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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 #186: Nasty Women

The co-editors of the essay collection Nasty Women along with select contributors to it explore the complications of being an American woman in 2017. Featuring Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, with Kera Bolonik, Zerlina Maxwell, and Meredith Talusan. Moderated by Jezebel founder Anna Holmes.Read More ›

Podcast #185: Mike Wallace, Greater Gotham

Twenty years in the making, Greater Gotham is Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Mike Wallace's follow-up to his 1999 Gotham. He spoke about the New York City history, which covers 1898 to 1918, with The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb.Read More ›

Podcast #184: Salman Rushdie, The Golden House

The Booker Prize–winning novelist Salman Rushdie discusses his twelfth, and most recent, novel, The Golden House.Read More ›

Podcast #183: Jesmyn Ward—Sing, Unburied, Sing

The National Book Award–winning author spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture about her most recent novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. She was joined by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.Read More ›

Podcast #182: Atul Gawande & Elizabeth Alexander

Two writers, two beautiful books, both on the subject of death. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal examines the lengths modern medicine must go to better humanize the final stages of our lives. Elizabeth Alexander's The Light of the World is the memoir of her husband Ficre's sudden and unexpected death, and Alexander's process of grieving and rebuilding that followed it.Read More ›

Podcast #181: Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland

The host and co-creator of Studio 360 discusses his new book, Fantasyland: How American Went Haywire, with NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.Read More ›

Podcast #180: Raoul Peck, "I Am Not Your Negro"

The filmmaker speaks about his groundbreaking documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" at the Schomburg Center with the Schomburg's Director, Kevin Young and LIVE from the NYPl's Paul Holdengräber.Read More ›

Podcast #179: Ayobami Adebayo—Stay With Me

The Nigerian writer discusses her debut novel, Stay With Me, the haunting tale of a young couple whose childless marriage threatens to tear them apart. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and hailed by Michiko Kakutani as "powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking."Read More ›

Podcast #178: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning

Kendi discussed his National Book Award–winning work on the history of racist ideas in America with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.Read More ›

Podcast #177: Noam Chomsky and Wallace Shawn

MIT linguist, philosopher, and political theorist Noam Chomsky speaks with actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, diving behind the headlines in an attempt to rigorously and rationally think through the political complications of American life today.Read More ›

Podcast #176: How Judy Collins Conquered Her Cravings

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter and best-selling author Judy Collins talks about her latest book, Cravings, a memoir of Collins' lifelong struggle with an eating disorder—and the story of a search for a spiritual solution to her problems with food.Read More ›

Podcast #175: Lynn Nottage & Sweat

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright was joined in May by members of the Broadway cast of Sweat to talk about the play and the issues behind it at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.Read More ›

Podcast #174: Immigrant Stories—Min Jin Lee with Simon Winchester

Best-selling novelist Min Jin Lee on her latest book, the ups and downs of her career, the history of Koreans in Japan, and the treatment of Asians in America.Read More ›

Podcast #173: Phillip Glass, Words Without Music

The giant of twentieth-century American music took to the LIVE from the NYPL stage in June. He spoke with Paul Holdengräber.Read More ›

Podcast #172: Janet Mock, Surpassing Certainty

Mock published her second memoir, "Surpassing Certainty" in June. The writer, activist, tv host, and podcast host came by the Library to talk about it with Lisa Lucas, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.Read More ›

Podcast #171: Nick Cave

One of contemporary art's most towering figures guides us through his astonishing new exhibition at MASS MoCA.Read More ›

Podcast #170: David Grann

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma become oil millionaires after black gold was discovered under their land. Discover the stories of the mysterious that followed and one of the FBI's earliest investigations. Read More ›

Podcast #169: Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate

Smith was named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate last week. In 2016 she came by the Library to discuss her memoir, Ordinary Light.Read More ›

Podcast #168: Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom

New Yorker staff writer and Columbia Journalism School professor Jelani Cobb delivers a lecture on politics, journalism, and history entitled "The Half-Life of Freedom." Read More ›

Podcast #167: Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin spoke with NY Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris about his recent memoir, "Nevertheless," at LIVE from the NYPL.Read More ›
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