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Muhammad Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 194

Is self-interest the only force motivating business? Or can altruism be an equally powerful driver of innovation? Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize–winning father of microcredit, discussed these questions—the subject of his latest book—with fellow economist Jeffrey Sachs.Read More ›

Podcast #193: Nikki Giovanni & Joy-Ann Reid

The titan of American poetry was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in November to talk about her latest collection, A Good Cry. She spoke with Joy-Ann Reid, the host of MSNBC's AM Joy. Read More ›

Podcast #192: Stephen Greenblatt & Tony Kushner—The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Exploring the power of narrative to travel from myth into reality, Greenblatt and Kushner trace the tale from it's biblical origins through its imaginings in the minds of writers and artists from St. Augustine to Albrecht Dürer to John Milton. Read More ›

Podcast #191: Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers

Kevin Young, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker, traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon in his most recent nonfiction book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. Read More ›

Podcast #190: Anne Applebaum, Fighting Against the Great Forgetting

The Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Washington Post columnist on the true story behind one of Josef Stalin's greatest crimes, against the people of Ukraine, during the Soviet famine of the early 1930s.Read More ›

Podcast #189: Theaster Gates—"I'm Trying to Create an Intimate Moment with Our Most Treasured Assets."

The future of archives with the Chicago-based artist, urban planner, and professor. This conversation was presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.Read More ›

Podcast #188: Van Jones: "You have to keep open the possibility for redemption."

Few people manage to be simultaneously as outspoken and as civil as activist, CNN analyst, and author Van Jones. The complicated and admirable mix is on display on today's epsidode, in which Jones speaks with his CNN colleague Brooke Baldwin about his latest book, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart; How We Come Together. Read More ›

Podcast #187: Ron Chernow—Grant

The Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning historian says the legacy of the Civil War hero and 18th president is deeply misunderstood. He makes the case in his latest book, Grant, and in this conversation with Richard Stengel, former managing editor of TIME magazine.Read More ›

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 ›
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