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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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  • In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large,The Chronicle of Higher Education  “Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today” ( The Boston Globe ), Bernard-Henri Lévy led the vanguard of the radical 1970s “New Philosophy”… more

  • Simone Biles | Courage to Soar

    • Recorded Jan 6, 2017

    In conversation with Tracey Matisak A member of the formidable U.S. female gymnastics team nicknamed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Simone Biles won a record-setting four gold and one bronze medals for her… more

  • The Washington Post’s lead journalist in Ferguson, Missouri during the tempestuous aftermath of the death of African American teenager Mike Brown, Wesley Lowery, together with his team, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the… more

  • In conversation with Mark Zandi Possessed of “a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects” ( Financial Times ), Michael Lewis is renowned for his timely nonfiction.  Liar’s Poker , his… more

  • Michael Chabon | Moonglow

    • Recorded Dec 8, 2016

    Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay , an epic story of New York adventure and possibility during the golden age of comic books. His ascent to literary stardom began with his… more

  • Wally Lamb | I’ll Take You There

    • Recorded Nov 29, 2016

    “A maestro of orchestrating emotion” ( Elle ), Wally Lamb is the author of the novels She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True , both New York Times bestsellers and Oprah’s Book Club titles. In addition to penning many other works of… more

  • In conversation with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! Perhaps America’s greatest standard-bearer for progressivism, Bernie Sanders inspired hope and a fervent following with his 2016 Democratic Presidential campaign. Currently serving his… more

  • Trevor Noah | Born a Crime

    • Recorded Nov 18, 2016

    In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Known mainly to American audiences as the “charming and composed” ( Los Angeles Times ) host of the Emmy and Peabody-award winning The Daily Show , Trevor Noah had… more

  • Robbie Robertson | Testimony

    • Recorded Nov 16, 2016

    With his partners in the seminal rock group The Band, Robbie Robertson helped change the face of popular music throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. A collaborator on such classic songs as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on… more

  • Janet Evanovich is the author of the no. 1 New York Times bestselling Stephanie Plum mystery series.  Detailing the continuing adventures of a Garden State lingerie-buyer-turned-bounty-hunter with a knack for “making trouble and winning hearts” (… more

  • In her New York Times bestselling debut book, Margot Shetterly tells the story of four African American women whose mathematical calculations at NASA fueled America’s greatest achievements in space at the leading edge of the civil rights… more

  • Maria Semple | Today Will Be Different

    • Recorded Nov 1, 2016

    Writers Guild Award nominee Maria Semple wrote for such watershed television shows as  Mad About You , Saturday Night Live , Ellen , and  Arrested Development . Her debut novel  This One Is Mine , an uncompromising portrait of Los Angeles life,… more

  • Robert Kanigel was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for The Man Who Knew Infinity , “an exquisite portrait” (Los Angeles Times ) of the rich collaboration between an unschooled but brilliant Indian clerk and a pre-eminent English… more

  • The most revered Italian scientist since Galileo, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi was one of the most prolific and consequential figures of the 20th century. Though a modest and unassuming man, he became one of the fathers of the nuclear age… more

  • Jodi Picoult | Small Great Things

    • Recorded Oct 25, 2016

    “With a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (Boston Globe), Jodi Picoult has delivered no. 1 New York Times bestsellers that are renowned for marrying controversial topics with nuanced characters and pitch-perfect… more

  • “One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation , Vanity Fair ,… more

  • One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of sources and… more

  • Francine Prose  is acclaimed for creating satirical worlds of absurd situations, sardonic humor, intelligence, compassion, and grief. An acclaimed novelist, critic, and essayist, she is the author of 16 novels, including the National Book Award… more

  • 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

  • Evelyn Coleman | Freedom Train

    • Recorded Oct 14, 2016

    It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train—a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country’s most important documents, including the Declaration of… more