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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.

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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.

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Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

By Ginagina Smith - Mar 19 2019
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Excellent presentation by the author. I have read the book: what an eye opener. I hope people who create policy/have influence will read it as well.

Extremists Only

By Yam Mar - Oct 27 2018
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When you hear the word “library,” you may think of freedom of thought, freedom of ideals, a far ranging resource for a plethora of views. Not so with this author event/interview series. The writers are mostly from the Far Left of the spectrum, and if there were a hint of allowing the opposite side to be heard, this would be a podcast worth subscribing to. Now it simply remains an echo chamber.

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
11
8
2
5

Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

By Ginagina Smith - Mar 19 2019
Read more
Excellent presentation by the author. I have read the book: what an eye opener. I hope people who create policy/have influence will read it as well.

Extremists Only

By Yam Mar - Oct 27 2018
Read more
When you hear the word “library,” you may think of freedom of thought, freedom of ideals, a far ranging resource for a plethora of views. Not so with this author event/interview series. The writers are mostly from the Far Left of the spectrum, and if there were a hint of allowing the opposite side to be heard, this would be a podcast worth subscribing to. Now it simply remains an echo chamber.
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Free Library Podcast

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

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Rank #1: Nell Irvin Painter | Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

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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.

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(recorded 5/22/2018)

Jul 10 2018

59mins

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Rank #2: John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

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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)

Feb 02 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #3: Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel with Myla Goldberg | Feast Your Eyes

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Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their ''nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing'' (Los Angeles Times), Susan Choi's novels 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. Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school.

Myla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, the story of a family's disintegration told through the lens of a young spelling prodigy. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and was adapted into a film starring Richard Gere. Her other novels include The False Friend and Wickett's Remedy. Goldberg's new novel is a portrait of an ambitious 1950s-era photographer and mother formed through a collage of perspectives on the character's art and life.
(recorded 5/2/2019)

May 03 2019

57mins

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Rank #4: Elin Hilderbrand | The Perfect Couple

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''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.

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(recorded 6/21/2018)

Jul 10 2018

40mins

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Rank #5: Loudon Wainwright III | Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Eileen Myles | Afterglow (a dog memoir)

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With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world's most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor in a variety of television and film roles, he can also boast of being the father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche, three musical luminaries in their own right. In his new memoir, the folk patriarch and son of a celebrated Life magazine columnist reflects on the ups and downs of his career, the inspirations for his art, and the familial relationships that have marked him the most. 

''A kick-ass counter-cultural icon'' (The New Yorker), Eileen Myles is the celebrated author of nearly two dozen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, and performance pieces, including Chelsea Girls, I Must Be Living Twice, and The Irony of the Leash. Her lengthy list of honors includes a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant. Afterglow is a multi-genre examination of the pet/pet-owner relationship told through the prism of Myles's 16-year relationship with her beloved pit bull Rosie. (recorded 9/12/2017)

Jul 16 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Water Dancer

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SPOILER ALERT. A number of critical plot points are exposed during the discussion. In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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). A national correspondent for the Atlantic, he won the 2014 George Polk Award for his cover story ''The Case for Reparations.'' Coates is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the author of We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of new and previously published essays. His debut novel tells the story of an escaped enslaved person's journey from the barbaric Deep South to the misguided utopic movements of the North.
 
(recorded 9/25/2019)

Sep 27 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: Russell Shorto | Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

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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)

Feb 02 2018

43mins

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Rank #8: Leslie Jamison | The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

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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.

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(recorded 4/23/2018)

Jul 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

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In conversation with State Representative Christopher M. Raab

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, ''a humane and closely reported exploration'' (Wall Street Journal) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students, parents, and teachers can take to mitigate this cruel phenomenon. A staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a former senior editor at Slate, she is a lecturer at Yale Law School, where she is also the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law. In her new book, Bazelon proffers a major critique of the American criminal justice system, arguing that prosecutors have vast and unchecked power over defendants' charges and sentences.
(recorded 4/18/2019)

Apr 22 2019

58mins

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Rank #10: Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

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*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)

Feb 02 2018

48mins

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Rank #11: Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

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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)

Feb 20 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Mark Bowden | Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

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In conversation with Bill Marimow, editor at large, The Philadelphia Inquirer

''One of the most intense, visceral'' (Philadelphia Inquirer) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books of investigative journalism, including the classic of war reporting, the National Book Award-nominated Black Hawk Down. Bowden's other books include Killing Pablo, winner of the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award for book of the year; Guests of the Ayatollah, listed by Newsweek as one of the ''50 Books for Our Times''; and The Three Battles of Wanat, a collection of his best long-form war, cultural, and sports essays. Using unprecedented archives and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden's latest book narrates every stage of the Vietnam War's most pivotal and bloody battle.
(recorded 7/11/2017)

Jul 16 2018

57mins

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Rank #13: Bob Roth | Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

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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.

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(recorded 2/20/2018)

Jul 16 2018

58mins

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Rank #14: Ben Macintyre | The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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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.

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Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture
(recorded 10/18/2018)

Dec 07 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #15: Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money

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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.

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(recorded 4/26/2018)

Jul 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #16: Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

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In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread mass U.S. surveillance overreach on a variety of international and domestic levels. Labeled a hero and whistleblower by some, he was formally charged with espionage and has been granted asylum in Russia, where he lives in an undisclosed location. In this one-of-a-kind interview, Snowden will discuss these revelations along with the current status of the surveillance state with Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist, co-founder of the online journal The Intercept, and author of the bestselling books Blackwater, Dirty Wars, and The Assassination Complex.

(recorded 9/11/2017)

Jul 16 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: Daniel Pink | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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''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)

Mar 15 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: Mary Pope Osborne | Magic Tree House: To the Future, Ben Franklin! with Natalie Pope Boyce

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Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children's books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular books have been translated into nearly three dozen languages and have sold more than 134 million copies worldwide. To the Future, Ben Franklin! finds the duo traveling back in time to meet America's most famous bespectacled inventor. Pope Osborne's sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, is her coauthor on the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, which give curious young readers more information about the historical time periods, people, places, and creatures encountered by the main series' young heroes.

With a special appearance by Ben Franklin himself!
(recorded 7/11/2019)

Jul 15 2019

44mins

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Rank #19: Deirdre Bair | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

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Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for her ''blockbuster biography'' of Samuel Beckett, ''the best introduction to an enigmatic giant of 20th-century literature'' (Christian Science Monitor). Her other acclaimed biographies include portraits of Simone de Beauvoir, Carl Jung, and Al Capone. Her books have twice been finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and she is the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships. In Parisian Lives, Bair travels nearly 50 years into the past in an exploration of the relationships she had with Beckett and de Beauvoir-literary peers but mortal enemies-and the disparate approaches she used to garner intimate insight into their lives and literature.
(recorded 11/21/2019)

Nov 22 2019

52mins

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Rank #20: Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection

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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.

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(recorded 6/14/2018)

Jul 10 2018

55mins

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