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  • Zinzi Clemmons | What We Lose

    • Recorded Jul 13, 2017

    A cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor for Literary Hub , Zinzi Clemmons has had work published in a variety of literary magazines, including Zoetrope: All Story, The Paris Review Daily , and Transition .… more

  • Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homegoing , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New York Times… more

  • In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won instant fame… more

  • An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher whose body-positive approach encourages students to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?,” Jessamyn Stanley has been featured on Good Morning America, Shape, People , and New York Magazine ,… more

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and recognizable artists. A recipient of the… more

  • In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a board-certified… more

  • Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

    • Recorded Mar 24, 2017

    Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection Bad… more

  • Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

    • Recorded Mar 23, 2017

    Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he became the youngest primetime cable… more

  • Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has contributed commentary… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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