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The Librarian Is In

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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512 Ratings
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Ahhh you are back

By 2WOOOF - Mar 02 2020
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So glad you are back. I missed this podcast so much. Let the reading begin.

Glad your back

By Robin3826 - Feb 15 2020
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Welcome Rhonda. Good luck Gwen. So glad the podcast is back.

iTunes Ratings

512 Ratings
Average Ratings
454
30
7
9
12

Ahhh you are back

By 2WOOOF - Mar 02 2020
Read more
So glad you are back. I missed this podcast so much. Let the reading begin.

Glad your back

By Robin3826 - Feb 15 2020
Read more
Welcome Rhonda. Good luck Gwen. So glad the podcast is back.
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The Librarian Is In

Latest release on Oct 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 9 days ago

Rank #1: Bonus Episode - Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror

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Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and best-selling authors to trace the history of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s classic. This special podcast episode unpacks the genius of Shelley’s novel, its origins and evolution—from the British Romantics to Black Lives Matter—to uncover how it’s helped us better understand ourselves, our humanity, and our future.

Mar 12 2019

53mins

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Rank #2: New Year, New (Reading) You

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Want to broaden your reading horizons this year? Librarian extraordinaire Meredith Mann joins Frank and Gwen to debate the pros and cons of annual reading challenges. Plus: secret database magic, sci-fi written by robots, and our favorite British bakers. Get links to the books discussed in the episode at nypl.org/podcast.

Jan 04 2018

44mins

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Rank #3: Walk the Windswept Moors

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For the last episode of 2019, Gwen surprises Frank by reading one of his all time favorite books, Frank delves into the world of Trust Exercise and Gwen shares a personal announcement. Stay warm on those windswept moors everybody, and we'll see you in 2020!

Dec 26 2019

58mins

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Rank #4: New Fiction! New Fiction!

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Gwen gets fired up about reading—you guessed it—new fiction this year, while Frank dips into the backlist of a new favorite author. Plus: New Year's resolutions, The Bachelor, and the best short stories of 2018.

Book Recommendations

Best American Short Stories 2018, ed. by Roxane Gay

The Children's Bach by Helen Garner

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Encocylopedia Britannica's quick summary of "Beowulf"—or check out lots of versions of the actual poem from the Library

Non-Book Recommendations

Jan 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #5: How to Pull Yourself Out of a Book Slump

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Gwen and Frank are both struggling to find the perfect book this week — and coming up with some ideas about how to do it. Plus: the glory that is Ilana Glazer.

Nov 01 2017

36mins

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Rank #6: Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never.

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Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into a masterpiece by this year's Nobel Prize winner in Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Get the full list of episodes at www.nypl.org/podcast

Nov 16 2017

44mins

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Rank #7: #TeamEdith, Ep. 3

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We talk about how to fit more reading into busy schedules, Lin-Manuel Miranda, horror books and movies, childhood favorites, David Bowie, Lin-Manuel Miranda again, and our love for Downton Abbey’s kind Anna and unstoppable Edith.

Jan 21 2016

56mins

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Rank #8: How Many Hats Can a Librarian Wear?

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Books and reading are the foundation of any library but your local librarian is doing so much more: computer help, test prep and yes, even knitting. This week, Gwen and Frank talk to Erin Horanzy, an Adult Programming Librarian at NYPL's Francis Martin Library in the Bronx. Enjoy!

We want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts with us in this short survey: www.nypl.org/podcastsurvey

Jan 25 2018

36mins

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Rank #9: Anita Brookner and Dorothy Parker Walk into a Bar...

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Your hosts wax rhapsodic about two of their mainstay favorite authors. Plus: Gwen takes "cozy intellectual" suggestions from a listener's email and Frank discovers a YouTube celebrity crush. 

Oct 31 2019

46mins

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Rank #10: The Podcast That Must Not Be Named, Ep. 4

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Go behind the scenes at BookOps, the Library's special secret spy agen— er, the "technical services" unit. Also: the Helen Ellis/Shirley Jackson/Anita Brookner triumvirate, Frank's shocking Harry Potter confession, and more.

Feb 04 2016

59mins

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Rank #11: Comfort Reads

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Gwen and Frank tackle one book that feels comforting and homey; one that's distinctly unsettling; and one that's somewhere in between. Plus: A stranger on the train helps us deconstruct the genius of J-Patt.

Book Recommendations

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug   Also mentioned:

Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt and the rest of the cast going down the bathtub slide!

Everything Doris Day

May 16 2019

47mins

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Rank #12: Nancy Books

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The hosts of WNYC's Nancy podcast join Gwen and Frank for a conversation about queer books, making podcasts, and Xena Warrior Princess... and they Skyped in from their vacation, no less! 

Subscribe to Nancy wherever you get Podcasts, we highly recommend it. 

(This episode has some less than perfect audio, which is particularly embarrassing given our super professional radio guests. We promise it's still a great episode, and we're sorry!)

Jun 29 2017

38mins

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Rank #13: Dame Margaret Comes to Town: Ep. 13

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Margaret H. Willison, a.k.a. The Coolest Funniest Pop-Culture-iest Librarian Ever, joins Gwen and Frank this week for the ultimate high/low-culture episode.

nypl.org/podcast

May 26 2016

55mins

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Rank #14: Scandal!

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Who's up for some dubious morality? We're all about the scandal this week, as Frank and Gwen tackle controversial essays, what makes a "beach read," and, um, porcupines in library book drops.

Jul 06 2017

34mins

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Rank #15: The Beginning or the End?

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This week, Gwen and Frank take on books ranging  from the collapse of modern civilization to a murder "how-done-it" told exclusively from the point of view of a perspicacious fetus. 

Get the full list of books discussed at www.nypl.org/podcast.

Jan 11 2018

35mins

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Rank #16: Harry Potter Meets Jane Eyre

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, Gwen and Frank fall hard for the wise and wonderful Vanessa Zoltan of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast! We talk Harry and Jane, try the spiritual practice of lectio divina, discuss the healing power of romance novels, figure out Frank's Tinder profile... get ready for some serious revelations.

Vanessa's book recs:

Aug 30 2018

51mins

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Rank #17: Don't Shush Me!

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It's World Read Aloud Day, and Gwen and Frank are hearing voices from ghosts and robots. But they still manage to keep it together to recommend some books and play an extra round of their guessing game.

Feb 01 2018

48mins

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Rank #18: Hot Garbage, Summer in the City, Ep. 19

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Humidity can't exist in outer space! Beat the heat by blasting off into orbit with Frank and Gwen's brand-new segment. Plus: Do audiobooks "count" as reading?

Aug 18 2016

53mins

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Rank #19: May I Remove Your Preconceived Notions?

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Frank and Gwen break down romance novel stereotypes with fellow NYPL librarian Anne Rouyer. The genre often gets dismissed as fluff, but romance can subvert the traditional confines of gender, power, class, and more. (Gay Regency, anyone?)

Anne's Recommendations

Social Intercourse by Greg Howard

The Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean 

Unmasked by the Marquess and It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (for those who love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

And for a non-book recommendation: 'Hiyori's Bed & Breakfast'

Aug 02 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: Winnie-the-Podcast, Ep. 21

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Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo join Frank and Gwen in the studio this wee... just kidding. But we have the next best thing: Michael Inman, curator of NYPL's Rare Book Division, who tells us about the restoration of the Library's historic Winnie-the-Pooh dolls. Plus: children's and YA books galore, and queens of all kinds.

Sep 15 2016

51mins

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