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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.

The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Central Library.
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Philadelphia, PA

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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.

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English


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Leslie Jamison | The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

4/24/2018
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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 ethical generosity, the palpable sense of stretch and reach'' and ''the lovely vividness of the language itself (The New York Times Book Review). She is also the author of the novel The Gin Closet, a columnist for The New York Times Book Review, and...

Duration:00:42:50

Robert Kuttner | Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

4/20/2018
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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 Challenge, and Debtors' Prison. A former columnist at the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Business Week, he is currently the Ida and Meyer Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University. In his new book, Kuttner uses historical precedent to propose a bold...

Duration:00:46:21

Barbara Ehrenreich | Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

4/19/2018
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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 working-class exposé Nickel and Dimed, in which she subsisted on poverty-level wages for a year; Living with a Wild God, an intimate reconstruction of the philosophical and spiritual inquiry of her youth; and Bait and Switch, in which she investigated...

Duration:00:46:12

David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

4/17/2018
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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 his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, a ''magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance'' (New York Times). Born in Jerusalem, Grossman is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including To...

Duration:00:47:44

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

4/13/2018
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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, a story of the precarious brain, mass migrations, and car accidents; Orfeo, the narrative of a falsely accused amateur scientist/composer; and Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, in which a WWI-era photo sends two men on very different quests....

Duration:00:53:22

Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning

4/12/2018
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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 National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2012, Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her books include the memoirs Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, and Prague...

Duration:00:45:13

Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

4/12/2018
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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), Lorrie Moore's acclaimed fiction includes the short-story collections Self-Help, Bark, and Birds of America; and the novels Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, and A Gate at the Stairs. The Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt...

Duration:00:44:47

Timothy Snyder | The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

4/10/2018
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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 array of other books, articles, and essays about that continent's contentious and complicated past. His many honors include the Hannah Arendt Prize, the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Leipzig Book Prize for...

Duration:00:51:52

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

4/10/2018
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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 story collections Drown and the National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her. He serves as fiction editor at Boston Review and professor of creative writing at MIT. His many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, induction into the American...

Duration:00:36:40

Leslie Odom, Jr. | Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

4/9/2018
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In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard...

Duration:00:39:20

Tracy K. Smith | Wade in the Water: Poems

4/6/2018
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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 the universe'' (New York Times). Her other work includes the celebrated poetry collections Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award; The Body's Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; and the memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the...

Duration:00:42:13

Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

4/4/2018
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A writer who ''luxuriates in language'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America, Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda, and The True History of the Kelly Gang, the latter two of which won the Man Booker Prize. Frequently posited as Australia's next Nobel Laureate in Literature, he is also the author of two story collections and four works of nonfiction, and he has collaborated on two screenplays. A Long Way from Home...

Duration:00:47:01

Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

4/3/2018
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In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a ''stunningly eloquent'' speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Confederate statues from his city, arguing that ''there is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it.'' The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and a former lieutenant governor of Louisiana, Landrieu is the son of a...

Duration:01:04:16

Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

4/3/2018
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''A superstar of the crime-fiction world'' (Seattle Times), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard's intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her many honors include the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and France's Grand Prix di Literatture Policierer. George's other work includes three YA novels and the popular creative-writing manual Write Away. A tangled tale of lies and redemption, The...

Duration:00:52:07

Military History Club | Benito Mussolini

3/26/2018
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Join John Hemphill and the Military History Club for a discussion of Benito Mussolini, Dictator of Fascist Italy. (recorded 7/19/2017)

Duration:01:53:05

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

3/23/2018
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With an artist's eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer Anna Badkhen offers ''rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs'' (Christian Science Monitor). Her immersive investigations of the world's iniquities have yielded six books of nonfiction, most recently The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village and Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah. A contributor to...

Duration:01:02:00

Mary Frances Berry | History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

3/22/2018
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The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America's most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five Dollars and Pork Chop Sandwich, and Black Resistance/White Law. A former chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights, she is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Legal History and the recipient of 35 honorary degrees. In History Teaches...

Duration:01:04:32

One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

3/22/2018
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The One Book Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor. The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of original works--inspired by the novel--from Curtis Institute of Music composer Chelsea Komschlies, performed by Curtis Institute musicians, and from Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim. (recorded 3/14/2018)

Duration:01:04:24

Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

3/16/2018
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''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 Shadows of War; and Their Promised Land, an account of his grandparents' love and separation during the 20th century's darkest hours. The winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, the Erasmus Prize, and the Shorenstein...

Duration:00:55:34

Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

3/15/2018
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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 collections, a graphic novel, plays, erotica, a young adult novel, and other mystery volumes. His many honors include an O. Henry Award, two NAACP Image Awards, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Grammy award, and the PEN American Center's Lifetime...

Duration:00:57:09

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