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The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations.

A beacon of books, ideas, and education in a city described as the cultural capital of the world, the Library hosts more than 55,000 programs annually. Listen to some of the most engaging and memorable recent programs, discover new ideas, and celebrate the best of today’s culture.

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Podcast #98: Yusef Komunyakaa on Politics, Imagery, and Memorizing Poetry

In 1994, Yusef Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. An author of poetry, prose, and drama, his most recent work is The Emperor of Water Clocks.Read More ›

Podcast #97: Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress

Toni Morrison and Angela Davis are two of the most necessary and brilliant intellectuals of our time. Morrison, a Nobel Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize winner, has written several novels, plays, works of children's literature, and nonfiction. Scholar, activist, and author Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a group working to end the prison industrial complex.Read More ›

Podcast #96: Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, and War

Francine Prose is one of the most prolific and accomplished writers living in America today, having written seventeen novels, three short fiction collections, eight works of nonfiction, a children's book, and many book reviews. Read More ›

Podcast #95: Junot Diaz on the Game of Fiction and Intimacy

A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Diaz has published one novel and two collections of short stories, all which prominently feature voice-driven narrative and characters of Dominican descent negotiating life in America. Read More ›

Podcast #94: Sharon Olds and Cynthia Nixon on Dickinson, First Drafts, and Selfhood

Sharon Olds is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. Recently, she was joined at the Library by Cynthia Nixon, the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winning actress best known for her role as Miranda on Sex and the City. Read More ›

Podcast #93: David Hare on Theater, Anticipation, & Hitchcock

Playwright, screenwriter, and director David Hare has been nominated for two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Tony Awards. The winner of a BAFTA in 1979 and a PEN/Pinter Award in 2011, Hare was knighted in 1988.Read More ›

11 Podcast Episodes from 2015 That Will Get You Hooked

We've received advice from a Supreme Court Justice, gotten the inside scoop on Mad Men from its creator, and taken book recommendations from a rock star.Read More ›

Podcast #92: Nico Muhly and Ira Glass on Composers and the Internet

Nico Muhly is the youngest composer ever to have his work performed at the Metropolitan Opera. Recently, he joined Ira Glass, best known as the host of This American Life, to discuss his new opera Two Boys. Read More ›

Podcast #41: Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

Neil Gaiman reads from the only surviving "prompt" copy of the book, that is, Dickens's own annotated version used for live readings.Read More ›

Podcast #91: Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, and Kids

Timbaland is a producer, rapper, songwriter, and now, an author. Read More ›

Podcast #90: Edmund de Waal on Porcelain, Time Travel, and Sound

Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer, perhaps best known for his ceramics. This week for the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Edmund de Wall discussing porcelain, time travel, and sound.Read More ›

Podcast #89: Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, and Magazines

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and the creator of the magazine Ms., and a founder of the Women's Media Center. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and this year, she was named a Library Lion. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library podcast, we're proud to present Gloria Steinem discussing sex, justice, and magazines. Read More ›

Podcast #88: Mary-Louise Parker on Relationships, Motherhood, and Religion

Mary-Louise Parker is an actress best known for her role on the television show Weeds, for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress is 2006. With her new memoir Dear Mr. You, she adds author to her list of accomplishments.Read More ›

Podcast #87: Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, and Imitation

Elvis Costello's voice is unmistakably his own, and for nearly four decades his music has earned him fans around the world. The singer-songwriter is also now the author of a memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. This week for the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Elvis Costello discussing the long memory of the internet, influential records, and imitation.Read More ›

Podcast #86: Sloane Crosley on College, Jewelry, and Publicity

Sloane Crosley infuses her essays with humor and warmth. Now, the author of two New York Times bestsellers has released her debut novel, The Clasp. This week, on the New York Public Library podcast we're pleased to present Sloane Crosley on college, jewelry, and publicity.Read More ›

Podcast #85: The 2015 Library Lions on Truth and Inspiration

Each year Library Lions honors several distinguished individuals for outstanding achievements in their respective fields of arts, letters, and scholarship. This year we are thrilled to recognize Alan Bennett, Judith A. Jamison, Maira Kalman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Gloria Steinem as our Library Lions class of 2015.Read More ›

Podcast #84: Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, and Slam Dunks

In 1992, as the number one NBA draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic. He would be named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and eventually win three consecutive NBA titles with the LA Lakers.Read More ›

Podcast #83: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, and History

The author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates has time and again shown his knack for both historicizing racial inequalities and positioning his interrogation of structural inequalities within lyrical personal narrative. Recently, LIVE from the NYPL presented Coates in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Read More ›

Podcast #82: Patti Smith on Authors She Loves

Patti Smith, musical icon and National Book Award winner, hero to aesthetes and rebels, is an NYPL favorite. This week, in celebration of her new book M Train, the New York Public Library is proud to present Patti Smith discussing the authors she loves.Read More ›

Podcast #81: Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet and Favorite Authors

The author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Jong is the author of the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. For this week's New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Erica Jong on Becoming a poet and her favorite authors.Read More ›
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