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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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Gary Shteyngart | Lake Success

9/18/2018
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''Ridiculously witty and painfully prescient'' (Time), Gary Shteyngart is the author of the culturally reflective novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, which was named one of the best novels of the year by The New York Times Book Review. His other work includes the National Book Critics Award finalist Little Failure, a memoir of his experiences in the dramatically dissimilar worlds of uber-consumerist America and the perpetually deprived Soviet...

Duration:00:47:01

Andrew Shaffer | Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery

7/31/2018
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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 York Times best-selling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey and other fiction and nonfiction titles. When Biden, fresh into retirement, finds that his favorite railroad conductor has died in a suspicious accident, he calls the only man he ever fully...

Duration:00:41:18

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha | What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

7/26/2018
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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 exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist at the forefront of one America's most notorious public-health crises. She is the recipient of the Freedom of Expression...

Duration:00:52:43

Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You, and How We Got to Now, which he adapted into a popular PBS and BBC series. Johnson is also the creator of the influential online magazine FEED and the website plastic.com, and was one of Prospect magazine's Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future. A look at the ways novelty, wonder, and amusement have...

Duration:00:47:03

Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has helped bring worldwide attention to the Syrian crisis. She is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. In her debut book, ''the human toll of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time is painfully,...

Duration:01:01:52

Michael Eric Dyson | Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor Possessed of ''intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with words and messages'' (Essence), Michael Eric Dyson is the author of 19 books, a frequent New York Times opinion writer, an MSNBC political analyst, and University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown. His many honors include an American Book Award and...

Duration:01:14:33

Jason Rekulak | The Impossible Fortress

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman, and the literary mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, among many others. In his debut novel, Rekulak travels to 1987 to tell the coming-of-age story of...

Duration:01:00:05

Daniel C. Dennett | From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. ''Perhaps America's most widely read (and debated) living philosopher'' (New York Times), Daniel C. Dennett is the author of a score of books that explore the intersection of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, including Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. He is Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Building on ideas...

Duration:01:05:32

George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, ''it's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction'' (The Wall Street Journal). He is the author of the New York Times notable books Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; Story Prize finalist In Persuasion Nation; and Tenth of December, a National Book Award finalist. One of Time magazine's 100 most...

Duration:00:59:23

Mark Danielewski | The Familiar Volume 4: Hades

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves, a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book's unusual page layout, scores of footnotes, and color-coded words. His 2006 follow-up, Only Revolutions, was a National Book Award finalist, and his novella The Fifty Year Sword was performed on three consecutive Halloweens at REDCAT. Hades is the...

Duration:01:00:28

Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms*

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of Forbes' 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial lives. Launched from a Philadelphia attic office in 2009, its newsletter now reaches more than one million subscribers. She has discussed personal finance on a number of news outlets, including Good Morning America, CNN, Today, and MSNBC. In...

Duration:01:04:14

Erica Armstrong Dunbar | Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has contributed commentary to several documentaries, including Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and The Abolitionists and is the author of A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. In her new book, Dunbar tells...

Duration:01:02:26

Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Restaurant Critic's Wife, The Tragedy Paper, and The Grandparents Handbook. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Newsday, and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. A former high school English teacher in Camden, New Jersey, Melissa DePino is the founder and editorial director of Leapfrog Group, a...

Duration:00:44:52

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train, the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, and Sweetwater. She has taught writing at some of the country's most prestigious universities and contributed articles to the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Psychology Today, among many other publications. A Piece of the World weaves fact and fiction...

Duration:01:10:57

Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Popularly beloved as ''Judy Blue Eyes,'' eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant Sorrow and Wildflowers. The latter album's lead single, ''Both Sides, Now''-penned for her by friend Joni Mitchell-brought her worldwide fame. She is a four-time Grammy nominee, a documentary Oscar nominee, and is currently a UNICEF representative...

Duration:01:00:49

Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Yiyun Li's ''remarkable'' (The Washington Post) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. She was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, one of Granta's 21 best young American novelists under 35, and one of The New Yorker's top 20 writers under...

Duration:00:53:06

James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers' Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America's longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group details not only his growth as a writer and teacher to hundreds of students, but also his life as a husband and father. This volume also includes 10 current and former members' short stories. This event will feature Rittenhouse luminaries Diane...

Duration:01:01:17

Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. ''One of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers'' (New York Times), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, named a Book of the Decade by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, ''a globalized version of The Great Gatsby'' (NPR). In Exit West, Hamid sets a love story of courage and...

Duration:01:10:28

Melissa Clark | Dinner: Changing the Game

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer One of America's most beloved food writers, Melissa Clark writes the New York Times column ''A Good Appetite'' and hosts its weekly complementary video series. She frequently appears on the Today show, and has contributed to Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart. She has received IACP and James Beard awards, and her many cookbooks include Cook This Now and In the Kitchen with a Good...

Duration:01:03:15

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

7/16/2018
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Watch the video here. ''At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant'' (The Washington Post), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. She is a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts, a regular contributor to Salon.com, and the author of Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps. In...

Duration:01:06:13