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  • Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

    • Recorded Mar 15, 2018

    “One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the… more

  • “Rapidly acquiring international guru status” ( Financial Times ) as an authority on the ever-evolving world of work, Daniel Pink is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive , A Whole New Mind , and To Sell is Human , a… more

  • Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

    • Recorded Mar 8, 2018 Explicit Content

    In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, reporter Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer . Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling Stone ). He… more

  • Introduced by Sonia Sanchez. Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story… more

  • A staff writer for The New Yorker , Steve Coll is the author of  The Bin Ladens , a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars ; and Private Empire , an examination of the notoriously secret… more

  • In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America’s most popular and influential… more

  • “Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest to discover a unified field theory. His… more

  • Counting Fortune 500 CEOs, veterans with PTSD, Michael J. Fox, inner-city youth, and Oprah Winfrey among his eclectic student body, Bob Roth is one of the world’s most respected teachers of Transcendental Meditation. For more than 45 years he’s… more

  • Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in the Holy… more

  • Watch the video here . Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones ‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow , The Untelling , and Leaving Atlanta , winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. “One of the best writers of her… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Jacqueline Woodson

This month we're featuring Jacqueline Woodson, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia finale. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about the ideas that unify her work, and the beauty that lies on the other side of pain. 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 February 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos February 2018

  1. Bob Roth
  2. Cornel West
  3. Elif Shafak with Siri Hustvedt
  4. Simone Biles
  5. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  6. Tayari Jones with Stephanie Powell Watts
  7. Max Boot
  8. Michio Kaku
  9. Mysterious Travelers Featuring Dan Nosheny
  10. Ta-Nehisi Coates