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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 #165: Jane Mayer, Winner of the Bernstein Award

Is the Trump Administration a dream or a nightmare for the Koch brothers? Are cats more intrinsically valuable than people? Answering many questions about the intricate relationship between money and politics in American life with Jane Mayer, a New Yorker staff writer and author of Dark Money (2017 winner of NYPL's Bernstein Award).Read More ›

Podcast #164: George Packer and Reihan Salam with Tony Marx

The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety. Explore both the seeds and the fruits of our present American political condition with New Yorker writer George Packer, National Review editor Reihan Salam, and New York Public Library President Tony Marx.Read More ›

Podcast #163: Janine di Giovanni, Bernstein Award Finalist

Bernstein Award finalist Janine di Giovanni talks about her book, "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria," the story of Syria's civil war as told through the people who have lived through it.Read More ›

Podcast #162: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Bernstein Award Finalist

Bernstein Award finalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson talks about her book, 'Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis,' which follows individuals fleeing violence and persecution in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and Eritrea.Read More ›

Podcast #161: Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story

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Podcast #160: Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist

Bernstein Award finalist Gary Younge talks about his book, Another Day in the Death of America, which charts gun violence fatalities among children and teens on one Saturday in 2013.Read More ›

Podcast# 159: Like Passover, But Funnier

Comedians Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach share their new take on the Haggadah with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg. Their book is called "For This We Left Egypt?"Read More ›

Podcast #158: Sonia Shah & 'Pandemic,' Bernstein Award Finalist

Sonia Shah's new book 'Pandemic' uses the history of cholera as a template toward understanding the life cycles of disease outbreaks and how our how our next global pandemic might arise.Read More ›

Podcast #157: Women's and Girls' Lives Matter

An extraordinary group of women who are on the front lines of the fight for bettering the lives for young black women and girls across the country gathered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this International Women's Day to highlight the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment.Read More ›

Podcast #156: What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear with Dr. Ofri and Mary Harris

Dr. Danielle Ofri speaks with WNYC host Mary Harris about her new book, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, which proves that medicine doesn’t have to work that way, and how better communication can lead to better health for all of us.Read More ›

Podcast #155: Etgar Keret, the Rock and the Hard Place

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Israeli writer Etgar Keret in conversation with LIVE from the NYPL's own Paul Holdengraber.Read More ›

NYPL Podcast #154: Journalism in the Age of Trump

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present a conversation on journalism in the age of Donald Trump with Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times; Shawna Thomas, DC Bureau Chief of VICE News; Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American; Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Slate Group; and Bill Moyers, Managing Editor of BillMoyers.com.Read More ›

NYPL Podcast #153: Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations

For this week's episode of The New York Public Library Podcast, we highlight discussions presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on two documentaries about icons Maya Angelou and John Lewis. Read More ›

Podcast #152: Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Laurence Bergreen in conversation with psychosexual therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer on the life of the notorious Casanova.Read More ›

Podcast #151: Hugh Ryan on the Queer Histories of Brooklyn's Waterfront

Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture and history. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Ryan discussing the complicated queer refuges offered by the borough's waterfront spaces. Read More ›

Podcast #150: Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy

For this episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present historian Timothy Tyson and PEN Award–winning author John Edgar Wideman discussing their new books, The Blood of Emmett Till and Writing to Save a Life, with historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of the New York Times bestseller The History of White People.Read More ›

Podcast #149: George Washington and the Hyper-Partisan Now

In 1796, George Washington gave his farewell address as he left the American presidency. His speech warned against the dangers of partisanship and made the case for unity across the country.Read More ›

Podcast #148: New York Never Built

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, internationally acclaimed architects Daniel Libeskind, Steven Holl, and Elizabeth Diller come together with author Sam Lubell to envision this alternate city. Read More ›

Podcast #147: Art Spiegelman on How He Sees Himself, Becoming a Devotee to Another Artist, and the Artist After Art

Art Spiegelman is the author and illustrator of Maus, the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. He came to the New York Public Library in the fall of 2016 to discuss the republication of Si Lewen's wordless book, The Parade. For this week of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Art Spiegelman on how he sees himself, becoming a devotee to another artist, and the artist after art.Read More ›

Podcast #146: Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Lehrer, Ifill, Young, Contreras-Sweet, Marx, Gelinas, and Cantor discussing our compelling interests in diverse democracy.Read More ›
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