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Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.

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Stonewall 50: The Sound of Memory

June 23rd, 2019

49:25

The Stonewall Riots were a flash point in LGBTQ history. After the riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ civil rights …

Before Stonewall

June 16th, 2019

1:00:36

Aidan Flax-Clark welcomes co-host Jason Baumann, Assistant Director for Collection Development and Coordinator of Humanities and the Library’s LGBTQ …

Marlon James Gets Nerdy with Kevin Young

June 9th, 2019

54:21

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist and winner of the Man Booker Prize. His recent book Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in a epic trilogy that …

A History of the Queer Press

June 2nd, 2019

1:03:55

The Gay Liberation Front was an organization recognized for publishing the first gay liberation newspaper in the world,"Come Out!". It provided openly queer media exposure for many activists, writers, and artists. In …

Erin Lee Carr and Ta-Nehisi Coates Remember David Carr

May 26th, 2019

54:10

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr remembers her father, legendary journalist David Carr, in a moving new memoir, "All That You Leave Behind." Erin Lee Carr, went looking for support and comfort in the lifetime of …

How Robert Caro Writes About Power and the Powerless

May 19th, 2019

1:00:59

At age 83, Robert Caro pulls back the curtains on his process, in his new book "Working." He also answers the question he is asked most often: why …

Breaking New Ground with Dr. Carla Hayden and Tracy K. Smith

May 12th, 2019

45:26

Dr. Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, the first African American and the first woman to hold this position. Tracy K. Smith is the 22nd …

Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer's Insider Take on the News

May 5th, 2019

59:57

The former executive editor of "The New York Times" tells the story of the news industry in  her new book "Merchants of Truth."  Jill Abramson traces …

Eliza Griswold Uncovers the Human Cost of Fracking

April 28th, 2019

46:50

Journalist, Eliza Griswold just won a Pulitzer Prize and a Bernstein Award for her recent book,"Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing …

Shane Bauer's Undercover Reporting from Inside a Private Prison

April 21st, 2019

45:25

Going undercover as a prison guard in Winnifield, Louisiana, journalist Shane Bauer exposes the brutality of for-profit private prison systems, and …

Emily Bazelon and Stacey Abrams talk Criminal Justice Reform

April 14th, 2019

1:17:38

In the search for meaningful criminal justice reform, are prosecutors one of the keys to change? In her new book, "Charged," journalist  Emily …

Bending Reality with G. Willow Wilson

April 7th, 2019

52:53

G. Willow Wilson is a critically acclaimed novelist and co-creator of the first Muslim superhero with their own Marvel comic book series. Wilson's new book, The Bird King, is the story of a fantastical quest through the …

Janet Napolitano Explains Homeland Security with Joe Biden

March 31st, 2019

1:02:40

Few people understand the state of our national security as well as Janet Napolitano and Joe Biden. Napolitano, former Dept. of Homeland Security …

Still Cringing After 'Cat Person'

March 24th, 2019

35:02

When "Cat Person" appeared in "The New Yorker" in December 2017, it quickly became a viral hit, striking a chord with readers at the height of the …

Paperback Crushin'

March 17th, 2019

37:45

The 1970s are sometimes hailed as the true dawn of young-adult literature, the decade when authors like Judy Blume and Lois Lowry showed that teen …

Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror

March 10th, 2019

54:01

Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators …

Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. II

March 3rd, 2019

46:52

This week we're featuring part two of Marilynne Robinson's lecture on American society, government and economy titled "Liberalism and American Tradition." Robinson discusses our country's Puritan history  and how …

Marilynne Robinson: Liberalism and American Tradition Pt. I

February 24th, 2019

45:04

Marilynne Robinson is one of the most celebrated American writers—she won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was awarded a National Humanities Medal …

How to Make Black Lives Matter at School

February 17th, 2019

53:45

Despite the fact that New York City is one of the most diverse places in the country our school system is among the most segregated. As part of the …

Envisioning 'A People's Future of the United States'

February 10th, 2019

43:04

Howard Zinn’s seminal 1980 work "A People’s History of the United States" challenged dominant narratives of our country’s past by uncovering its …

Jason Rezaian's 544 Days in an Iranian Prison

February 3rd, 2019

45:14

Jason Rezaian is an American journalist and author of a new memoir. In 2014, while reporting in Tehran for the Washington Post , he was arrested and …

The Banished Immortal

January 27th, 2019

53:10

Internationally bestselling author Ha Jin discussed his latest book—a new biography about legendary eighth-century Chinese poet, Li Bai. Ha Jin read some of the poet's lesser known works, and described  Li’s …

Seeing and Being Seen in Sally Wen Mao's 'Oculus'

January 20th, 2019

44:29

Sally Wen Mao is the author of "Oculus," a collection of poems that explores sight and being seen, futuristic worlds and historical figures. She …

Maria Popova's A Velocity of Being

January 13th, 2019

1:09:18

Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick curated an anthology of letters and original illustrations by 121 of the most interesting and inspiring …

Satirizing America in 'Friday Black'

January 6th, 2019

41:11

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah sheds light on a modern day America full of racial violence, greed, and heartbreak in his debut collection of short stories,

The Librarian Is In with Eric Klinenberg

December 30th, 2018

52:06

Our friends from NYPL's The Librarian Is In podcast recorded their first-ever live episode, featuring NYU sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg. His …

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

December 19th, 2018

1:17:27

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Dickens' classic, we're rebroadcasting this very special reading by writer and comic book author, Neil Gaiman. His live performance from 2013 uses a rare prompt copy that …

A Reporting Life in Latin America

December 16th, 2018

51:52

Award-winning journalist Alma Guillermoprieto delivered this year's annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, a series named in honor of the co-founding editor of The New York Review of Books. In her lecture titled  “Among the …

Magical Realism with Wayétu Moore

December 9th, 2018

41:34

Wayétu Moore's debut novel explores African diasporic identity through historical fiction and magical realism. In a conversation with Buzzfeed writer, Isaac Fitzgerald, Moore talks about the stories behind her new book "

John McPhee's Album Quilt

December 2nd, 2018

1:32:37

In his seventh collection of essays, The Patch, master non-fiction writer John McPhee shares a montage of stories and reflections that range from a …

How Congress Really Works...Or Doesn't

November 25th, 2018

1:11:32

Wyatt Cenac moderates a panel of Washington insiders and journalists  about the mechanics of Congress, the archetypes for today's lawmakers, and advice on how constituents can ensure their representatives take …

James Baldwin's Children's Book

November 18th, 2018

45:06

Did you know that when James Baldwin was writing "If Beale Street Could Talk" he was also writing a children's book? "Little Man, Little Man" was …

Susan Orlean's Ode to Libraries

November 11th, 2018

1:14:22

More than 30 years after a fire destroyed 400,000 books at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library,  journalist Susan Orlean re-examines the …

A History of Voter Suppression with Carol Anderson

November 4th, 2018

1:21:32

Carol Anderson is an historian, educator, and author of "White Rage." Her latest book, "One Person, No Vote," is a timely survey of how voting rights …

A Modern-day Gothic Horror Story

October 28th, 2018

45:10

The bestselling English novelist of "The Essex Serpent," Sarah Perry, stopped by the Library to talk about her newest novel,"Melmoth." The books …

Making Movements Intersectional

October 21st, 2018

55:47

Darnell L. Moore and Charlene Carruthers are two dynamic leaders and organizers committed to intersectional liberation in movements for Black lives. They are also friends and writers. Moore and Carruthers recently spoke …

Why Men Fight with Thomas Page McBee

October 14th, 2018

44:19

While training for a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden, writer Thomas Page McBee gained insight into how masculinity operates in the ring …

Righteous Rage with Rebecca Traister

October 7th, 2018

52:29

In her new book, "Good and Mad" Rebecca Traister uncovers the history of women's anger in American politics—from the suffragettes to #MeToo. She …

The Secret Memoir of Bill Cunningham

September 30th, 2018

53:37

When famed fashion and society photographer Bill Cunningham died in 2016, he left behind not only an incredible archive of New York Times columns and …

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

September 23rd, 2018

47:24

The world’s leading philanthropists are constantly working to “make the world a better place,” leading passionate campaigns against everything from climate change to poverty that had once been the province of …

Looking for the Real Lolita

September 16th, 2018

42:44

Vladimin Nabokov's "Lolita" is one of the most widely-read classics of twentieth century; however, few are familiar with the true story of an …

Notes from the Reading Life: Tim Gunn and Min Jin Lee

September 9th, 2018

54:04

Tim Gunn is the Emmy Award-winning former producer of "Project Runway," where for 16 seasons he mentored contestants with charm and care. But when he isn’t busy making it work, chances are he has his nose in a book.

In …

The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire

September 2nd, 2018

56:53

Before the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, there was The Up Stairs Lounge fire. Author Robert Fieseler sets the largely overlooked tragedy of the …

Coming This Sunday: New Name, New Look

August 28th, 2018

1:35

Exciting news! Starting next episode, "The New York Public Library Podcast" will be renamed "Library Talks." We'll still be featuring the same public talks recorded live at NYPL with today's top writers and …

There's No Such Thing As Now

August 21st, 2018

52:53

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist. In his new book, The Order of Time,  Rovelli asks "Why do we remember the past and not the …

Chronicling Illness with Porochista Khakpour and Eileen Myles

August 7th, 2018

59:05

For as far back as she can remember, writer Porochista Khakpour has been sick. She was recently diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease and has …

Love and Lanyards with Billy Collins

July 31st, 2018

1:00:25

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins stopped by the Library earlier this Spring to read some of his work, share a few tips on the creative …

Literacy is a Human Right with The World in Words Podcast

July 24th, 2018

46:03

Earlier this spring, our friends from The World in Words Podcast recorded a live show at NYPL's very own Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. The podcast, hosted by  is about languages and the people who …

Roxane Gay and Aja Monet Tell Their Truth

July 17th, 2018

59:50

Roxane Gay's latest book, "Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture," is a collection of first-person essays that directly tackle rape, sexual …

Remembering to Listen with Arundhati Roy & Viet Thanh Nguyen

July 10th, 2018

1:00:24

Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for "The God of Small Things," she returned to writing fiction in 2017 with her novel "The …

A Future for Democracy?

July 3rd, 2018

46:12

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brings together political analysts from the right and left to ask what the future holds for American …

Finding Hope on the Road in "Nomadland"

June 26th, 2018

45:20

Bernstein Book Award finalist, "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century" tells the stories of a growing population of …

Tarrell Alvin McCraney & Donja R. Love Lift Up Black Queer Narratives

June 19th, 2018

57:01

Playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney and Donja R. Love stopped by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture earlier this spring. McCraney is …

Sliding Off the Couch with George Saunders

June 12th, 2018

55:50

Until recently, George Saunders  was best known for his short stories and essays. Then his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the 2017 Man Booker …

The Harrowing History of Roosevelt Island

June 5th, 2018

31:25

Before there was Rikers Island, there was Blackwell's—today known as Roosevelt Island. Historian Stacy Horn's newest book Damnation Island: Poor, …

Kevin Young & Claudia Rankine Discuss "Brown"

May 29th, 2018

54:57

Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and New Yorker poetry editor, recently published a new collection of …

Remembering Tom Wolfe and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

May 24th, 2018

50:06

Literary icon and friend of The New York Public Library, Tom Wolfe passed away last week at the age of 88. Wolfe became a Library Lion in 1981, and …

Masha Gessen Explains Horror, Humor and Hope for the Future

May 22nd, 2018

44:35

Masha Gessen’s book The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia is the winner of the Library’s 2018 Helen Bernstein Book Award for …

Zora Neale Hurston's Story of the Last Slave Ship Survivor

May 15th, 2018

50:01

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is one of Zora Neale Hurston’s most important works of non-fiction that has never been published until today. Hurston recorded the story in Alabama in the late 1920s. It's …

A Goddess Reimagined

May 8th, 2018

45:30

Madeline Miller's first novel, The Song of Achilles, transformed The Iliad from a vast impersonal epic into an intimate and poignant love story. Now Miller turns her mind to Homer's other great work, and one of …

Why Net Neutrality Matters

April 24th, 2018

51:12

Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 to repeal net neutrality—which left many people wondering "why should we be concerned …

Sheelah Kolhatkar has Inside Information

April 17th, 2018

53:39

Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer at The New Yorker and is a former hedge fund analyst. Her book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and …

Isabella Rossellini Shares Her Eggs

April 10th, 2018

43:49

Actor Isabella Rossellini raises chickens; evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen studies them. In My Chickens Rossellini unexpectedly breeds 38 …

Building Movements with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Shaun King

April 3rd, 2018

1:00:18

How have social justice movements evolved in the fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death? Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an author and professor …

Reforming America's Prisons

March 27th, 2018

1:00:46

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brought together criminal-justice-reform advocates from the right and left to discuss the complex issues of American incarceration—Reginald Dwayne Betts, an award-winning …

Dr. John Carlos Has No Regrets

March 20th, 2018

56:16

Civil Rights leader and legendary athlete, Dr. John Carlos, made history on the Olympic podium in 1968. After medaling in the 200 meter race in Mexico City, he and Tommie Smith raised their fists in the Black Power …

Debut Novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality

March 13th, 2018

52:39

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist.  "Freshwater" ​is Emezi's debut novel and one of the most anticipated books of …

Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt's search for the Golden State Killer

March 6th, 2018

51:10

The comedian and actor Patton Oswalt shares the posthumous true-crime masterpiece written by his wife Michelle McNamara, who died suddenly at the age of 46 in 2016. McNamara, a true crime reporter and creator of …

Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

February 27th, 2018

52:33

In 1971 when Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers and revealed the true story of American involvement in Vietnam, he was holding on to a much …

Neel Mukherjee Tells Ghost Stories

February 20th, 2018

36:23

Aidan Flax-Clark speaks with author Neel Mukherjee about his new novel, "A State of Freedom" and his evolving notions of home, autonomy, migration, …

Tayari Jones Redefines American Marriage

February 13th, 2018

47:01

You may have read about Tayari Jones’s latest novel on quite a few “most anticipated books of 2018” lists, and for good reason. Inspired by her …

Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors

February 6th, 2018

53:59

To celebrate the publication of When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her co-author asha bandele …

Networking with Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett

January 30th, 2018

50:18

What do Mark Zuckerburg and Martin Luther have in common? Historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson explains in his newest book The Square …

The Hunt for Timothy Leary

January 22nd, 2018

50:41
How did a former Harvard professor turned counterculture icon become an international fugitive? Authors Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis explain …

Jessica B. Harris and Carla Hall

January 16th, 2018

45:47

The James Beard Award–winning food historian and cookbook writer was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this past fall to talk …

Naomi Klein & Martin Breum: Climate Change and the Arctic Imagination

January 9th, 2018

1:07:06

The best-selling journalist speaks with Danish reporter on the Arctic, Martin Breum, about melting ice and global solutions for our changing climate.

Masha Gessen—The Stories of a Life

January 2nd, 2018

35:36

The journalist and 2017 National Book Award Winner delivered the Library's annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture. The talk is named in honor of the co-founding editor of the New York Review of Books, who died in March 2017. …

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

December 19th, 2017

1:19:40

Neil Gaiman's reading from 2013 uses a rare prompt copy that belonged to Charles Dickens himself and now resides in The New York Public Library. Dickens marked it up and annotated it for the express purpose of …

Muhammad Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs

December 12th, 2017

1:15:27

Is self-interest the only force motivating business? Or can altruism be an equally powerful driver? It's a question that Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel …

Nikki Giovani & Joy-Ann Reid

December 5th, 2017

1:08:32

The titan of American poetry was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in November to talk about her latest collection, A Good Cry. …

Stephen Greenblatt & Tony Kushner: Adam and Eve in the Teeth of Time

November 28th, 2017

1:07:54

The Pulitzer Prize–winning literary historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright discuss Greenblatt's latest book, The Rise and Fall of Adam and …

Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers

November 21st, 2017

1:11:56

The Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker speaks with Garnette Cadogan about his …

Anne Applebaum: Fighting Against the Great Forgetting

November 14th, 2017

1:07:32

The Soviet famine of the early 1930s killed around 5 million people; almost 4 million of them were Ukrainians. As Pulitzer Prize–winning historian …

Theaster Gates: "I'm Trying to Create an Intimate Moment with Our Most Treasured Assets."

November 7th, 2017

48:46

Envisioning the archives of the future with the Chicago-based artist, who was joined by Nettrice Gaskins, director of the STEAM Lab at the Boston Arts Academy, and Greg Carr, a professor at Howard University.

Van Jones: "You have to keep open the possibility for redemption."

October 31st, 2017

1:22:05

Jones may be known as a liberal activist, but his new book, "Beyond the Messy Truth," is a call to action for all Americans seeking a way out of our …

Ron Chernow: Grant

October 24th, 2017

45:38

Ulysses S. Grant has for decades routinely listed as one of our worst presidents. Ron Chernow says the legacy of the Civil War hero and 18th president is deeply misunderstood, making the case in both his latest book and …

Nasty Women

October 18th, 2017

1:16:35

The co-editors of the essay collection Nasty Women along with select contributors to it explore the complications of being an American woman in 2017. …

Mike Wallace, Greater Gotham

October 10th, 2017

1:00:29

Twenty years in the making, Greater Gotham is Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Mike Wallace's follow-up to his 1999 Gotham. He spoke about the New …

Salman Rushdie, The Golden House

October 3rd, 2017

1:17:59

The Booker Prize–winning novelist discusses his twelfth, and most recent, novel, The Golden House.

Jesmyn Ward on 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'

September 26th, 2017

55:18

The National Book Award–winning author spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture about her most recent novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. …

Atul Gawande & Elizabeth Alexander

September 19th, 2017

1:11:39

Two writers, two beautiful books, both on the subject of death. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal examines the lengths modern medicine must go to better …

Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland

September 12th, 2017

57:23

The host and co-creator of Studio 360 discusses his new book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500-Year History. He spoke with NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah. Andersen argues that the roots of our …

Raoul Peck, "I Am Not Your Negro"

September 5th, 2017

1:10:22

The filmmaker speaks about his groundbreaking documentary I Am Not Your Negro at the Schomburg Center with the Schomburg's Director, Kevin Young and …

Ayobami Adebayo on her debut novel "Stay With Me"

August 29th, 2017

46:15

The Nigerian writer discusses her debut novel, Stay With Me, the haunting tale of a young couple whose childless marriage threatens to tear them apart. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and …

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning

August 22nd, 2017

1:18:33

Kendi discussed his National Book Award–winning work on the history of racist ideas in America with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director Emeritus of …

Noam Chomsky and Wallace Shawn: Rigorous Rationality

August 15th, 2017

1:20:20

MIT linguist, philosopher, and political theorist Noam Chomsky, in conversation with actor Wallace Shawn.

How Judy Collins Conquered Her Cravings

August 8th, 2017

1:01:07

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and best-selling author Judy Collins came to the Library  back in February, to celebrate the publication of her …

Lynn Nottage & Sweat

August 1st, 2017

1:06:43

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright was joined in May by members of the Broadway cast of Sweat to talk about the play and the issues behind it at …

Immigrant Stories—Min Jin Lee with Simon Winchester

July 25th, 2017

1:01:20

Best-selling novelist Min Jin Lee on her latest book, the ups and downs of her career, the history of Koreans in Japan, and the treatment of Asians in America.

Phillip Glass, Words Without Music

July 18th, 2017

1:22:01

Philip Glass is a giant of twentieth-century American music, arguably of the most influential composers of his time. He spoke with LIVE from the …

Janet Mock, Surpassing Certainty

July 11th, 2017

56:32

Writer, activist, and podcast host Janet Mock joins for a discussion of her second memoir, Surpassing Certainty. She's interviewed by Lisa Lucas, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. The two talked …

Inside the Work and Mind of Nick Cave

July 4th, 2017

50:31

One of contemporary art's most towering figures guides us through his astonishing new exhibition at MASS MoCA.

David Grann

June 27th, 2017

49:22

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma become oil millionaires after black gold was discovered under their land. Discover the stories of …

Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate

June 20th, 2017

37:41

Tracy K. Smith was named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate last week. In 2016 she came by the Library to discuss her memoir, Ordinary Light.

Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 2: Demagogues of American History)

June 15th, 2017

1:04:40

This week, the second part of Jelani Cobb's lecture on politics, journalism, and history entitled "The Half-Life of Freedom: The Demagogues of …

Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 1: The Media and Alternative Facts)

June 13th, 2017

1:06:00

New Yorker staff writer and Columbia Journalism School professor Jelani Cobb delivers a lecture on politics, journalism, and history entitled "The …

Alec Baldwin

June 6th, 2017

1:18:56

Alec Baldwin spoke with NY Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris about his recent memoir, "Nevertheless," at LIVE from the NYPL.

Journalism in the Age of Trump, part 2

May 30th, 2017

57:39

Katherine Boo, Anand Giridharadas, and Philip Gourevitch are all past winners of the Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, which celebrates its 30 anniversary this year. They came to the …

Jane Mayer, Winner of the Bernstein Award

May 23rd, 2017

52:32

Is the Trump Administration a dream or a nightmare for the Koch brothers? This week's episode asks and answers many questions about the intricate …

George Packer and Reihan Salam with Tony Marx

May 15th, 2017

1:14:47

Explore both the seeds and the fruits of our present American political condition with New Yorker writer George Packer, National Review editor Reihan …

Syria's Human Side, with Janine di Giovanni

May 9th, 2017

46:28

Bernstein Award finalist Janine di Giovanni talks about her book, "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria," the story of Syria's civil …

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Bernstein Award Finalist

May 2nd, 2017

1:01:23

Bernstein Award finalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson talks about her book, 'Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis,' which …

The Librarian Is In: American Passions

April 27th, 2017

39:59

BONUS: We're giving you a taste of the Library's other podcast, The Librarian Is In. Each week hosts Gwen and Frank discuss books, culture, what you …

Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story

April 25th, 2017

1:19:48

A hilarious, confounding, perplexing, and thoroughly engrossing conversation between theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and actor Alan Alda. They came to the LIVE from the NYPL stage to discuss Krauss’s new book, The …

Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist

April 18th, 2017

55:07

An interview with Bernstein finalist and Guardian editor-at-large Gary Younge. His book is called Another Day in the Death of America: a Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. On an average day in the U.S., seven children and …

Like Passover, But Funnier

April 11th, 2017

59:11

If you’ve ever made it through a full Seder, you know that celebrating Passover can last as long as the Exodus itself. Today, on day two of the …

Sonia Shah & Pandemic, Bernstein Award Finalist

April 4th, 2017

57:00

Sonia Shah's new book 'Pandemic' uses the history of cholera as a template toward understanding the life cycles of disease outbreaks and how our how …

Women's and Girls' Lives Matter

March 28th, 2017

1:19:55

An extraordinary group of women who are on the front lines of the fight for bettering the lives for young black women and girls across the country …

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear with Dr. Ofri and Mary Harris

March 21st, 2017

1:01:39

Modern medicine is infatuated with high-tech gadgetry, yet the single most powerful diagnostic tool remains the doctor-patient conversation, which …

Etgar Keret, the Rock and the Hard Place

March 16th, 2017

1:32:13

Whether evoking the tragicomic and surreal for which his short stories first gained acclaim, or awakening the keen love of family in 2015’s The Seven Good Years, Etgar Keret mines the human experience for all of its …

Journalism in the Age of Trump

March 8th, 2017

1:19:05

This year, the New York Public Library will, for the thirtieth year, dispense the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. In the first in a series of events to celebrate the award, we welcomed Dean Baquet, …

Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations

February 28th, 2017

57:46

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we present discussions presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black …

Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice

February 21st, 2017

59:13

Today the name Giacomo Casanova has become synonymous with the skilled lover. The Venetian claimed to have seduced countless women over his lifetime. Laurence Bergreen's new biography Casanova: the World of a Seductive …

Hugh Ryan on the Queer Histories of Brooklyn's Waterfront

February 14th, 2017

1:18:49

Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture and history. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up …

Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy

February 7th, 2017

1:04:52

The year was 1955, and the place was America. The murderers were white men, and the fourteen-year-old boy who was kidnapped, beaten, murdered, and …

George Washington and the Hyper-Partisan Now

January 31st, 2017

1:00:36

New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman joins Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon to discuss his new book, Washington’s Farewell: …

New York Never Built

January 24th, 2017

1:26:38

It's hard to imagine a New York different from the one we know, but what would the city have been like if the ideas of some of the greatest …

Art Spiegelman on How He Sees Himself, Becoming a Devotee to Another Artist, and the Artist After Art

January 17th, 2017

1:31:01

Art Spiegelman moved readers with Maus, the renowned graphic novel recounting his father’s experience of the Holocaust. Now, Spiegelman has brought …

Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy

January 10th, 2017

1:23:11

This week we’re proud to present a compelling panel discussion on diversity and democracy. The discussion features participants from education, government, journalism, and non-profit sectors, with moderator Brian Lehrer …

Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Suketu Mehta, and Luc Sante on Phone Maps, Libraries, and Walking

January 3rd, 2017

1:41:45

This week we’re bringing you a conversation with the minds behind Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, …

Michael Chabon and Richard Price on Plot, Secular Judaism, and Remembering to Make Stuff Up

December 27th, 2016

58:27

Lying on your deathbed, how does the story of your life unfold? Michael Chabon's new novel, Moonglow, unfolds surrounded by this question, in a story …

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

December 20th, 2016

1:27:30

This week we’re rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: acclaimed author Neil Gaiman delivering a memorable reading of A Christmas Carol. You’ll …

Paul Krugman on Fake News, Lying Candidates, and What Public Intellectuals Need to Do

December 13th, 2016

1:29:45

This week we’re thrilled to present a thought-provoking lecture from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. He recently came to the library to …

James McBride on James Brown and NYC

December 6th, 2016

1:15:59

This week we're joined by musician and author James McBride, who returns to the Library to mark the paperback publication of his book,Kill 'Em and …

Sarah Sze on Scale, Gravity, and Value

November 29th, 2016

1:33:58

Sarah Sze is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and questions the value …

Robbie Robertson on Six Nations Inspiration, Bob Dylan, and Goals of the Soul

November 22nd, 2016

1:19:04

This week we’re bringing you a conversation with songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson. As an original member of the seminal music group the …

Wole Soyinka on Hollywood, Reparations, and Morgan Freeman

November 15th, 2016

1:27:58

For this week’s episode we’re bringing you a conversation between two Nigerian authors whose works include plays, novels, poetry, essays and more. Chris Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, …

Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Margo Jefferson on Understanding Uncle Tom's Cabin

November 8th, 2016

1:18:19

For this week’s episode, we’re bringing you a conversation between two public intellectuals who have contributed immensely to our understanding of …

Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry on Doubt and Diaries

November 1st, 2016

1:22:04

This week we’re joined by two legendary women from very different artistic backgrounds, performance artist Marina Abramović and rock singer Debbie Harry of Blondie. The two share stories and insights from their lives …

Tim Wu on How the Internet Is Not Really Free

October 25th, 2016

1:32:55

This week, we’re bringing you a conversation with author and policy advisor Tim Wu. In his new book The Attention Merchants, Wu makes the case truly …

Margaret Atwood on Shakespeare in the 21st Century and on YouTube

October 18th, 2016

1:22:10

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, Margaret Atwood retells one of his most beloved plays, The Tempest, with a dark and fantastical interpretation in her new book, Hag-Seed. This week on the podcast, …

Mona Eltahawy and Yasmine El Rashidi on White Feminism and the Privilege to Protest

October 11th, 2016

1:39:12

The original Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting unabashedly for what they believe. This week on the podcast, we welcome journalist, feminist, and author of Headscarves and …

Sally Mann on Cy Twombly and the Babushkas Who Saved Russian Art

October 4th, 2016

1:32:53

Perhaps the most permanent - and essential - character in Sally Mann’s work is that of place: the American South. Her home of Lexington, VA is not …

Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky on Money and The Sickest Joke in the History of Humankind

September 27th, 2016

1:35:23

Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance …

Alan Cumming on Memory, Gore Vidal, and Monica Lewinsky

September 20th, 2016

1:27:57

He enthralls audiences with his colorful roles, but Alan Cumming’s real-life adventures pack just as much punch. This week we’re bringing you the …

Edwidge Danticat on Silence, Bridging Audiences, and Participating in Stories

September 13th, 2016

1:07:33

This week, we’re going back into the archives to bring you a conversation with Hatian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat. When she came the Library in 2010, she discussed her book CREATE …

Werner Herzog on Death, Executioners, and Advice for Filmmakers

September 6th, 2016

1:49:18

This week, we celebrate legendary film director Werner Herzog’s birthday with a thrilling conversation from the archives. In 2012, Herzog came to the Library to discuss his most recent film, “Into the Abyss,” as well as …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walter Mosley on Empire, English, and Beethoven

August 30th, 2016

1:22:28

On this week’s podcast, we welcome basketball legend, activist, and bestselling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who came to the Library this summer for a …

Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum on Clarity & Cruelty

August 23rd, 2016

1:01:41

Bestselling author Maggie Nelson's latest book, “The Argonauts,” received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In this conversation with poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum, Nelson talks about …

Colson Whitehead on "The Underground Railroad" & Poker

August 16th, 2016

30:26

Macarthur Award-winning author Colson Whitehead's latest book, “The Underground Railroad,” was released August 2nd to widespread critical acclaim and …

Kevin Young & Gabrielle Hamilton on Food & Poetry

August 9th, 2016

54:46

Award-winning poet Kevin Young will be joining the NYPL family this fall as the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. …

Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics & Storytelling

August 2nd, 2016

1:13:34

Renowned cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee came to the Library this spring to discuss his new book “The Gene: An Intimate History,” a fascinating examination of our understanding of human heredity and …

Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery

July 26th, 2016

1:34:52

Writer, artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, came to the Library this spring to discuss …

Derek Walcott on Hemingway, the Caribbean, & First Love

July 19th, 2016

43:14

We’re celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s birthday with an event from the archives. Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott gives us a new appreciation of Hemingway as a great and influential Caribbean writer, discussing …

John Lithgow & James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes & Falling for Shakespeare

July 12th, 2016

59:02

This week, we’re thrilled to welcome acclaimed author and Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro in a talk with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning …

The World in Words Presents: From Ainu to Zaza

July 5th, 2016

1:05:58

This week, we’re bringing you a very special episode produced in partnership with Public Radio International. Along with a panel of speakers including NYPL’s Denise Hibay, the World in Words’ hosts Patrick Cox and Nina …

Geoff Dyer on Class in America

June 28th, 2016

35:17

Award-winning English author Geoff Dyer came to the Library this spring to discuss his latest book, “White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Dyer talks about …

Bruce Davidson & Matt Dillon on Lasting Impressions

June 21st, 2016

1:16:51

Award-winning photographer Bruce Davidson's prolific body of work includes documentations of the 1960s Civil Rights movement and the gritty …

Padma Lakshmi on NYC & the Greatest Gift

June 14th, 2016

45:21

Padma Lakshmi, author and Emmy-nominated host of “Top Chef,” came to the Library to mark the release of her debut memoir, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Lakshmi talks …

Jill Leovy on Murder in America

June 7th, 2016

46:27

This week, we bring you a conversation with the 2016 winner of The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Each year the award is given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public …

Maya Lin on Memorializing What Is Missing

May 31st, 2016

1:31:46

Award-winning artist and designer Maya Lin first achieved fame at the age of 21 as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and her work today encompasses large-scale environmental …

Åsne Seierstad on the Deadliest Attack on Norway Since WWII

May 24th, 2016

1:09:32

Award-winning Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad's book “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway” examines the incidents …

The Bad Rap of Do-Gooders: Larissa MacFarquhar

May 17th, 2016

1:11:02

“New Yorker” writer Larissa MacFarquhar's book “Strangers Drowning” examines the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare …

Helen Mirren on Women's Roles & Taking on Shakespeare

May 10th, 2016

1:37:27

This week, we’re excited to welcome Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. Going back to her start with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mirren’s career has been heavily influenced by the works of …

Dan Ephron: When The Man Who Almost Changed Israel Met Bill Clinton

May 3rd, 2016

53:17

This week, we bring you the 2nd of five conversations with the2016 finalists for NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellencein Journalism. Each year the award is given to journalists whosebooks have brought clarity …

Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, & Poetry

April 26th, 2016

1:21:57

Grammy Award-winning musician Rosanne Cash's many accomplishments include penning the bestselling 2010 book “Composed: A Memoir.” In this …

Dale Russakoff: When Facebook Tried to Save Newark

April 19th, 2016

1:01:01

Journalist Dale Russakoff's new book, “The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools,” investigates the state of public education in America’s …

Robert A. Caro & Frank Rich on Power & Corruption

April 12th, 2016

47:21

We’re bringing you a special talk with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Robert Caro, whose book “The Power Broker: Robert Moses …

Elizabeth Alexander & Hilton Als on Dreams & Obsession

April 5th, 2016

1:11:24

We’re kicking off National Poetry Month with award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, who came to the Library to celebrate the release of her new memoir, “The Light of the World.” In this provocative conversation with …

Nathaniel Kahn & Matt Mountain on Outer Space & Weird Science

March 29th, 2016

1:28:30

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and renowned astrophysicist Matt Mountain give us a look at the state-of-the-art Webb Telescope, which will succeed the Hubble Telescope in 2018. Kahn and Mountain, both …

Dana Spiotta on Good People, Heroes, & Writing

March 22nd, 2016

34:19

Dana Spiotta is the National Book Award-nominated author of “Stone Arabia.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Spiotta talks about art, friendships, and her new novel, “Innocents and Others.”

Darryl Pinckney & Zadie Smith on Achievement & Beyoncé

March 15th, 2016

44:50

This week, we welcome two award-winning authors: American writer Darryl Pinckney and popular English novelist Zadie Smith. In this wide-ranging …

Jhumpa Lahiri on Language & Disorder

March 8th, 2016

1:23:36

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri comes to the Library to celebrate the release of her new novel, “In Other Words.” In this conversation …

Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, & Style

March 1st, 2016

1:08:10

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie came to NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts in 2013 for a talk with Rolling Stone senior critic Will …

The Future of Black History

February 23rd, 2016

44:52

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, Jay-Z, and Zadie Smith are just a few among the black authors and creators we'll hear from this week. In our 100th episode, we present the men and women making black history today, from …

Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin on Music & Meditation

February 16th, 2016

1:42:20

We’re going back in the archives to bring you a conversation with the founders of record label Def Jam Recordings: music producers Russell Simmons …

Yusef Komunyakaa on Politics, Imagery, & Memorizing Poetry

February 9th, 2016

35:59

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa came to the Library last October to celebrate the release of his latest book, “The Emperor of …

Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress

February 2nd, 2016

1:45:03

We’re kicking off Black History Month with Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, who came to NYPL in 2010 for a conversation with …

Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, & War

January 26th, 2016

20:52

Award-winning author Francine Prose came to the Library to talk about her latest novel, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.” In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Prose discusses love, storytelling, …

Junot Díaz on Intimacy & the Game of Fiction

January 19th, 2016

1:22:30

Bestselling author Junot Díaz came to the Library in 2013 to mark the release of his book “This Is How You Lose Her.” In this conversation with …

Sharon Olds & Cynthia Nixon on Dickinson, First Drafts, & Selfhood

January 12th, 2016

1:01:37

This week, we welcome two great artists: Pulitzer and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds; and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress …

David Hare on Theater, Anticipation, & Hitchcock

January 5th, 2016

44:01

English playwright and screenwriter David Hare's work includes the Academy Award-nominated screenplays for “The Hours” and “The Reader,” as well as three Tony Award-nominated plays on Broadway. In this conversation with …

Nico Muhly & Ira Glass on Composers & the Internet

December 29th, 2015

1:27:12

Ira Glass, creator and host of “This American Life,” talks to composer Nico Muhly, who has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and …

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

December 22nd, 2015

1:26:58

This week, we bring you a rebroadcast of a podcast favorite. Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman comes to the Library to present a memorable reading of A …

Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, & Kids

December 15th, 2015

53:13

Renowned music producer Timbaland joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Emperor of Sound,” which provides a long-anticipated inside look at his extraordinary life and career. In this, his first public conversation …

Edmund de Waal on Porcelain, Time Travel, & Sound

December 8th, 2015

1:19:43

Celebrated artist Edmund de Waal's porcelain works can be found in major museum collections around the world. His new book, “The White Road,” …

Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, & Magazines

December 1st, 2015

1:35:22

World-renowned activist and writer Gloria Steinem's new book “My Life on the Road” was released in October to critical acclaim. She came to the Library this fall to talk with attorney Roberta Kaplan, who landed a major …

Mary-Louise Parker on Relationships, Motherhood, & Religion

November 24th, 2015

1:01:04

Emmy and Tony-award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker comes to the Library this fall to celebrate the release of her first book, “Dear Mr. You,” which has received advance acclaim from the New York Times and Publishers …

Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, & Imitation

November 17th, 2015

1:38:31

Grammy Award-winning musician Elvis Costello's prolific career as a singer-songwriter spans nearly four decades. This fall, he comes to NYPL to …

Sloane Crosley on College, Jewelry, & Publicity

November 10th, 2015

37:46

Writer Sloane Crosley is a frequent New York Times contributor and author of the bestselling books “How Did You Get This Number” and “I Was Told …

The 2015 Library Lions on Truth & Inspiration

November 3rd, 2015

51:32

World-renowned activist and author Gloria Steinem, award-winning author and playwright Alan Bennett, heralded dancer and choreographer Judith A. Jamison, celebrated author and illustrator Maira Kalman, and …

Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, & Slam Dunks

October 27th, 2015

1:02:45

Sports legend and businessman Shaquille O’Neal's nineteen-year basketball career made him a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time NBA champion, and a fifteen-time All-Star. This fall, he comes to NYPL to celebrate the …

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, & History

October 20th, 2015

1:36:51

Recent Macarthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for “The Atlantic” whose latest book, “Between the World and Me,” is a nominee for the 2015 National Book Award. This fall, Coates sits …

Patti Smith on Authors She Loves

October 13th, 2015

1:07:54

Musician, writer and artist Patti Smith returns to the podcast this fall to discuss her new memoir “M Train,” a follow-up to her 2010 National Book …

Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet & Favorite Authors

October 6th, 2015

41:01

Award-winning author Erica Jong's prolific career has produced such bestsellers as “Fear of Flying,” “Seducing the Demon,” and her latest work, “Fear …

Ron Rash on Writer Survival & Place

September 29th, 2015

36:29

A two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, Ron Rash is the author of numerous novels, short stories and poetry collections, including New York Times …

Alice Waters on the Pleasures of the Palate

September 22nd, 2015

1:30:29

Two stars of the culinary world join us for this week's podcast: Chez Panisse restaurateur Alice Waters and James Beard Award-winner and wine …

John Lithgow on Shakespeare & Bedtime Stories

September 15th, 2015

1:14:28

On this week’s podcast, we’re reaching back in the archives to 2011, when NYPL welcomed John Lithgow, winner of numerous Emmys and Golden Globes and …

Jack White on Music & Freedom

September 8th, 2015

1:28:20

This week, we’re excited to welcome a panel of guests including musician Jack White and cofounder of Revenant Records, Dean Blackwood. Along with author Daphne A. Brooks, these lovers of music examine the rise and fall …

In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

August 31st, 2015

1:14:03

This week, we’re honoring the memory of Oliver Sacks, esteemed neurologist and author of numerous bestselling books, including “Awakenings”, “The Man …

Chimamanda Adichie & Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, & Relationships

August 25th, 2015

1:04:02

On the heels of the blockbuster success of her latest novel, “Americanah,” Adichie sat down with Smith at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in …

Colson Whitehead on Poker

August 18th, 2015

30:34

The Macarthur Award-winning author joins us to celebrate the release of his latest book, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death,” which chronicles his experience as an amateur card player trying his hand at …

The Moth on the Power of Storytelling

August 11th, 2015

1:36:59

Eighteen years ago, storytelling collective The Moth launched what has become a world-wide storytelling movement. In this captivating show, we join …

Lou Reed on Playing Outside the Box

August 4th, 2015

1:10:49

Lou Reed, Mo Tucker, and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground reunited at the Library in 2009 for a discussion with Rolling Stone journalist David …

Vivian Gornick on Voice in Memoir

July 28th, 2015

38:17

The bestselling author's latest book, “The Odd Woman and the City,” was released this May to critical acclaim. In this conversation with NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Gornick talks about modern feminists, New York City, and …

Alan Rusbridger on Whistleblowers & Wikileaks

July 21st, 2015

1:32:50

Former editor-in-chief of The Guardian and a keen amateur pianist, Alan Rusbridger's book “Play It Again” recounts how he learned Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 during a year bookended by Wikileaks and the News of the World …

Patti Smith on Youth & Friendship

July 14th, 2015

1:20:24

This week, we’re taking you back in the archives to a captivating conversation with Patti Smith, the beloved and critically acclaimed artist and performer. Smith came to the Library in 2010 to mark the release of her …

Sally Mann on Ethical Photography & Stories

July 7th, 2015

36:58

This week on the podcast, we welcome renowned photographer Sally Mann, whose works are included in the permanent collections at the Whitney Museum …

Werner Herzog on Greece & Wrestlemania

June 30th, 2015

1:40:52

This week, we’re excited to welcome legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose numerous, award-winning films have made him one of the most influential directors of New German Cinema and contemporary film around the world. …

Dan Savage on Monogamy

June 23rd, 2015

1:36:44

This week, we’re celebrating Pride Month with popular writer and gay activist Dan Savage, author of the advice column "Savage Love" and creator of …

Suzanne Farrell on George Balanchine

June 16th, 2015

1:29:00

This week, we’re thrilled to welcome Suzanne Farrell, one of George Balanchine’s most celebrated muses and a legendary figure in the ballet world. The world-renowned dancer inspired some of Balanchine's finest …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin

June 9th, 2015

1:10:57

This week, we’ll be hearing from a panel of writers and innovators on the often talked about, but rarely understood, Bitcoin. New York Times reporter …

Damien Echols on Hope & Death Row

June 2nd, 2015

1:22:43

This week, we’re excited to welcome Damien Echols, whose bestselling memoir “Life After Death” describes how he was falsely convicted of three …

Matthew Weiner on the End of "Mad Men"

May 26th, 2015

1:26:15

In his first public discussion of the show from beginning to end, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner sits down with writer A.M. Homes to talk about the show’s themes, the fates of its characters, and the enigmatic final …

Alan Cumming on NYC & Acting

May 19th, 2015

35:03

He's written a memoir Not My Father's Son. He's Eli Gold on The Good Wife. He's been Nightcrawler in X-2: Men United and Hamlet and Mr. Elton in the …

Diane von Furstenberg on Confident Women

May 12th, 2015

1:14:15

Internationally renowned fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg comes to NYPL for a conversation with Rhonda Garelick, award-winning scholar and …

Sonia Sotomayor on Education & Color Blindness

May 5th, 2015

54:55

In this inspiring conversation with NYPL President Tony Marx, Sotomayor talks about her early life in the Bronx, the importance of education, and her …

Frank Bruni on College Admissions Mania

April 28th, 2015

35:20

The author and popular op-ed columnist for the New York Times joins us to discuss his latest book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to …

T.C. Boyle on Finding Stories and Themes

April 22nd, 2015

27:09

Bestselling and prolific author T.C. Boyle comes to NYPL to discuss his twenty-fifth book, “The Harder They Come.” In this witty conversation with …

Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou

April 14th, 2015

44:30

Joined by NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Tavis Smiley talks about his latest book, “My Journey with Maya,” which details his friendship with the late Maya Angelou. In this moving conversation, Tavis Smiley discusses the value …

Azar Nafisi on the Freedom to Read

April 7th, 2015

1:25:00

The bestselling author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” a portrayal of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effects on one university professor and …

Jeffrey Deitch on Art & Spectacle

March 31st, 2015

1:25:30

Jeffrey Deitch, a celebrated art critic and curator, talks about his popular new book “Live the Art,” which details his decades of boundary-pushing …

RuPaul on Fantasy & Identity

March 24th, 2015

1:33:33

The musician, performer, and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" sashays onto our stage to celebrate the recent release of his seventh studio album, …

Stay Tuned

March 19th, 2015

1:05

Get ready for our upcoming spring season of exciting talks from very special guests at the Library, now released every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Sarah Lewis & Anna Deavere Smith on Inspiring Failures

March 12th, 2015

1:12:51

Art historian and curator Sarah Lewis talks to award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith about Lewis’s nonfiction debut, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” which examines stories of …

Ann Patchett & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

March 5th, 2015

1:12:27

Ann Patchett, the award-winning author of numerous books including “Bel Canto” and “State of Wonder,” joins her good friend Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the hit bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love,” to talk about the challenges …

Jay-Z on Hustling & Forgiveness

February 26th, 2015

1:46:42

Grammy Award winning artist Jay-Z came to NYPL in 2010, when his long-awaited memoir, "Decoded," had just hit shelves. He’s joined by NYPL’s Paul …

Charles Blow on His Unexpected Childhood Hero

February 20th, 2015

1:25:59

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joins Khalil Muhammad, Director of NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, for a conversation …

Tom Wolfe on Handwriting & Humility

February 12th, 2015

1:26:34

On the heels of the success of his bestselling 2012 novel “Back to Blood,” Wolfe came to NYPL to discuss identity, beliefs, and the weaving together …

Ntozake Shange on Inspiration & Harlem

February 6th, 2015

1:06:24

The great American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, creator of the Obie Award-winning play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the …

Joan Didion on Writing & Revising

January 29th, 2015

52:47

The beloved writer talks to fellow bestselling author Sloane Crosley about the challenges of putting personal tragedy and illusory pleasure into words.

Cheryl Strayed on Wild Success

January 23rd, 2015

1:26:24

Before her memoir Wild become an oscar nominated film, Strayed joined NYPL to discuss the blockbuster memoir, measuring success, and good advice.

Joyce Carol Oates on Inspiration and Obsession

January 16th, 2015

1:20:11

The prolific and beloved writer talks about creativity, productivity, and the importance of living an inspired life.

Marlon James & Salman Rushdie on Storytelling

January 9th, 2015

1:09:54

The two great authors discuss experimental narrative, political turmoil, and blending believable fiction with the absurd truth.

Thomas Struth on Collective Memory and Family Photos

December 30th, 2014

1:34:56

This week, the New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Thomas Struth, the world-famous and influential photographer best known for his family portraits and large-scale cityscapes. To celebrate the opening of NYPL’s new …

Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

December 19th, 2014

1:26:46

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman performs a memorable dramatic reading from the Library’s own rare copy of "A Christmas Carol," which includes edits and …

Maira Kalman on Her Favorite Things

December 11th, 2014

26:08

The illustrator and author of more than twenty books for both kids and adults sits down with us to talk about strong female characters, nonlinear …

Mark Strand on Artistic Imagination

December 2nd, 2014

26:07

This week, we honor Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate Mark Strand, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 80. The beloved …

Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Love, & Gratitude

November 24th, 2014

1:23:42

This Thanksgiving week, we’re reaching back into the NYPL archives to bring you a story about food, family, and multicultural identity. …

Richard Ford on Becoming a Reader and Finding a Voice

November 20th, 2014

35:27

This week, we welcome novelist Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Sportswriter," "Independence Day," and "The Lay of the Land." …

George Clinton on the Future of Funk

November 13th, 2014

1:26:11

This week, the NYPL Podcast welcomes George Clinton, the singular musical phenomenon who twisted soul music into funk. Clinton joins us to talk about …

Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales Revisited

November 6th, 2014

1:48:36

This week on the podcast, Neil Gaiman, the beloved bestselling author of "Coraline," "American Gods," and "The Graveyard Book," joins us on Halloween night for some scary stories and thrilling conversation. He speaks …

Sam Roberts on New York City

October 31st, 2014

31:31

This week on the podcast, Sam Roberts joins us to discuss seeing history through objects, productive procrastination, and what he thinks the motto of …

Marjane Satrapi - Narratives of Social Protest.

October 24th, 2014

1:19:07

This week, the NYPL Podcast welcomes Marjane Satrapi, the graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author who brought us …

Jane Smiley - The Last Hundred Years

October 17th, 2014

26:48

This week, acclaimed author Jane Smiley joins us to discuss the origins of her new trilogy "The Last Hundred Years," the hard part about spending a …

Philip K. Howard - The Rule of Nobody

October 10th, 2014

35:20

This week on the podcast, noted legal reformer Philip K. Howard discusses his latest work, "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and …

Tom Perotta - Nine Inches

October 3rd, 2014

33:37

This week, the New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Tom Perrotta, whose novels Little Children, Election, and The Leftovers have been adapted into highly-lauded films and television series. He joins us today to …

Ben Lerner - 10:04

September 26th, 2014

1:28:21

The award-winning poet and author of the novel Leaving the Atocha Station brings his masterful command of words from the page to the stage, …

Ayana Mathis - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

September 22nd, 2014

28:35

This week on the podcast, acclaimed author Ayana Mathis comes to NYPL to talk about her latest work, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

Losing Parents to AIDS: The Personal and the Political

September 5th, 2014

1:37:52

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast features personal stories from adult children who have lost their parents to AIDS, including Alysia …

Robert Morris: "Object Sculpture, 1960-1965"

August 22nd, 2014

1:19:36

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, internationally renowned artist Robert Morris discusses various aspects of his practice and some of the key themes—time, memory, language, medium, and process—of his …

CUT – The Songs That Didn't Make It

August 7th, 2014

1:09:36

The Library for the Performing Arts presents an evening of songs—songs that were cut from this season’s new Broadway musicals, including The Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, and Rocky.

The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

July 24th, 2014

49:38

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Stephen Schlesinger, as he discusses his new book, The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., a …

George Prochnik - "The Impossible Exile"

July 10th, 2014

1:32:36

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, acclaimed author George Prochnik discusses The Impossible Exile, his new book about the life and …

Amazon: Business As Usual?

July 3rd, 2014

1:35:07

In April 2014, Amazon and Hachette locked horns in what has become a very public, and still ongoing, battle over contract negotiations. After the online retailer removed the pre-order option, imposed shipping delays, …

A. E. Hotchner - Stories and Biographies

June 26th, 2014

33:36

When you've written biographies on Sophia Loren, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Day you're bound to have some pretty incredible stories. This week on the podcast we join editor, novelist, playwright, and biographer A. E. …

Karl Ove Knausgaard and Jeffrey Eugenides – "My Struggle"

June 23rd, 2014

1:13:51

On this episode of The New York Public Library Podcast, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard dissects the latest volume of his critically acclaimed …

John Waters - "Car Sick"

June 5th, 2014

1:23:58

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, filmmaker John Waters comes to us with tales from his latest book, Carsick, which chronicles his adventures hitchhiking across the United States.

Colm Tóibín - The Testament of Mary

May 30th, 2014

31:55

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes the Irish novelist, playwright, and critic Colm Tóibín to Books at Noon, the Library’s new …

Kara Walker and Jad Abumrad - "A Subtlety"

May 23rd, 2014

1:31:42

This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, renowned visual artist Kara Walker joins Radiolab host Jad Abumrad to discuss her new show at …

Chuck Palahniuk and Douglas Coupland: "Balls in the Air"

May 16th, 2014

1:29:30

Chuck Palahniuk is best known as the author of the novels Fight Club and Choke. Douglas Coupland is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod. This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, …

Eve Ensler: "In the Body of the World"

May 9th, 2014

40:37

This week, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler to Books at Noon, the Library’s new series of free lunchtime author talks.

The Craft Beer Revolution

April 29th, 2014

1:38:02

This week on The New York Public Library podcast, LIVE from the NYPL welcomes three leaders of the craft beer movement. Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy—joined by Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Company CEO, and …

Joyce Carol Oates: "The Landscape of My Spiritual Self"

April 18th, 2014

31:55

This week, The New York Public Library podcast welcomes acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates to Books at Noon, the Library’s new series of free …

"Books are Conversations": Katherine Boo & Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

April 11th, 2014

1:22:10

This week on the podcast, hear the two award-winning authors discuss poverty around the world.

"Get to the point" | Malcolm Gladwell LIVE from the NYPL

April 3rd, 2014

1:37:21

This week on the New York Public Library Podcast, best-selling author and challenger of conventional wisdom Malcolm Gladwell brings his critical …

The Snow Queen: Michael Cunningham on "Books at Noon"

March 26th, 2014

30:36

This week on the podcast, we welcome Michael Cunningham to Books at Noon, the Library's new series of free lunchtime author talks. Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World and The …

Report from the Interior | Paul Auster on "Books at Noon"

March 20th, 2014

27:06

This week on the podcast, award winning author Paul Auster stops by "Books at Noon" – NYPL's weekly lunchtime author talk series – to discuss some of …

The Fun Parts | Sam Lipsyte on 'Books at Noon'

March 13th, 2014

23:13

Today's New York Public Library podcast welcomes Sam Lipsyte to Books at Noon, the Library's new series of free lunchtime author talks. Lipsyte was a Guggenheim Fellow, is the recipient of the Believer Book Award, and …

The Baby Boom | PJ O’Rourke on Books at Noon

March 6th, 2014

26:38

Today’s New York Public Library podcast features the new Books at Noon series; a free weekly program featuring popular and acclaimed authors in the …

The Grand Budapest Hotel | Wes Anderson LIVE from the NYPL

March 3rd, 2014

1:27:18

Wes Anderson's vivid cinematic aesthetic and idiosyncratic characters make his films both immediately recognizable and endearing. Anderson returns to LIVE to explore his passions, influences, and his newest film The …

You Don't Know Nothing: Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz LIVE from the NYPL

February 6th, 2014

1:22:41

LIVE closes the Fall 2013 season with a conversation between 2013 Library Lion Junot Diaz and the writer who most influenced him, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison.


"I think the most sustained love of mine," Diaz has …

My Life In Middlemarch: Rebecca Mead LIVE from the NYPL

January 30th, 2014

1:21:49

A passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories. 


For Rebecca Mead, that book was George Eliot's Middlemarch, which she first read as a young woman in an …

The Good Lord Bird Band: James McBride LIVE from the NYPL

January 27th, 2014

1:10:40

James McBride opens LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2014 season with an exploration of his latest work The Good Lord Bird - winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction - through words and music. The evening will …

40 Chances: The Buffetts with Tom Brokaw LIVE from the NYPL

January 24th, 2014

56:26

Three generations of philanthropists sit down to discuss business, charity, farming, and their 40 Chances in life, moderated by Tom Brokaw.

If you …

Undisputed Truth: Mike Tyson LIVE From the NYPL

January 22nd, 2014

1:21:55

Mike Tyson has defied expectations and conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Tyson, the one-time heavyweight champion of the world and a legend both in and out of the ring, joins LIVE for a …

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