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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

  • Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil… more

  • Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

    • Recorded Oct 30, 2018

    Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women’s roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s work regularly appears in The New York Times , National Geographic , and Time . She is also… more

  • “One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction” ( The Wall Street Journal ), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea , an account of the nearly mythic 19th-century maritime… more

  • René Redzepi is chef and co-owner of Copenhagen’s Michelin two-star restaurant Noma, recognized an astounding four times as the best in the world. He is one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and the subject of two full-length… more

  • In conversation with Sam Sifton Acclaimed for “cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors” ( New York Times ), Michael Solomonov brought Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences to bear… more

  • In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama’s second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political stage as… more

  • “A writer with soul” (Los Angeles Times) who captures the delicacies of the human condition, author, journalist, screenwriter, and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is  Tuesdays with Morrie , the… more

  • Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

    • Recorded Oct 19, 2018

    With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” ( New York Times Book Review ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible , a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her… more

  • Praised for his “elegant, jaunty, and very British high style” ( New York Times ), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends , Agent Zigzag , Operation Mincemeat , and Double Cross , among other books. He has adapted several… more

  • In conversation with Hannah Gadsby The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent , Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight , creator of the series I Love Dick , and was a writer and… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Barbara Kingsolver

This month we're featuring the writer Barbara Kingsolver who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new novel Unsheltered. Ms. Kingsolver spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the ways in which fiction is better suited to take on serious issues than non-fiction, and the influence of literature on her life. 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 October 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos October 2018

  1. Jill Soloway
  2. John Kerry
  3. Rebecca Traister
  4. Jill Lepore
  5. Eliza Griswold
  6. Ray Didinger
  7. Barbara Kingsolver
  8. René Redzepi and David Zilber
  9. Jorge Ramos
  10. Julián Castro