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The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.



Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Apr 16, 2019 0:49:31


''A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Mary Norris's bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen was a raucous, cheery memoir about grammar, usage, and practical life advice gleaned from her three decades in The New Yorker's venerable and notoriously fastidious copy department. Her latest book is another paean to language and expression. In Greek to Me, Norris celebrates all things Greek-words, gods, wine, and waiters-as she offers a hot take on the distant but oddly familiar language that helped beget our own. (recorded 4/15/2019)

Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions

Apr 12, 2019 0:55:28


A 30-year contributor to The New Yorker, Patricia Marx is the author of several books including Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him, both of which were Thurber Prize finalists. A former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, she has taught screenwriting and humor at a number of universities, and is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her new book, illustrated by Roz Chast, is a collection of bon mots passed down from her mother. Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. She has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several collected volumes of her published cartoons, an illustrated love note to Manhattan titled Going into Town, and the memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award Finalist. Natalie Cohn Memorial Lecture (recorded 4/11/2019)

Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Apr 11, 2019 0:32:22


In conversation with Chef Elijah Milligan A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.'s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat's 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America's most acclaimed young culinary personalities. Raised in the Bronx and Nigeria, he started a catering company with money he made selling candy on the subway, eventually training at the Culinary Institute of America and in the kitchens of some of the country's best restaurants. A memoir about food, celebrity, and race, Notes from a Young Black Chef serves up lessons about following your star even when it takes a wrong turn. (recorded 4/10/2019)

Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

Apr 10, 2019 1:03:38


Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring heritage and identity, his poetry collections include City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and Looking for the Gulf Motel. He is also the author of The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a memoir that delves into his upbringing as the child of Cuban exiles, and his artistic, sexual, and cultural identities as an American. Through seemingly disparate historical events and motifs, his new poetry collection asks, ''How do we love this country?'' (recorded 4/9/2019)

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Apr 9, 2019 0:58:48


A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Insane City, You Can Date When You're 40, and Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States. Two of Barry's books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave's World. Drawn from daily life's deeply personal but universally experienced humiliations, absurdities, and moments of grace, Lessons from Lucy urges us to find the joy in our lives. (recorded 4/8/2019)

Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

Apr 8, 2019 0:53:30


In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at ''the summit of American historical writing'' (Washington Post), Robert Caro is the author of biographies of New York power-brokering urban planner Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson, the latter of which is part of a multi-volume series on the complicated ex-President. He has earned an astounding two Pulitzer Prizes, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two National Book Awards, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Art and Letters, and in 2010 President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In Working, Caro reflects on lessons gleaned from researching and writing his watershed books, as well as what it felt like to interview many of the people central to these works. (recorded 4/8/2019)

Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

Apr 5, 2019 1:00:43


A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America, and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. His latest book details the story of the isolationist United States's handling of the refugee crisis of the 1930s and 40s, as seen through the desperate attempts of German Jews to acquire U.S. visas. The Unwanted complements the exhibition The Americans and the Holocaust that is now on view at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC   (recorded 4/4/2019)

Valerie Jarrett | Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Apr 4, 2019 01:03:28


In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition ''The ultimate Obama insider'' (New York Times), Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving advisor in the 44th President's administration. Born in Iran and raised in 1960s Chicago, Jarrett originally practiced corporate law and left to enter local politics, where in 1991 she interviewed an up-and-coming lawyer named Michelle Robinson. And the rest is history, one she tells in Finding My Voice, a memoir of her rise to become one of the most consequential women in the United States. Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture (recorded 4/3/2019)

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Apr 3, 2019 58:14


Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams, a ''rich, abundant, vigorously composed'' (Boston Globe) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men, Crow and Weasel, and Resistance. Texas Tech University's Visiting Distinguished Scholar, he has earned Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In Horizon, Lopez immerses readers in six far-flung regions of the world as he ponders man's explorations and exploitations of nature amidst a very personal search for purpose in a fractured world. Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 4/2/2019)

Cecile Richards | Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead-My Life Story

Apr 1, 2019 57:36


In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A ''heroine of the resistance'' (Vogue), Cecile Richards was the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to 2018. The daughter of legendary Ann Richards, she began her career in the labor movement, then helped her mother become Texas's first Democratic woman governor, and later served as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff. One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, she serves on the board of the Ford Foundation and founded the Texas Freedom Network in order to counter the religious right. Make Trouble tells her indelible story and offers practical advice for a new generation of leaders. Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture (recorded 3/28/2019)

Nathan Englander | with Thomas Mallon | Landfall

Mar 28, 2019 01:03:12


Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. In addition to his widely anthologized short fiction, he is the author of the novels The Ministry of Special Cases and Dinner at the Center of the Earth. In, to his Orthodox family's dismay, an atheist refuses to say the Jewish prayer for the dead for his recently departed father.. ''Historical fiction that unfolds with the urgency of a thriller'' (Newsweek), Thomas Mallon's acclaimed novels include Dewey Defeats Truman, Watergate, and Fellow Travelers, which was adapted into a popular opera. For this work he has earned Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for prose style. Landfall is a fictionalized account of the stormy George W. Bush years between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. (recorded 3/27/2019)

Albert Woodfox | Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope

Mar 27, 2019 58:07


In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. Falsely accused and convicted of a 1972 robbery in which a white guard was killed, Albert Woodfox served more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana's notoriously brutal Angola prison. Finding solidarity and inspiration behind bars with members of the Black Panther Party, he was able to find inner peace and a spirit of resistance. After decades he was finally able to find a capable lawyer sympathetic to his plight, though it still took another 16 years to prove his innocence and gain his release. According to CNN's Van Jones, Woodfox's life and new memoir, Solitary, are an ''inspiring triumph of the human spirit and a powerful call for the necessity of prison reform.'' (recorded 3/26/2019)

Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

Mar 25, 2019 01:04:41


''A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling'' (The New York Times Book Review), Adam Rutherford's A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the ages-spanning story of our species through the field of genomics. A National Geographic Best Book of 2017, it was a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A University College London PhD and science writer for The Guardian, Rutherford has also written and hosted several programs for the BBC, including Inside Science, The Cell, and Playing God. His new book investigates just what it means to be human. (recorded 3/21/2019)

Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Mar 20, 2019 55:51


In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. ''An unflinching witness and eloquent mourner'' (The New Yorker), Carolyn Forché is the author of the poetry collections Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, and Gathering the Tribes. For this body of work she has amassed an impressive list of honors, including fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University, Forché is also a respected translator, editor, and activist. What You Have Heard Is True tells the story of her journey with an enigmatic man into the chaos and horror of the Salvadoran Civil War. (recorded 3/19/2019)

Lidia Bastianich | My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

Mar 19, 2019 58:19


Renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is the owner and co-owner of celebrated Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. The author of a baker's dozen cookbooks, a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy, and a regular contributor to television cooking shows for two decades, she currently hosts the Emmy-winning Lidia's Kitchen on PBS. Her other honors include recognition from the National Italian American Foundation, several James Beard Awards, and induction into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Her new memoir traces the route from her childhood in communist Yugoslavia and consequent emigration to New York at 12, to her first tentative steps in the restaurant business as a teen. (recorded 3/18/2019)

Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Mar 15, 2019 01:13:08


Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, a ''tour de force'' (Nature) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People, de Waal is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, directs the Living Links at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University's psychology department. Positing that humans are not the only species capable of love, hate, and everything in between, Mama's Last Hug explores the profound emotional lives of animals. (recorded 3/14/2019)

Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

Mar 13, 2019 54:42


In conversation with Gene Seymour, contributor to The Nation and former film critic and jazz columnist for Newsday. He has written for Bookforum,, and The Washington Post. Author and spoken-word artist Darius James's 1992 masterpiece, the William S. Burroughs meets Thomas Pynchon meets Ishmael Reed fever-dream Negrophobia, is a raunchy, raucous, headlong dive into the many faces of American racism. With other works including That's Blaxploitation: Roots of the Baadassssss 'Tude, Voodoo Stew, and Froggy Chocolate's Christmas Eve, James is the cowriter and narrator of the of 2013 film The United States of Hoodoo. With a new introduction by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri and a new preface by the author, the multi-genre Negrophobia is dire, darkly comic, and more relevant than ever. (recorded 3/12/2019)

David Treuer | The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

Mar 8, 2019 01:02:47


An Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and an unromantic chronicler of Native American culture and literature, David Treuer is the author of the novels Prudence, Little, The Hiawatha, and The Translation of Dr. Appeles. He is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer offers an epic counter-narrative to the conventional histories of Native American life from the 1890 massacre to the present. (recorded 3/7/2019)

Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower with Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

Mar 6, 2019 01:12:18


In converation with Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Examining the intersections of race, gender, and politics in a popular monthly Cosmo column, Brittney Cooper is also a professor of women's and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University. Praised by Michael Eric Dyson as ''the boldest young feminist writing today,'' Cooper is the author of Beyond Respectability, a map of the development of female African American intellectuals. Her new book celebrates the power of anger, dispels stereotypes, and reminds women of the power they possess. Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies, The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the growing number of single women in 21st-century America; and Big Girls Don't Cry, an investigation of the 2008 American presidential election's effects on women and cultural feminism. A writer-at-large for New York magazine, Traister has contributed to many other periodicals, including The Nation, Vogue and The Washington Post. (recorded 3/5/2019)

Don Winslow | The Border

Mar 1, 2019 53:35


The author of numerous international bestselling crime novels, Don Winslow is the recipient of dozens of awards and spots on myriad best-books-of-the-year lists. These books include The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Force, and Savages, for which he wrote the screenplay for the Oliver Stone-directed film adaptation of the same name. The conclusion to the Cartel trilogy that began with The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, ''an epic, gritty south-of-the-border Godfather for our time'' (Esquire), Winslow's latest book brings the blood-soaked War on Drugs onto American soil and into our highest corridors of power. (recorded 2/28/2019)

Sigrid Nunez | The Friend: A Novel with Keith Gessen | A Terrible Country: A Novel

Feb 27, 2019 57:37


Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend, ''a penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory'' (NPR) in which a woman is forced to adopt her deceased best friend's Great Dane. The recipient of a Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Whiting Award, Nunez is also the author of Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and Sempre Susan, a memoir about her friend and mentor Susan Sontag. A founding editor of the popular online magazine n+1, Russian-born polymath Keith Gessen is the author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men and the editor of three nonfiction books. A journalism professor at Columbia University, he has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, and The Atlantic. Gessen's new novel tells the story of a New York émigré's return to Putin's Moscow to take care of his sick grandmother. ''[T]his earnest and wistful but serious book gets good, and then it gets very good... [and] is a gift for those who wish to receive it'' (The New York Times). (recorded 2/26/2019)

Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Feb 22, 2019 58:21


A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie's Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secret, the tale of his eponymous aunt who was locked away in a mental institution and seemingly erased from his mother's memory. In Separate, Luxenberg unearths the Philadelphia-born court case that established the idea of "separate but equal" in the courtroom, thus creating legal precedent for the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. (recorded 2/21/2019)

Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

Feb 20, 2019 01:03:55


In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful career in business to return to his ''dying'' hometown with a dream of reinvention. During his two terms in office, he has transformed South Bend into a model of urban renewal, served a military tour in Afghanistan, and after coming out as a gay man, has found acceptance, love, and marriage. Once described by The Washington Post as ''the most interesting mayor you've never heard of,'' Buttigieg changes all that with this frank, inspiring memoir. Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 2/19/2019)

Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

Feb 15, 2019 01:01:28


In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical. ''Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today'' (The Boston Globe), Bernard-Henri Lévy led the vanguard of the radical 1970s ''New Philosophy'' movement, a rejection of Marxism and the Left still debated today. This moralistic view culminated in 1979's controversial Barbarism with a Human Face and continued in Testament of God, in which he advocated an ''atheistic spirituality.'' He is also the author the internationally bestselling Who Killed Daniel Pearl?, Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism, and The Genius of Judaism. Lévy's latest book offers an urgent look at the vacuum created by the United States' withdrawal from world leadership and the ambitious former empires seeking to fill it. Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 2/14/2019)

Howard Schultz | From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

Feb 15, 2019 58:54


In conversation with William Kristol, founder and former editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz led the java giant from eleven cafes in the Seattle area to more than 28,000 locations worldwide and ranked fifth on Fortune's 2018 list of ''World's Most Admired Companies.'' He is the author of several books, including Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time; the former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics; and, with his wife Sheri, the founder of the Schultz Family Foundation, which supports national initiatives focused on employment and the needs of veterans. Part memoir and part manifesto of corporate social responsibility, From the Ground Up interweaves Schultz's inspiring trajectory from a Brooklyn housing project to leading one of the world's most iconic companies. (recorded 2/13/2019)

Victor LaValle with Justina Ireland, Sam J. Miller, and Alice Sola Kim | A People's Future of the United States: Twenty-five Visionary Stories

Feb 14, 2019 01:02:52


Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People's Future of the United States, 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and strife. Coeditor Victor LaValle's  work-including four novels, two novellas, and a short story collection-has been named to a slew of best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times, The Nation, and The Washington Post, among others. Featured in this anthology are Justina Ireland, author of The New York Times bestselling  Dread Nation; Sam J. Miller, whose The Art of Starving was one of NPR's Best Books of 2017; and 2016 Whiting Award winner Alice Sola Kim. (recorded 2/12/2019)

Chris Wilson | The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

Feb 8, 2019 50:30


In conversation with State Representative Jordan A. Harris Convicted of murder at 18 and sentenced to life in prison with no hope of release, Chris Wilson began to improve himself through study, physical fitness, and even started a business. For the next several years he followed the tenets of his ''master plan,'' and in his mid-thirties he convinced a judge of his reformation and earned an early release. Since then he has become a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, and mentor. Praised as ''an incredibly moving book that will change the way you look at the criminal justice system'' by Senator Bernie Sanders, The Master Plan tells the story of Wilson's metamorphosis and extols the power of second chances. (recorded 2/7/2019)

Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

Feb 6, 2019 01:01:50


Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Magazine)  and one of The Root's Top 100 Black Social Influencers. Her articles have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including the New York Times, Ebony, Time, and Essence. In Reclaiming Our Space, Jones examines the ways black women are using digital spaces to change the conventional dialogues of culture and social movements. DaMaris B. Hill is the author of The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage, Jim Crow: Staking Claims, and the poetry collection Vi-ze-bel\Teks-chers. A double PhD in English and women and gender studies, she teaches creative writing and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky. In A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, Hill evokes some of the most powerful incarcerated American women of color-from Assata Shakur to Zora Neale Hurston-to present an unflinching, unbridled celebration of struggle and transcendence. (recorded 2/5/2019)

Jane Brox | Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

Feb 1, 2019 45:34


Penning ''nonfiction literature of a high and lasting order'' (Chicago Tribune), Jane Brox is the author of, among other books, Five Thousand Days Like This One, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, named one of 2010's best books by Time magazine; and Here and Nowhere Else, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Told through the intrinsically linked histories of the monastery and penitentiary (including a section on Eastern State), Silence traces the complex culturally transformative power of the concept of complete quiet. (recorded 1/31/2019)

Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

Jan 30, 2019 42:16


Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow, the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral, a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a professor of journalism and the writing professions at Baruch College and Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at CUNY. Davis's newest book is a tribute to her mother, a jill-of-all-trades bookie, banker, wife, and parent who bucked the ‘60s and ‘70s decay of Detroit to lead her family into prosperity. (recorded 1/29/2019)

Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Jan 28, 2019 01:01:37


In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. Delivering ''an eviscerating, raw honesty'' (New York Times Book Review), writer's writer Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Devotion, Still Writing, and Hourglass. Her five novels include Black & White and Family History. She is a cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference and a former writing teacher at Columbia University, NYU, and Wesleyan University. A story of identity, family secrets, and love, Inheritance charts the staggering implications of Shapiro's discovery that her father wasn't her biological parent. (recorded 1/22/2019)

Kristen Roupenian | You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

Jan 18, 2019 48:51


Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally published in The New Yorker in 2017, her story ''Cat Person'' garnered national attention for its frank depiction of dating in the digital age. Included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, it is now the cornerstone of Roupenian's debut story collection. Genre-leaping and theme-bouncing from the supernatural to the super mundane, You Know You Want This explores sexuality, Schadenfreude, and gender power struggles. (recorded 1/15/2019)

Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

Jan 18, 2019 56:33


In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical. Celebrated internationally for a prolific, ''achingly beautiful'' (Los Angeles Times Book Review) body of work across a variety of genres, Chinese émigré Ha Jin is the author of a score of novels, volumes of poetry, story collections, and a book of essays. His many honors include the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Jin's books include Waiting, Under the Red Flag, and War Trash. The Banished Immortal is a biography of the 8th-century, Tang Dynasty poet whose verses remain an intrinsic element of Chinese language and culture. (recorded 1/17/2019)

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jesmyn Ward

Jan 17, 2019 01:13:24


One Book, One Philadelphia 2019 kicks off with a reading and conversation between Jesmyn Ward, author of the One Book featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing, and WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. Their talk will be followed by a performance of an original work from Curtis Institute of Music composer Elizabeth Younan.   (recorded 1/16/2019)

In Conversation With The Rosenbach: The Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment with Michele Norris

Jan 17, 2019 01:21:31


Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute's new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion. For more than a decade Norris served as a host of NPR's ''All Things Considered'' where she interviewed world leaders, American presidents, Nobel laureates, leading thinkers and groundbreaking artists. She has also produced in-depth profiles, interviews and series for NPR News programs as well as special reports for National Geographic, Time Magazine, ABC News and Lifetime Television. Norris created The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, after the publication of her family memoir, The Grace of Silence. About the Legacy of the Thirteenth Amendment Mini-Series The Rosenbach collection includes an 1865 commemorative copy - signed by members of both houses of the United States Congress - of the proposal for Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. This series of programs will examine the historical circumstances of the amendment's passage and the complicated legacy of the amendment, from Jim Crow to mass incarceration. (recorded 1/9/2019)

Gregory B. Jaczko | Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

Jan 15, 2019 01:00:09


The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, Dr. Gregory Jaczko oversaw the U.S. government's response to Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. An NRC commissioner from 2005-2009 and former science policy advisor to Senator Harry Reid, he is now an adjunct professor at Princeton University and Georgetown University, and has created a clean energy development company. In Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator, Jaczko blows the lid off the public and private controversies surrounding nuclear energy and explains how the U.S. government has allowed it to endanger our lives. (recorded 1/14/2019)

Kirsten Gillibrand | Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

Dec 14, 2018 54:50


In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces children to ten suffragists who raised their voices for justice. With illustrations by The New Yorker contributor and artist Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave profiles courageous visionaries including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul. Senator Gillibrand is also the author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World, ''one of the most helpful, readable, down-to-earth, and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power'' (Gloria Steinem). (recorded 12/13/2018)

Mary Schmidt Campbell | An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

Dec 7, 2018 59:21


President of Spelman College since 2015, and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt Campbell served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities during the Obama administration. She has contributed to an array of scholarly and popular publications, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her new book delves into the life of artist Romare Bearden, a muralist and collagist whose large-scale public works came to symbolize the black experience during the Civil Rights era. Watch the video here. (recorded 12/6/2018)

Gary Giddins | Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

Dec 5, 2018 57:34


Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century, ''a grand, brilliant history" (The New York Times Book Review). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his other books include Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, Faces in the Crowd, and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. Giddins teaches at the City University of New York Graduate Center and was prominently featured on Ken Burns's landmark Jazz documentary series. Drawing on scores of interviews and unprecedented archival access, his latest book is the second installment of his multi-part biography of America's quintessential crooner.  (recorded 12/4/2018)

Elaine Pagels | Why Religion?: A Personal Story

Dec 3, 2018 54:11


In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations, Beyond Belief, and The Gnostic Gospels. Her many honors include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellowships. Her new book draws upon the perspectives of science, history, and her own research, as well as the insight she gleaned from the shocking loss of both her son and husband in the same year. Lauded by Joyce Carol Oates as ''an extraordinary memoir of loss, spiritual struggle, illumination and insight,'' Why Religion? contemplates some of the modern world's most important questions about why so many still believe and how we reconcile faith with contemporary ideas of sex and culture. (recorded 11/29/2018)

Margaret George | The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero with Madeline Miller | Circe

Nov 30, 2018 55:58


Margaret George's fictional biographies of towering world figures-brimming ''with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation'' (Detroit Free Press) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record-include Helen of Troy, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, and Mary, Called Magdalene, among many others. All have been international bestsellers. The sequel to The Confessions of Young Nero, George's latest novel finds the titular tyrant earning his place in history as Rome's most notorious ruler. Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, the ''fast, true and incredibly rewarding'' (USA Today) Orange Prize-winning reimagining of Homer's The Iliad and its doomed champion. An Ivy League-educated classicist, for the last decade she has taught Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. Miller's latest novel, the New York Times number-one bestselling Circe, is a subversive revision of the story of the daughter of Helios, a witch, lover, and humanist who draws the ire of both gods and mortals. Carole Phillilps Memorial Lecture (recorded 11/28/2018)

Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

Nov 30, 2018 59:42


Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post, Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N Word; What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; A Taste of Honey: Stories; and the debut novel Only the Strong, ''a heartfelt, polyphonic ode to 1970s black America'' (Wall Street Journal). He is also a Guggenheim Fellowship-winning poet, playwright, and acclaimed children's book author. We Can't Breathe is a collection of eight essays that disrupt the conventional narrative of black history in America. (recorded 11/20/2018)

H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

Nov 29, 2018 01:08:30


''Master storyteller'' (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subjects as Aaron Burr, Ronald Reagan, the California gold rush, Andrew Jackson, the Vietnam War, and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen books ''weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place'' (The Boston Globe). Brands returns with the story of the early 19th--century political giants who took up the daunting challenge of completing the constitutional work begun by the Founding Fathers. (recorded 11/13/2018)

Daniel Torday | Boomer1 with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah | Friday Black: Stories

Nov 29, 2018 01:00:59


Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday's novel The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist. The Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, Torday's work has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, The New York Times, and other publications. His new novel pits a disaffected and desperate 30-something with no job prospects against his Baby Boomer mother and successful punk bassist ex-girlfriend. Praised by writer's writer George Saunders as ''strange, crazed, urgent and funny,'' Nana Kwamei Adjei-Brenyah's explosive debut fiction collection, Friday Black, situates characters in extraordinarily surreal, Twilight Zone-esque, yet all-too-familiar positions of oppression within our criminal justice, consumerist, and pop cultural institutions. Adjei-Brenyah's work has been published in some of the country's most prestigious publications, including Guernica, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, and The Breakwater Review, where he was selected as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. (recorded 11/14/2018)

Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

Nov 29, 2018 01:04:51


''America's best social critic'' (Time), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, The Puritan Ordeal, and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter. His essays on history and culture are frequently featured in The New York Review of Books. President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2012. The War Before the War tells the antebellum story of how two Americas-one enslaved and the other free-created an inexorable path toward the Civil War. (recorded 11/27/2018)

David W. Blight | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Nov 28, 2018 01:04:24


David W. Blight's many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass's first two autobiographies. Blight is a professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He received the Bancroft Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and is a former president of the Society of American Historians. Drawing on newly discovered archival information, Blight's new book is a definitive portrait of the most important African American orator and politician of the 19th century. (recorded 11/19/2018)

Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Nov 28, 2018 57:49


In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared ''one of the most respected bands on the planet'' and lauded as ''paragons of good taste, masters of genre-bridging craftsmanship and chill independence'' (Rolling Stone). Their many studio albums include Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and Sky Blue Sky. Tweedy was also one of the founders of the trailblazing alt-country group Uncle Tupelo, and has recorded a solo album, a record with his son Spencer, and has collaborated with a score of other musicians. In Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), Tweedy tells the story of his Midwestern upbringing and current life as a husband and father, the early Chicago indie-rock scene that launched his career, and his musical process and perspective. (recorded 11/15/2018)

Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

Nov 9, 2018 01:03:19


Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times. His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil Thomson and The New York Times Essential Library: Opera: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Works and the Best Recordings. He also has covered musical theater, done Times Talks with musical celebrities, earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University, and recorded two albums of music by Thomson. In The Indispensable Composers, Tommasini offers a very personal perspective on the canon of classical composers. (recorded 11/8/2018)

Mitch Albom | The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Nov 6, 2018 01:23:50


''A writer with soul'' (Los Angeles Times) who captures the delicacies of the human condition, author, journalist, screenwriter, and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time. His debut novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, sold an only slightly more modest 10 million copies in 35 languages. His other books include Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper, and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reveals the continuing story of Annie, the little girl saved by Eddie, protagonist of the blockbuster original novel. This is a book with ticket event. You may collect your book when you enter the auditorium. And thanks to Mitch's publisher, Harper Books, if you order your ticket before October 8th you can get a FREE copy of the special anniversary edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven. We'll send you a link to a form in the days following your book with ticket purchase through the library.     (recorded 10/22/2018)

Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

Nov 6, 2018 56:48


Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women's roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario's work regularly appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time. She is also the author of It's What I Do, ''an unflinching memoir'' (The Washington Post) illustrated with her photography about the uncompromising pursuit of truth and her fight to be taken as seriously as her male colleagues amid every major theater of war of the early 21st century, including Afghanistan, the Congo, and Libya. Of Love & War is a collection of more than 200 photos from far-flung and under-publicized corners of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. (recorded 10/30/2018)

Nathaniel Philbrick | In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

Nov 5, 2018 56:23


''One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction'' (The Wall Street Journal), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea, an account of the nearly mythic 19th-century maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. His many other books include Mayflower, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Last Stand, a chronicle of the clash at Little Bighorn; Bunker Hill, a fresh take on the first major battle of the Revolutionary War; and Valiant Ambition, an account of the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In his latest book, Philbrick narrates the epic year leading to Washington's decisive land and naval victory over Lord Cornwallis's forces in Yorktown. Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture (recorded 10/25/2018)

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook | Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

Nov 2, 2018 51:40


In conversation with Sam Sifton Acclaimed for ''cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors'' (New York Times), Michael Solomonov brought Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences to bear in his Philadelphia flagship restaurant, Zahav, named an ''essential'' restaurant by Eater magazine. Together with partner Steven Cook, his other restaurants include Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, The Rooster, and Goldie. Solomonov's honors include 2011 and 2017 James Beard Awards, as well as recognition by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure. Solomonov and Cook's new cookbook is a zesty blend of history, photos, and recipes gleaned from their Israeli travels to bustling seaside cities, sleepy mountain villages, and everywhere in between. Sam Sifton is the food editor of The New York Times and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, the Times's digital cookbook. Formerly the newspaper's national news editor, restaurant critic, and culture editor, he is the author of the cookbooks Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well and the forthcoming See You on Sunday: Recipes for Family and Friends.  Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 10/23/2018)

René Redzepi and David Zilber | The Noma Guide to Fermentation

Oct 29, 2018 01:13:43


René Redzepi is chef and co-owner of Copenhagen's Michelin two-star restaurant Noma, recognized an astounding four times as the best in the world. He is one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World and the subject of two full-length documentaries. His book Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine-''an international sensation'' (New York Times)-won International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and James Beard awards. Former sous-chef at Vancouver's Hawksworth Restaurant, David Zilber has worked at Noma since 2014 and has overseen its famous fermentation lab since 2016. In their new how-to guide, Redzepi and Zilber reveal the techniques used at Noma to bring fermented ingredients to every dish served. Julie Dannenbaum Culinary Arts Lecture   (recorded 10/24/2018)

Julián Castro | An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream

Oct 29, 2018 01:02:29


In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama's second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political stage as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Castro's activist mother helped guide him and his twin brother, Joaquín, to Stanford and then Harvard Law School. From there he returned to his native San Antonio, which he helped transform into one of America's leading economies. In An Unlikely Journey, Castro echoes the transcendence and aspirational spirit of Obama's Dreams from My Father, affirming just what it means to be an American during an era of political cynicism and cultural divisiveness.  (recorded 10/22/2018)

Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

Oct 26, 2018 01:02:45


With a ''special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind'' (New York Times Book Review), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible, a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her other novels include The Bean Trees, The Lacuna, and Flight Behavior. She is founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, winner of the National Humanities Medal, and recipient of the James Beard Award. Unsheltered tells the story of a woman who, amid familial strife and sea change, researches the history of her rural New Jersey home and discovers a kindred spirit in its harried 19th century occupant. (recorded 10/19/2018)

Ben Macintyre | The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Oct 25, 2018 01:07:21


Praised for his ''elegant, jaunty, and very British high style'' (New York Times), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat, and Double Cross, among other books. He has adapted several of these stories into popular documentaries for the BBC. Writer-at-large for The Times of London, Macintyre has twice been nominated for the Edgar Award in ''Best Fact Crime.'' The Spy and the Traitor tells the tale of real-life Russian double agent Oleg Gordievsky, the Soviet Union's top man in London for more than a decade whose disgust with his nation's communist system led him to covertly work with Britain's MI6 to turn the tables on the KGB. Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 10/18/2018)

Jill Soloway | She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

Oct 22, 2018 01:05:30


In conversation with Hannah Gadsby The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent, Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight, creator of the series I Love Dick, and was a writer and executive producer for Six Feet Under, How to Make It in America, and United States of Tara. They are also the author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants and founder of the activism groups 5050by2020 and East Side Jews. Pondering the #MeToo movement, gender dynamics, and the nature of inclusion, She Wants It draws on Soloway's own unique truth, including their experience in the entertainment industry and their metamorphosis from a married mother of two to identifying as queer and nonbinary. (recorded 10/17/2018)

Imani Perry | Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Oct 18, 2018 51:12


A professor of African American studies, public affairs, and gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University, Dr. Imani Perry is the author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States, May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop. Her latest book is a portrait of the short but extraordinary life of the writer of A Raisin in the Sun, whose network of friends, family, colleagues, and collaborators included the most prominent African American artists and activists of the 1960s. (recorded 9/25/2018)

Joseph Ellis | American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Oct 18, 2018 59:56


In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor A ''sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged'' (The Economist), historian Joseph Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers, a thoughtful exploration of the gifted but flawed men who conjured America; and the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a portrait of Thomas Jefferson. His body of work also includes His Excellency: George Washington, First Family: Abigail and John Adams, and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. His new book examines the profoundly relevant views of the Founding Fathers as they pertain to the current American landscape of turmoil and division. Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 10/16/2018)

Ben Fountain | Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Oct 17, 2018 57:57


In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Ben Fountain is the author of The New York Times bestseller Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, ''a bracing, fearless and uproarious satire of how contemporary war is waged and sold to the American public'' (San Francisco Chronicle). It won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was adapted by Ang Lee into a popular film. He is also the author of the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning Brief Encounters with Che Guevera. Exploring America's current existential crisis through wide-reaching reportage, Fountain's new essay collection Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates the shocking and polarizing events of the 2016 American presidential election.  (recorded 10/15/2018)

Ray Didinger | The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition with Mark Leibovich | Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

Oct 16, 2018 01:06:54


Fly Eagles fly! Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Ray Didinger updated his and late co-writer Robert S. Lyons's bestselling The Eagles Encyclopedia-''the definitive book for any Eagles fan'' (Philadelphia Daily News)-to reflect the quintessential underdog season  that led to the Birds' Super Bowl LII victory. Didinger covered the NFL for The Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News for more than 25 years, has authored or coauthored ten books about sports and writing, and currently appears on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Mark Leibovich's books include number-one bestselling This Town, a ''vastly entertaining and deeply troubling'' (The New York Times Book Review) exploration of the political culture in Washington, D.C. Chief National Correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and a former correspondent for The Washington Post, he won the National Magazine Award for profile writing. Venturing beyond the playing field into locker rooms, owners' meetings, draft days, culture wars, and the existential fears about the future of the game, Big Game is an in-depth analysis of professional football at its economic and social peak. (recorded 10/13/2018)

Nelson Díaz | Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aquí ni de Allá: The Autobiography of Nelson Díaz

Oct 15, 2018 57:22


In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist Introduced by Henry Cisneros A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and became the state's first Latino judge and partner in a top-100 law firm. He was later appointed to a White House Fellowship by Jimmy Carter and as General Counsel to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by Bill Clinton. His honors include the Philadelphia Bar Association's Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. From his childhood in a New York tenement to advocacy for human rights, housing reform, and neighborhood economic development, Not from Here, Not from There is a chronicle of Díaz's remarkable path toward the American Dream. (recorded 10/9/2018)

John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

Oct 9, 2018 01:04:30


In conversation with Michael Smerconish John Kerry is a decorated combat veteran thrice wounded in the line of duty, a five-term United States senator from Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and four-year Secretary of State. He is currently the Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale and the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His books include A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, The New War, and This Moment on Earth. His new book is a revealing memoir that follows his journey from son of a diplomat to disillusioned Vietnam vet, longtime legislator, and world leader. Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM POTUS Channel 124, the host of CNN's Smerconish on Saturday mornings, a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 10/5/2018)

Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

Oct 5, 2018 01:05:44


In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies, The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the growing number of single women in 21st-century America; and Big Girls Don't Cry, an investigation of the 2008 American presidential election's effects on women and cultural feminism. A contributing editor at Elle and writer-at-large for New York magazine, Traister has contributed to many other periodicals, including The Nation, Vogue, The Washington Post, and Glamour. Good and Mad is an urgent and timely exploration of the power of women's anger to affect contemporary political change and its historical precedents in changing policies and minds. (recorded 10/4/2018)

Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

Oct 3, 2018 59:29


Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor's Initiation and the ''extraordinary, brave and even shocking'' (New York Times) Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician. Jauhar is a frequent contributor The Wall Street Journal, Time, NPR, and MSNBC, and has written about medicine for The New York Times for more than 20 years. In Heart, Jauhar weaves his own work with historical research and the findings of groundbreaking new technologies to tell the story of our most colorful yet inscrutable organ. (recorded 10/2/2018)

Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

Oct 2, 2018 48:23


Working ''her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror'' (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim for this work's historical and technical accuracy is unsurprising, given that she holds a doctorate in the history of magic and science in Europe, has worked in some of the world's most prestigious libraries, and taught medical history at Northwestern University. From present-day Europe to the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, Time's Convert takes a bite into new material as it spins off from the All Souls universe.  (recorded 10/1/2018)

Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

Sep 28, 2018 01:16:26


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Empire of Illusion, Wages of Rebellion, and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. For nearly two decades he was a New York Times foreign correspondent covering some of the most dangerous and impoverished international and domestic locales, earning wide acclaim for his eloquent and essential stories. Reported from disaffected and disenfranchised communities across the nation, America: The Farewell Tour maps the despair, xenophobia, and inequalities that have accompanied increased corporate influence on our politics. (recorded 9/27/2018)

David Levering Lewis | The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Sep 27, 2018 01:01:22


Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his ''superb'' (The Nation) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal shaper of the Civil Rights Movement. His other books include God's Crucible, Race to Fashoda, and 1970's King, notable for being the first scholarly biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His many honors include the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the National Humanities Medal. His latest book is a biography of the unlikely Republican nominee who would lose to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions (recorded 9/26/2018)

Maxwell King | The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers with David Newell ''Mr. McFeely'' of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Sep 25, 2018 01:02:07


In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood as we welcome Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor, a personal, professional, and artistic biography of Fred Rogers. A figure as deceptively sophisticated as the namesake television program that brought an unerring message of kindness, compassion, and equality to millions of children, Mr. Rogers remains one of America's most beloved cultural icons. King, CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, former president of Heinz Endowments, and editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer for eight years, weaves archival documents and original interviews into a portrait of the man who-spoiler alert-really was as gentle and empathetic as we all hoped he'd be.  Speedy delivery! Mostly known for his portrayal of Mister Rogers' deliveryman, David Newell was also the director of public relations for The Fred Rogers Company. As an ambassador for everyone's favorite neighborhood he toured the world as Mr. McFeely until his retirement in 2015. (recorded 9/24/2018)

Jill Lepore | These Truths: A History of the United States

Sep 21, 2018 01:00:31


An historian whose ''discipline is worthy of a first-class detective'' (New York Review of Books), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, the story of Benjamin Franklin's beloved but often-overlooked sister Jane; New York Burning, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a revelatory feminist origin story of one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Her new book is an ambitious biography of the United States, as told through the intersection of politics, technology, journalism, and sketches of greater- and lesser-known leaders, mischief makers, and visionaries. Watch the video here. (recorded 9/20/2018)

Gary Shteyngart | Lake Success

Sep 18, 2018 47:01


''Ridiculously witty and painfully prescient'' (Time), Gary Shteyngart is the author of the culturally reflective novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, which was named one of the best novels of the year by The New York Times Book Review. His other work includes the National Book Critics Award finalist Little Failure, a memoir of his experiences in the dramatically dissimilar worlds of uber-consumerist America and the perpetually deprived Soviet Union of his youth. His new novel, a penetrating exploration of the ultra-rich .1%, follows a billionaire hedge-fund manager who flees New York by bus in search of simpler life. (recorded 9/17/2018)

Andrew Shaffer | Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery

Jul 31, 2018 41:18


Crockett and Tubbs. Murtaugh and Riggs. Tango and Cash. Obama and Biden. In Hope Never Dies, this time it's personal as the former President and Vice President are on the case in this high-stakes thriller mystery from Andrew Shaffer,  the New York Times best-selling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey and other fiction and nonfiction titles. When Biden, fresh into retirement, finds that his favorite railroad conductor has died in a suspicious accident, he calls the only man he ever fully trusted: the 44th President of the United States. From biker bars and fleabag motels to the heart of the opioid epidemic, these two rebels will risk everything to see just how far down the Delaware rabbit hole this thing goes. (recorded 7/30/2018)

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha | What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Jul 26, 2018 52:43


The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis-the signature environmental disaster of our time-and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist at the forefront of one America's most notorious public-health crises. She is the recipient of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. What the Eyes Don't See tells the inspiring story of how a diverse group of researchers, parents, and community leaders fought bureaucratic indifference and proved that Flint's children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead. In partnership with the Heinz Endowment and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a feature of GLR Week (recorded 7/25/2018)

Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:22


Watch the video here. Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You, and How We Got to Now, which he adapted into a popular PBS and BBC series. Johnson is also the creator of the influential online magazine FEED and the website, and was one of Prospect magazine's Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future. A look at the ways novelty, wonder, and amusement have driven innovation, Wonderland is ''a swashbuckling argument for the centrality of recreation to all of human history'' (New York Times).  Due to low sound levels, you will have to turn the sound up on your computer (after the introduction) in order to hear the podcast. We apologize for the inconvenience. (recorded 1/24/2017)

Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:06


Watch the video here. Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has helped bring worldwide attention to the Syrian crisis. She is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. In her debut book, ''the human toll of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time is painfully, heartbreakingly brought home'' (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner) through the harrowing journey of a young Syrian refugee and her family.  (recorded 1/26/2017)

Michael Eric Dyson | Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Jul 16, 2018 1:04:28


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor Possessed of ''intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with words and messages'' (Essence), Michael Eric Dyson is the author of 19 books, a frequent New York Times opinion writer, an MSNBC political analyst, and University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown. His many honors include an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards, and Ebony named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans. Tears We Cannot Stop is a no-holds-barred call for white America to face difficult truths about how it has ignored or dismissed African American grievances.    (recorded 2/1/2017)

Jason Rekulak | The Impossible Fortress

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:12


Watch the video here. In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman, and the literary mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, among many others. In his debut novel, Rekulak travels to 1987 to tell the coming-of-age story of three teenage boys, first love in the age of old school computer programming, and a master plan to heist their own version of the Maltese Falcon: a Playboy magazine containing nude photographs of Vanna White. (recorded 2/6/2017)

Daniel C. Dennett | From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:20


Watch the video here. ''Perhaps America's most widely read (and debated) living philosopher'' (New York Times), Daniel C. Dennett is the author of a score of books that explore the intersection of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, including Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. He is Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Building on ideas from computer science and biology, From Bacteria to Bach and Back posits bold stances upon how we came to have conscious minds.  A longtime writer for The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon and Angels and Ages: Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age, among other books. (recorded 2/9/2017)

George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

Jul 16, 2018 0:52:34


Watch the video here. Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, ''it's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction'' (The Wall Street Journal). He is the author of the New York Times notable books Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; Story Prize finalist In Persuasion Nation; and Tenth of December, a National Book Award finalist. One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, Saunders is the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships and has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lincoln in the Bardo spins a kaleidoscopic tale of the 16th President's son's death and his bizarre purgatorial afterlife.  (recorded 2/14/2017)

Mark Danielewski | The Familiar Volume 4: Hades

Jul 16, 2018 0:54:07


Watch the video here. Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves, a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book's unusual page layout, scores of footnotes, and color-coded words. His 2006 follow-up, Only Revolutions, was a National Book Award finalist, and his novella The Fifty Year Sword was performed on three consecutive Halloweens at REDCAT. Hades is the fourth installment in the planned 27-volume novel The Familiar, a characteristically peculiar multi-narrative story told against unique visuals and book structure. (recorded 2/16/2017)

Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms*

Jul 16, 2018 0:56:59


Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of Forbes' 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial lives. Launched from a Philadelphia attic office in 2009, its newsletter now reaches more than one million subscribers. She has discussed personal finance on a number of news outlets, including Good Morning America, CNN, Today, and MSNBC. In Worth It, Steinberg outlines the vital financial information women need to create a healthy financial future, and draws a direct line to the ways women can use money as a source of personal freedom and power.  (recorded 2/21/2017)

Erica Armstrong Dunbar | Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:14


Watch the video here. Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has contributed commentary to several documentaries, including Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and The Abolitionists and is the author of A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. In her new book, Dunbar tells the story of the young slave who risked her life to escape servitude under the first American President. (recorded 2/23/2017)

Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

Jul 16, 2018 0:42:08


Watch the video here. In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Restaurant Critic's Wife, The Tragedy Paper, and The Grandparents Handbook. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Newsday, and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. A former high school English teacher in Camden, New Jersey, Melissa DePino is the founder and editorial director of Leapfrog Group, a branding and marketing firm for nonprofits. Pretty Little World tells the story of three families who tear down the walls between each other's Philadelphia row homes and are forced to reimagine their relationships.  (recorded 2/27/2017)

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Jul 16, 2018 1:03:59


Watch the video here. Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train, the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, and Sweetwater. She has taught writing at some of the country's most prestigious universities and contributed articles to the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Psychology Today, among many other publications. A Piece of the World weaves fact and fiction into a portrait of the mysterious woman featured in Andrew Wyeth's iconic painting Christina's World.  (recorded 2/28/2017)

Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

Jul 16, 2018 0:57:27


Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Popularly beloved as ''Judy Blue Eyes,'' eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant Sorrow and Wildflowers. The latter album's lead single, ''Both Sides, Now''-penned for her by friend Joni Mitchell-brought her worldwide fame. She is a four-time Grammy nominee, a documentary Oscar nominee, and is currently a UNICEF representative on the campaign for the abolition of landmines. In Cravings, Collins tells the story of her charged history with food, the countless diet plans and weight-loss gurus she encountered over the years, and the measured solution she found to her addiction.  (recorded 3/1/2017)

Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Jul 16, 2018 0:49:26


Watch the video here. In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Yiyun Li's ''remarkable'' (The Washington Post) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. She was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, one of Granta's 21 best young American novelists under 35, and one of The New Yorker's top 20 writers under 40. She is also the author of the novel The Vagrants and the story collection Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. In her first nonfiction book, she weaves her identities as author, mother, and immigrant, and her treasured literary influences to confront questions about selfhood, art, and recovery.  (recorded 3/2/2017)

James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:02


Watch the video here. The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers' Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America's longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group details not only his growth as a writer and teacher to hundreds of students, but also his life as a husband and father. This volume also includes 10 current and former members' short stories. This event will feature Rittenhouse luminaries Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of the novels Lazeretto and Tumbling; and Tom Teti, a longtime member and former board member of the People's Light theatre. (recorded 3/7/2017)

Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:58


Watch the video here. ''One of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers'' (New York Times), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, named a Book of the Decade by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, ''a globalized version of The Great Gatsby'' (NPR). In Exit West, Hamid sets a love story of courage and escape against the backdrop of a country in the throes of civil war. Social intellectual Pankaj Mishra's numerous books include From the Ruins of Empire, A Great Clamour, and Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers, and winner of Yale's Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, he has written political and literary essays for the Guardian, The New York Times, the London Review of Books, Poetry, the Wall Street Journal, and too many others to list. Age of Anger traces the origins of modern paranoid threats to the 18th century in a look at marginalized populations who became susceptible to demagogues, invented enemies, and empowerment through violence.  (recorded 3/9/2017)

Melissa Clark | Dinner: Changing the Game

Jul 16, 2018 0:57:22


Watch the video here. In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer One of America's most beloved food writers, Melissa Clark writes the New York Times column ''A Good Appetite'' and hosts its weekly complementary video series. She frequently appears on the Today show, and has contributed to Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart. She has received IACP and James Beard awards, and her many cookbooks include Cook This Now and In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. In her newest culinary guide, Clark serves up more than 250 inventive yet informal dinner recipes for chefs of all skill levels.  (recorded 3/8/2017)

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Jul 16, 2018 0:59:44


Watch the video here. ''At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant'' (The Washington Post), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. She is a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts, a regular contributor to, and the author of Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps. In her new essay collection, Paglia employs her trademark fiery irreverence to celebrate and chastise modern feminism. Please allow extra time to get to Parkway Central, due to extensive road work in the area. (recorded 3/13/2017)

Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

Jul 16, 2018 0:57:01


Watch the video here. In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film and television roles under his belt, including a starring role on the show Nash Bridges and voice credits in a slew of Disney animated films. His long-awaited memoir delves not only into his legendary entertainment career, but also how he dodged the draft, acquired an expansive collection of Chicano art, and became a self-made icon. (recorded 3/16/2017)

Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:57


Watch the video here. ''Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher'' (Time), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the Order of the British Empire. He is best known for his biographies of Romanticism's leading figures, including The Age of Wonder, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Royal Society Prize. This Long Pursuit is a meditation on the art of biography that fuses the author's own story as a biographer with a history of the genre that reveals how it expresses both fiction and fact. Horace W. Goldsmith Endowed Lecture (recorded 3/21/2017)

Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:01


Watch the video here. Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC's news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes. Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes, in 2013 he became the youngest primetime cable news show host in the United States. An editor-at-large at The Nation, he is the author of Twilight of the Elites, ''one of the most compelling assessments of how soaring inequality is changing America'' (The Economist). In A Colony in a Nation, Hayes argues that racial parity hasn't improved in this country since the late 1960s.  Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture (recorded 3/23/2017)

Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:13


Watch the video here. Roxane Gay's ''commanding debut'' (The New Yorker) novel An Untamed State, the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection Bad Feminist and the forthcoming memoir Hunger, and her other writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Best American Short Stories, and McSweeney's. Gay is also the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press and co-editor of PANK, a nonprofit literary arts collective. A story collection of the privileged and impoverished, the loved and forsaken, Difficult Women portrays a beautiful, haunting cross-section of modern America. (recorded 3/24/2017)

Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:33


Watch the video here. A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume's popular ''Ask the Editor'' video series. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian, among other periodicals. A medievalist by training, Stamper knows a number of dead languages, has lectured on lexicography around the world, and was notably responsible for explaining Merriam-Webster's recent addition of the term ''F-Bomb'' to the dictionary. In Word by Word, she opens up the complicated, obsessive, and fun world of dictionaries and the quirky people who shape the way we communicate. (recorded 3/27/2017)

Leading Voices: Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy*

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:38


Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak The Vice President of Business Innovation Google's [X], Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 businesses, started almost half of Google's operations worldwide, and sits on the boards of several tech, health, and consumer goods startups. He has spent the last 15 years making happiness his primary research focus, delving into the literature and science of this elusive pursuit. Ultimately, Gawdat formulated an equation for permanent happiness based on how the brain filters our joys and sorrows, an equation which would be put to the ultimate test after the sudden death of his son. Solve for Happy maps out this journey for lifelong contentment.  (recorded 3/28/2017)

Anne-Marie Slaughter | The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

Jul 16, 2018 1:02:37


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the author of the bestselling Unfinished Business, a ''mother of a manifesto for working women'' (Financial Times) that won widespread admiration for its broad-scale call for workplace change. Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department and former Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, she is also the author of The Idea That Is America and A New World Order. In her latest book, Slaughter rethinks the complexities of international diplomacy in a post-Cold War world. (recorded 3/30/2017)

Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:40


Watch the video here. In conversation with Jason Freeman, program associate, author events Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker's death-defying feats. His other novels include Song Dogs, This Side of Brightness, and the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted TransAtlantic, a ''beautifully constructed tapestry of life'' (The Seattle Times) spanning centuries, oceans, and continents. Currently a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York, McCann has written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and the Paris Review, among other publications. His new essay collection brings this vast accumulation of experience to bear in a pragmatic guide for aspiring writers.  (recorded 4/3/2017)

Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:31


Watch the video here. Employing ''agile prose and clever observations'' (New York Times Book Review), Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. A professor of creative writing at Rutgers-Camden, Grodstein is also the author of the short story collection The Best of Animals. Our Short History tells a poignant and witty story of parenthood and sacrifice. Philadelphia area native Tom McAllister is the author of the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football, and Philly. He is an English professor at Temple University, editor at Barrelhouse, and cohost of the podcast Book Fight!, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015, among many other places. In The Young Widower's Handbook, a bereaved husband carries his late wife's ashes on a cross-country road trip replete with quirky characters and painful soul-searching. (recorded 4/4/2017)

Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

Jul 16, 2018 0:56:19


Watch the video here. ''Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated...and written with simple elegance'' (The New York Observer), Wendy Lesser's many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the Garden, Room for Doubt, and Why I Read, a celebration of the transcendent power of the written word. Founder of the celebrated Three Penny Review, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her new book is a biography of one of the 20th century's most revered architects. Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 4/6/2017)

Dr. Willie Parker | Life's Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:01


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is one of the few abortion providers to women in Mississippi and Alabama. Chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, winner of Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger award, and one of Ebony's Power 100 list, he has been profiled in NPR's Morning Edition, Esquire, and Slate, among other places. He is also the subject of the documentary film Trapped, a look at the legal battle to keep Southern abortion providers open. In Life's Work, Parker illustrates the complex realities of abortion in America.  (recorded 4/12/2017)

Misty Copeland | Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

Jul 16, 2018 0:39:34


Watch the video here. In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world's most accomplished and recognizable artists. A recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, an inductee in the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame, and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, she is the author of the ''thorough, sensitive...clear-eyed'' (The Washington Post) memoir Life in Motion. In her first health and fitness book, Copeland offers tips and encouragement to help people  achieve lean, powerful physiques. Due to a flaw in the recording medium, the full audio is not available in the podcast. Watch the entire event here: Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 4/13/2017)

Jessamyn Stanley | Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:37


Watch the video here. An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher whose body-positive approach encourages students to ask ''How do I feel?'' rather than ''How do I look?,'' Jessamyn Stanley has been featured on Good Morning America, Shape, People, and New York Magazine, among many other media outlets. She also is a regular contributor to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust, Elephant Journal, and is an award-winning Instagram star. Every Body Yoga illustrates and explains 50 yoga poses and 10 sequences to accomplish at home, and shares Stanley's paradigm-shifting philosophy of spirit and body acceptance. (recorded 4/18/2017)

Joan Nathan | King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

Jul 16, 2018 0:51:03


Watch the video here. Joan Nathan is the author of 11 bestselling culinary guides, including The New American Cooking and Jewish Cooking in America, both of which won James Beard and IACP awards. The latter book was adapted into a PBS series produced by Nathan. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and Bon Appétit, she has appeared on Good Morning America, the Food Network, and NPR's All Things Considered. In King Solomon's Table, Nathan gathers more than 170 recipes that span the millennia and the far reaches of the global Jewish diaspora in a compendium of cooking and culture.  (recorded 4/20/2017)

Joe Beddia | Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

Jul 16, 2018 0:46:16


Watch the video here. In conversation with Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Joe Beddia is the owner and chef of Philly's own Pizzeria Beddia, named by Bon Appétit as the best pizza in America. This distinction is not surprising, considering that he devoted the last 10 years solely to the pursuit of the perfect pie. James Beard Award winner and fellow Philly chef Michael Solomonov says, ''Never have I encountered an individual so singularly focused on his craft. Joe Beddia is hilarious, intelligent, and lovingly produces the best pizza in the f*cking universe.'' In Pizza Camp, this pizza maestro begins with the pizza basics and moves on to more than 50 iconic and inventive recipes to bake at home.  (recorded 4/24/2017)

David Grann | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Jul 16, 2018 0:45:49


Watch the video here. David Grann is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, the ''brilliant...impressively researched and crafted'' (Los Angeles Times) nonfiction tale of the deadly search for a fabled Amazonian civilization. His second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, was named by Men's Journal one of the best true crime books ever written. An award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker, Grann has previously contributed to The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, among other periodicals. Killers of the Flower Moon tells the chilling true-life story of one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history. (recorded 4/25/2017)

David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Jul 16, 2018 0:57:00


Watch the video here. Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan's many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change, The Moral Center, and The Cheating Culture, a ''meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken moral compass'' (Philadelphia Inquirer). He is founder of the website Inside Philanthropy and co-founder of the think-tank Demos, a frequent media commentator, and has contributed articles to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. In The Givers, Callahan delves into the secretive realm of elite philanthropists and the ways they shape governmental policy. Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture (recorded 4/27/2017)

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

Jul 16, 2018 1:07:45


Watch the video here. In conversation with Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, reality television star, and businesswoman. When she came out in a 2015 television interview she also became the world's most famous transgender person. She subsequently received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, was named one of Glamour magazine's women of the year, and was listed by Time magazine as one of 2016's 100 most influential people in the world. Millions of viewers tuned into the E! network's I Am Cait, a docu-series chronicling Jenner's transition and its effect on her many relationships. From childhood to the present, The Secrets of My Life tells her singular story. (recorded 4/28/2017)

Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

Jul 16, 2018 0:49:35


Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Possessed of ''a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller Olive Kitteridge, a linked collection of narratives about a woman in coastal Maine. It was adapted into a multi-Emmy-winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand. A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and Orange Prize nominee, Strout also penned the novels Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me, and My Name is Lucy Barton, a no. 1 New York Times bestseller about an estranged mother and daughter's reconnection. Written in tandem with that book, Anything is Possible is a latticework of fiction that fleshes out the lives of the inhabitants of Lucy Barton's little town.  *Optional book with ticket purchase Please allow extra time to get to Parkway Central, due to extensive road work in the area. (recorded 5/1/2017)

Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:48


Watch the video here. In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. ''A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" (The New York Review of Books), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the sequel to his bestselling 1986 novel The Sportswriter. In 2006 and 2014 he returned to his most indelible character, famed everyman protagonist Frank Bascombe, in The Lay of the Land and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Let Me Be Frank With You. He is also the author of several other novels and story collections. His first memoir is an intimate portrait of his parents' travails across the panorama of mid-20th century America.  Natalie Cohn Memorial Lecture (recorded 5/2/2017)

Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Jul 16, 2018 1:01:44


Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won instant fame for her heartbreaking portrayal of the movie's title character. Since then she has appeared on three seasons of American Horror Story, was a cast member of the Showtime series The Big C, has hosted Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in several films. She currently plays Becky on Fox's popular musical drama series Empire. This Is Just My Face tells the behind-the-scenes story of Sidibe's Bed-Stuy upbringing and rise to fame while proffering sensible dispatches on celebrity, depression, friendship, and self-image.  (recorded 5/4/2017)

Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Jul 16, 2018 1:05:22


Watch the video here. After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations throughout the world, and the internet. Her many honors include the first Right Livelihood Award, a lifetime achievement award from Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the George Polk Award. Goodman's five New York Times bestselling books include Breaking the Sound Barrier and her newest work, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. Now she returns to the Free Library to analyze and contextualize the last year's tempestuous political events.  (recorded 5/8/2017)

Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Jul 16, 2018 0:55:11


Watch the video here. Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø's ''maddeningly addictive'' (Vanity Fair) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. A musician, songwriter, economist, and former professional soccer player, the Norwegian native is the recipient of the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. In The Thirst, Nesbø's 11th installment in the Harry Hole series, the titular protagonist hunts for a nemesis from his past as he investigates a serial killer who targets Tinder daters. (recorded 5/9/2017)

Paula Poundstone | The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Jul 16, 2018 1:03:52


Watch the video here. Paula Poundstone's decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky observations, she is a frequent panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me and a recurring guest on A Prairie Home Companion. She is the author of There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say and has contributed articles to The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, and Mother Jones. In her new book, Poundstone embarks on a series of diverse adventures in search of long-term happiness. Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture (recorded 5/11/2017)

China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Jul 16, 2018 0:54:21


Watch the video here. In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his ''unparalleled inventiveness'' (Chicago Tribune), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics, novellas, short story collections, Marxist nonfiction, and essay collections. Associated with the ''New Weird'' writing movement, his books include This Census-Taker, Railsea, The City & The City, and Perdido Street Station. A contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, and a founding editor of the quarterly Salvage, he has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Arthur C. Clarke awards. In October, Miéville plunges into the extraordinary 1917 political tumult that led to the creation of the world's first socialist state. (recorded 5/16/2017)

Colm Tóibín | House of Names

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:37


Watch the video here. ''His generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power'' (Los Angeles Times), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels The Master (2004) and The Testament of Mary (2013) were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Brooklyn (2009) was adapted into the popular BAFTA Award-winning film of the same name. The Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, in 2011 Toibin received an Irish PEN Award. In House of Names, Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and sympathy to the story of Clytemnestra, the vengeful wife of Ancient Greece's King Agamemnon.  (recorded 5/17/2017)

Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Jul 16, 2018 0:56:14


Watch the video here. Dennis Lehane's ''raw, harrowing, and unsentimental'' (Washington Post Book World) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone; and Live by Night, all of which have been adapted into critically acclaimed films by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and Ben Affleck. His other writing includes the story collection Coronado, several episodes of the television shows The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and the screenplay for the film adaptation of his book The Drop. Lehane's latest novel tells the story of a shut-in, former television journalist who finds her sanity tested as she slips into a violent conspiracy. (recorded 5/18/2017)

William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Jul 16, 2018 0:58:46


Watch the video here. Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The Whiskey Rebellion, Founding Finance, and Declaration. He has also contributed articles and essays about history, music, and politics to a slew of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and Salon, and has appeared on PBS's History Detectives, Book TV, and Good Morning America. In Autumn of the Black Snake, Hogeland tells the story of the creation of the U.S. Army and how its first victory against the indigenous people of the Ohio Valley opened the way to western settlement. (recorded 5/23/2017)

Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Jul 16, 2018 1:01:20


Watch the video here. Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris's ''truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness'' (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other works include The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. One of The New Yorker's ''20 Under 40'' writers and winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, Ferris has published fiction in Granta, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Voices, among other places. The Dinner Party, his first story collection, is rife with characters searching for answers in the aftermath of life's pitfalls. ''Nailing entire worlds together with teeming, precise detail'' (The New York Times), Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including The Book of Aron and Project X. A writer's writer, he is perhaps more celebrated for his short fiction, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Paris Review to Playboy. His story collections include You Think That's Bad and Like You'd Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of The Story Prize. His new collection explores the emotional hazards of everyday life writ large on the canvases of historic tragedy and triumph. (recorded 5/24/2017)

Thomas E. Ricks | Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

Jul 16, 2018 0:52:52


Watch the video here. Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble, and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Fiasco, a bestselling account of America's tragic and reckless invasion of Iraq. A member of the Center for a New American Security defense policy think tank, he has reported on a wide variety of military activities for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. His new book is a dual biography of Winston Churchill's and George Orwell's farsighted fight for democracy during its darkest hours. (recorded 5/25/2017)

Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Jul 16, 2018 0:57:51


Watch the video here. Yaa Gyasi's breakout debut novel Homegoing, a multigenerational tale that ''brims with compassion'' (NPR Books), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New York Times bestseller and 2016 Notable Book and a Guardian Best Book, and it was nominated for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Gyasi, a native of Ghana who emigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1991, earned a Master of Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was selected by Ta-Nehisi Coates for the National Book Foundation's 2016 ''5 under 35'' award. Acclaimed for portraying the cultural and socio-political issues of his native Jamaica, Kei Miller is the author of the novels The Last Warner Woman and The Same Earth; the story collection The Fear of Stones; and several collections of poetry, including the award-winning The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. A creative-writing teacher at the University of London, Miller is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Poetry and an International Writer's Fellowship at the University of Iowa, and he was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Set in the Jamaican backlands, Augustown tells the story of a woman's struggle to overcome the weight of history, race, and violence. (recorded 6/8/2017)

Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Jul 16, 2018 0:46:55


Watch the video here. Patricia Lockwood, ''The Poet Laureate of Twitter'' (unofficial), is the author of 2014's groundbreaking Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a book of obscene, angry, funny verse that ''is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot be forgotten'' (NPR). Her 2013 satirical poem ''Rape Joke,'' first printed on the website The Awl, ''reawakened a generation's interest in poetry'' (The Guardian). Her debut poetry collection Balloon Pop Outlaw Black was trumpeted as one of 2012's best by The New Yorker. Lockwood's new memoir Priestdaddy tells the story of her unconventional upbringing and irascible Catholic-priest father. (recorded 6/13/2017)

David Baron | American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Jul 16, 2018 1:01:31


Watch the video here. As NPR's science correspondent, David Baron received awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other organizations. He is the author of 2005's The Beast in the Garden, the harrowing story of the clash between suburban sprawl and mountain lions in Colorado. In his new book, Baron, a committed eclipse chaser, details the 19th-century celestial and terrestrial drama of a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in which three distinctly American personalities-including a ruthless young Thomas Edison-jockey for discovery amidst the last days of the Wild West. (recorded 6/15/2017)

Elin Hilderbrand | The Perfect Couple

Jun 22, 2018 40:27


''The queen of the summer beach read'' (New York Post), Elin Hilderbrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker, and The Identicals.  A Pennsylvania native, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, and a former fellow at the prestigious University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has been a Nantucket resident for 25 years. In The Perfect Couple, Hilderbrand dives into natives' frustrations with the island's wedding season and the summer people it brings in a yarn of lavish nuptials and a murdered bride. (recorded 6/21/2018)

Jamie Bernstein | Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Jun 21, 2018 59:29


In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century's best known musicians. Chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, composer of such scores as West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront, and On the Town, Renaissance artist in a variety of musical forms, and all-around celebrity, he held court with everyone from the Kennedys to the Black Panthers to John Lennon. In this intimate portrait of a complicated and occasionally tormented artist and father, Jamie Bernstein-a celebrated concert narrator, broadcaster, journalist, poet, and radio producer/host in her own right-tells the story of the man who taught her to love this messy and beautiful world. (recorded 6/20/2018)

Michael A. Smerconish | Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns

Jun 20, 2018 58:32


Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN's Smerconish on Saturday mornings, a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. His books include the nonfiction works Flying Blind, Morning Drive, and Muzzled, and the novel Talk. A former Philadelphia Daily News columnist, he has been a guest on seemingly every TV show that addresses politics, including The Colbert Report, The View, and Real Time with Bill Maher. His new book is a collection of his 100 most indelible columns and a rumination on 21st-century national politics and Philadelphia culture. (recorded 6/19/2018)

Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection

Jun 15, 2018 55:12


The former curator of the ornithological collections at London's Natural History Museum, Katrina van Grouw is the author of The Unfeathered Bird. A sumptuous labor of love, this hybrid of art, science, and history features 385 detailed drawings representing 200 bird species poetically posed and engaged in behavior typical of the species. Van Grouw is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, a taxidermist, and an experienced bird bander who has led expeditions in Africa and South America. Once again exploring the delicate intersections of art and science, in Unnatural Selection she celebrates Charles Darwin, selective breeding, and the faunal form. (recorded 6/14/2018)

Eliza Griswold | Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Jun 13, 2018 54:32


In the New York Times bestselling book The Tenth Parallel, immersive journalist Eliza Griswold spent seven years traversing the geographic and ideological fronts in Africa and Asia where Christianity and Islam collide. In I Am the Beggar of the World, she traveled to Afghanistan to anthologize poems written by diverse women who challenged the image of the voiceless figure under the burqa. Her awards include the Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative journalism. Amity and Prosperity tells the story of a Pennsylvania town devastated by fracking and the unlikely whistleblower who took the case to court. (recorded 6/12/2018)

Ken Auletta | Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)

Jun 12, 2018 58:04


In conversation with journalist Tracey Matisak Ken Auletta has penned the ''Annals of Communications'' column for The New Yorker for more than 25 years. His 11 books include the bestsellers Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way, The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway, and Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. One of the New York Public Library's Literary Lions and a member of its Emergency Committee for the Research Libraries, he is also a member of the Author's Guild, PEN, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. In Frenemies, Auletta meets with old-guard gatekeepers and up-and-comers to account for the profound changes to the $2 trillion global advertising industry. (recorded 6/11/2018)

Bill Clinton & James Patterson | The President Is Missing

Jun 8, 2018 01:01:57


In conversation with Lee Child, No. 1 internationally best selling author of the Jack Reacher novels. Please join President Bill Clinton and the world's bestselling author James Patterson as they discuss their forthcoming novel, The President Is Missing, offering candid insights into their unique collaboration and research, as well as the timely and alarming issues their novel raises about our world today.The President is Missing marks the first time a President has collaborated with a bestselling novelist on a work of fiction. The result is a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver. A signed copy of the book is included with each ticket. You will collect your copy as you enter the venue. Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992. After two successful terms as president, he left the White House and established the Clinton Foundation, which improves lives across the United States and around the world by working together with partners to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. He is the author of several nonfiction works, including MY LIFE, which was a #1 international bestseller. This is his first novel. James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: ''We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.''' He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives. (recorded 6/6/2018)

Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Jun 8, 2018 01:05:23


In conversation with State Representative Brian K. Sims, former staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. Sims recently stepped down as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Sarah McBride made history in 2016 as the first openly transgender American to address a major party convention. Also one of the first transgender people to work at the White House, she helped influence the Obama administration's stances on trans issues, served as an aide to Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, and currently serves as National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign. McBride's trailblazing story has been featured in a variety of periodicals, including The New Yorker, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and Cosmopolitan. Tomorrow Will Be Different takes a deep dive into her tale of love, loss, and accomplishment as a doorway to a larger discussion of identity and LGBTQ rights. (recorded 6/7/2018)

Nell Irvin Painter | Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Jun 7, 2018 59:58


Celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter's many books include Sojourner Truth, Creating Black Americans, and, most recently, The History of White People, a national bestseller examining the dangerous socially constructed notion of whiteness. The Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University, Painter directed that institution's Program in African American Studies from 1997 to 2000 and has served on a number of editorial boards and professional groups, including the Society of American Historians, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society. Old in Art School is a memoir of Painter's surprising decision to return to the academy as a student in her sixties to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. (recorded 5/22/2018)

Steven Brill | Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall-and Those Fighting to Reverse It

Jun 5, 2018 01:01:24


Journalist and lawyer Steven Brill is the founder of Court TV, 10 regional newspapers, and The American Lawyer magazine. His 2013 Time magazine cover story ''Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us'' won the National Magazine Award for Public Service and became the basis for a New York Times bestselling book. A regular expert analyst for the likes of CNN, NBC, and CBS, he teaches journalism at Yale. In Tailspin, he explains how bedrock American institutions function less for the vulnerable majority than for the ultra-elite minority, and he introduces people and organizations working to turn them around. (recorded 5/30/2018)

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

May 18, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Tracey Matisak A scion of America's most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law. He is also the founder and president of the nonprofit Waterkeeper Alliance, former senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the former chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper. He cohosts the syndicated talk radio program Ring of Fire and is the author of several books, including Crimes Against Nature and Framed. Kennedy's latest book is an intimate exploration of his turbulent childhood, his public and private pain, and the defining moments that shaped him. (recorded 5/17/2018)

Kevin Powers | A Shout in the Ruins with Elise Juska | If We Had Known

May 17, 2018 0:00:00


Kevin Powers won the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award  and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds, ''the first great Iraq War novel'' (Rolling Stone), a work drawn from his experiences as a U.S. Army machine-gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. After being honorably discharged, he earned an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. In A Shout in the Ruins, Powers reckons with America's legacy of slavery and violence as he follows the fates of the inhabitants and descendants of a Virginia plantation. Director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Elise Juska is the author of the novels One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; The Hazards of Sleeping Alone; Getting Over Jack Wagner; and The Blessings, the ''bighearted ... moving, multifaceted'' (Philadelphia Inquirer) story of a close-knit Irish-Catholic Philadelphia family across two decades.  Juska's latest novel tells the tragically relevant story of an English professor whose former student commits a mass shooting at a mall in rural Maine. (recorded 5/16/2018)

Alex Wagner | Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging

May 16, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with award winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak. Political commentator Alex Wagner is co-host of Showtime's The Circus and a contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic. She previously hosted MSNBC's Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner, among many other credits. From 2007 to 2009 she served as the executive director of Not On Our Watch, an international advocacy nonprofit dedicated to preventing mass human-rights violations and atrocities. In Futureface, she searches the globe for the secrets of her ancestry, along the way confronting foundational questions of immigration and identity. (recorded 5/15/2018)

Mary Morris | Gateway to the Moon with Nathaniel Popkin | Everything is Borrowed

May 14, 2018 0:00:00


''A marvelous storyteller'' (Chicago Tribune), Mary Morris explores some of her favorite themes-away versus home, childhood memories, and the Midwest-in such works of fiction as A Mother's Love, House Arrest, and The Jazz Palace. The winner of the Rome Prize and the Ainsfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, she is also the author of the travel classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. In Gateway to the Moon, Morris interweaves the stories of a secluded New Mexican town's present-day residents with those of its original settlers 500 years earlier.  Nathaniel Popkin is the author and co-author of five books, including Lion and Leopard, Song of the City, and Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City. He is also co-editor of the literary anthology Who Will Speak for America?, the fiction editor of Cleaver Magazine, and the writer/editor of the Emmy-winning documentary film series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. In Everything is Borrowed, he ponders regret, history, and the intransigence of the urban landscape through the strangely parallel lives of two men separated by centuries. (recorded 5/10/2018)

Simon Winchester | The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

May 11, 2018 0:00:00


Celebrated by critics and readers alike for ''interweaving history, fascinating trivia and acute observation'' (New York Times Book Review), Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of the nonfiction books The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, The Men Who United the States, Atlantic, and Pacific. Formerly an Oxford-trained field geologist in Uganda and a war correspondent for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006. Stretching from the dawn of the Industrial Age to the bleeding edge tech of tomorrow, The Perfectionists tells the story of the engineers and instruments that gave birth to modern manufacturing. (recorded 5/9/2018)

Jesmyn Ward | Sing, Unburied, Sing

May 10, 2018 0:00:00


In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming A ''hypnotic'' novelist whose ease with vernacular puts her ''in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner'' (The New Yorker), Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, the story of a pregnant teenager and her Mississippi family in the days surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Her elegiac 2013 memoir Men We Reaped was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Last year she won a stunning second National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing, a 21st-century road novel about the difficulty of family bonds and the ugly underside of the American story. *Spoiler alert: the first question during the Q&A (minute 42:00) reveals a critical event in the book. (recorded 5/9/2018)

Mark C. Serreze | Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North

May 9, 2018 0:00:00


A fellow of the American Meteorological Society and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, geographer Mark C. Serreze is one of the world's foremost experts on the planet's cryosphere-Earth's snow and ice cover-and its relatively recent changes. Spanning three decades of astonishing and alarming discovery, Brave New Arctic blends Serreze's research and experiences with that of other pioneering geographers and climatologists to explain the extraordinary circumstances of man-made global warming and the consequences to come.  (recorded 5/8/2018)

Jake Tapper | The Hellfire Club

May 7, 2018 0:00:00


Jake Tapper is anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, where he hosts the weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper and the Sunday morning show State of the Union. He is the former White House correspondent for ABC News and contributor to Good Morning America, Nightline, and World News with Diane Sawyer. His many honors include an unprecedented three Merriman Smith Awards for presidential coverage. Tapper is the author of The Outpost, the tragic but inspiring true story of a small U.S. military besieged by the Taliban. In The Hellfire Club-his debut political thriller-an unlikely 1950s congressman discovers a D.C. conspiracy that could change the course of history. (recorded 5/3/2018)

Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money

May 4, 2018 0:00:00


Jen Sincero is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, a sass-filled self-help book for people who want better lives but don't want to get caught reading a self-help book. She is a success coach and self-described ''motivational cattle prod'' whose work has transformed scores of personal and professional lives. In You Are a Badass at Making Money, her ''cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams'' (New York Magazine), Sincero draws on her own financial transformation to explain how to vault over the mental roadblocks that keep us from realizing our earning potential. (recorded 4/26/2018)

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon | Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

May 4, 2018 0:00:00


The principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, a planetary scientist, and an aerospace executive and consultant, Dr. Alan Stern has participated in a mind-blowing 29 space missions and has served in the loftiest strata of contemporary American space exploration. The chair of astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress, Dr. David Grinspoon studies climate evolution, the conditions for life elsewhere in the cosmos, and space-exploration strategy. He has consulted on interplanetary missions for several international space agencies and is on the team for NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. He is the author of Earth in Human Hands, a ''remarkable synthesis of natural history, planetary science, extinction histories ... and the human effect on the world'' (Forbes). In Chasing New Horizons, Stern and Grinspoon go inside and then beyond the science, politics, and egos of the 3 billion-mile trip to the edge of our solar system for the once-in-a-lifetime 32,000-miles-per-hour flyby of Pluto. (recorded 5/2/2018)

Curtis Sittenfeld | You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

May 3, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Jennifer Weiner, author of numerous bestselling books including her recent memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing and the Little Big Foot series of young adult novels. ''Popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious'' (NPR), Curtis Sittenfield's bestselling novels-including Prep, American Wife, and Sisterland-offer blueprints of the inner architecture of such diverse female protagonists as a wayward boarding school student, a former First Lady, and an identical twin with psychic abilities. Her most recent novel, Eligible, is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice starring a Cincinnati-born magazine writer. You Think It, I'll Say It is a debut story collection featuring a shy Ivy Leaguer, overly intimate acquaintances, a powerful but insecure lawyer, and other characters endemic of an unsure and adrift era. (recorded 5/1/2018)

Gregory Pardlo | Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America with Kevin Young | Brown: Poems

Apr 26, 2018 0:00:00


''Intensely personal ... funny and poignant'' (New York Times), Gregory Pardlo's poetry collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. An out-of-nowhere coup for the relatively unknown Columbia University MFA student and teacher, it was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, among other honors. In his new memoir, Pardlo tells the story of his strained New Jersey upbringing, fatherhood, addiction, and African American masculinity. The poetry editor for The New Yorker and the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, Kevin Young is the author of the poetry collections Blue Laws, Book of Hours, and Jelly Roll, a finalist for the National Book Award. His nonfiction books include Bunk and The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From James Brown to John Brown's raid to Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education, Young's new poetry collection riffs on the themes of collective experience and color. (recorded 4/24/2018)

Charles Frazier | Varina

Apr 26, 2018 0:00:00


Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier's ''rare and extraordinary'' (San Francisco Chronicle) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghella into an Oscar-winning film, and was the 2016 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. His other bestselling novels are Nightwoods and Thirteen Moons, both period pieces set in Frazier's beloved native North Carolina. In his new novel, Frazier returns to the time of Cold Mountain to tell the story of Varina Howell, wife of the much older Jefferson Davis and the only First Lady the Confederate States of America would ever have. (recorded 4/4/2018)

Leslie Jamison | The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Apr 24, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY Leslie Jamison is the author of the bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams, a personal and probing look at pain and how we understand others' suffering, praised for ''its ethical generosity, the palpable sense of stretch and reach'' and ''the lovely vividness of the language itself (The New York Times Book Review). She is also the author of the novel The Gin Closet, a columnist for The New York Times Book Review, and a professor of nonfiction writing at Columbia University. In her new book, Jamison synthesizes memoir, literary criticism, and cultural history in a reinvention of the addiction and recovery memoir. (recorded 4/23/2018)

Robert Kuttner | Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Apr 20, 2018 0:00:00


Robert Kuttner is the cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, one of the country's most popular progressive political and public-policy quarterlies. His many books include Everything for Sale, The Squandering of America, Obama's Challenge, and Debtors' Prison. A former columnist at the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Business Week, he is currently the Ida and Meyer Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University. In his new book, Kuttner uses historical precedent to propose a bold course back to a healthy capitalistic society that favors the rights of the worker as much as it does the corporation. Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture   (recorded 4/19/2018)

Barbara Ehrenreich | Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Apr 19, 2018 0:00:00


Journalist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, ''who for more than 40 years has been one of our most accomplished and outspoken advocacy journalists and activists'' (Los Angeles Times), is the bestselling author of 16 books, including the working-class exposé Nickel and Dimed, in which she subsisted on poverty-level wages for a year; Living with a Wild God, an intimate reconstruction of the philosophical and spiritual inquiry of her youth; and Bait and Switch, in which she investigated the economic shadow world of white-collar unemployment. In Natural Causes, Ehrenreich employs science, sociological trends, and personal experience to examine the paradox of killing ourselves to live longer lives. (recorded 4/17/2018)

David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

Apr 17, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical. David Grossman won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, a ''magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance'' (New York Times). Born in Jerusalem, Grossman is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including To the End of the Land, a meditation on war, family, and loss, praised as ''one of those few novels that feel as though they have made a difference to the world'' (New York Times) His many international honors include the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Israel's Emet Prize, and the just announced 2018 Israel Prize. (recorded 4/13/2018)

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

Apr 13, 2018 0:00:00


A ''genuine artist ... who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications'' (Esquire), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The Echo Maker, a story of the precarious brain, mass migrations, and car accidents; Orfeo, the narrative of a falsely accused amateur scientist/composer; and Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, in which a WWI-era photo sends two men on very different quests. His many honors include the National Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award, and two Pushcart prizes. Powers' new book evokes activism, resistance, and the beauty of the natural world in the tale of disparate people saved and summoned by trees. A writer of ''wide learning, audacious innovation and sardonic wit'' (Washington Post), prolific polymath William T. Vollmann is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and war correspondent. His 10 novels include the National Book Award-winning Europe Central, a portrait of Germany and the USSR at war. Two of his works of nonfiction, Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, were National Book Critics Circle Award finalists. Vollmann's articles and fiction have appeared in Harpers, The New Yorker, Esquire, and too many other publications to name. With firsthand research, sardonic wit, and far-reaching scope, No Immediate Danger details the ongoing disaster of the Fukushima nuclear plant and the global consequences of climate change.  (recorded 4/12/2018)

Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning

Apr 12, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's venerable career in public service includes positions on the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2012, Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her books include the memoirs Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, and Prague Winter, in which she recounts the story of her Czech childhood under Nazi invasion and Soviet occupation. Drawing upon these experiences, a career spent in international diplomacy and governance, and insights from colleagues around the world, Albright's new book explores the history and resurgence of fascism, the threat it poses to peace, and remedies to the inequalities that give rise to oppression. Note: Dr. Albright's voice is quiet for a couple minutes before the sound level increases. Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 4/11/2018)

Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

Apr 12, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark's MFA Creative Writing Program ''Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial'' (The New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore's acclaimed fiction includes the short-story collections Self-Help, Bark, and Birds of America; and the novels Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, and A Gate at the Stairs. The Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, she is the recipient of the Irish Times Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. From early-career novel reviews and criticism, to writings on the unequal state of race in America, to commentary on the shifting landscapes of some of television's most popular shows, See What Can Be Done showcases more than three decades of Moore's diverse work. (recorded 4/10/2018)

Timothy Snyder | The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Apr 10, 2018 0:00:00


Perhaps America's most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, Wall Around the West, and an impressive array of other books, articles, and essays about that continent's contentious and complicated past. His many honors include the Hannah Arendt Prize, the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. He is the Housum Professor of History at Yale, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. The Road to Unfreedom maps authoritarianism's rapid and alarming resurgence from Putin's Russia west toward the bastions of liberal democracy. (recorded 4/9/2018)

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Apr 10, 2018 0:00:00


Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the ''unruly, manic, seductive'' (Esquire) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the author of the story collections Drown and the National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her. He serves as fiction editor at Boston Review and professor of creative writing at MIT. His many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Islandborn-Diaz's first foray into children's books-is an ode to the power of our imaginations to connect us to the past. Children's book event (recorded 4/7/2018)

Leslie Odom, Jr. | Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

Apr 9, 2018 0:00:00


In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. He joined students from local schools to talk about his career and answer questions about how to succeed in the arts and life. (recorded 3/28/2018)

Tracy K. Smith | Wade in the Water: Poems

Apr 6, 2018 0:00:00


The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars, a ''strange and beautiful'' book of verse that ''pulses with America's adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the edge of the universe'' (New York Times). Her other work includes the celebrated poetry collections Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award; The Body's Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; and the memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the National Book Award. A professor of creative writing at Princeton and contributor to myriad anthologies and periodicals, Smith earned a fellowship with the Academy of American Poets. Her latest collection ties the truths of America's present to its fraught founding history. (recorded 4/5/2018)

Charles Frazier | Varina

Apr 5, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Jason Freeman Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier's ''rare and extraordinary'' (San Francisco Chronicle) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghella into an Oscar-winning film, and was the 2016 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. His other bestselling novels are Nightwoods and Thirteen Moons, both period pieces set in Frazier's beloved native North Carolina. In his new novel, Frazier returns to the time of Cold Mountain to tell the story of Varina Howell, wife of the much older Jefferson Davis and the only First Lady the Confederate States of America would ever have. (recorded 4/4/2018)

Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

Apr 4, 2018 0:00:00


A writer who ''luxuriates in language'' (San Francisco Chronicle), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America, Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda, and The True History of the Kelly Gang, the latter two of which won the Man Booker Prize. Frequently posited as Australia's next Nobel Laureate in Literature, he is also the author of two story collections and four works of nonfiction, and he has collaborated on two screenplays. A Long Way from Home follows three intrepid contestants in a grueling 10,000-mile road race across 1950s Australia. ''A novelist with a particular genius for inhabiting the past'' (The London Review of Books), Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning The Line of Beauty, an elegiac account of cash, cars, cocaine, and coming out in 1980s London. Infused with wit, sweeping jumps in time, and eroticism, his other achievements in fiction include The Swimming-Pool Library, The Spell, and The Stranger's Child. The Sparsholt Affair mines the complex depths of a charismatic man's legacy across three generations of a unique English family. (recorded 3/27/2018)

Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Apr 3, 2018 0:00:00


In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a ''stunningly eloquent'' speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Confederate statues from his city, arguing that ''there is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it.'' The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and a former lieutenant governor of Louisiana, Landrieu is the son of a legendary progressive Louisiana state senator and Crescent City mayor. Part memoir, part history, and part prescription for change, In the Shadows of Statues tackles the larger legacy of slavery and institutional inequality that continues to plague America in a time of resurgent racism. (recorded 3/28/2018)

Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

Apr 3, 2018 0:00:00


''A superstar of the crime-fiction world'' (Seattle Times), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard's intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her many honors include the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and France's Grand Prix di Literatture Policierer. George's other work includes three YA novels and the popular creative-writing manual Write Away. A tangled tale of lies and redemption, The Punishment She Deserves finds Lynley and Havers facing one of their most sinister murder cases to date. (recorded 3/29/2018)

Military History Club | Benito Mussolini

Mar 26, 2018 1:53:06


Join John Hemphill and the Military History Club for a discussion of Benito Mussolini, Dictator of Fascist Italy. (recorded 7/19/2017)

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

Mar 23, 2018 1:02:01


With an artist's eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer Anna Badkhen offers ''rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs'' (Christian Science Monitor). Her immersive investigations of the world's iniquities have yielded six books of nonfiction, most recently The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village and Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah. A contributor to Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The New Republic, she won the Joel R. Seldin Award for documenting the lives of civilians in warzones. In Fisherman's Blues, Badkhen documents the cultural, economic, and environmental turmoil in a centuries-old Senegalese fishing village.   Min Jin Lee is the author of the ''accomplished and engrossing'' (New York Times Book Review) novel Free Food for Millionaires, a story of culture clash and identity that was named to a number of 2007's ''best of the year'' lists. She is a former columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's leading newspaper, and her fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Food & Wine. A National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller, Lee's newest novel tells the generation-spanning story of a Korean family's fight for purchase in 20th-century Japan. (recorded 3/22/2018)

Mary Frances Berry | History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

Mar 22, 2018 1:04:33


The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America's most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five Dollars and Pork Chop Sandwich, and Black Resistance/White Law. A former chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights, she is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Legal History and the recipient of 35 honorary degrees. In History Teaches Us to Resist, she offers a comprehensive tableau of the pushback against previous presidential administrations, posits that antagonistic leaders help progressive movements flourish, and details her six decades as an activist in an array of causes. Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture (recorded 3/20/2018)

One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

Mar 22, 2018 1:04:24


The One Book Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of original works--inspired by the novel--from Curtis Institute of Music composer Chelsea Komschlies, performed by Curtis Institute musicians, and from Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim.    (recorded 3/14/2018)

Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

Mar 16, 2018 0:55:35


''One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West'' (Wall Street Journal), Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam; Year Zero: A History of 1945; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War; and Their Promised Land, an account of his grandparents' love and separation during the 20th century's darkest hours. The winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, the Erasmus Prize, and the Shorenstein Journalism Award, he is the editor of The New York Review of Books. A Tokyo Romance is an unsparing account of Buruma's journey into that city's frenetic and surreal '70s underground culture. (recorded 3/15/2018)

Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

Mar 15, 2018 0:57:10


Introduced by Sonia Sanchez. Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story collections, a graphic novel, plays, erotica, a young adult novel, and other mystery volumes. His many honors include an O. Henry Award, two NAACP Image Awards, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Grammy award, and the PEN American Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. Down the River Unto the Sea tells the story of a wrongly convicted former NYPD investigator seeking justice and redemption. (recorded 3/6/2018)

Daniel Pink | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Mar 15, 2018 1:05:17


''Rapidly acquiring international guru status'' (Financial Times) as an authority on the ever-evolving world of work, Daniel Pink is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell is Human, a counterintuitive manifesto about the art of pitching, enticing, and moving others. He has also contributed to a wide array of publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and The Sunday Telegraph. One of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world by Thinkers 50, Pink serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. His latest book details the scientific keys to good timing at work, school, and home. (recorded 3/13/2018)

Lamont ''U-God'' Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Mar 9, 2018 0:58:28


In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, reporter Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lamont ''U-God'' Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, ''the most significant posse in hip-hop'' (Rolling Stone). He and fellow members RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and CappaDonna released four gold and platinum studio albums, including 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang, widely considered to be one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Raised in some of New York City's harshest neighborhoods in the 1970s and '80s, U-God met and bonded with his future groupmates over a shared love of music and the dream of escape. Raw tells his deeply personal story. (recorded 3/8/2018)

Steve Coll | Directorate S.: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Mar 6, 2018 1:04:51


A staff writer for The New Yorker, Steve Coll is the author of The Bin Ladens, a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars; and Private Empire, an examination of the notoriously secret machinations of the ExxonMobil Corporation. A former president of the public policy institute of the New America Foundation, Coll was a 20-year writer and editor at The Washington Post, where he also won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. He is currently the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Directorate S tells the sprawling story of America's post-9/11 battle against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Pinetree Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 3/5/2018)

Jorge Ramos | Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era

Mar 5, 2018 0:59:58


In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America's most popular and influential journalists. His 10 bestselling books include The Other Face of America, No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home, and A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto. His weekly column is carried by dozens of newspapers across the U.S. and Latin America. Ramos's many honors include the Walter Cronkite Award and The Gabriel García Márquez Prize. In Stranger, the legendary journalist draws from hard data and personal experience to respond to the Trump administration's controversial remarks and policies directed toward Latino-indeed all-immigrants to this country. Each ticket includes a copy of the book which you will collect as you enter the auditorium. (recorded 3/2/2018)

Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

Feb 28, 2018 1:02:44


''Erudite and compelling'' (Chicago Tribune), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein's quest to discover a unified field theory. His bestselling popular science books include The Future of the Mind, Beyond Einstein, Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and Parallel Worlds. He has hosted several television specials for the BBC, the Science Channel, and the Discovery Channel. In his latest book, Kaku peers beyond the frontiers of science at a hopeful vision of man's future among the stars. (recorded 2/27/2018)

Bob Roth | Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

Feb 21, 2018 0:58:33


Counting Fortune 500 CEOs, veterans with PTSD, Michael J. Fox, inner-city youth, and Oprah Winfrey among his eclectic student body, Bob Roth is one of the world's most respected teachers of Transcendental Meditation. For more than 45 years he's sought to lessen the emotional and physical toll stress places on our lives through this 5,000-year-old practice, training first under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, one of the 20th century's most popular meditation gurus. In Strength in Stillness, Roth explains the three types of meditation, breaks down the science behind them, and in simple language explains how Transcendental Meditation is the best way to eliminate stress from our lives. (recorded 2/20/2018)

Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Feb 16, 2018 1:06:20


Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History. His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment, Berlin Journal, The Case for Books, and The Devil in the Holy Water. His towering and sundry honors include a MacArthur "genius" grant, election to the French Legion of Honor, a National Humanities Medal, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. In his latest book, the former director of the Harvard University library maps the rollicking, comedic, occasionally dangerous trails traveled by those in the French publishing industry during that country's time of greatest upheaval. (recorded 2/15/2018)

Tayari Jones | An American Marriage with Stephanie Powell Watts | We Are Taking Only What We Need

Feb 14, 2018 0:57:35


Watch the video here. Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta, winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. ''One of the best writers of her generation'' (Atlanta Journal Constitution), she currently teaches writing in Rutgers University's MFA program. Her new novel follows a husband and wife who seem to embody the new South but are unmoored by false accusation and imprisonment.   Stephanie Powell Watts is the author of the 2017 novel No One Is Coming to Save Us, a Great Gatsby-esque tale of African Americans in Jim Crow North Carolina, which presents ''an important, largely missing part of our ongoing American story'' (Chicago Review of Books). In 2017, No One is Coming to Save Us was chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker as an inaugural pick for the American Library Association's Book Club Central, and in 2018 the novel earned Ms. Watts the NAACP Image Award in the category of Debut Author. Her story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need was a PEN/Hemingway finalist, and one of O: The Oprah Magazine's 2013 Best Summer Reads. A professor at Lehigh University, Watts is the winner of a Pushcart Prize. (recorded 2/13/2018)

Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali | The Monk of Mokha

Feb 14, 2018 1:09:11


Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle, the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney's, its eponymous magazine, the periodical The Believer, and the nonprofits Voice of Witness, 826 National, and ScholarMatch. The titular ''monk'' of Eggers's latest book, Mokhtar Alkhanshali is the San Francisco-raised son of Yemeni immigrants. A coffee fanatic and cultivator, he returned to his native land in 2015 to learn more about its historical connection to coffee just as civil war was brewing. This true story follows his incredible journey from California to coffee to chaos. Natalie Cohn Memorial Lecture (recorded 2/12/2018)

Cornel West | Race Matters: 25th Anniversary

Feb 14, 2018 1:04:37


Watch the video here. Lauded for his ''ferocious moral vision and astute intellect'' (New York Times), educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the author of the National Book Award-winning Race Matters, a sea change discourse on race, justice, and democracy in America. His other books include the bestselling Democracy Matters, Hope on a Tightrope, and Black Prophetic Fire. A former teacher at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton, he has collaborated on three spoken-word albums with Prince, Andre 300, Jill Scott, and a litany of other artists. More relevant than ever, the new edition of West's classic book of essays seeks methods to create a genuinely inclusive 21st-century democracy. Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 2/10/2018)

Jennifer Egan | Manhattan Beach with Carmen Maria Machado | Her Body and Other Parties

Feb 2, 2018 1:04:43


Watch the video here. Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. Her other books of fiction include the National Book Award Finalist Look at Me, the bestselling The Keep, and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and McSweeney's, among an array of other publications. Manhattan Beach is a historical novel about the transformative moments before and after the Great Depression. The Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Carmen Maria Machado has published work in Granta, in The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She has received residencies and fellowships from the University of Iowa and the Elizabeth George Foundation, among others, and is the author of the forthcoming memoir House in Indiana. In Machado's debut collection Her Body and Other Stories, narratives ''build and build until they surround and ensnare and at the end you're always glad to be all tangled up'' (NPR). (recorded 10/3/2017)

Mervyn King | Brexit and the Future of the Global Economy

Feb 2, 2018 1:01:44


Watch the video here. The governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013, Lord Mervyn King steered the U.K.'s central banking institution through the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession. Currently a professor at NYU and the London School of Economics, he was named Baron King of Lothbury in 2013 and a Knight of the Garter in 2014, and he is a Fellow of the British Academy. In The End of Alchemy, ''an outstandingly lucid account of postwar economic policymaking and the dilemmas we now face'' (Financial Times), King interprets the strengths and weaknesses of our world banking system in order to ensure a prosperous and stable future. In his talk he will discuss both his book and the implications of Brexit for the world economy. (recorded 10/4/2017)

Jeffrey Eugenides | Fresh Complaint: Stories

Feb 2, 2018 0:53:38


Watch the video here. ''Lyrical and portentous'' (The New York Times), Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex; The Virgin Suicides, which was adapted into a feature film by Sofia Coppola; and The Marriage Plot, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that explored love and idealism in the early 1980s. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Whiting Award for fiction. Fresh Complaint, his first story collection, follows an embezzling poet, a foundering clavichordist, an immigrant high school student, and a host of other characters questing for self-discovery and understanding.  (recorded 10/5/2017)

John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Feb 2, 2018 1:39:31


Watch the video here. In conversation with Mary Richardson Graham John Hodgman played the role of ''PC'' in the Apple vs. PC commercials, served alternately as the ''Resident Expert'' and ''Deranged Millionaire'' on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, adjudicates vital disputes such as ''Is a hotdog a sandwich?'' on the appropriately named Judge John Hodgman podcast, and writes a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of three bestselling books, The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All. Vacationland is a collection of his real-life New England coastal wanderings, the horrors he's found there, and the awful truths he's encountered as a human facing his forties. (recorded 10/27/2017)

Nikki Giovanni | A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

Feb 2, 2018 0:59:21


Watch the video here. ''One of the finest poets of our time'' (Ebony), Nikki Giovanni is the author of nearly 30 books, including the collections Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; Those Who Ride the Night Winds; and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea. A renowned activist and educator whose art emerged during the turmoil of the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements of the 1960s, she is a winner of the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, a seven-time winner of the NAACP Image Award, and one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 ''Living Legends.'' In A Good Cry, Giovanni ruminates on a life spent in the vanguard of social change and the people who have transformed her the most. (recorded 11/6/2017)

E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein | One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

Feb 2, 2018 1:08:03


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post and nearly 100 other newspapers, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. A regular commentator on National Public Radio and on other radio and television programs, his New York Times bestselling books include Why the Right Went Wrong and the National Book Award-nominated Why Americans Hate Politics. Norman J. Ornstein is a former resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and an editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book It's Even Worse Than It Looks. In One Nation After Trump, Dionne and Ornstein lay bare the specific dangers of the Trump administration and argue for a populist alternative to the current president's divisive rhetoric and policies.  Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 10/10/2017)

James McBride | Five-Carat Soul

Feb 2, 2018 0:49:58


Watch the video here. ''Absorbing and darkly funny'' (San Francisco Chronicle), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird, in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown's doomed mission. His nonfiction books include the New York Times bestselling memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother and Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. His other novels are Miracle at St. Anna, which he adapted for Spike Lee's film, and Song Yet Sung. Also an award-winning composer, screenwriter, and saxophonist, McBride received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2016. Five-Carat Soul is a short-story collection that examines history, race, and identity in unpredictably poignant ways.  (recorded 10/11/2017)

Van Jones | Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Feb 2, 2018 1:10:07


Watch the video here. A CNN political contributor and host of a popular recurring primetime special bearing his name, Van Jones was a green-jobs advisor to the Obama administration, overseeing billions in environmental recovery spending. His two bestselling books are The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World, he is the founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an initiative to restore economic opportunity, as well as the cofounder of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color for Change, and Green for All. A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide, Jones's latest book draws a blueprint for converting our collective angst and enmity into real change. (recorded 10/12/2017)

Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

Feb 2, 2018 0:55:52


Watch the video here. In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events ''Powerful'' and ''full of magic'' (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan is the author of the beloved novels The Joy Luck Club, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and for which she also co-wrote the film adaptation screenplay; The Kitchen God's Wife; The Hundred Secret Senses; and The Valley of Amazement, a decades- and continents-spanning story of three generations of women. In addition to several other novels and works of nonfiction, she is the author of two children's books, and her essays and stories have appeared in scores of periodicals and anthologies. Where the Past Begins is a memoir of Tan's life, art, and deeply personal inspirations that frame her fiction. (recorded 10/17/2017)

James Forman Jr. | Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Feb 2, 2018 0:00:00


Watch the video here. *National Book Award nominee and Yale Law School professor James Forman Jr. has spent decades teaching, writing, and working on the ground in criminal procedure and policy, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. A former law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, public defender in Washington, D.C., and Georgetown law professor, he has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and numerous other publications and law reviews. In his ''remarkable'' and ''beautifully written'' (Washington Post) new book, Forman seeks to understand the historical and continuing support for mass incarceration by African American leaders. Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture *Due to technical difficulties, audience questions are difficult to hear. (recorded 10/18/2017)

Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

Feb 2, 2018 0:48:00


Watch the video here. *In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II, and 2016's The Birth of a Nation, Gabrielle Union began her acting career in the 1990s in a string of successful television and film roles. An advocate for Susan G. Komen, Planned Parenthood, and survivors of violence, Union has been nominated for 11 BET Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards and has won one of each. We're Going to Need More Wine is an intimate, urgent collection of essays about race, bullying, competition between women in Hollywood, and her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault. *Due to technical difficulties, audience questions are difficult to hear. (recorded 10/19/2017)

Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour

Feb 2, 2018 0:54:05


Watch the video here. *Pulling the delicate threads of ''fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief'' (The Washington Post), Alice McDermott's acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of familial love, Irish American culture and assimilation, and the hard-wrought lessons of adulthood. The Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, her novels include Someone, Charming Billy-winner of the 1998 National Book Award-and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This-all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. In The Ninth Hour, McDermott follows a young mother struggling with Catholic forgiveness and shame in the wake of her husband's violent suicide in early 20th-century Brooklyn. *Due to technical difficulties, audience questions are difficult to hear. (recorded 10/23/2017)

Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900

Feb 2, 2018 0:58:17


Watch the video here. In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical  Lauded historian Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings, an account of the slaves who escaped to fight for the British during the American Revolutionary War. A professor of art history and history at Columbia University and cultural essayist for The New Yorker, he has written and presented more than 40 documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the seminal 15-part series A History of Britain and the Emmy-winning Power of Art. In the second part of The Story of the Jews, Schama details the Jewish experience in all corners of the world through the end of the 19th century. (recorded 10/24/2017)

The Legacy of Race and Policing

Feb 2, 2018 1:23:35


Watch the video here. Seeking to encourage and host conversations about differences and complex social issues, and in response to the National Endowment for the Humanities' call for public programming on the legacy of race in the United States, the Free Library is hosting this panel discussion. Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University, will moderate the discussion between Andrea Ritchie, attorney and activist; Andrea Custis, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Urban League; Councilman Curtis Jones of Philadelphia's 4th District; and Kevin Bethel, Stoneleigh Fellow and former Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. Participants will have the opportunity to engage the panel with questions. Supported by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, this event has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. (recorded 10/25/2017)

Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

Feb 2, 2018 0:55:37


Watch the video here. In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh, co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge University. Juan González frequently co-hosts Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and is the author of the books Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse and Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. He was a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1987 to 2016. A recipient of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism and the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, González is a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and an inductee into the New York Journalism Hall of Fame. His latest book argues that Bill De Blasio's landslide mayoral victory was a mandate for a more populist, less corporate Gotham. (recorded 10/26/2017)

Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

Feb 2, 2018 0:58:39


Watch the video here. Jennifer Weiner is the ''funny, fierce, feisty'' (Glamour) no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family dynamics. With 11 million copies in print in 36 countries, her works include The Next Best Thing, All Fall Down, and In Her Shoes, which was made into a popular film. An aficionado of The Bachelor, cannoli, and celebrity Twitter feuds, Weiner is also the author of Hungry Heart, a collection of essays in which she mines her many identities to paint a portrait of yearning and fulfillment. Little Foot, Big City is the second book in a YA trilogy about friendship, belonging, and urban sasquatches.  (recorded 10/28/2017)

Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites

Feb 2, 2018 0:45:57


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dena Heilek Reading ''like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion'' (O, The Oprah Magazine), Deb Perelman's bestselling The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook won hearts and stomachs for its candid, can-do approach to good eating without complicated methods or expensive ingredients. Based on her award-winning Smitten Kitchen blog that counts the New York Times, Martha Stewart, NPR, and Rachael Ray among its many admirers, it won the IACP Julia Child Award and was a Cooking Light Top 100 Cookbook of the Last 25 Years. In Smitten Kitchen Every Day, Perelman dishes out more than 100 all-new recipes for real people who want to eat quality food.  (recorded 11/1/2017)

Ta-Nehisi Coates | We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Feb 2, 2018 1:17:29


Watch the video here. In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me, a ''searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today'' (New York Times). Covering culture, politics, and social issues as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, he won the George K. Polk Award for his cover story ''The Case for Reparations.'' A Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, among a string of other honors. We Were Eight Years in Power is a collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama presidency. (recorded 11/2/2017)

Chris Matthews | Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Feb 2, 2018 0:56:05


Watch the video here. The host of MSNBC's popular news and commentary program Hardball, Chris Matthews is one of America's most familiar media faces. A former longtime syndicated print media columnist, staffer for several Democratic members of Congress, and speechwriter during the Carter administration, he has penned many books, including Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked; and Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, which was critically lauded and spent a dozen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Matthews's latest book examines the underdog Kennedy brother who, though overlooked and overshadowed, came to represent hope and idealism for a generation of young Americans. (recorded 11/3/2017)

Dan Rather | What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Feb 2, 2018 1:13:07


Watch the video here. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most decorated and popular journalists of all time, Dan Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years. Renowned for his laconic Texas drawl and no-nonsense delivery, he has interviewed every president since Eisenhower, covered the Kennedy assassination from the scene, reported from the frontlines of Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, and urged ''courage'' in the wake of 9/11, among his reporting of thousands of other stories. What Unites Us is an essay collection in which Rather expounds on what real patriotism looks like and extolls the institutions that sustain us. (recorded 11/8/2017)

Isabel Allende | In the Midst of Winter

Feb 2, 2018 1:01:04


Watch the video here. In conversation with Janet Benton, author of the debut novel Lilli de Jong. ''Poignant, powerful'' and ''timeless'' (Boston Globe), Isabel Allende's acclaimed historical fiction weaves reality, memory, and mysticism into tapestries of intergenerational family sagas about war, love, and politics. The recipient of 50 awards in more than a dozen countries, she is also the creator of an eponymous foundation dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide. Allende's first international bestseller, The House of the Spirits, was adapted into a feature film starring Meryl Streep. Her other novels include the New York Times bestsellers The Japanese Lover, Inés of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, and Maya's Notebook. In the Midst of Winter explores the plight of immigrants and refugees in a time-hopping tale through Brooklyn, Guatemala, Chile, and Brazil. (recorded 11/10/2017)

Gordon S. Wood | Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Feb 2, 2018 1:09:26


Watch the video here. Acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, Gordon S. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for The Radicalism of the American Revolution, a rollicking and watershed study of the struggle for U.S. independence. His many other books include The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787, winner of the Bancroft Prize; The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, recipient of the Julia Ward Howe Prize; and The Purpose of the Past. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic, Wood is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and is the Alva O. Way University Professor of History at Brown University. Friends Divided is a biography of the two very different founding fathers whose intertwined fortunes and philosophies helped birth America. Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture (recorded 11/13/2017)

John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

Feb 2, 2018 0:49:04


Watch the video here. John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea, a story of loss and the fickle power of memory celebrated for its ''power and strangeness and piercing beauty'' (The Washington Post Book World). His other fiction-including The Book of Evidence, Ancient Light, and The Untouchable-has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Irish PEN Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is also an acclaimed playwright, nonfiction writer, screenwriter, and crime novelist. In Mrs. Osmond, Banville broadens the story of the titular heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady into intense, subtle, thrilling new realms. (recorded 11/14/2017)

Russell Shorto | Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

Feb 2, 2018 0:43:06


Watch the video here. Russell Shorto is the author of the bestselling The Island at the Center of World, ''a masterpiece of storytelling and first-rate intellectual history'' (Wall Street Journal) of the forgotten and mythologized Dutch colony of Manhattan. His other books include Descartes' Bones, Saints and Madmen, and Amsterdam, a centuries-spanning portrait of the world's most liberal city. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, he is the former director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam and Senior Scholar at the New Netherland Research Center. In Revolution Song, Shorto follows the lives of six historical figures from a British colony on the brink of revolt as a way of defending today's American values. (recorded 11/16/2017)

Roz Chast | Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Feb 2, 2018 0:59:16


Watch the video here. ''By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny'' (New York Times), Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several collected volumes of her published cartoons and the memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a bestselling multi-genre narrative about her aging parents that won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Told with nostalgia, wonder, and deft observation, Going into Town is an illustrated paean/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan. Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture (recorded 11/21/2017)

Lawrence O'Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Feb 2, 2018 1:04:51


Watch the video here. Lawrence O'Donnell is the host of MSNBC's The Last Word, one of cable television's most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, he won an Emmy Award as executive producer and writer for The West Wing, was a senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Moynihan, and worked on a number of Senate committee staffs. In Playing with Fire, O'Donnell offers an account of one of the most dramatic presidential elections in U.S. history; the roles played by Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and a slew of other lastingly consequential figures; and the election's relevance to today's dirty politics and cutthroat political races.  Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture (recorded 11/28/2017)

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Feb 2, 2018 1:03:58


Watch the video here. Released just weeks after the tech guru's death, Walter Isaacson's ''staggering'' (The New York Times) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned bios of Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Albert Einstein, and he is the author of The Innovators, a century-spanning saga of the people who created the computer and the internet. Former CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, managing editor of Time magazine, and chairman emeritus of Teach for America, he currently is the University Professor of History at Tulane University. Isaacson's new biography of history's quintessential Renaissance man uses new discoveries and Leonardo's own notebooks to paint a portrait that connects his life to his art.  Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture (recorded 11/29/2017)

Tina Brown | The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992

Feb 2, 2018 0:57:44


Watch the video here. In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY In a publishing career that stretches back more than four decades, Tina Brown has been editor-in-chief of the popular and acclaimed magazines Tatler, Vanity Fair, Talk, and The New Yorker. She is also the author of the bestselling 2007 biography The Diana Chronicles, an ''amazingly detailed'' and ''jam-packed, juicy'' (Washington Post) portrait of the Princess of Wales. The founding editor of The Daily Beast and creator of Tina Brown Live Media, she is also the founder of the Women in the World summit. In her new book, Brown draws upon the diaries she kept during her meteoric years at Vanity Fair to provide a personal and cultural chronicle of a fascinating era.  (recorded 11/30/2017)

Bill McKibben | Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Feb 2, 2018 1:02:52


Watch the video here. Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature. His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth, and Oil and Honey, a call to arms in the fight for a sustainable planet. Recipient of the 2013 Gandhi Peace Award, McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In his debut novel, ''the world's best green journalist'' (Time) draws upon the current state of politics to imagine a band of Vermont patriots who decide to secede from the United States. (recorded 11/30/2017)

James Breakwell | Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Feb 2, 2018 0:44:12


Watch the video here. Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters-the oldest is 7 years old-comedy writer James Breakwell's jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine, and Huffington Post, among other places. In addition to his near-million Twitter followers, his articles have appeared in Reader's Digest, The Federalist, and AskMen. Synthesizing practical parenting techniques with survival advice, Breakwell provides a step-by-step guide for raising successful, happy kids in a world beleaguered by hoards of the undead in Only Dead on the Inside. (recorded 12/4/2017)

Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940

Feb 2, 2018 0:54:55


Watch the video here. ''Few people write about art as beautifully'' (Wall Street Journal) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic. A longtime contributing editor at Vogue, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and his many books include Magicians and Charlatans, Antoine's Alphabet, and New Art City, an Atlantic Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book. Deeply researched and including more than 350 illustrations, his latest book is the first biography of Alexander Calder, perhaps America's most revered 20th-century sculptor. Please allow extra time to get to Parkway Central, due to extensive road work in the area. (recorded 12/5/2017)

Michael Wolff | Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Feb 2, 2018 0:53:25


Watch the video here. In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News A ''funny, knowing, clear-eyed, candid and altogether exhilarating'' (The New Yorker) chronicler of the confluence of media, technology, and business for the last quarter century, Michael Wolff is the author of Burn Rate, Television Is the New Television, and The Man Who Owns the News, a deep dive into the secretive life of Rupert Murdoch. A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair, the Guardian, Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and a host of other periodicals, Wolff was a weekly columnist at New York magazine for six years. Fire and Fury is based on more than 200 interviews with Trump and senior members of his team and tells the inside story of the daily chaos, backstabbing, and discord of the volatile Trump administration. (recorded 1/16/2018)

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jacqueline Woodson and a Performance by Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters

Feb 2, 2018 0:58:18


Watch the video here. Join featured author Jacqueline Woodson for an evening of conversation, reading, and performance. In conversation with WHYY's Katie Colaneri, Ms. Woodson will discuss identity, shifting cultural landscapes, and other themes in her writing. The event will conclude with a performance inspired by Another Brooklyn from 2016-17 Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher with members of her band, The Afroeaters. Book signing to follow.  (recorded 1/17/2018)

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele | When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Feb 2, 2018 1:06:50


Watch the video here. In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill, Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, and author of  Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. An L.A.-based artist, activist, and advocate for criminal justice reform, Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is also a Fulbright scholar, a 2015 NAACP History Maker, and one of Fortune's 2016 World's Greatest Leaders. A former features editor for Essence magazine and a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance, asha bandele is the author of the memoirs The Prisoner's Wife and Something Like Beautiful, as well as two poetry collections. When They Call You a Terrorist is an impassioned rebuttal to those who call Black Lives Matter a threat to America, praised by Michael Eric Dyson for portraying its genesis in ''love-love of self, community, people, and, ultimately, the very soul of a democratic nation." Poet Miriam Harris begins the evening with a powerful reading of two of her poems. (recorded 1/18/2018)

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris | The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Feb 2, 2018 0:57:52


Watch the video here. Pioneering physician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a longtime crusader for targeting care to vulnerable and traumatized children. Her prolific work on the link between toxic stress and chronic illnesses includes more than 17,000 surveys of adult patients' adverse childhood experiences. She is the founder and CEO of San Francisco's Center for Youth Wellness, the subject of a widely read New Yorker profile, and presenter of the popular TED talk ''How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.'' Through scientific evidence and affecting stories of individual impact, The Deepest Well presents a vital argument for how childhood stresses create lifelong neural system changes. Introduced by Dr. Ruth Shaber Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture (recorded 1/23/2018)

Bryan Caplan | The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

Feb 2, 2018 1:00:29


Watch the video here. Dubbed the ''anti-Tiger Mom,'' contrarian economist Bryan Caplan is the author of the ''wickedly subversive'' (Wall Street Journal) parenting manifesto Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, which argues that parenting has needlessly been turned into a tedious chore; and The Myth of the Rational Voter, which questions fundamental assumptions about why Americans vote as they do. In his latest book, Caplan argues that we need to stop wasting public money on education, explains why graduate degrees are little more than conformity signals, and advocates for major policy changes at levels of the academy. Read Caplan's essay The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone in the current issue of The Atlantic. (recorded 1/25/2018)

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

Feb 2, 2018 0:52:48


Watch the video here. Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street, a children's book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the genre. The author of six acclaimed YA novels and the popular picture book A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, he has taught creative writing throughout the U.S. The author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series of books, Loren Long also illustrated Barack Obama's mega-popular Of Thee I Sing and re-illustrated the children's classic The Little Engine That Could. In Love, de la Peña and Long depict the myriad wondrous ways we experience that most universal of bonds throughout our years. (recorded 1/27/2018)

Max Boot | The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Feb 2, 2018 1:02:37


Watch the video here. Referred to as one of the ''world's leading authorities on armed conflict'' by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot is the author of The Savage Wars of Peace, War Made New, and the New York Times bestselling Invisible Armies, a centuries-spanning look at guerilla warfare. He serves as the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Echoing current-day entanglements and unlearned lessons in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Road Not Taken tells the story of a legendary CIA operative and his visionary but ignored ''hearts and minds'' roadmap to an American victory in the Vietnam War.  (recorded 2/1/2018)

Elif Shafak | Three Daughters of Eve with Siri Hustvedt | A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

Feb 2, 2018 0:59:57


Watch the video here. The most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak has penned more than a dozen ''vibrant, lush and lively'' (Washington Post) books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. This work includes the bestselling novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and The Architect's Apprentice; the memoir Black Milk, which explores the conflicts between creativity and motherhood; and scores of articles in Turkish and English for periodicals around the world, including the Guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and La Repubblica, among others. Her writing has been nominated for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Three Daughters of Eve explores the East and West's roiling class, wealth, and religious differences. Acclaimed for exploring questions of identity and perception, Siri Hustvedt's many novels include the international bestsellers The Blazing World, What I Loved, and The Summer Without Men. She has published scores of essays and papers in academic journals, especially fitting because many of these works examine the broadening interdisciplinary relationship between art and science. Her many honors include the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women is a three-part essay collection that employs feminism, psychology, neuroscience, and a host of other pursuits to bridge the gaps between the sciences and humanities. (recorded 1/31/2018)

Salman Rushdie | The Golden House with Claire Messud | The Burning Girl

Sep 29, 2017 0:56:30


''A master of perpetual storytelling'' (The New Yorker), Salman Rushdie is the author of a dozen novels, including Shame, The Satanic Verses, and Midnight's Children, winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 and the ''Booker of Bookers'' Prize in 1993. His other works include a short story collection, East, West, and four works of nonfiction, including the memoir Joseph Anton, which chronicles his time in hiding during the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa calling for his death. Rushdie's latest novel finds an enigmatic billionaire taking up residence in an exclusive Greenwich Village enclave. ''Adept at evoking complex psychological territory'' (The New Yorker), Claire Messud is the author of The Emperor's Children, a cutting portrait of life among Manhattan's junior intelligentsia that was long-listed for the Booker Prize. She is a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and her work has been thrice counted among the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her other novels include When the World Was Steady, The Hunters, The Last Life, and The Woman Upstairs. In The Burning Girl, Messud tells of two inseparable friends who find their bond tested by adolescence. (recorded 9/28/2017)

William Taubman | Gorbachev with Yuri Slezkine | House of Government

Sep 28, 2017 1:06:28


William Taubman won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, a portrait of the Soviet leader ''unlikely to be surpassed any time soon in either richness or complexity'' (New York Times Book Review). The Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College, he is the author of several other works detailing 20th-century Russian politics. Drawing from international archival documents, interviews with foreign leaders, Kremlin contemporaries, and Gorbachev himself, Taubman's new biography is a nuanced look at the transformational leader. Yuri Slezkine is best known as the author of The Jewish Century, a boldly interpretive treatise about Jews' role in modernity. Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley and a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, he is also the author of several other books about the Soviet state, including In the Shadow of Revolution, Arctic Mirrors, and Between Heaven and Hell. In House of Government, Slezkine tells the epic of the massive apartment building occupied by high-ranking Communists until their annihilation during Stalin's purges. (recorded 9/26/2017)

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook | Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story

Sep 26, 2017 0:56:01


Lauded for bringing the Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences from Solomonov's titular Philadelphia restaurant to readers' home kitchens, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook's Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking won the 2016 James Beard Book of the Year and Best International Cookbook award. Solomonov won the 2011 James Beard Award for ''Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,'' and his restaurants have been recognized by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure. At once a madcap bio of their donut mini-empire, canticle to American passion, and collection of cult-favorite recipes, Solomonov and Cook's new book tells the ''hole'' story of all things ''Fednuts.'' In conversation with Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, and Felicia D'Ambrosio Moderated by culinary expert, food writer, and permanent judge on BRAVO's Emmy-winning series Top Chef, Gail Simmons. She also makes frequent television appearances on TODAY and Good Morning America, and is the author of the 2012 memoir Talking With My Mouth Full and the forthcoming cookbook Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating. She was named the #1 Reality TV Judge in America by the New York Post.  (recorded 9/25/2017)

Adam Gopnik | At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

Sep 25, 2017 0:58:19


In conversation with Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author of The Interestings among many novels. A writer for The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life, and The Table Comes First, an ''unapologetically intelligent yet charmingly witty'' (The Atlantic) bite into the deeper truths of food culture. A three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and a winner of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, Gopnik was decorated with the French Republic's medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. At the Strangers' Gate is a memoir of his 1980s move to a peculiar New York that is both romantically familiar yet light years from today's incarnation. (recorded 9/22/2017)

Tom Perrotta | Mrs. Fletcher

Sep 20, 2017 0:50:03


''A daring chronicler of our most profound anxieties and human desires'' (Washington Post), Tom Perrotta is the author of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed novels of our time, including Election, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon; Little Children, which was adapted into a film for which he won an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; and The Leftovers, named to several prominent best-of-the-year lists and adapted by HBO into a popular TV series. In Mrs. Fletcher, Perrotta tells the story of an empty-nester whose placid life is upended by an anonymous salacious text message. (recorded 9/19/2017)