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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Emma Donoghue | The Wonder

    • Recorded Oct 13, 2016

    Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue is the author of the international bestseller Room , “a stirring portrait of a mother’s devotion” ( Toronto Star ) and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Her film screenplay for the novel’s screen adaptation… 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

  • The “master of the nonfiction narrative” ( The Baltimore Sun ), Tracy Kidder is acclaimed for his unique “literary journalism” that emphasizes compelling narrative and personal voice in such bestselling books as The Soul of a New Machine , Among… more

  • Ann Patchett’s many novels and nonfiction works have won some of writing’s highest awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for  Bel Canto , the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for  Taft , and the  New York Times  Notable Book of… more

  • One of America’s most popular food writers, Mark Bittman penned the “Minimalist” column for the New York Times for 13 years and is the author of the ubiquitous How to Cook Everything series. The winner of two James Beard awards and the Julia… more

  • Rules of Civility , a debut novel that “enchants on first reading and only improves on the second” ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ), marked Manhattan investment banker  Amor Towles’s  auspicious literary breakout. An elegant Fitzgerald-ian love… more