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Listen to Malcolm Galdwell discuss topics from his New York Times bestselling book Outliers, which centers around both facts and misconceptions that contribute to achieving success.

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  • An “unlikely feminist enforcer” ( The New Yorker ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that plumb life’s messiness with witty, relatable characters who face real… more

  • Bryan Cranston | A Life in Parts

    • Recorded Oct 12, 2016

    In conversation with Jason Freeman Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in Breaking Bad . His other acting… more

  • “Leaders in a food revolution that sees mainstream chefs putting vegetables at the center of the plate” ( Associated Press ), Philly natives and husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are co-owners of Vedge, a local mecca for foodies… more

  • Colson Whitehead | The Underground Railroad

    • Recorded Sep 27, 2016  Explicit Content

    “Commanding a lush, poetic, mellifluous prose instrument” ( The Nation ) to turn a fantastical, satirical mirror on race and culture, Colson Whitehead  is the author of the acclaimed novels  The Intuitionist ,  John Henry Days , and  Zone One ,… more

  • Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

    • Recorded Sep 26, 2016

    Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly appear in a… more

  • Carl Hiaasen | Razor Girl

    • Recorded Sep 23, 2016

    “Florida’s most entertainingly indignant social critic” ( New York Times ), Carl Hiaasen is the author of a score of funny, frightening, weird novels set mostly in the Sunshine State, including Strip Tease , Stormy Weather , Bad Monkey , and… more

  • On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last Tycoon , and Tender Is the Night . Panelists include NPR book… more

  • Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine battles… more

  • President and Co-Founder of the Campaign Group, Neil Oxman, will show political spots beginning with the Eisenhower/Stevenson race in 1952 up through the present and share examples of his own work. He will also discuss the history of political… more

  • One of the world’s esteemed theoretical physicists for his contributions to the theory of general relativity and cosmology, Roger Penrose has won the Albert Einstein Medal, shared the Wolf Prize for physics with Stephen Hawking, and is the… more

  • One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween , Trading Places , A Fish Called Wanda , Freaky Friday , and True Lies , for which she won a best… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards The co-anchor of ABC’s long-running flagship news show 20/20 , Elizabeth Vargas became an inspiration for others fighting addiction from the moment she told interviewer George Stephanopoulos, “I am an… more

  • Ian McEwan | Nutshell

    • Recorded Sep 14, 2016

    In conversation with Wesley Stace The winner of the Booker prize for the fraught but tender novel Amsterdam , Ian McEwan is “the most psychologically astute writer working today, our era’s Jane Austen” ( Esquire ). His other 15 books include… more

  • Jonathan Safran Foer | Here I Am

    • Recorded Sep 13, 2016

    Renowned for placing “his reader's hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of the frenetically irreverent, emotionally urgent novels  Everything Is Illuminated and … more

  • Amy Schumer | The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

    • Recorded Aug 17, 2016  Explicit Content

    The star of the hit film Trainwreck , comedian-actress-producer Amy Schumer is one of the brightest and bawdiest lights in the entertainment world. Her TV series Inside Amy Schumer has won a broad following and a slew of awards, including a… more

  • “A reliable and astute guide” ( The Miami Herald ) through America’s most compelling court cases, Jeffrey Toobin is CNN’s senior legal analyst and a longtime  New Yorker  staff writer. His bestselling books include The Run of His Life: The People… more

  • Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons. Putting a human face to these… more

  • RFK started his career working under Senator Joseph McCarthy. He died a liberal hero. Author and journalist Larry Tye shows us how the remarkable journey occurred, sharing pieces of history revealed in his newly released book.  Introduced by Bill… more

  • In the United States, solitary confinement of youth is routinely employed in a majority of states, despite a recent ban on the practice in federal prisons. Over the past several months, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Regional Foundation Center… more

  • Natashia Deon | Grace

    • Recorded Jul 20, 2016

    Natashia Deón's debut novel Grace depicts the violent, terrifying world of the antebellum South, where the emancipation of slaves can bring anything but freedom. She is "not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole,… more