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CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses his newest bestselling book American Heiress, which charts the journey of Stockholm Syndrome poster child and infamous newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.

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  • 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

  • What affect is the historic Supreme Court decision having on the way we experience political campaigns?  Washington Post reporter Matea Gold follows the activities of heavyweight donors, from George Soros on the left to David Koch on the right.  more

  • Historian Adam Hochschild is the author of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist King Leopold’s Ghost , a haunting portrait of Belgium’s 19th-century brutal colonization of the Congo. His many awards include the Dayton Literary Peace… more

  • Terry McMillan | I Almost Forgot About You

    Recorded Jun 13, 2016  Explicit Content

    “Rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor, and moral heft” ( Los Angeles Times ), Terry McMillan’s bestselling novels include  Waiting to Exhale —a watershed work in contemporary fiction about black women—and  How Stella Got Her Groove Back , “a… more

  • The junior United States senator from California for more than two decades, a lifelong Democrat, former Congresswoman, and seasoned scrapper, Barbara Boxer has devoted her tenure in public service to compassionate advocacy for women, families,… more