Library Talks

Library Talks
Audio from programs at the New York Public Library

Before Stonewall
Jun 16 • 60 min
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…
Marlon James Gets Nerdy with Kevin Young
Jun 9 • 54 min
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…
A History of the Queer Press
Jun 2 • 63 min
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…
Erin Lee Carr and Ta-Nehisi Coates Remember David Carr
May 26 • 54 min
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….
How Robert Caro Writes About Power and the Powerless
May 19 • 60 min
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 Power…
Breaking New Ground with Dr. Carla Hayden and Tracy K. Smith
May 12 • 45 min
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…
Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer’s Insider Take on the News
May 5 • 59 min
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…
Eliza Griswold Uncovers the Human Cost of Fracking
Apr 28 • 46 min
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…
Shane Bauer’s Undercover Reporting from Inside a Private Prison
Apr 21 • 45 min
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…
Emily Bazelon and Stacey Abrams talk Criminal Justice Reform
Apr 14 • 77 min
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…
Bending Reality with G. Willow Wilson
Apr 7 • 52 min
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 height…
Janet Napolitano Explains Homeland Security with Joe Biden
Mar 31 • 62 min
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…
Still Cringing After ‘Cat Person’
Mar 24 • 35 min
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…
Paperback Crushin’
Mar 17 • 37 min
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…
Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror
Mar 10 • 54 min
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…
Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. II
Mar 3 • 46 min
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,…
Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. I
Feb 24 • 45 min
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…
How to Make Black Lives Matter at School
Feb 17 • 53 min
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…
Envisioning ‘A People’s Future of the United States’
Feb 10 • 43 min
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…
Jason Rezaian’s 544 Days in an Iranian Prison
Feb 3 • 45 min
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…
The Banished Immortal
Jan 27 • 53 min
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…
Seeing and Being Seen in Sally Wen Mao’s ‘Oculus’
Jan 20 • 44 min
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…
Maria Popova’s A Velocity of Being
Jan 13 • 69 min
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…
Satirizing America in ‘Friday Black’
Jan 6 • 41 min
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…
The Librarian Is In with Eric Klinenberg
Dec 30, 2018 • 52 min
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,…
Neil Gaiman Reads “A Christmas Carol” (Rebroadcast)
Dec 19, 2018 • 77 min
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 Reporting Life in Latin America
Dec 16, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Magical Realism with Wayétu Moore
Dec 9, 2018 • 41 min
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 …
John McPhee’s Album Quilt
Dec 2, 2018 • 92 min
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,…
How Congress Really Works…Or Doesn’t
Nov 25, 2018 • 71 min
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…
James Baldwin’s Children’s Book
Nov 18, 2018 • 45 min
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 out…
Susan Orlean’s Ode to Libraries
Nov 11, 2018 • 74 min
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…
A History of Voter Suppression with Carol Anderson
Nov 4, 2018 • 81 min
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…
A Modern-day Gothic Horror Story
Oct 28, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Making Movements Intersectional
Oct 21, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Why Men Fight with Thomas Page McBee
Oct 14, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Righteous Rage with Rebecca Traister
Oct 7, 2018 • 52 min
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…
The Secret Memoir of Bill Cunningham
Sep 30, 2018 • 53 min
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…
The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Sep 23, 2018 • 47 min
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…
Looking for the Real Lolita
Sep 16, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Notes from the Reading Life: Tim Gunn and Min Jin Lee
Sep 9, 2018 • 54 min
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…
The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire
Sep 2, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Coming This Sunday: New Name, New Look
Aug 28, 2018 • 1 min
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…
There’s No Such Thing As Now
Aug 21, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Two Sisters’ Path Toward Radical Islam
Aug 14, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Chronicling Illness with Porochista Khakpour and Eileen Myles
Aug 7, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Love and Lanyards with Billy Collins
Jul 31, 2018 • 60 min
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…
Literacy is a Human Right with The World in Words Podcast
Jul 24, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Roxane Gay and Aja Monet Tell Their Truth
Jul 17, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Remembering to Listen with Arundhati Roy & Viet Thanh Nguyen
Jul 10, 2018 • 60 min
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…
A Future for Democracy?
Jul 3, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Finding Hope on the Road in “Nomadland”
Jun 26, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Tarrell Alvin McCraney & Donja R. Love Lift Up Black Queer Narratives
Jun 19, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Sliding Off the Couch with George Saunders
Jun 12, 2018 • 55 min
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 Harrowing History of Roosevelt Island
Jun 5, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Kevin Young & Claudia Rankine Discuss “Brown”
May 29, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Remembering Tom Wolfe and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
May 24, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Masha Gessen Explains Horror, Humor and Hope for the Future
May 22, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of the Last Slave Ship Survivor
May 15, 2018 • 50 min
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…
A Goddess Reimagined
May 8, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Trump’s Doghouse has a Revolving Door
May 1, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Why Net Neutrality Matters
Apr 24, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Sheelah Kolhatkar has Inside Information
Apr 17, 2018 • 53 min
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 his…
Isabella Rossellini Shares Her Eggs
Apr 10, 2018 • 43 min
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,…
Building Movements with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Shaun King
Apr 3, 2018 • 60 min
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….
Reforming America’s Prisons
Mar 27, 2018 • 60 min
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….
Dr. John Carlos Has No Regrets
Mar 20, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Debut Novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality
Mar 13, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt’s search for the Golden State Killer
Mar 6, 2018 • 51 min
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, spent…
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Feb 27, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Neel Mukherjee Tells Ghost Stories
Feb 20, 2018 • 36 min
A conversation with the author about migration, autonomy, home and his new novel “A State of Freedom.”
Tayari Jones Redefines American Marriage
Feb 13, 2018 • 47 min
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…
Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Feb 6, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Networking with Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett
Jan 30, 2018 • 50 min
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 Public…
The Hunt for Timothy Leary
Jan 22, 2018 • 50 min
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 PEN…
Jessica B. Harris and Carla Hall
Jan 16, 2018 • 45 min
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
Jan 9, 2018 • 67 min
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
Jan 2, 2018 • 35 min
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. Gessen traced her life as a sequence
Neil Gaiman Reads “A Christmas Carol” (Rebroadcast)
Dec 19, 2017 • 79 min
Gaiman uses a rare prompt copy that Dickens himself used for performances.
Muhammad Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs
Dec 12, 2017 • 75 min
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 Economic
Nikki Giovani & Joy-Ann Reid
Dec 5, 2017 • 68 min
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
Nov 28, 2017 • 67 min
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 narrat
Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers
Nov 21, 2017 • 71 min
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 Fake
Anne Applebaum: Fighting Against the Great Forgetting
Nov 14, 2017 • 67 min
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 fate o
Theaster Gates: “I’m Trying to Create an Intimate Moment with Our Most Treasured Assets.”
Nov 7, 2017 • 48 min
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.”
Oct 31, 2017 • 82 min
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
Oct 24, 2017 • 45 min
Ulysses S. Grant has for decades routinely listed as one of our worst presidents.
Nasty Women
Oct 18, 2017 • 76 min
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 Talusan
Mike Wallace, Greater Gotham
Oct 10, 2017 • 60 min
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
Oct 3, 2017 • 77 min
The Booker Prize–winning novelist discusses his twelfth, and most recent, novel, The Golden House.
Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
Sep 26, 2017 • 55 min
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
Sep 19, 2017 • 71 min
Two writers, two beautiful books, both on the subject of death.
Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland
Sep 12, 2017 • 57 min
The host and co-creator of Studio 360 discusses his new book, Fantasyland.
Raoul Peck, “I Am Not Your Negro”
Sep 5, 2017 • 70 min
The filmmaker speaks about his groundbreaking documentary
Ayobami Adebayo on her debut novel “Stay With Me”
Aug 29, 2017 • 46 min
The Nigerian writer discusses her debut novel
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning
Aug 22, 2017 • 78 min
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
Aug 15, 2017 • 80 min
MIT linguist, philosopher, and political theorist Noam Chomsky, in conversation with actor Wallace Shawn.
How Judy Collins Conquered Her Cravings
Aug 8, 2017 • 61 min
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 yearned…
Lynn Nottage & Sweat
Aug 1, 2017 • 66 min
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
Jul 25, 2017 • 61 min
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
Jul 18, 2017 • 82 min
The giant of twentieth-century American music took to the LIVE from the NYPL stage in June. He spoke with Paul Holdengräber.
Janet Mock, Surpassing Certainty
Jul 11, 2017 • 56 min
Mock published her second memoir, “Surpassing Certainty” in June.
Inside the Work and Mind of Nick Cave
Jul 4, 2017 • 50 min
One of contemporary art’s most towering figures guides us through his astonishing new exhibition at MASS MoCA.
David Grann
Jun 27, 2017 • 49 min
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
Jun 20, 2017 • 37 min
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)
Jun 15, 2017 • 64 min
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)
Jun 13, 2017 • 66 min
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
Jun 6, 2017 • 78 min
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
May 30, 2017 • 57 min
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 respon
Jane Mayer, Winner of the Bernstein Award
May 23, 2017 • 52 min
Answering many questions about the intricate relationship between money and politics in American life with Jane Mayer, a New Yorker staff writer and author of Dark Money (2017 winner of NYPL’s Bernstein Award).
George Packer and Reihan Salam with Tony Marx
May 15, 2017 • 74 min
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
May 9, 2017 • 46 min
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
May 2, 2017 • 61 min
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
Apr 27, 2017 • 39 min
BONUS: We’re giving you a taste of the Library’s other podcast, The Librarian Is In. Your hosts Gwen and Frank discuss books, culture, and what to read next each week and interview interesting figures from the world of books and libraries. Give it a liste
Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story
Apr 25, 2017 • 79 min
A conversation between theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and actor Alan Alda to discuss Krauss’s new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told…So Far: Why Are We Here?
Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist
Apr 18, 2017 • 55 min
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.
Like Passover, But Funnier
Apr 11, 2017 • 59 min
If you’ve ever made it through a full Seder, you know that celebrating Passover can last as long as the Exodus itself.
Sonia Shah & Pandemic, Bernstein Award Finalist
Apr 4, 2017 • 57 min
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
Mar 28, 2017 • 79 min
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
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear with Dr. Ofri and Mary Harris
Mar 21, 2017 • 61 min
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 her n
Etgar Keret, the Rock and the Hard Place
Mar 16, 2017 • 92 min
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…
Journalism in the Age of Trump
Mar 8, 2017 • 79 min
This year, the New York Public Library will, for the thirtieth year, dispense the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations
Feb 28, 2017 • 57 min
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.
Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice
Feb 21, 2017 • 59 min
Today the name Giacomo Casanova has become synonymous with the skilled lover.
Hugh Ryan on the Queer Histories of Brooklyn’s Waterfront
Feb 14, 2017 • 78 min
Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture and history.
Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy
Feb 7, 2017 • 64 min
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
Jan 31, 2017 • 60 min
George Washington and the Hyper-Partisan Now
New York Never Built
Jan 24, 2017 • 86 min
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…
Art Spiegelman on How He Sees Himself, Becoming a Devotee to Another Artist, and the Artist After Art
Jan 17, 2017 • 91 min
Art Spiegelman moved readers with Maus, the renowned graphic novel recounting his father’s experience of the Holocaust.
Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy
Jan 10, 2017 • 83 min
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
Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Suketu Mehta, and Luc Sante on Phone Maps, Libraries, and Walking
Jan 3, 2017 • 101 min
This week we’re bringing you a conversation with the minds behind Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas.
Michael Chabon and Richard Price on Plot, Secular Judaism, and Remembering to Make Stuff Up
Dec 27, 2016 • 58 min
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 two exp
Neil Gaiman Reads “A Christmas Carol” (Rebroadcast)
Dec 20, 2016 • 87 min
This week we’re rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: acclaimed author Neil Gaiman delivering a memorable reading of A Christmas Carol.
Paul Krugman on Fake News, Lying Candidates, and What Public Intellectuals Need to Do
Dec 13, 2016 • 89 min
This week we’re thrilled to present a thought-provoking lecture from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
James McBride on James Brown and NYC
Dec 6, 2016 • 75 min
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
Sarah Sze on Scale, Gravity, and Value
Nov 29, 2016 • 93 min
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.
Robbie Robertson on Six Nations Inspiration, Bob Dylan, and Goals of the Soul
Nov 22, 2016 • 79 min
This week we’re bringing you a conversation with songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson.
Wole Soyinka on Hollywood, Reparations, and Morgan Freeman
Nov 15, 2016 • 87 min
For this week’s episode we’re bringing you a conversation between two Nigerian authors whose works include plays, novels, poetry, essays and more.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Margo Jefferson on Understanding Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Nov 8, 2016 • 78 min
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 Pulitz
Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry on Doubt and Diaries
Nov 1, 2016 • 82 min
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…
Tim Wu on How the Internet Is Not Really Free
Oct 25, 2016 • 92 min
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 conve
Margaret Atwood on Shakespeare in the 21st Century and on YouTube
Oct 18, 2016 • 82 min
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.
Mona Eltahawy and Yasmine El Rashidi on White Feminism and the Privilege to Protest
Oct 11, 2016 • 99 min
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
Sally Mann on Cy Twombly and the Babushkas Who Saved Russian Art
Oct 4, 2016 • 92 min
Perhaps the most permanent - and essential - character in Sally Mann’s work is that of place: the American South.
Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky on Money and The Sickest Joke in the History of Humankind
Sep 27, 2016 • 95 min
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.
Alan Cumming on Memory, Gore Vidal, and Monica Lewinsky
Sep 20, 2016 • 87 min
Alan Cumming on Memory, Gore Vidal, and Monica Lewinsky
Edwidge Danticat on Silence, Bridging Audiences, and Participating in Stories
Sep 13, 2016 • 67 min
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 Work w
Werner Herzog on Death, Executioners, and Advice for Filmmakers
Sep 6, 2016 • 109 min
Werner Herzog on Death, Executioners, and Advice for Filmmakers
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walter Mosley on Empire, English, and Beethoven
Aug 30, 2016 • 82 min
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 conver
Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum on Clarity & Cruelty
Aug 23, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Colson Whitehead on “The Underground Railroad” & Poker
Aug 16, 2016 • 30 min
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…
Kevin Young & Gabrielle Hamilton on Food & Poetry
Aug 9, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics & Storytelling
Aug 2, 2016 • 73 min
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…
Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery
Jul 26, 2016 • 94 min
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,…
Derek Walcott on Hemingway, the Caribbean, & First Love
Jul 19, 2016 • 43 min
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…
John Lithgow & James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes & Falling for Shakespeare
Jul 12, 2016 • 59 min
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…
The World in Words Presents: From Ainu to Zaza
Jul 5, 2016 • 65 min
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…
Geoff Dyer on Class in America
Jun 28, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Bruce Davidson & Matt Dillon on Lasting Impressions
Jun 21, 2016 • 76 min
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 Academy…
Padma Lakshmi on NYC & the Greatest Gift
Jun 14, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Jill Leovy on Murder in America
Jun 7, 2016 • 46 min
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,…
Maya Lin on Memorializing What Is Missing
May 31, 2016 • 91 min
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,…
Åsne Seierstad on the Deadliest Attack on Norway Since WWII
May 24, 2016 • 69 min
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…
The Bad Rap of Do-Gooders: Larissa MacFarquhar
May 17, 2016 • 71 min
“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…
Helen Mirren on Women’s Roles & Taking on Shakespeare
May 10, 2016 • 97 min
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…
Dan Ephron: When The Man Who Almost Changed Israel Met Bill Clinton
May 3, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, & Poetry
Apr 26, 2016 • 81 min
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…
Dale Russakoff: When Facebook Tried to Save Newark
Apr 19, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Robert A. Caro & Frank Rich on Power & Corruption
Apr 12, 2016 • 47 min
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…
Elizabeth Alexander & Hilton Als on Dreams & Obsession
Apr 5, 2016 • 71 min
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…
Nathaniel Kahn & Matt Mountain on Outer Space & Weird Science
Mar 29, 2016 • 88 min
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…
Dana Spiotta on Good People, Heroes, & Writing
Mar 22, 2016 • 34 min
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
Mar 15, 2016 • 44 min
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…
Jhumpa Lahiri on Language & Disorder
Mar 8, 2016 • 83 min
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…
Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, & Style
Mar 1, 2016 • 68 min
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…
The Future of Black History
Feb 23, 2016 • 44 min
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…
Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin on Music & Meditation
Feb 16, 2016 • 102 min
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…
Yusef Komunyakaa on Politics, Imagery, & Memorizing Poetry
Feb 9, 2016 • 35 min
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…
Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress
Feb 2, 2016 • 105 min
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…
Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, & War
Jan 26, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Junot Díaz on Intimacy & the Game of Fiction
Jan 19, 2016 • 82 min
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…
Sharon Olds & Cynthia Nixon on Dickinson, First Drafts, & Selfhood
Jan 12, 2016 • 61 min
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 and…
David Hare on Theater, Anticipation, & Hitchcock
Jan 5, 2016 • 44 min
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…
Nico Muhly & Ira Glass on Composers & the Internet
Dec 29, 2015 • 87 min
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…
Neil Gaiman Reads “A Christmas Carol” (Rebroadcast)
Dec 22, 2015 • 86 min
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…
Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, & Kids
Dec 15, 2015 • 53 min
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,…
Edmund de Waal on Porcelain, Time Travel, & Sound
Dec 8, 2015 • 79 min
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…
Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, & Magazines
Dec 1, 2015 • 95 min
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…
Mary-Louise Parker on Relationships, Motherhood, & Religion
Nov 24, 2015 • 61 min
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…
Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, & Imitation
Nov 17, 2015 • 98 min
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…
Sloane Crosley on College, Jewelry, & Publicity
Nov 10, 2015 • 37 min
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…
The 2015 Library Lions on Truth & Inspiration
Nov 3, 2015 • 51 min
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…
Shaquille O’Neal on Germany, Rap, & Slam Dunks
Oct 27, 2015 • 62 min
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…
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, & History
Oct 20, 2015 • 96 min
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…
Patti Smith on Authors She Loves
Oct 13, 2015 • 67 min
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…
Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet & Favorite Authors
Oct 6, 2015 • 41 min
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…
Ron Rash on Writer Survival & Place
Sep 29, 2015 • 36 min
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…
Alice Waters on the Pleasures of the Palate
Sep 22, 2015 • 90 min
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…
John Lithgow on Shakespeare & Bedtime Stories
Sep 15, 2015 • 74 min
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…
Jack White on Music & Freedom
Sep 8, 2015 • 88 min
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…
In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations
Aug 31, 2015 • 74 min
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…
Chimamanda Adichie & Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, & Relationships
Aug 25, 2015 • 64 min
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…
Colson Whitehead on Poker
Aug 18, 2015 • 30 min
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…
The Moth on the Power of Storytelling
Aug 11, 2015 • 96 min
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…
Lou Reed on Playing Outside the Box
Aug 4, 2015 • 70 min
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…
Vivian Gornick on Voice in Memoir
Jul 28, 2015 • 38 min
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…
Alan Rusbridger on Whistleblowers & Wikileaks
Jul 21, 2015 • 92 min
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…
Patti Smith on Youth & Friendship
Jul 14, 2015 • 80 min
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…
Sally Mann on Ethical Photography & Stories
Jul 7, 2015 • 36 min
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 celebrate…
Werner Herzog on Greece & Wrestlemania
Jun 30, 2015 • 100 min
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…
Dan Savage on Monogamy
Jun 23, 2015 • 96 min
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…
Suzanne Farrell on George Balanchine
Jun 16, 2015 • 89 min
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…
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin
Jun 9, 2015 • 70 min
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…
Damien Echols on Hope & Death Row
Jun 2, 2015 • 82 min
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…
Matthew Weiner on the End of “Mad Men”
May 26, 2015 • 86 min
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
May 19, 2015 • 35 min
He’s written a memoirNot 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 appearan
Diane von Furstenberg on Confident Women
May 12, 2015 • 74 min
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…
Sonia Sotomayor on Education & Color Blindness
May 5, 2015 • 54 min
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
Apr 28, 2015 • 35 min
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…
T.C. Boyle on Finding Stories and Themes
Apr 22, 2015 • 27 min
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 ima
Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou
Apr 14, 2015 • 44 min
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…
Azar Nafisi on the Freedom to Read
Apr 7, 2015 • 85 min
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,…
Jeffrey Deitch on Art & Spectacle
Mar 31, 2015 • 85 min
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…
RuPaul on Fantasy & Identity
Mar 24, 2015 • 93 min
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…
Stay Tuned
Mar 19, 2015 • 1 min
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
Mar 12, 2015 • 72 min
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…
Ann Patchett & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing
Mar 5, 2015 • 72 min
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…
Jay-Z on Hustling & Forgiveness
Feb 26, 2015 • 106 min
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…
Charles Blow on His Unexpected Childhood Hero
Feb 20, 2015 • 85 min
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…
Tom Wolfe on Handwriting & Humility
Feb 12, 2015 • 86 min
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
Feb 6, 2015 • 66 min
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…
Joan Didion on Writing & Revising
Jan 29, 2015 • 52 min
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
Jan 23, 2015 • 86 min
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
Jan 16, 2015 • 80 min
The prolific and beloved writer talks about creativity, productivity, and the importance of living an inspired life.
Marlon James & Salman Rushdie on Storytelling
Jan 9, 2015 • 69 min
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
Dec 30, 2014 • 94 min
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:…
Neil Gaiman Reads “A Christmas Carol”
Dec 19, 2014 • 86 min
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….
Maira Kalman on Her Favorite Things
Dec 11, 2014 • 26 min
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
Dec 2, 2014 • 26 min
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
Nov 24, 2014 • 83 min
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…
Richard Ford on Becoming a Reader and Finding a Voice
Nov 20, 2014 • 35 min
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…
George Clinton on the Future of Funk
Nov 13, 2014 • 86 min
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
Nov 6, 2014 • 108 min
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…
Sam Roberts on New York City
Oct 31, 2014 • 31 min
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.
Oct 24, 2014 • 79 min
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…
Jane Smiley - The Last Hundred Years
Oct 17, 2014 • 26 min
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
Oct 10, 2014 • 35 min
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
Oct 3, 2014 • 33 min
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 Inches.
Ben Lerner - 10:04
Sep 26, 2014 • 88 min
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
Sep 22, 2014 • 28 min
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
Sep 5, 2014 • 97 min
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”
Aug 22, 2014 • 79 min
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
Aug 7, 2014 • 69 min
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.
Jul 24, 2014 • 49 min
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 his
George Prochnik - “The Impossible Exile”
Jul 10, 2014 • 92 min
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?
Jul 3, 2014 • 95 min
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 publ
A. E. Hotchner - Stories and Biographies
Jun 26, 2014 • 33 min
When you’ve written biographies on Sophia Lauren, Ernest Hemmingway 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 memo
Karl Ove Knausgaard and Jeffrey Eugenides – “My Struggle”
Jun 23, 2014 • 73 min
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
John Waters - “Car Sick”
Jun 5, 2014 • 83 min
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
May 30, 2014 • 31 min
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”
May 23, 2014 • 91 min
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”
May 16, 2014 • 89 min
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 from
Eve Ensler: “In the Body of the World”
May 9, 2014 • 40 min
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
Apr 29, 2014 • 98 min
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…
Joyce Carol Oates: “The Landscape of My Spiritual Self”
Apr 18, 2014 • 31 min
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
Apr 11, 2014 • 82 min
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
Apr 3, 2014 • 97 min
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”
Mar 26, 2014 • 30 min
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 the P
Report from the Interior | Paul Auster on “Books at Noon”
Mar 20, 2014 • 27 min
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’
Mar 13, 2014 • 23 min
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, incl
The Baby Boom | PJ O’Rourke on Books at Noon
Mar 6, 2014 • 26 min
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 author P
The Grand Budapest Hotel | Wes Anderson LIVE from the NYPL
Mar 3, 2014 • 87 min
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 conversation w
You Don’t Know Nothing: Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz LIVE from the NYPL
Feb 6, 2014 • 82 min
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 throu
My Life In Middlemarch: Rebecca Mead LIVE from the NYPL
Jan 30, 2014 • 81 min
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 reread reg
The Good Lord Bird Band: James McBride LIVE from the NYPL
Jan 27, 2014 • 70 min
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 author and
40 Chances: The Buffetts with Tom Brokaw LIVE from the NYPL
Jan 24, 2014 • 56 min
Three generations of philanthropists sit down to discuss business, charity, farming, and their 40 Chances in life, moderated by Tom Brokaw.
Undisputed Truth: Mike Tyson LIVE From the NYPL
Jan 22, 2014 • 81 min
Boxing champion, Broadway headliner, Felon