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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 #118: Geoff Dyer on Class in America and Good Books

Like many of his previous works, Dyer's latest book White Sands is a book that refuses simple categories. The author discussed his sense that books ought not be understood through a crude matrix of genre.Read More ›

Podcast #117: Bruce Davidson and Matt Dillon on Lasting Impressions

Bruce Davidson's photography has captured American life for over fifty years, from the Civil Rights Movement to life in Harlem during the 1990s. One of his greatest fans, actor Matt Dillon, joined Davidson for a recent event at the Library. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library, we're proud to present Davidson and Dillon discussing New York, subverted expectations, and photographs that have remained influential.Read More ›

Podcast #116: Padma Lakshmi on NYC and the Greatest Gift

An executive producer, actress, and model, Lakshmi added "memoirist" to her resume this year with the publication of Love, Loss and What We Ate.Read More ›

Podcast #115: Jill Leovy on Murder and History in America

In the United States, black men make up six percent of the population but are nearly forty percent of those murdered. How can this happen? In Jill Leovy's Ghettoside, she investigates.Read More ›

Podcast #108: Maya Lin on Memorializing What Is Missing

Artist Maya Lin's work is big, from large-scale environmental installments to memorials to architectural projects. Her monograph Maya Lin: Topologies was published by Rizzoli in 2015.Read More ›

Podcast #113: Åsne Seierstad on the Deadliest Attack on Norway Since WWII

For this week's New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Åsne Seierstad—finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism—discussing how she found her subject, the meaning of her title, and what Breivik thought he had in common with authors.Read More ›

Podcast #112: Larissa MacFarquhar on the Bad Rap of Do-Gooders

New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar is the author of Strangers Drowning, a book about extreme do-gooders, the psychological origins of grand ethical commitments, and the existential contests embedded in a life of trying to do the right thing.Read More ›

Podcast #111: Helen Mirren on Women's Roles and Taking on Shakespeare

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren discussing getting better roles, seeing summer movies, and breathing through Shakespeare.Read More ›

Podcast #110: Dan Ephron on When The Man Who Almost Changed Israel Met Clinton

In Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, Dan Ephron tells the stories of Rabin and his stalker Yigal Amir. Ephron, a longtime writer for Newsweek, is a finalist for NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Read More ›

Podcast #109: Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, and Poetry

Four-time Grammy winner Rosanne Cash is something of a music legend. She's also an author, of the recent memoir Composed.Read More ›

Podcast #108: Dale Russakoff on When Facebook Tried to Save Newark

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Can Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reform ailing public school systems across the country? In Dale Russakoff's book The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s 

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Podcast #107: Robert A. Caro and Frank Rich on Power and Corruption

Robert A. Caro is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his books The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate and The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, the latter of which was written at the New York Public Library's Allen Room. Read More ›

Podcast #106: Elizabeth Alexander and Hilton Als on Dreams and Obsession

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, and scholar perhaps best known for reading her poem "Praise Song for the Day" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her latest work is a memoir, The Light of the World. Hilton Als, theater critic of the New Yorker and author of White Girls, joined Alexander at LIVE from the NYPL.Read More ›

Podcast #105: Nathaniel Kahn on Outer Space, Weird Science, and Film

For this week's New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Nathaniel Kahn discussing powerful telescopes, weird science, and the innocence of scientists portrayed in his latest film.Read More ›

Podcast #104: Dana Spiotta on Good People, Heroes, and Writing

Dana Spiotta is the acclaimed author of novels including Eat the Document, Stone Arabia, Lightning Field, and most recently, Innocents and Others.Read More ›

Podcast #103: Darryl Pinckney and Zadie Smith on Achievement and Beyoncé

Darryl Pinckney is a Whiting Award winner, a former Cullman Fellow, and a longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books. He visited the New York Public Library for a Conversation at the Cullman Center co-sponsored by the NYRB to discuss his book Black Deutschland with Zadie Smith.Read More ›

Podcast #102: Jhumpa Lahiri on Language and Disorder

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're pleased to present Jhumpa Lahiri discussing finding home in language, an unlikely relationship, and the inspiration of disorder.Read More ›

Podcast #101: Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, and Style

Debbie Harry is best known as the iconic singer of Blondie, which recorded hit albums such as Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat. She has recorded albums as a solo artist and appeared in many films and television shows.Read More ›

Podcast #99: Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin on Music and Meditation

In 1983, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam, one of the most prominent hip-hop labels in the American music industry today.Read More ›

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 ›
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