20th & Vine - Backstage with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

This month we're featuring award-winning pediatrician and author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Dr. Mona, most famously recognized for her 2015 study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children, spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about adopting a public persona and described how she reassures parents. 20th & Vine is behind-the-scenes conversations from the Free Library of Philadelphia's award-winning Author Events series. Subscribe now for more videos with your favorite authors.
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  • Gary Shteyngart | Lake Success

    • Recorded Sep 17, 2018

    “Ridiculously witty and painfully prescient” ( Time ), Gary Shteyngart is the author of the culturally reflective novels T he Russian Debutante’s Handbook , Absurdistan , and  Super Sad True Love Story , which was named one of the best novels of… more

  • Crockett and Tubbs. Murtaugh and Riggs. Tango and Cash. Obama and Biden. In Hope Never Dies, this time it’s personal as the former President and Vice President are on the case in this high-stakes thriller mystery from Andrew Shaffer,  the New… more

  • The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study that… more

  • A “tough-minded” but “nuanced and persuasive” ( The New York Times Book Review ) expert on history, politics, and religion in America, Jon Meacham won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House .… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, Beck Dorey-Stein was serving cocktails in the D.C. area when she answered an unlikely Craigslist post that ultimately… more

  • Please join Randi on the launch date of her latest book, Aroused , which takes us on a guided tour through the intellectually arousing history and science of hormones. Randi’s prior book  Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of… more

  • The Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine… more

  • Elin Hilderbrand | The Perfect Couple

    • Recorded Jun 21, 2018

    “The queen of the summer beach read” ( New York Post ), Elin Hilderbrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker , and The Identicals . … more

  • In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer . Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s best known musicians. Chief conductor of the New York… more

  • Michael A. Smerconish is the host of  The Michael Smerconish Program  on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s  Smerconish  on Saturday mornings, a Sunday  Philadelphia Inquirer  columnist, and a  New York Times  bestselling author. His books… more

  • Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection

    • Recorded Jun 14, 2018

    The former curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum, Katrina van Grouw is the author of The Unfeathered Bird . A sumptuous labor of love, this hybrid of art, science, and history features 385 detailed drawings… more

  • In the  New York Times  bestselling book  The Tenth Parallel , immersive journalist Eliza Griswold spent seven years traversing the geographic and ideological fronts in Africa and Asia where Christianity and Islam collide. In I Am the Beggar of… more

  • In conversation with journalist Tracey Matisak Ken Auletta has penned the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker for more than 25 years. His 11 books include the bestsellers Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way , The… more

  • In conversation with State Representative Brian K. Sims , former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. Sims recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as… more

  • In conversation with Lee Child, No. 1 internationally best selling author of the Jack Reacher novels. Please join President Bill Clinton and the world’s bestselling author James Patterson as they discuss their forthcoming novel, The President Is… more

  • Journalist and lawyer Steven Brill is the founder of Court TV, 10 regional newspapers, and The American Lawyer magazine. His 2013 Time magazine cover story “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” won the National Magazine Award for Public… more

  • Celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter’s many books include Sojourner Truth, Creating Black Americans , and, most recently, The History of White People , a national bestseller examining the dangerous socially constructed notion of whiteness. The… more

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak A scion of America’s most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of… more

  • Kevin Powers won the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award  and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds , “the first great Iraq War novel” ( Rolling Stone ), a work drawn from his experiences as a U.S. Army machine-gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.… more

  • In conversation with award winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak. Political commentator Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime’s The Circus  and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic . She previously hosted MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated Now… more