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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

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak A scion of America’s most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of… more

  • Kevin Powers won the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award  and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds , “the first great Iraq War novel” ( Rolling Stone ), a work drawn from his experiences as a U.S. Army machine-gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.… more

  • In conversation with award winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak. Political commentator Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime’s The Circus  and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic . She previously hosted MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated Now… more

  • “A marvelous storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune ), Mary Morris explores some of her favorite themes—away versus home, childhood memories, and the Midwest—in such works of fiction as A Mother’s Love, House Arrest , and The Jazz Palace . The winner of… more

  • Jesmyn Ward | Sing, Unburied, Sing

    • Recorded May 9, 2018

    In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming A “hypnotic” novelist whose ease with vernacular puts her “in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner” ( The New Yorker ),… more

  • Celebrated by critics and readers alike for “interweaving history, fascinating trivia and acute observation” ( New York Times Book Review ), Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of the nonfiction books  The Professor and the Madman,… more

  • A fellow of the American Meteorological Society and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, geographer Mark C. Serreze is one of the world’s foremost experts on the planet’s cryosphere—Earth’s snow and ice cover—and its relatively… more

  • Jake Tapper | The Hellfire Club

    • Recorded May 3, 2018

    Jake Tapper is anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, where he hosts the weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper and the Sunday morning show State of the Union . He is the former White House correspondent for ABC News and… more

  • The principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, a planetary scientist, and an aerospace executive and consultant, Dr. Alan Stern has participated in a mind-blowing 29 space missions and has served in the loftiest strata of… more

  • In conversation with Jennifer Weiner , author of numerous bestselling books including her recent memoir  Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing and the Little Big Foot series of young adult novels. “Popular but intellectual,… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Jake Tapper

This month we're featuring New York Times bestselling author Jake Tapper, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote his first novel The Hellfire Club. Laura Kovacs spoke to him backstage about what he loves most about writing fiction. 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 April 2018

Top 10 Livestream Videos April 2018

  1. Bob Roth
  2. Elif Shafak
  3. Richard Powers
  4. Charles Frazier
  5. Timothy Snyder
  6. Junot Díaz
  7. Simone Biles
  8. Barbara Ehrenreich
  9. Robert Kuttner
  10. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris