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 Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor A “sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged” ( The Economist ), historian Joseph… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Ben Fountain is the author of The New York Times bestseller Billy Lynn’s Long… more

  • Fly Eagles fly! Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Ray Didinger updated his and late co-writer Robert S. Lyons’s bestselling The Eagles Encyclopedia —“the definitive book for any Eagles fan” ( Philadelphia Daily News )—to reflect the… more

  • In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist Introduced by Henry Cisneros A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar… more

  • John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

    • Recorded Oct 5, 2018

    In conversation with Michael Smerconish John Kerry is a decorated combat veteran thrice wounded in the line of duty, a five-term United States senator from Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and four-year Secretary of State.… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies , The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the… more

  • Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

    • Recorded Oct 2, 2018

    Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and the… more

  • Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

    • Recorded Oct 1, 2018

    Working “her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror” (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim… more

  • Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

    • Recorded Sep 27, 2018

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ,  Empire of Illusion , Wages of Rebellion , and  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt . For nearly two… more

  • Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his “superb” ( The Nation ) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal shaper of… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Jill Lepore

This month we're featuring award-winning historian Jill Lepore who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new book These Truths: A History of the United States. Professor Lepore spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the importance of including the topics of political consulting, polling and the evolution of polling in her new book. 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 September 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos September 2018

  1. Jill Lepore
  2. Eliza Griswold
  3. Richard Powers
  4. Simone Biles
  5. Imani Perry
  6. Gary Shteyngart
  7. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  9. Michael A. Smerconish
  10. Maxwell King