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The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

Recent Episodes

  • Exploring an astonishing range of genres and subject matter, Julie Salamon is the author of a score of novels, children’s books, and nonfiction books. Initially a longtime banking reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal , then a TV… more

  • They’re back! In Andrew Shaffer’s sequel to the New York Times bestseller Hope Never Dies , the bromantic thriller that saw the former president and vice president tumble down a Delaware rabbit hole of conspiracy and murder, Obama and Biden are… more

  • Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children’s books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular books have been translated into nearly three dozen languages and… more

  • Jennifer Weiner | Mrs. Everything

    • Recorded Jul 9, 2019 Explicit Content

    “One of the biggest names in popular fiction” ( USA Today ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved number-one  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels—including Good in Bed , All Fall Down , and In Her Shoes , which was made into… more

  • The recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her contributions to This American Life , Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises . A “gut-wrenching” ( Esquire ) and intimate investigation into the scope and root causes of one of… more

  • In conversation with Rakia Reynolds , founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media The firebrand former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director in Condé Nast’s 107-year history,… more

  • On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those tumultuous events.… more

  • In conversation with Bill Marimow As NPR's Correspondent in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt created a free-taxi service where he offered rides in exchange for passenger's stories and candid conversation. He met a motley crew of characters whose lives he… more

  • Esi Edugyan | Washington Black

    • Recorded Jun 18, 2019

    Esi Edugyan’s novel Half-Blood Blues , the story of a World War II–era mixed-race jazz band’s abducted star trumpeter, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of another novel, The Second Life of… more

  • In conversation with longtime radio host Steve Ross Mark Kram Jr. won the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for Like Any Normal Day , the tragic story of two brothers bonded but separated by a devastating sports injury. He formerly… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Bill McKibben

This month we're featuring Bill McKibben, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss his new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out. McKibben spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the differences regarding climate change since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989, and potential solutions to address the problem. 20th & Vine features behind-the-scenes conversations from the Free Library of Philadelphia's award-winning Author Events series. Subscribe now for more videos with your favorite authors.

Top 10 Podcast Episodes June 2019

Top 10 YouTube Videos June 2019

  1. Pete Buttigieg
  2. Slavoj Zizek
  3. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Ben Macintyre
  5. James Ellroy
  6. Lamont "U-God" Hawkins
  7. Robert A. Caro
  8. Camille Paglia
  9. Timothy Snyder
  10. René Redzepi and David Zilber