Podcast

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

  • David Brooks | The Second Mountain

    • Recorded May 16, 2019

    A “clever and insightful inspector of the American scene” ( Wall Street Journal ), David Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since 2003. A former editor and columnist at The Weekly Standard , The Washington Times , The Wall… more

  • “Masterful. . . . A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange ’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times bestseller and one… more

  • George Packer won the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding , a biographical examination of the seismic shifts in economics and politics over the past three decades that have brought the United States to the brink. A longtime New Yorker… more

  • In conversation with Anusha Balasubramanian. Anusha spends her days as an executive assistant at a Philadelphia investment firm, but her greatest passions are books, cooking, and her mother's idli. Lauded as the “queen of Indian cooking” ( Saveur… more

  • The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a… more

  • “A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" ( New York Times ), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride , The Price of a Child , If Sons, Then Heirs , and the memoir Black Ice . A senior lecturer in creative writing at… more

  • Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi ’s novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign Student ;… more

  • In conversation with Annette John-Hall, cohost and producer of The Why on WHYY A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand’s 2005 sexual assault… more

  • The national baseball writer for the New York Times  since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His first book,  The Phillies Experience: A… more

  • Ranked by  Forbes  as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—the world’s… 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.

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