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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 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

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak One of Advertising Age’s industry-wide “100 Best and Brightest,” Valerie Graves is the nationally lionized creative director of such Fortune 500 accounts as Ford, AT&T, General Foods, and Pepsi. In a rise as… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Colson Whitehead | The Underground Railroad

    • Recorded Sep 27, 2016  Explicit Content

    “Commanding a lush, poetic, mellifluous prose instrument” ( The Nation ) to turn a fantastical, satirical mirror on race and culture, Colson Whitehead  is the author of the acclaimed novels  The Intuitionist ,  John Henry Days , and  Zone One ,… more

  • Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

    • Recorded Sep 26, 2016

    Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly appear in a… more

  • Carl Hiaasen | Razor Girl

    • Recorded Sep 23, 2016

    “Florida’s most entertainingly indignant social critic” ( New York Times ), Carl Hiaasen is the author of a score of funny, frightening, weird novels set mostly in the Sunshine State, including Strip Tease , Stormy Weather , Bad Monkey , and… more

  • On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last Tycoon , and Tender Is the Night . Panelists include NPR book… more

  • Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine battles… more

  • President and Co-Founder of the Campaign Group, Neil Oxman, will show political spots beginning with the Eisenhower/Stevenson race in 1952 up through the present and share examples of his own work. He will also discuss the history of political… more

  • One of the world’s esteemed theoretical physicists for his contributions to the theory of general relativity and cosmology, Roger Penrose has won the Albert Einstein Medal, shared the Wolf Prize for physics with Stephen Hawking, and is the… more

  • 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