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 Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY Leslie Jamison is the author of the bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams , a personal and probing look at pain and how we understand others’ suffering, praised for “its… more

  • Robert Kuttner is the cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect , one of the country’s most popular progressive political and public-policy quarterlies. His many books include Everything for Sale , The Squandering of America , Obama’s… more

  • Journalist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, “who for more than 40 years has been one of our most accomplished and outspoken advocacy journalists and activists” ( Los Angeles Times ), is the bestselling author of 16 books, including the… more

  • David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

    • Recorded Apr 13, 2018

    In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . David Grossman won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for… more

  • A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The Echo Maker ,… more

  • Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning

    • Recorded Apr 11, 2018

    In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s venerable career in public service includes positions on the… more

  • In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” ( The New York Times Book Review… more

  • Perhaps America’s most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny , Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning , Wall Around the West , and an impressive… more

  • Junot Díaz | Islandborn

    • Recorded Apr 7, 2018

    Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the author of the… more

  • The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars , a “strange and beautiful” book of verse that “pulses with America’s adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the edge of… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Elizabeth George

This month we're featuring New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote her newest book, The Punishment She Deserves. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about high-risk writing and finding the heart of the story. 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 March 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos March 2018

  1. Walter Mosley
  2. Mysterious Travelers featuring Mike Kennedy
  3. Mary Frances Berry
  4. Bob Roth
  5. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  6. Elif Shafak with Siri Hustvedt
  7. Anna Badkhen with Min Jin Lee
  8. Ian Buruma
  9. Simone Biles
  10. Cornel West