NYPL Podcasts: Five Episodes to Listen to This Black History Month

By NYPL Staff
February 1, 2019
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To celebrate Black History Month, NYPL Podcasts compiled a list of favorite episodes from the past year—from both The Librarian Is In and Library Talks—featuring influential Black authors, educators, and activists. These conversations shed light on Black history made in politics, literature, and pop culture.

A History of Voter Suppression with Carol Anderson: Library Talks Ep. 239

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Dr. Carol Anderson is a historian and educator, and the author of One Person, No Vote, a survey of how voting rights in America have been rolled back, particularly for people of color, in the years since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v Holder. Anderson spoke about her book with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

James Baldwin's Children's Book: Library Talks Ep. 241

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Did you know that James Baldwin wrote a children's book? Little Man, Little Man tells the story of a day in Harlem as experience by a young boy named TJ, who in real life happened to be Baldwin's nephew. Aisha Karefa-Smart and Tejan "TJ" Karefa-Smart, Baldwin's niece and nephew, stopped by the Schomburg for Research in Black Culture to talk about their memories of their uncle. Joining them were the co-editors of the new edition of the book, Jennifer DeVere Brody and Nicholas Boggs. Their conversation was moderated by author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jacqueline Woodson.



Glory Edim Is Just Getting Started: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 123

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Glory Edim, creator of the coolest book club on the Internet, joins Frank and Gwen to discuss book clubs and beyond! They talk about Well-Read Black Girl, empowered storytelling, the potentials and pitfalls of making book recommendations, Black writers in the diaspora and the canon.



Righteous Rage with Rebecca Traister: Library Talks, Ep. 235

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In her new book, Good and Mad  Rebecca Traister uncovers the history of women's anger in American politics—from the suffragettes to #MeToo, Shirley Chisholm to Maxine Waters. She argues that this collective fury is often the hidden force that drives political change, but rarely has it ever been hailed as fundamentally transformative or patriotic. To discuss her book and what it says about our current political state, Traister was joined by Aminatou Sow, co-host of the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend."



Giving It Up for The Hate U Give: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 112

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Kadiatou Tubman, Education Coordinator from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, joins Gwen and Frank for an intense analysis of Angie Thomas' best-selling  classic: book vs. movie, casting choices, implications in the classroom, and much more.



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