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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 #41: Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

Even huge Charles Dickens fans may not know that A Christmas Carol is organized in five stanza-like sections called "staves." They might not know the author's only surviving "prompt" copy of the book, that is, Dickens' own annotated version used for live readings, is 

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Podcast #40: Maira Kalman on Her Favorite Things

At a recent Books at Noon event, she spoke with us about her favorite things, including, Kantian walks, Pippi Longstocking, and Monet.Read More ›

Podcast #39: Mark Strand on the Artistic Imagination

The beloved poet and author joined us this past October to discuss art, imagination, and the life of the mind. Read More ›

Podcast #38: Marcus Samuelsson on Food, Love, and Gratitude

Listen to internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson as he describes his remarkable journey from a humble kitchen in Sweden to some of the most competitive and revered restaurants in the world, and finally to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem — a truly diverse dining room.Read More ›

Podcast #37: Richard Ford on Becoming a Reader and Finding a Voice

Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is perhaps best known for his Frank Bascombe books. At Books at Noon, the novelist and short story writer discussed Raymond Carver, voice in fiction, and becoming a reader.Read More ›

Podcast #36: George Clinton on Bad Ideas and Inspiration

George Clinton spoke with us about rejected album cover concepts, Smokey Robinson, and inspiring Snoop Dogg. Most importantly, he urged, "Get off your ass and jam."Read More ›

Podcast #35: Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales Revisited

Neil Gaiman, the beloved bestselling author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book, joined us for a special Halloween Live at NYPL event. He spoke about librarians, why he learned to read, and his first brush with "Hansel and Gretel."Read More ›

Podcast #34: Sam Roberts on New York City

Sam Roberts discussed his latest book A History of New York in 101 Objects. He spoke about what he thinks the motto of New York City should be, seeing history through objects, and productive procrastination.Read More ›

Podcast #33: Marjane Satrapi on Intelligence and Humor

In this episode is Marjane Satrapi, the graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author who brought us Persepolis. She spoke about the liabilities of learning English from American movies, ignorance, and the intelligence required for a sense of humor.Read More ›

Podcast #32: Jane Smiley on Living with Characters

Jane Smiley visited NYPL for Books at Noon, where she discussed the origins of her trilogy The Last Hundred Years, the hard part about living with characters for one hundred years of their lives, and her middle school reading tastes. Read More ›

Podcast #31: Philip K. Howard on the Constitution, Washington Finger-Pointing, and Why It's So Hard to Change a Broken Legal System

Philip K. Howard is a renowned legal reformer and the author of three books. His latest work is The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government. Read More ›

Podcast #30: Tom Perrotta on Holden Caulfield, Sad Stories, and Seeing His Work Onscreen

Author Tom Perrotta has written six novels and two short story collections, but it's almost impossible to talk about him without mentioning film and television. Listen to the podcast from Books At Noon.Read More ›

Podcast #29: Ayana Mathis on The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Inspiring Women, and Writing Fiction from Fact

Recently, Mathis joined NYPL for a new season of Books at Noon, where she discussed how some of the women in her life—including author Marilynne Robinson—have helped make her the writer she is today and the intersection of fact and fiction.Read More ›

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