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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

  • Crockett and Tubbs. Murtaugh and Riggs. Tango and Cash. Obama and Biden. In Hope Never Dies, this time it’s personal as the former President and Vice President are on the case in this high-stakes thriller mystery from Andrew Shaffer,  the New… more

  • The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study that… more

  • A “tough-minded” but “nuanced and persuasive” ( The New York Times Book Review ) expert on history, politics, and religion in America, Jon Meacham won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House .… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, Beck Dorey-Stein was serving cocktails in the D.C. area when she answered an unlikely Craigslist post that ultimately… more

  • Please join Randi on the launch date of her latest book, Aroused , which takes us on a guided tour through the intellectually arousing history and science of hormones. Randi’s prior book  Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of… more

  • The Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine… more

  • Elin Hilderbrand | The Perfect Couple

    • Recorded Jun 21, 2018

    “The queen of the summer beach read” ( New York Post ), Elin Hilderbrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker , and The Identicals . … more

  • In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer . Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s best known musicians. Chief conductor of the New York… more

  • Michael A. Smerconish is the host of  The Michael Smerconish Program  on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s  Smerconish  on Saturday mornings, a Sunday  Philadelphia Inquirer  columnist, and a  New York Times  bestselling author. His books… more

  • Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection

    • Recorded Jun 14, 2018

    The former curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum, Katrina van Grouw is the author of The Unfeathered Bird . A sumptuous labor of love, this hybrid of art, science, and history features 385 detailed drawings… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

This month we're featuring award-winning pediatrician and author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Dr. Mona, most famously recognized for her 2015 study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children, spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about adopting a public persona and described how she reassures parents. 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 July 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos July 2018

  1. Eliza Griswold
  2. Beck Dorey-Stein
  3. Jon Meacham
  4. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  5. Michael A. Smerconish
  6. Simone Biles
  7. Richard Powers
  8. Nell Irvin Painter
  9. Elif Shafak
  10. Alex Wagner