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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

  • James McBride | Deacon King Kong

    • Recorded Mar 11, 2020

    “Boisterous, highly entertaining,” and “altogether original” ( Washington Post ), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award–winning  The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s doomed… more

  • The campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 primary and general election victories, David Plouffe later served on the White House staff as a senior advisor and was largely credited with the 44th president’s 2012 win. He formerly worked as a… more

  • “One of the best sportswriters alive” ( USA Today ), John Feinstein is the author of the bestselling  A Good Walk Spoiled , A Season on the Brink , and Where Nobody Knows Your Name , among almost two dozen other books. He has been a staff… more

  • Historian Adam Hochschild’s ten “carefully researched and vigorously told” ( Houston Chronicle ) books include King Leopold’s Ghost , a haunting portrait of Belgium’s 19th-century brutal colonization of the Congo, and To End All Wars , the… more

  • The creators of the immensely popular eponymous blog Tom and Lorenzo , Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez entertain millions of readers a month with their singular perspective on fashion and pop culture. They are frequent guests on Sundance… more

  • R. Eric Thomas is the creator of Elle ’s “Eric Reads the News,” a daily humor column that lambasts pop culture, celebrity, and politics that has been praised by Lin-Manuel Miranda as “Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny.” Also a renowned… more

  • Steven Levy | Facebook: The Inside Story

    • Recorded Feb 26, 2020

    In conversation with Michael A. Smerconish Editor at large at Wired and a technology writer for more than 30 years, Steven Levy is the author of seven books, including In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives ; Crypto: How the… more

  • Gish Jen | The Resisters

    • Recorded Feb 25, 2020

    Gish Jen’s many novels include Typical American , World and Town , and Mona in the Promised Land . She is also the author of two nonfiction works that explore the differences in East-West notions of art and culture, and her short stories have… more

  • In conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco , author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House and frequent guest on Pod Save America The White House director of… more

  • The food editor at the New York Times  and the founding editor of the  Times ’s digital cookbook, NYT Cooking , Sam Sifton is one of America’s most popular culinary writers. He formerly worked as the Gray Lady’s national news editor, restaurant… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with E.J. Dionne, Jr.

This month we're featuring E.J. Dionne, Jr. who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss his new book Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country. Dionne spoke backstage with Laura Kovacs about the radical inequality in our country and the lack of an equal sense of dignity among the citizenry. 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. 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 Podcasts for February 2020

10 Videos for Black History Month

  1. Gail Collins
  2. Margot Lee Shetterly
  3. Susan Orlean
  4. Gish Jen
  5. Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  6. Jenny Offill
  7. Gretchen Sorin
  8. Jeanine Bassinger
  9. Kate Mulgrew
  10. Angela Duckworth