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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.

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  • Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in the Holy… more

  • Watch the video here . Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones ‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow , The Untelling , and Leaving Atlanta , winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. “One of the best writers of her… more

  • Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle , the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King , and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of… more

  • Watch the video here . Lauded for his “ferocious moral vision and astute intellect” ( New York Times ), educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the author of the National Book Award-winning  Race Matters , a sea change discourse on race,… more

  • Watch the video here . Referred to as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot is the author of The Savage Wars of… more

  • Watch the video here . The most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak has penned more than a dozen “vibrant, lush and lively” ( Washington Post ) books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. This work includes the… more

  • Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

    • Recorded Jan 27, 2018

    Watch the video here . Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street , a children’s book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the genre. The… more

  • Watch the video here . Dubbed the “anti-Tiger Mom,” contrarian economist Bryan Caplan is the author of the “wickedly subversive” ( Wall Street Journal ) parenting manifesto Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids , which argues that parenting has… more

  • Watch the video here . Pioneering physician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a longtime crusader for targeting care to vulnerable and traumatized children. Her prolific work on the link between toxic stress and chronic illnesses includes more than… more

  • Watch the video here . In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill , Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, and author of  Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond . An… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Cornel West

This month we're featuring Cornel West, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia while on tour for the 25th anniversary edition of his classic book, Race Matters. Laura Kovacs spoke to him backstage on the topics of race, justice, and democracy in America. 20th & Vine is 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 January 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos January 2018

  1. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  2. One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event
  3. Michael Wolff
  4. Mysterious Travelers featuring Larry Price
  5. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. James Breakwell
  7. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  8. Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  9. Lawrence O'Donnell
  10. Bryan Caplan