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Interviews, conversations, discussions, events and more from the writers and staff of The New York Review of Books

Interviews, conversations, discussions, events and more from the writers and staff of The New York Review of Books

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New York, NY

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Interviews, conversations, discussions, events and more from the writers and staff of The New York Review of Books

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English


Episodes

Pandemic Journal

4/15/2020

Duration:00:41:18

President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation—II

10/26/2015
In the second part of this exclusive conversation, President Obama and writer Marilynne Robinson discuss literature, politics, competition, American restlessness, teaching, and citizenship. The conversation was recorded on September 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Duration:00:30:13

President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation

10/12/2015
In this exclusive conversation, President Obama and author Marilynne Robinson discuss topics ranging from the problems of American democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship to the challenges of Christianity and their shared sense of the values and virtues of small-town America. The conversation was recorded on September 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. This is the first part of their conversation; the second part will appear on October 26.

Civil Rights & Policing

10/5/2015
A panel discussion with Laurie Robinson, co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, critic and novelist Darryl Pinckney, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The panelists reflect on issues of race and bias in law enforcement and whether the recommendations of the White House Task Force, if implemented, can practically address and dismantle sources of conflict, deepening racial divisions, and high rates of incarceration in the US. Recorded on September 20, 2015...

Duration:00:33:53

Literary Journalism: A Discussion

5/3/2013
On April 3, 2013 The New York Review and the Cullman Center for Scholars Writers at the New York Public Library presented a panel discussion celebrating the Reviews 50th anniversary and discussing the future of literary journalism. This podcast features excerpts from remarks by Ian Buruma, Joseph Lelyveld, Zoë Heller, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Andrew Delbanco.

Duration:00:11:28

Michael Chabon on the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

3/15/2013
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its 50th anniversary at Town Hall in New York City. In this recording from the event, Michael Chabon reads from his piece about writing his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Daniel Mendelsohn on September 11 at the Movies

3/15/2013
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its 50th anniversary at Town Hall in New York City. In this recording from the event, Daniel Mendelsohn reads from his 2006 piece, September 11 at the Movies, a review of United 93 by Paul Greengrass and World Trade Center by Oliver Stone.

Mark Danner on Reporting from the Campaign Trail

3/14/2013
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its 50th anniversary at Town Hall in New York City. In this recording from the event, Mark Danner discusses his time as an editorial assistant at the Review then contributor from the campaign trail.

Darryl Pinckney on James Baldwin

3/13/2013
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its 50th anniversary at Town Hall in New York City. In this recording from the event, Darryl Pickney discusses his lifelong engagement with the writing of James Baldwin.

Duration:00:12:46

Mary Beard on Reading the Classics

3/12/2013
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its 50th anniversary at Town Hall in New York City. In this recording from the event, Mary Beard discusses the Review’s coverage of the classics throughout its history.

John Banville on Hubert Butler

3/8/2013
In this recording from our February 2013 event at Town Hall, John Banville discusses his 1997 review The European Irishman, on the work of Hubert Butler.

Steve Coll on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

10/9/2012
Steve Coll addresses the political implications of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and how the author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden sidestepped legal issues to publish his book.

Duration:00:07:17

Henri Cole Reads Selected Poems

5/25/2012
In this podcast, Henri Cole reads from his recent book of poems, Touch (2011), and talks about his search for what he calls the essentialness of emotion.

Duration:00:20:45

Jonathan Freedland on the Royal Wedding

4/28/2011
Jonathan Freedland talks with Emily Greenhouse about gilded-coach celebrity in an era of austerity, the hereditary principle, and why all bets are off when it comes to Wills andKate.

Andrew Delbanco on Mark Twain

4/14/2011
Andrew Delbanco talks with Andrew Martin about the first volume of Mark Twain’s unabridged Autobiography and the distinctive joys and challenges of reading Twain in the twenty-firstcentury.

Duration:00:41:10

Geoffrey O'Brien on Duke Ellington

3/11/2011
Geoffrey OBrien talks with Chris Carroll about Duke Ellingtons mid-career crisis and stunning comeback, revisiting his often-overlooked albums of the 1960s and1970s.

Robert Gottlieb on Charles Dickens

8/13/2010
Robert Gottlieb speaks to Andrew Martin about Charles Dickenss troubled life, his best and worst novels, and how to read withoutediting.

Duration:00:24:13

Derek Walcott, Two Poems

7/9/2010
Derek Walcott recites Fare Well by Walter de la Mare, and reads The Hulls of White Yachts, from his latest collection White Egrets.

Duration:00:10:20

Charles Rosen Plays Chopin

7/1/2010
Charles Rosen plays the music of Frdric Chopin and talks to Chris Carroll about the composers surprising radicalism and the critical controversy surrounding his work, the mysterious spianato style, and whether there is a right way to play Chopinsmusic.

Duration:00:18:06