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Free Library of Philadelphia

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Free Library Podcast

Free Library Podcast

Free Library of Philadelphia

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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.

Latest Episodes

Lauren Francis-Sharma | Book of the Little Axe

In conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar,award-winning author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judgeand She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of HarrietTubman. Lauren Francis-Sharma's acclaimed novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the ''universally touching'' (New York Times) multigenerational saga of a sharp-tongued Trinidadian seamstress's travails and bittersweet triumphs. It was honored as the fiction selection of the 2015 Black Caucus of the American Library Association and one of O, The Oprah Magazine's ''10 Titles to Pick Up Now.'' She is also assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the proprietor of the DC Writers Room. Her latest novel follows the journey of a rebellious young woman from Trinidad to a new life with the Crow Nation in 1830s Wyoming. (recorded 5/28/2020)

57 MIN19 h ago
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Lauren Francis-Sharma | Book of the Little Axe

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | The Undocumented Americans

EIn conversation withAndrea González-Ramírez, Senior Writer atGENand anIda B. Wells fellow at Type Investigations. Read Ms.González-Ramírez's interview with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Originally from Ecuador, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio became one of the first undocumented students admitted to Harvard University. Now a fellow at Laurene Powell Jobs's Emerson Collective and a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at Yale, she has written about race, culture, and immigration in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and n+1. In her new book, Villavicencio ventures beyond combustive political rhetoric and alarmist headlines to reveal the remarkable, relatable lives of undocumented Americans in every corner of the country. (recorded 5/21/2020)

63 MIN1 w ago
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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | The Undocumented Americans

Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

EOne of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy's most popular writers, Seanan McGuire won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for the Wayward Children series of books. Also the author of, among other books, the October Day series and the InCryptid series, she writes science fiction/horror under the pen name Mira Grant and has published several works of nonfiction.She is currently writing the Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider comic series for Marvel. Her other honors include the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award and the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. InMiddlegame, McGuire introduces a polyglot, his numbers-obsessed twin, and an alchemist who pushes them toward godhood.Imaginary Numbersis the ninth book in the sprawling InCryptid urban fantasy series. *Production note: the interlocutor's audio is a bit muddled throughout but Seanan's audio sounds fine. (recorded 5/14/2020)

71 MIN2 w ago
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Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

Jennifer Steinhauer | The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

A reporter for theNew York Timesfor 25 years, Jennifer Steinhauer has covered the United States Congress since 2010. Her former assignments include Los Angeles bureau chief and New York City Hall bureau chief. The winner of the Newswoman's Club of New York Front Page Deadline Reporting Award in 2006 for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina, Steinhauer is the author or co-author of two cookbooks and a novel about the entertainment industry.The Firstsfollows the diverse stories of the 87 women in the House and the 23 in the Senate-the largest number in American history-elected to the 116th Congress. (recorded 5/12/2020)

57 MIN2 w ago
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Jennifer Steinhauer | The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school. Susan Choi's novels are known for excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their ''nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing'' (Los Angeles Times). Her books include the Asian American Literary Award–winning The Foreign Student; American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize; A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award; and My Education, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction. A creative writing teacher at Yale, Choi has earned Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. The author of nearly 30 books for young people and adults,Jacqueline Woodsonhas won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, and the 2014 National Book Award forBrown Girl Dreaming, a poetry collection about her upbringi...

62 MIN3 w ago
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Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

In conversation with Dr. Rachel Valletta, Environmental Scientist at The Franklin Institute and director of all climate change education and outreach programming. A columnist and deputy editor atNew Yorkmagazine, David Wallace-Wells has written extensively about the environment and the future of science, including a widely read-and hotly debated-2017 article about worst-case climate change scenarios. He formerly was a National Fellow at the New America Foundation and the deputy editor ofthe Paris Review. In his number-oneNew York TimesbestsellerThe Uninhabitable Earth, Wallace-Wells issues a fervent call-to-arms to a world closer to the brink of climate-change Armageddon than many would care to admit. ''This generation'sSilent Spring,'' (Washington Post), it is a travelogue of the crisis as it unfolds in real time and a rumination upon how it will affect the next generation. (recorded 5/5/2020)

63 MIN3 w ago
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David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

Frank B. Wilderson III spent more than five years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans elected to the African National Congress during the country's transformation after apartheid. His books includeIncognegro: A Memoir of Exile and ApartheidandRed, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms, and he served as a dramaturge for the Lincoln Center Theater in New York and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Chair of African American Studies and professor in the Culture & Theory Doctoral Program at the University of California, Irvine, he has been honored with the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction and an NEA Literature Fellowship. InAfropessimism, Wilderson fuses innovative philosophy with trenchant memoir to argue slavery's unique historical social position and its pervasiveness even today. (recorded 4/28/2020)

70 MINMAY 1
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Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

EIn conversation with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion In her popular long-running blog,bitches gotta eat, Samantha Irby offers raw, humorous takes on her sometimes difficult personal life, pop culture, and, of course, food. She is also the author of three essay collections:Meaty;New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep; and theNew York TimesbestsellerWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life. She has contributed work to a variety of publications and written an episode of the television showShrill. In her new essay collection, Irby ponders inspirational Instagram infographics, being friendzoned by Hollywood, living in a red state, and the discomfort of life as a 40-year-old. (recorded 4/30/2020)

60 MINMAY 1
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Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

Judith Heumann | Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A world-renowned leader in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement, featured in the new filmCrip Camp, Judith Heumann has spent four decades working with a wide array of governmental agencies, activist groups, and NGOs on legislation and policy to benefit disabled people. Praised by Hillary Clinton for her ''insights, knowledge, sass, and wit,'' Heumann served in Bill Clinton's administration, shaping disability policy in the Department of Education, and was appointed by Barack Obama as the Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the State Department. She is also a former Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation and advisor to the World Bank.Being Heumannis a memoir of her early struggle for education equality and lifelong crusade for inclusion and community for disabled people everywhere. (recorded 4/16/2020)

67 MINAPR 17
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Judith Heumann | Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

David Fajgenbaum | Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action

A professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and associate director of the university's Orphan Disease Center, Dr. David Fajgenbaum holds an MBA from the Wharton School, earned a master of science at Oxford, and graduated from Georgetown, where he was a football quarterback. Renowned on the field and in school for his mental and physical stamina, he was blindsided by a mysterious illness that baffled doctors and left him near death. Not content to leave his life in the hands of a too-slow medical community, he developed a treatment that put his condition in remission. The cofounder and executive director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network, he was named to prestigiousForbes''30 Under 30'' list. He details his journey in Chasing My Cure. (recorded 4/14/2020)

44 MINAPR 15
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David Fajgenbaum | Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action

Latest Episodes

Lauren Francis-Sharma | Book of the Little Axe

In conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar,award-winning author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judgeand She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of HarrietTubman. Lauren Francis-Sharma's acclaimed novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the ''universally touching'' (New York Times) multigenerational saga of a sharp-tongued Trinidadian seamstress's travails and bittersweet triumphs. It was honored as the fiction selection of the 2015 Black Caucus of the American Library Association and one of O, The Oprah Magazine's ''10 Titles to Pick Up Now.'' She is also assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the proprietor of the DC Writers Room. Her latest novel follows the journey of a rebellious young woman from Trinidad to a new life with the Crow Nation in 1830s Wyoming. (recorded 5/28/2020)

57 MIN19 h ago
Comments
Lauren Francis-Sharma | Book of the Little Axe

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | The Undocumented Americans

EIn conversation withAndrea González-Ramírez, Senior Writer atGENand anIda B. Wells fellow at Type Investigations. Read Ms.González-Ramírez's interview with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Originally from Ecuador, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio became one of the first undocumented students admitted to Harvard University. Now a fellow at Laurene Powell Jobs's Emerson Collective and a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at Yale, she has written about race, culture, and immigration in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and n+1. In her new book, Villavicencio ventures beyond combustive political rhetoric and alarmist headlines to reveal the remarkable, relatable lives of undocumented Americans in every corner of the country. (recorded 5/21/2020)

63 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | The Undocumented Americans

Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

EOne of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy's most popular writers, Seanan McGuire won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for the Wayward Children series of books. Also the author of, among other books, the October Day series and the InCryptid series, she writes science fiction/horror under the pen name Mira Grant and has published several works of nonfiction.She is currently writing the Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider comic series for Marvel. Her other honors include the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award and the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. InMiddlegame, McGuire introduces a polyglot, his numbers-obsessed twin, and an alchemist who pushes them toward godhood.Imaginary Numbersis the ninth book in the sprawling InCryptid urban fantasy series. *Production note: the interlocutor's audio is a bit muddled throughout but Seanan's audio sounds fine. (recorded 5/14/2020)

71 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

Jennifer Steinhauer | The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

A reporter for theNew York Timesfor 25 years, Jennifer Steinhauer has covered the United States Congress since 2010. Her former assignments include Los Angeles bureau chief and New York City Hall bureau chief. The winner of the Newswoman's Club of New York Front Page Deadline Reporting Award in 2006 for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina, Steinhauer is the author or co-author of two cookbooks and a novel about the entertainment industry.The Firstsfollows the diverse stories of the 87 women in the House and the 23 in the Senate-the largest number in American history-elected to the 116th Congress. (recorded 5/12/2020)

57 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Jennifer Steinhauer | The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school. Susan Choi's novels are known for excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their ''nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing'' (Los Angeles Times). Her books include the Asian American Literary Award–winning The Foreign Student; American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize; A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award; and My Education, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction. A creative writing teacher at Yale, Choi has earned Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. The author of nearly 30 books for young people and adults,Jacqueline Woodsonhas won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, and the 2014 National Book Award forBrown Girl Dreaming, a poetry collection about her upbringi...

62 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

In conversation with Dr. Rachel Valletta, Environmental Scientist at The Franklin Institute and director of all climate change education and outreach programming. A columnist and deputy editor atNew Yorkmagazine, David Wallace-Wells has written extensively about the environment and the future of science, including a widely read-and hotly debated-2017 article about worst-case climate change scenarios. He formerly was a National Fellow at the New America Foundation and the deputy editor ofthe Paris Review. In his number-oneNew York TimesbestsellerThe Uninhabitable Earth, Wallace-Wells issues a fervent call-to-arms to a world closer to the brink of climate-change Armageddon than many would care to admit. ''This generation'sSilent Spring,'' (Washington Post), it is a travelogue of the crisis as it unfolds in real time and a rumination upon how it will affect the next generation. (recorded 5/5/2020)

63 MIN3 w ago
Comments
David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

Frank B. Wilderson III spent more than five years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans elected to the African National Congress during the country's transformation after apartheid. His books includeIncognegro: A Memoir of Exile and ApartheidandRed, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms, and he served as a dramaturge for the Lincoln Center Theater in New York and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Chair of African American Studies and professor in the Culture & Theory Doctoral Program at the University of California, Irvine, he has been honored with the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction and an NEA Literature Fellowship. InAfropessimism, Wilderson fuses innovative philosophy with trenchant memoir to argue slavery's unique historical social position and its pervasiveness even today. (recorded 4/28/2020)

70 MINMAY 1
Comments
Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

EIn conversation with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion In her popular long-running blog,bitches gotta eat, Samantha Irby offers raw, humorous takes on her sometimes difficult personal life, pop culture, and, of course, food. She is also the author of three essay collections:Meaty;New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep; and theNew York TimesbestsellerWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life. She has contributed work to a variety of publications and written an episode of the television showShrill. In her new essay collection, Irby ponders inspirational Instagram infographics, being friendzoned by Hollywood, living in a red state, and the discomfort of life as a 40-year-old. (recorded 4/30/2020)

60 MINMAY 1
Comments
Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

Judith Heumann | Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A world-renowned leader in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement, featured in the new filmCrip Camp, Judith Heumann has spent four decades working with a wide array of governmental agencies, activist groups, and NGOs on legislation and policy to benefit disabled people. Praised by Hillary Clinton for her ''insights, knowledge, sass, and wit,'' Heumann served in Bill Clinton's administration, shaping disability policy in the Department of Education, and was appointed by Barack Obama as the Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the State Department. She is also a former Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation and advisor to the World Bank.Being Heumannis a memoir of her early struggle for education equality and lifelong crusade for inclusion and community for disabled people everywhere. (recorded 4/16/2020)

67 MINAPR 17
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Judith Heumann | Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

David Fajgenbaum | Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action

A professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and associate director of the university's Orphan Disease Center, Dr. David Fajgenbaum holds an MBA from the Wharton School, earned a master of science at Oxford, and graduated from Georgetown, where he was a football quarterback. Renowned on the field and in school for his mental and physical stamina, he was blindsided by a mysterious illness that baffled doctors and left him near death. Not content to leave his life in the hands of a too-slow medical community, he developed a treatment that put his condition in remission. The cofounder and executive director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network, he was named to prestigiousForbes''30 Under 30'' list. He details his journey in Chasing My Cure. (recorded 4/14/2020)

44 MINAPR 15
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David Fajgenbaum | Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action
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