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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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Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

1/18/2019
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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. Celebrated internationally for a prolific, ''achingly beautiful'' (Los Angeles Times Book Review) body of work across a variety of genres, Chinese émigré Ha Jin is the author of a score of novels, volumes of poetry, story collections, and a book of essays. His many honors include the National Book Award, two...

Duration:00:56:33

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jesmyn Ward

1/17/2019
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One Book, One Philadelphia 2019 kicks off with a reading and conversation between Jesmyn Ward, author of the One Book featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing, and WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. Their talk will be followed by a performance of an original work from Curtis Institute of Music composer Elizabeth Younan. (recorded 1/16/2019)

Duration:01:13:24

In Conversation With The Rosenbach: The Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment with Michele Norris

1/17/2019
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Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute's new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion. For more than a decade Norris served as a host of NPR's ''All Things Considered'' where she interviewed world leaders, American presidents, Nobel laureates, leading thinkers and groundbreaking artists. She has also produced in-depth profiles, interviews and series for NPR News programs...

Duration:01:21:31

Kristen Roupenian | You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

1/16/2019
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Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally published in The New Yorker in 2017, her story ''Cat Person'' garnered national attention for its frank depiction of dating in the digital age. Included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, it is now the cornerstone of Roupenian's debut story collection. Genre-leaping and theme-bouncing from the supernatural to the super mundane, You Know You Want This explores sexuality,...

Duration:00:48:51

Gregory B. Jaczko | Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

1/15/2019
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The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, Dr. Gregory Jaczko oversaw the U.S. government's response to Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. An NRC commissioner from 2005-2009 and former science policy advisor to Senator Harry Reid, he is now an adjunct professor at Princeton University and Georgetown University, and has created a clean energy development company. In Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator, Jaczko blows the lid off the public and...

Duration:01:00:09

Kirsten Gillibrand | Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

12/14/2018
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In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces children to ten suffragists who raised their voices for justice. With illustrations by The New Yorker contributor and artist Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave profiles courageous visionaries including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul. Senator Gillibrand is also...

Duration:00:54:50

David Levering Lewis | The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

12/7/2018
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In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his ''superb'' (The Nation) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal shaper of the Civil Rights Movement. His other books include God's Crucible, Race to Fashoda, and 1970's King, notable for being the first scholarly...

Duration:01:01:22

Mitch Albom | The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

12/7/2018
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''A writer with soul'' (Los Angeles Times) who captures the delicacies of the human condition, author, journalist, screenwriter, and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time. His debut novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, sold an only slightly more modest 10 million copies in 35 languages. His other books include Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper, and The Magic Strings of Frankie...

Duration:01:23:50

Nathaniel Philbrick | In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

12/7/2018
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''One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction'' (The Wall Street Journal), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea, an account of the nearly mythic 19th-century maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. His many other books include Mayflower, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Last Stand, a chronicle of the clash at Little Bighorn; Bunker Hill, a fresh take on the first major battle of the Revolutionary...

Duration:00:56:23

Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

12/7/2018
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Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women's roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario's work regularly appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time. She is also the author of It's What I Do, ''an unflinching memoir'' (The Washington Post) illustrated with her photography about the uncompromising pursuit of truth and her fight to be taken as seriously as her male colleagues amid every major theater of war of...

Duration:00:56:48

Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

12/7/2018
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Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times. His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil Thomson and The New York Times Essential Library: Opera: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Works and the Best Recordings. He also has covered musical theater, done Times Talks with musical celebrities, earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at...

Duration:01:03:19

H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

12/7/2018
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''Master storyteller'' (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subjects as Aaron Burr, Ronald Reagan, the California gold rush, Andrew Jackson, the Vietnam War, and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen books ''weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place'' (The Boston Globe)....

Duration:01:08:30

Daniel Torday | Boomer1 with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah | Friday Black: Stories

12/7/2018
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Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday's novel The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist. The Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, Torday's work has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, The New York Times, and other publications. His new novel pits a disaffected and desperate 30-something with no job prospects against his Baby Boomer mother and...

Duration:01:00:59

Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

12/7/2018
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In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared ''one of the most respected bands on the planet'' and lauded as ''paragons of good taste, masters of genre-bridging craftsmanship and chill independence'' (Rolling Stone). Their many studio albums include Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and Sky Blue Sky. Tweedy was also one of the founders of the trailblazing...

Duration:00:57:49

David W. Blight | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

12/7/2018
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David W. Blight's many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass's first two autobiographies. Blight is a professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He received the Bancroft Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and is a former president of the Society...

Duration:01:04:24

Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

12/7/2018
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Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post, Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His many books include The N Word; What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; A Taste of Honey: Stories; and the debut novel Only the Strong, ''a heartfelt, polyphonic ode to 1970s black America'' (Wall Street Journal). He is also a Guggenheim Fellowship-winning...

Duration:00:59:42

Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

12/7/2018
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''America's best social critic'' (Time), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, The Puritan Ordeal, and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter. His essays on history and culture are frequently featured in The New York Review of Books. President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2012. The War Before the War tells the antebellum story of how two...

Duration:01:04:51

Margaret George | The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero with Madeline Miller | Circe

12/7/2018
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Margaret George's fictional biographies of towering world figures-brimming ''with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation'' (Detroit Free Press) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record-include Helen of Troy, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, and Mary, Called Magdalene, among many others. All have been international bestsellers. The sequel to The Confessions of Young Nero, George's latest novel finds the titular tyrant earning...

Duration:00:55:58

Elaine Pagels | Why Religion?: A Personal Story

12/7/2018
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In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations, Beyond Belief, and The Gnostic Gospels. Her many honors include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellowships. Her new book draws upon the perspectives of science, history, and her own research, as well as the insight she gleaned from the shocking loss of both her son and husband in the same year. Lauded by Joyce Carol Oates...

Duration:00:54:11

Gary Giddins | Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

12/7/2018
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Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century, ''a grand, brilliant history" (The New York Times Book Review). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his other books include Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, Faces in the Crowd, and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. Giddins teaches at the City University of New York Graduate Center and was prominently featured on Ken Burns's...

Duration:00:57:33