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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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Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

3/20/2019
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In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. ''An unflinching witness and eloquent mourner'' (The New Yorker), Carolyn Forché is the author of the poetry collections Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, and Gathering the Tribes. For this body of work she has amassed an impressive list of honors, including...

Duration:00:55:51

Lidia Bastianich | My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

3/19/2019
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Renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is the owner and co-owner of celebrated Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. The author of a baker's dozen cookbooks, a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy, and a regular contributor to television cooking shows for two decades, she currently hosts the Emmy-winning Lidia's Kitchen on PBS. Her other honors include recognition from the National Italian American Foundation, several James Beard Awards, and induction into the...

Duration:00:58:19

Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

3/15/2019
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Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, a ''tour de force'' (Nature) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People, de Waal is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, directs the Living Links at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and is the C. H. Candler Professor in...

Duration:01:13:08

Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

3/13/2019
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In conversation with Gene Seymour, contributor to The Nation and former film critic and jazz columnist for Newsday. He has written for Bookforum, CNN.com, and The Washington Post. Author and spoken-word artist Darius James's 1992 masterpiece, the William S. Burroughs meets Thomas Pynchon meets Ishmael Reed fever-dream Negrophobia, is a raunchy, raucous, headlong dive into the many faces of American racism. With other works including That's Blaxploitation: Roots of the Baadassssss 'Tude,...

Duration:00:54:42

David Treuer | The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

3/8/2019
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An Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and an unromantic chronicler of Native American culture and literature, David Treuer is the author of the novels Prudence, Little, The Hiawatha, and The Translation of Dr. Appeles. He is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer offers an epic counter-narrative to the...

Duration:01:02:47

Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower with Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

3/6/2019
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In converation with Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Examining the intersections of race, gender, and politics in a popular monthly Cosmo column, Brittney Cooper is also a professor of women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University. Praised by Michael Eric Dyson as ''the boldest young feminist writing today,'' Cooper is the author of Beyond Respectability, a map of the development of female African American...

Duration:01:12:18

Don Winslow | The Border

3/1/2019
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The author of numerous international bestselling crime novels, Don Winslow is the recipient of dozens of awards and spots on myriad best-books-of-the-year lists. These books include The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Force, and Savages, for which he wrote the screenplay for the Oliver Stone-directed film adaptation of the same name. The conclusion to the Cartel trilogy that began with The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, ''an epic, gritty south-of-the-border Godfather for our time''...

Duration:00:53:35

Sigrid Nunez | The Friend: A Novel with Keith Gessen | A Terrible Country: A Novel

2/27/2019
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Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend, ''a penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory'' (NPR) in which a woman is forced to adopt her deceased best friend's Great Dane. The recipient of a Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Whiting Award, Nunez is also the author of Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and Sempre Susan, a memoir about her friend and mentor Susan Sontag. A founding editor of the popular online...

Duration:00:57:37

Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

2/22/2019
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A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie's Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secret, the tale of his eponymous aunt who was locked away in a mental institution and seemingly erased from his mother's memory. In Separate, Luxenberg unearths the Philadelphia-born court case that established the idea of "separate but equal" in the...

Duration:00:58:21

Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

2/20/2019
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In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful career in business to return to his ''dying'' hometown with a dream of reinvention. During his two terms in office, he has transformed South Bend into a model of urban renewal, served a military tour in Afghanistan, and after coming out as a gay...

Duration:01:03:55

Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

2/15/2019
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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. ''Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today'' (The Boston Globe), Bernard-Henri Lévy led the vanguard of the radical 1970s ''New Philosophy'' movement, a rejection of Marxism and the Left still debated today. This moralistic view culminated in 1979's controversial Barbarism with a Human Face and...

Duration:01:01:28

Howard Schultz | From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

2/15/2019
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In conversation with William Kristol, founder and former editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz led the java giant from eleven cafes in the Seattle area to more than 28,000 locations worldwide and ranked fifth on Fortune's 2018 list of ''World's Most Admired Companies.'' He is the author of several books, including Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time; the former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics;...

Duration:00:58:54

Victor LaValle with Justina Ireland, Sam J. Miller, and Alice Sola Kim | A People's Future of the United States: Twenty-five Visionary Stories

2/14/2019
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Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People's Future of the United States, 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and strife. Coeditor Victor LaValle's work-including four novels, two novellas, and a short story collection-has been named to a slew of best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times, The Nation, and The Washington Post, among others. Featured in this...

Duration:01:02:52

Chris Wilson | The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

2/8/2019
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In conversation with State Representative Jordan A. Harris Convicted of murder at 18 and sentenced to life in prison with no hope of release, Chris Wilson began to improve himself through study, physical fitness, and even started a business. For the next several years he followed the tenets of his ''master plan,'' and in his mid-thirties he convinced a judge of his reformation and earned an early release. Since then he has become a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, and mentor....

Duration:00:50:30

Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

2/6/2019
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Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Magazine) and one of The Root's Top 100 Black Social Influencers. Her articles have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including the New York Times, Ebony, Time, and Essence. In Reclaiming Our Space, Jones examines the ways black women...

Duration:01:01:50

Jane Brox | Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

2/1/2019
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Penning ''nonfiction literature of a high and lasting order'' (Chicago Tribune), Jane Brox is the author of, among other books, Five Thousand Days Like This One, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, named one of 2010's best books by Time magazine; and Here and Nowhere Else, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Told through the intrinsically linked histories of the monastery and penitentiary (including a section on...

Duration:00:45:34

Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

1/30/2019
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Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow, the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral, a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a professor of journalism and the writing professions at Baruch College and Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at CUNY. Davis's newest book is a tribute to her mother, a jill-of-all-trades bookie, banker, wife, and parent who...

Duration:00:42:16

Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

1/28/2019
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In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. Delivering ''an eviscerating, raw honesty'' (New York Times Book Review), writer's writer Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Devotion, Still Writing, and Hourglass. Her five novels include Black & White and Family History. She is a cofounder of the Sirenland Writers...

Duration:01:01:37

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

1/18/2019
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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

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