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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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Zora Neale Hurston's Story of the Last Slave Ship Survivor : The NYPL Podcast Ep. 215

In 1860, more than fifty years after the transatlantic slave trade became illegal, a schooner named Clotilda docked on the Alabama shores. It carried in its hull the last known group of slaves to be brought to the United States. Among them was a man named Kossola, who became the last surviving member of the group.Read More ›

A Goddess Reimagined: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 214

Madeline Miller's latest novel, Circe, puts you inside the life of the mythological goddess, one of the great characters of Homer's Odyssey. Miller discusses her writing process, witchcraft, and why this story resonates today with classicist and translator Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English.Read More ›

Trump's Doghouse has a Revolving Door: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 213

Joshua Green discusses what it's like to interview the President, what actually motivates Steve Bannon, and how getting kicked out of the White House doesn't necessarily mean you're out for good.Read More ›

Why Net Neutrality Matters: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 212

Library President Tony Marx convened a panel of experts to help shed light on the repeal of net neutrality. Where do things stand, and where do we go from here?Read More ›

Sheelah Kolhatkar has Inside Information: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 211

Kolhatkar's book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, tells the story of Steven A. Cohen and his involvement in the largest insider-trading scandal in U.S history. Read More ›

Isabella Rossellini Shares Her Eggs: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 210

Actor and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini speaks with evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen about animal behavior and her chickens.Read More ›

Building Movements with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Shaun King: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 209

How have social justice movements evolved in the fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death?Read More ›

Reforming America's Prisons: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 208

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brings together criminal-justice-reform advocates from the right and left to discuss the complex issues of incarceration.Read More ›

Dr. John Carlos Has No Regrets: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 207

Civil Rights leader and legendary athlete, Dr. John Carlos spoke with Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation and co-author of Carlos's memoir. Dr. Carlos shares his story of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the hardships he faced after the '68 Olympics, and the message he has for athletes continuing the movement for racial justice today.Read More ›

Debut novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 206

Akwaeke Emezi discusses her debut novel, Freshwater, with Glory Edim, founder of the book club and digital platform Well-Read Black Girl.Read More ›

Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt's search for the Golden State Killer: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 205

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 TrueCrimeDiary.com, spent years tracking the serial killer she dubbed the Golden State Killer. Read More ›

Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 204

Legendary whistle-blower, Daniel Ellsberg, discusses the military-industrial complex and the secrets he's been keeping for decades about the U.S. nuclear war program.Read More ›

Neel Mukherjee Tells Ghost Stories: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 203

A conversation with the author about migration, home and his new novel "A State of Freedom." Read More ›

Tayari Jones Redefines American Marriage: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 202

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Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 201

The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. Listen to some of our most engaging programs, discover new ideas, and celebrate the best of today’s culture.

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Networking with Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 200

Historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson discusses his newest book with Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times.Read More ›

The Hunt for Timothy Leary: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 199

The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. Listen to some of our most engaging programs, discover new ideas, and celebrate the best of today’s culture.

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Jessica B. Harris & Carla Hall: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 198

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 about her memoir, My Soul Looks Back, with chef and co-host of ABC's The Chew, Carla Hall.Read More ›

Naomi Klein & Martin Breum: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 197

Listen to a conversation about climate change and the Arctic between Canadian journalist and best-selling author Naomi Klein and Danish journalist Martin Breum. Read More ›

Masha Gessen and The Stories of a Life: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 196

The journalist and National Book Award winner delivers in the annual Robert B. Silvers lecture an unexpectedly intimate account of her own biography, exploring themes of immigration, identity, and choice.Read More ›
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