exile"

1:32:36 | Jul 10th, 2014

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, acclaimed author George Prochnik discusses The Impossible Exile, his new book about the life and work of Stefan Zweig, an icon of the Viennese cultural renaissance.

Amazon: Business As Usual?

1:35:07 | Jul 3rd, 2014

In April 2014, Amazon and Hachette locked horns in what has become a very public, and still ongoing, battle over contract negotiations. After the online retailer removed the pre-order option, imposed shipping delays, and slashed discounts on the book...Show More

A. E. Hotchner - Stories and Biographies

33:36 | Jun 26th, 2014

When you've written biographies on Sophia Loren, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Day you're bound to have some pretty incredible stories. This week on the podcast we join editor, novelist, playwright, and biographer A. E. Hotchner as he reflects on some m...Show More

Karl Ove Knausgaard and Jeffrey Eugenides – "My Struggle"

1:13:51 | Jun 23rd, 2014

On this episode of The New York Public Library Podcast, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard dissects the latest volume of his critically acclaimed autobiography, My Struggle—and the controversy that surrounds it—with Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The...Show More

John Waters - "Car Sick"

1:23:58 | Jun 5th, 2014

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, filmmaker John Waters comes to us with tales from his latest book, Carsick, which chronicles his adventures hitchhiking across the United States.

Colm Tóibín - The Testament of Mary

31:55 | May 30th, 2014

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes the Irish novelist, playwright, and critic Colm Tóibín to Books at Noon, the Library’s new series of free lunchtime author talks.

Kara Walker and Jad Abumrad - "A Subtlety"

1:31:42 | May 23rd, 2014

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, renowned visual artist Kara Walker joins Radiolab host Jad Abumrad to discuss her new show at Domino Sugar Factory, and explore the complicated history of sugar, sex, sweetness, and power.

Chuck Palahniuk and Douglas Coupland: "Balls in the Air"

1:29:30 | May 16th, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk is best known as the author of the novels Fight Club and Choke. Douglas Coupland is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod. This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, the two take to the stage at LIVE...Show More

Eve Ensler: "In the Body of the World"

40:37 | May 9th, 2014

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler to Books at Noon, the Library’s new series of free lunchtime author talks.

The Craft Beer Revolution

1:38:02 | Apr 29th, 2014

This week on The New York Public Library podcast, LIVE from the NYPL welcomes three leaders of the craft beer movement. Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy—joined by Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Company CEO, and Charlie Papazian founder of the ...Show More

Joyce Carol Oates: "The Landscape of My Spiritual Self"

31:55 | Apr 18th, 2014

This week, The New York Public Library podcast welcomes acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates to Books at Noon, the Library’s new series of free lunchtime author talks.

"Books are Conversations": Katherine Boo & Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

1:22:10 | Apr 11th, 2014

This week on the podcast, hear the two award-winning authors discuss poverty around the world.

"Get to the point" | Malcolm Gladwell LIVE from the NYPL

1:37:21 | Apr 3rd, 2014

This week on the New York Public Library Podcast, best-selling author and challenger of conventional wisdom Malcolm Gladwell brings his critical approach to LIVE from the NYPL as he expounds on his newest interests.

The Snow Queen: Michael Cunningham on "Books at Noon"

30:36 | Mar 26th, 2014

This week on the podcast, we welcome Michael Cunningham to Books at Noon, the Library's new series of free lunchtime author talks. Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World and The Hours, which was awarded both ...Show More

Report from the Interior | Paul Auster on "Books at Noon"

27:06 | Mar 20th, 2014

This week on the podcast, award winning author Paul Auster stops by "Books at Noon" – NYPL's weekly lunchtime author talk series – to discuss some of his latest work, pushing the boundaries of autobiography, and much more.

The Fun Parts | Sam Lipsyte on 'Books at Noon'

23:13 | Mar 13th, 2014

Today's New York Public Library podcast welcomes Sam Lipsyte to Books at Noon, the Library's new series of free lunchtime author talks. Lipsyte was a Guggenheim Fellow, is the recipient of the Believer Book Award, and is the author of five books, inc...Show More

The Baby Boom | PJ O’Rourke on Books at Noon

26:38 | Mar 6th, 2014

Today’s New York Public Library podcast features the new Books at Noon series; a free weekly program featuring popular and acclaimed authors in the Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. Our first guest is the political satirist and autho...Show More

The Grand Budapest Hotel | Wes Anderson LIVE from the NYPL

1:27:18 | Mar 3rd, 2014

Wes Anderson's vivid cinematic aesthetic and idiosyncratic characters make his films both immediately recognizable and endearing. Anderson returns to LIVE to explore his passions, influences, and his newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, in conversat...Show More

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson LIVE from the NYPL

0:00 | Mar 3rd, 2014

Wes Anderson's vivid cinematic aesthetic and idiosyncratic characters make his films both immediately recognizable and endearing. Anderson returns to LIVE to explore his passions, influences, and his newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, in conversat...Show More

You Don't Know Nothing: Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz LIVE from the NYPL

1:22:41 | Feb 6th, 2014

LIVE closes the Fall 2013 season with a conversation between 2013 Library Lion Junot Diaz and the writer who most influenced him, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison. "I think the most sustained love of mine," Diaz has said, "the one that's carried me ...Show More

My Life In Middlemarch: Rebecca Mead LIVE from the NYPL

1:21:49 | Jan 30th, 2014

A passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories.  For Rebecca Mead, that book was George Eliot's Middlemarch, which she first read as a young woman in an English coastal town, and rerea...Show More

The Good Lord Bird Band: James McBride LIVE from the NYPL

1:10:40 | Jan 27th, 2014

James McBride opens LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2014 season with an exploration of his latest work The Good Lord Bird - winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction - through words and music. The evening will feature conversation with the autho...Show More

40 Chances: The Buffetts with Tom Brokaw LIVE from the NYPL

56:26 | Jan 24th, 2014

Three generations of philanthropists sit down to discuss business, charity, farming, and their 40 Chances in life, moderated by Tom Brokaw. If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? That's the question l...Show More

Undisputed Truth: Mike Tyson LIVE From the NYPL

1:21:55 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Mike Tyson has defied expectations and conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Tyson, the one-time heavyweight champion of the world and a legend both in and out of the ring, joins LIVE for a conversation about his tumultuous ...Show More