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

  • 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 L.A.-based artist,… more

  • Join featured author Jacqueline Woodson for an evening of conversation, reading, and performance. In conversation with WHYY's Katie Colaneri, Ms. Woodson will discuss identity, shifting cultural landscapes, and other themes in her writing. The… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News A “funny, knowing, clear-eyed, candid and altogether exhilarating” ( The New Yorker ) chronicler of the… more

  • “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic . A longtime contributing editor at Vogue , he has… more

  • Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters—the oldest is 7 years old—comedy writer James Breakwell’s jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine , and Huffington Post , among other places. In… more

  • In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY In a publishing career that stretches back more than four decades, Tina Brown has been editor-in-chief of the popular and acclaimed magazines Tatler , Vanity Fair , Talk , and The… more

  • Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and Honey , a call to arms in the fight… more

  • Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

    • Recorded Nov 29, 2017

    Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned bios of Benjamin Franklin, Henry… more

  • Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word , one of cable television’s most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times , The Washington Post , and… more

  • “By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” ( New York Times ), Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Amy Tan

This month we're featuring Amy Tan, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia while on tour for her memoir, Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about what her idea was of a perfect day and what is the value of being a reader. 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 December 2017

Top 10 Livestream Videos December 2017

  1. James Breakwell
  2. Lawrence O'Donnell
  3. Mysterious Travelers featuring Larry Price
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. Nikki Giovanni
  6. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  7. Walter Isaacson
  8. Jed Perl
  9. Terry Mutchler
  10. Tina Brown