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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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  • 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

  • Parkway Central librarian and presidential history buff Dick Levinson sheds light on desperately ill and dying presidents who deceived the public to remain in power. Join us to hear tales so wild they could only be true.  Introduced by Janet… more

  • A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney

    • Recorded Jul 19, 2016

    Join us for a celebration of Jerry Pinkney Day! One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for… more

  • Donald Ray Pollock | The Heavenly Table

    • Recorded Jul 18, 2016

    Evoking a gritty world that’s at once weirdly familiar and utterly a “world unto its own, a world vividly and powerfully brought to life by a literary stylist who packs a punch” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Donald Ray Pollock’s 2008 debut story… more

  • Ben Winters | Underground Airlines

    • Recorded Jul 14, 2016

    Ben Winters is the author of the “bare-boned, raw and honest” ( Cleveland Plain Dealer ) Last Policeman trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic noir series for which he won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Philip K. Dick Award for… more

  • According to the Pew Research Center, the Hispanic population in the U.S. grew to 53 million in 2012, a 50% increase since 2000 and nearly six times the population in 1970. Could Hispanic voters decide the 2016 election? Doyle McManus, Washington… more

  • An “absorbing and meticulously researched history of the beginnings and causes of our obsession with vitamins and nutrition” ( New York Times ), Catherine Price’s Vitamania tells the fascinating story of the 13 dietary chemicals necessary to… more

  • Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over 300… more

  • Longtime newspaper and magazine reporter David Daley is the editor-in-chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Wilson Center for the Humanities. His new book tells the explosive true story of the process through… more

  • Justin Cronin | The City of Mirrors

    Recorded Jun 16, 2016

    Justin Cronin is acclaimed for the first two “addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying” ( Men’s Journal ) installments of in his vampiric post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Passage and The Twelve . A former creative writing teacher at La Salle… more

  • Alain de Botton | The Course of Love

    Recorded Jun 15, 2016

    “With originality, verve, and wit” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Alain de Botton’s internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On Love , How… more