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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

  • The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, Dr. Gregory Jaczko oversaw the U.S. government’s response to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. An NRC commissioner from 2005-2009 and former science policy advisor… more

  • In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces children to ten… more

  • President of Spelman College since 2015, and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt Campbell served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities during the Obama administration. She has contributed… more

  • Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century , “a grand, brilliant history" ( The New York Times Book Review ). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his other books… more

  • In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations , Beyond Belief , and The Gnostic Gospels . Her many honors include Rockefeller,… more

  • Margaret George ’s fictional biographies of towering world figures—brimming “with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation” ( Detroit Free Press ) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record—include Helen of Troy… more

  • “America’s best social critic” ( Time ), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope , The Puritan Ordeal , and Required Reading:… more

  • Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP’s flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post , Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N… more

  • David W. Blight’s many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era ,  Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory , and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass’s first two autobiographies. Blight is… more

  • In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared “one of the most respected bands on the planet” and lauded as… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Kirsten Gillibrand

This month we're featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new children's book Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. Senator Gillibrand spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the women who inspired her and the progress women have made in recent elections. 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 December 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos December 2018

  1. Gary Giddins
  2. Mary Schmidt Campbell
  3. Roz Chast
  4. Bob Roth
  5. Andrew Delbanco
  6. Elaine Pagels
  7. Eliza Griswold
  8. Jorge Ramos
  9. Amy Schumer
  10. Jeff Tweedy