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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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  • Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves , a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book’s unusual page layout,… more

  • George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

    • Recorded Feb 14, 2017

    Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, “it’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction” ( The Wall Street Journal ). He is… more

  • In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller Miss… more

  • In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor Possessed of “intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with words and messages” (… more

  • Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has helped bring… more

  • Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You , and How We Got to Now , which he adapted into a popular PBS and BBC… more

  • Dr. David Grinspoon is the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress. With research focusing on climate evolution and the conditions for life elsewhere in the cosmos, he has consulted on interplanetary space missions for… more

  • Iconic First Lady Michelle Obama has redefined American ideas about beauty, strength, and poise under often-harsh public scrutiny. In the “powerful” ( Vogue ) essay collection The Meaning of Michelle , some of the country’s most thoughtful minds… more

  • 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

  • Dava Sobel is one of the most prominent, critically acclaimed, bestselling narrative nonfiction writers working today.  A former science reporter for the New York Times, she is the recipient of the National Science Board's prestigious Individual… 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

  • In conversation with Jason Freeman Cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz is the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know . Owing to its insight and plain-spoken lightness, the book pawed its way to no. 1 on the New York Times… 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

  • “With a fiction writer’s feel for character” (Philadelphia Inquirer ), Ross King is the author of several nonfiction works that situate art within the context of the history in which it was born, including the New York Times bestsellers… 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

  • “One of America’s premier writers of fiction ( New York Times ), John Edgar Wideman was the first two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, for his novels  Sent for You Yesterday  and  Philadelphia Fire . His more than 20 other works of fiction… more