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Library Talks

By The New York Public Library

Feed your brain every Sunday with the best live conversations from The New York Public Library. An eclectic mix of voices and perspectives, Library Talks features your favorite writers and the ones you’ll love next. Hosted by NYPL live event programmer, Aidan Flax-Clark.

  1. 1.
    How to Make Black Lives Matter at School02/17/2019
    53:49
  2. 2.
    Envisioning 'A People's Future of the United States'02/10/2019
    43:07
  3. 3.
    Jason Rezaian's 544 Days in an Iranian Prison02/03/2019
    45:17
  4. 4.
    The Banished Immortal01/27/2019
    53:13
  5. 5.
    Seeing and Being Seen in Sally Wen Mao's 'Oculus'01/20/2019
    44:32
  6. 6.
    Maria Popova's A Velocity of Being01/13/2019
    1:09:24
  7. 7.
    Satirizing America in 'Friday Black'01/06/2019
    41:13
  8. 8.
    The Librarian Is In with Eric Klinenberg12/30/2018
    52:10
  1. 9.
    Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)12/19/2018
    1:17:33
  2. 10.
    A Reporting Life in Latin America12/16/2018
    51:55
  3. 11.
    Magical Realism with Wayétu Moore12/09/2018
    41:37
  4. 12.
    John McPhee's Album Quilt12/02/2018
    1:32:44
  5. 13.
    How Congress Really Works...Or Doesn't11/25/2018
    1:11:37
  6. 14.
    James Baldwin's Children's Book11/18/2018
    45:09
  7. 15.
    Susan Orlean's Ode to Libraries11/11/2018
    1:14:27
  8. 16.
    A History of Voter Suppression with Carol Anderson11/04/2018
    1:21:39
  9. 17.
    A Modern-day Gothic Horror Story10/28/2018
    45:13
  10. 18.
    Making Movements Intersectional10/21/2018
    55:52
  11. 19.
    Why Men Fight with Thomas Page McBee10/14/2018
    44:22
  12. 20.
    Righteous Rage with Rebecca Traister10/07/2018
    52:32
  13. 21.
    The Secret Memoir of Bill Cunningham09/30/2018
    53:41
  14. 22.
    The Elite Charade of Changing the World09/23/2018
    47:27
  15. 23.
    Looking for the Real Lolita09/16/2018
    42:47
  16. 24.
    Notes from the Reading Life: Tim Gunn and Min Jin Lee09/09/2018
    54:07
  17. 25.
    The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire09/02/2018
    56:57
  18. 26.
    Coming This Sunday: New Name, New Look08/28/2018
    1:34
  19. 27.
    There's No Such Thing As Now08/21/2018
    52:57
  20. 28.
    Two Sisters' Path Toward Radical Islam08/14/2018
    52:01
  21. 29.
    Chronicling Illness with Porochista Khakpour and Eileen Myles08/07/2018
    59:09
  22. 30.
    Love and Lanyards with Billy Collins07/31/2018
    1:00:30
  23. 31.
    Literacy is a Human Right with The World in Words Podcast07/24/2018
    46:06
  24. 32.
    Roxane Gay and Aja Monet Tell Their Truth07/17/2018
    59:54
  25. 33.
    Remembering to Listen with Arundhati Roy & Viet Thanh Nguyen07/10/2018
    1:00:29
  26. 34.
    A Future for Democracy?07/03/2018
    46:16
  27. 35.
    Finding Hope on the Road in "Nomadland"06/26/2018
    45:23
  28. 36.
    Tarrell Alvin McCraney & Donja R. Love Lift Up Black Queer Narratives06/19/2018
    57:05
  29. 37.
    Sliding Off the Couch with George Saunders06/12/2018
    55:54
  30. 38.
    The Harrowing History of Roosevelt Island06/05/2018
    31:27
  31. 39.
    Kevin Young & Claudia Rankine Discuss "Brown"05/29/2018
    55:01
  32. 40.
    Remembering Tom Wolfe and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test05/24/2018
    50:10
  33. 41.
    Masha Gessen Explains Horror, Humor and Hope for the Future05/22/2018
    44:38
  34. 42.
    Zora Neale Hurston's Story of the Last Slave Ship Survivor05/15/2018
    50:04
  35. 43.
    A Goddess Reimagined05/08/2018
    45:33
  36. 44.
    Trump's Doghouse has a Revolving Door05/01/2018
    39:19
  37. 45.
    Why Net Neutrality Matters04/24/2018
    51:14
  38. 46.
    Sheelah Kolhatkar has Inside Information04/17/2018
    53:41
  39. 47.
    Isabella Rossellini Shares Her Eggs04/10/2018
    43:50
  40. 48.
    Building Movements with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Shaun King04/03/2018
    1:00:20
  41. 49.
    Reforming America's Prisons03/27/2018
    1:00:50
  42. 50.
    Dr. John Carlos Has No Regrets03/20/2018
    56:20
  43. 51.
    Debut Novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality03/13/2018
    52:43
  44. 52.
    Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt's search for the Golden State Killer03/06/2018
    51:13
  45. 53.
    Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner02/27/2018
    52:37
  46. 54.
    Neel Mukherjee Tells Ghost Stories02/20/2018
    36:25
  47. 55.
    Tayari Jones Redefines American Marriage02/13/2018
    47:05
  48. 56.
    Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors02/06/2018
    54:03
  49. 57.
    Networking with Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett01/30/2018
    50:22
  50. 58.
    The Hunt for Timothy Leary01/22/2018
    50:44
  51. 59.
    Jessica B. Harris and Carla Hall01/16/2018
    45:50
  52. 60.
    Naomi Klein & Martin Breum: Climate Change and the Arctic Imagination01/09/2018
    1:07:05
  53. 61.
    Masha Gessen—The Stories of a Life01/02/2018
    35:35
  54. 62.
    Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)12/19/2017
    1:19:39
  55. 63.
    Muhammad Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs12/12/2017
    1:15:26
  56. 64.
    Nikki Giovani & Joy-Ann Reid12/05/2017
    1:08:31
  57. 65.
    Stephen Greenblatt & Tony Kushner: Adam and Eve in the Teeth of Time11/28/2017
    1:07:53
  58. 66.
    Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers11/21/2017
    1:11:55
  59. 67.
    Anne Applebaum: Fighting Against the Great Forgetting11/14/2017
    1:07:31
  60. 68.
    Theaster Gates: "I'm Trying to Create an Intimate Moment with Our Most Treasured Assets."11/07/2017
    48:45
  61. 69.
    Van Jones: "You have to keep open the possibility for redemption."10/31/2017
    1:22:04
  62. 70.
    Ron Chernow: Grant10/24/2017
    45:37
  63. 71.
    Nasty Women10/18/2017
    1:16:34
  64. 72.
    Mike Wallace, Greater Gotham10/10/2017
    1:00:28
  65. 73.
    Salman Rushdie, The Golden House10/03/2017
    1:17:58
  66. 74.
    Jesmyn Ward on 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'09/26/2017
    55:17
  67. 75.
    Atul Gawande & Elizabeth Alexander09/19/2017
    1:11:38
  68. 76.
    Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland09/12/2017
    57:22
  69. 77.
    Raoul Peck, "I Am Not Your Negro"09/05/2017
    1:10:21
  70. 78.
    Ayobami Adebayo on her debut novel "Stay With Me"08/29/2017
    46:14
  71. 79.
    Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning08/22/2017
    1:18:32
  72. 80.
    Noam Chomsky and Wallace Shawn: Rigorous Rationality08/15/2017
    1:20:19
  73. 81.
    How Judy Collins Conquered Her Cravings08/08/2017
    1:01:06
  74. 82.
    Lynn Nottage & Sweat08/01/2017
    1:06:42
  75. 83.
    Immigrant Stories—Min Jin Lee with Simon Winchester07/25/2017
    1:01:19
  76. 84.
    Phillip Glass, Words Without Music07/18/2017
    1:22:07
  77. 85.
    Janet Mock, Surpassing Certainty07/11/2017
    56:36
  78. 86.
    Inside the Work and Mind of Nick Cave07/04/2017
    50:35
  79. 87.
    David Grann06/27/2017
    49:25
  80. 88.
    Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate06/20/2017
    37:43
  81. 89.
    Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 2: Demagogues of American History)06/15/2017
    1:04:45
  82. 90.
    Jelani Cobb, The Half-Life of Freedom (Part 1: The Media and Alternative Facts)06/13/2017
    1:06:05
  83. 91.
    Alec Baldwin06/06/2017
    1:19:02
  84. 92.
    Journalism in the Age of Trump, part 205/30/2017
    57:43
  85. 93.
    Jane Mayer, Winner of the Bernstein Award05/23/2017
    52:31
  86. 94.
    George Packer and Reihan Salam with Tony Marx05/15/2017
    1:14:46
  87. 95.
    Syria's Human Side, with Janine di Giovanni05/09/2017
    46:33
  88. 96.
    Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Bernstein Award Finalist05/02/2017
    1:01:22
  89. 97.
    The Librarian Is In: American Passions04/27/2017
    40:03
  90. 98.
    Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story04/25/2017
    1:19:47
  91. 99.
    Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist04/18/2017
    55:06
  92. 100.
    Like Passover, But Funnier04/11/2017
    59:10
  93. 101.
    Sonia Shah & Pandemic, Bernstein Award Finalist04/04/2017
    56:59
  94. 102.
    Women's and Girls' Lives Matter03/28/2017
    1:19:54
  95. 103.
    What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear with Dr. Ofri and Mary Harris03/21/2017
    1:01:38
  96. 104.
    Etgar Keret, the Rock and the Hard Place03/16/2017
    1:32:12
  97. 105.
    Journalism in the Age of Trump03/08/2017
    1:19:04
  98. 106.
    Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations02/28/2017
    57:45
  99. 107.
    Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice02/21/2017
    59:12
  100. 108.
    Hugh Ryan on the Queer Histories of Brooklyn's Waterfront02/14/2017
    1:18:48
  101. 109.
    Emmett Till: True Stories of An American Tragedy02/07/2017
    1:05:00
  102. 110.
    George Washington and the Hyper-Partisan Now01/31/2017
    1:00:35
  103. 111.
    New York Never Built01/24/2017
    1:26:37
  104. 112.
    Art Spiegelman on How He Sees Himself, Becoming a Devotee to Another Artist, and the Artist After Art01/17/2017
    1:31:00
  105. 113.
    Our Compelling Interests: A Panel on Diversity and Democracy01/10/2017
    1:23:10
  106. 114.
    Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Suketu Mehta, and Luc Sante on Phone Maps, Libraries, and Walking01/03/2017
    1:41:44
  107. 115.
    Michael Chabon and Richard Price on Plot, Secular Judaism, and Remembering to Make Stuff Up12/27/2016
    58:26
  108. 116.
    Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)12/20/2016
    1:27:29
  109. 117.
    Paul Krugman on Fake News, Lying Candidates, and What Public Intellectuals Need to Do12/13/2016
    1:29:44
  110. 118.
    James McBride on James Brown and NYC12/06/2016
    1:15:58
  111. 119.
    Sarah Sze on Scale, Gravity, and Value11/29/2016
    1:33:57
  112. 120.
    Robbie Robertson on Six Nations Inspiration, Bob Dylan, and Goals of the Soul11/22/2016
    1:19:03
  113. 121.
    Wole Soyinka on Hollywood, Reparations, and Morgan Freeman11/15/2016
    1:27:57
  114. 122.
    Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Margo Jefferson on Understanding Uncle Tom's Cabin11/08/2016
    1:18:18
  115. 123.
    Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry on Doubt and Diaries11/01/2016
    1:22:03
  116. 124.
    Tim Wu on How the Internet Is Not Really Free10/25/2016
    1:32:54
  117. 125.
    Margaret Atwood on Shakespeare in the 21st Century and on YouTube10/18/2016
    1:22:09
  118. 126.
    Mona Eltahawy and Yasmine El Rashidi on White Feminism and the Privilege to Protest10/11/2016
    1:39:11
  119. 127.
    Sally Mann on Cy Twombly and the Babushkas Who Saved Russian Art10/04/2016
    1:32:52
  120. 128.
    Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky on Money and The Sickest Joke in the History of Humankind09/27/2016
    1:35:22
  121. 129.
    Alan Cumming on Memory, Gore Vidal, and Monica Lewinsky09/20/2016
    1:27:56
  122. 130.
    Edwidge Danticat on Silence, Bridging Audiences, and Participating in Stories09/13/2016
    1:07:32
  123. 131.
    Werner Herzog on Death, Executioners, and Advice for Filmmakers09/06/2016
    1:49:17
  124. 132.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walter Mosley on Empire, English, and Beethoven08/30/2016
    1:22:27
  125. 133.
    Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum on Clarity & Cruelty08/23/2016
    1:01:40
  126. 134.
    Colson Whitehead on "The Underground Railroad" & Poker08/16/2016
    30:25
  127. 135.
    Kevin Young & Gabrielle Hamilton on Food & Poetry08/09/2016
    54:45
  128. 136.
    Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics & Storytelling08/02/2016
    1:13:33
  129. 137.
    Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery07/26/2016
    1:34:51
  130. 138.
    Derek Walcott on Hemingway, the Caribbean, & First Love07/19/2016
    43:13
  131. 139.
    John Lithgow & James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes & Falling for Shakespeare07/12/2016
    59:01
  132. 140.
    The World in Words Presents: From Ainu to Zaza07/05/2016
    1:05:57
  133. 141.
    Geoff Dyer on Class in America06/28/2016
    35:16
  134. 142.
    Bruce Davidson & Matt Dillon on Lasting Impressions06/21/2016
    1:16:50
  135. 143.
    Padma Lakshmi on NYC & the Greatest Gift06/14/2016
    45:20
  136. 144.
    Jill Leovy on Murder in America06/07/2016
    46:26
  137. 145.
    Maya Lin on Memorializing What Is Missing05/31/2016
    1:31:45
  138. 146.
    Åsne Seierstad on the Deadliest Attack on Norway Since WWII05/24/2016
    1:09:31
  139. 147.
    The Bad Rap of Do-Gooders: Larissa MacFarquhar05/17/2016
    1:11:01
  140. 148.
    Helen Mirren on Women's Roles & Taking on Shakespeare05/10/2016
    1:37:26
  141. 149.
    Dan Ephron: When The Man Who Almost Changed Israel Met Bill Clinton05/03/2016
    53:16
  142. 150.
    Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, & Poetry04/26/2016
    1:21:56
  143. 151.
    Dale Russakoff: When Facebook Tried to Save Newark04/19/2016
    1:01:00
  144. 152.
    Robert A. Caro & Frank Rich on Power & Corruption04/12/2016
    47:20
  145. 153.
    Elizabeth Alexander & Hilton Als on Dreams & Obsession04/05/2016
    1:11:23
  146. 154.
    Nathaniel Kahn & Matt Mountain on Outer Space & Weird Science03/29/2016
    1:28:29
  147. 155.
    Dana Spiotta on Good People, Heroes, & Writing03/22/2016
    34:20
  148. 156.
    Darryl Pinckney & Zadie Smith on Achievement & Beyoncé03/15/2016
    44:49
  149. 157.
    Jhumpa Lahiri on Language & Disorder03/08/2016
    1:23:35
  150. 158.
    Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, & Style03/01/2016
    1:08:09
  151. 159.
    The Future of Black History02/23/2016
    44:57
  152. 160.
    Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin on Music & Meditation02/16/2016
    1:42:19
  153. 161.
    Yusef Komunyakaa on Politics, Imagery, & Memorizing Poetry02/09/2016
    36:01
  154. 162.
    Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress02/02/2016
    1:45:02
  155. 163.
    Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, & War01/26/2016
    20:51
  156. 164.
    Junot Díaz on Intimacy & the Game of Fiction01/19/2016
    1:22:29
  157. 165.
    Sharon Olds & Cynthia Nixon on Dickinson, First Drafts, & Selfhood01/12/2016
    1:01:42
  158. 166.
    David Hare on Theater, Anticipation, & Hitchcock01/05/2016
    44:04
  159. 167.
    Nico Muhly & Ira Glass on Composers & the Internet12/29/2015
    1:27:11
  160. 168.
    Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)12/22/2015
    1:26:57
  161. 169.
    Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, & Kids12/15/2015
    53:17
  162. 170.
    Edmund de Waal on Porcelain, Time Travel, & Sound12/08/2015
    1:19:42
  163. 171.
    Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, & Magazines12/01/2015
    1:35:21
  164. 172.
    Mary-Louise Parker on Relationships, Motherhood, & Religion11/24/2015
    1:01:03
  165. 173.
    Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, & Imitation11/17/2015
    1:38:30
  166. 174.
    Sloane Crosley on College, Jewelry, & Publicity11/10/2015
    37:45
  167. 175.
    The 2015 Library Lions on Truth & Inspiration11/03/2015
    51:31
  168. 176.
    Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, & Slam Dunks10/27/2015
    1:02:44
  169. 177.
    Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, & History10/20/2015
    1:37:17
  170. 178.
    Patti Smith on Authors She Loves10/13/2015
    1:07:53
  171. 179.
    Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet & Favorite Authors10/06/2015
    41:04
  172. 180.
    Ron Rash on Writer Survival & Place09/29/2015
    36:38
  173. 181.
    Alice Waters on the Pleasures of the Palate09/22/2015
    1:30:54
  174. 182.
    John Lithgow on Shakespeare & Bedtime Stories09/15/2015
    1:14:48
  175. 183.
    Jack White on Music & Freedom09/08/2015
    1:28:44
  176. 184.
    In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations08/31/2015
    1:14:02
  177. 185.
    Chimamanda Adichie & Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, & Relationships08/25/2015
    1:04:01
  178. 186.
    Colson Whitehead on Poker08/18/2015
    30:33
  179. 187.
    The Moth on the Power of Storytelling08/11/2015
    1:36:58
  180. 188.
    Lou Reed on Playing Outside the Box08/04/2015
    1:10:48
  181. 189.
    Vivian Gornick on Voice in Memoir07/28/2015
    38:16
  182. 190.
    Alan Rusbridger on Whistleblowers & Wikileaks07/21/2015
    1:32:49
  183. 191.
    Patti Smith on Youth & Friendship07/14/2015
    1:20:23
  184. 192.
    Sally Mann on Ethical Photography & Stories07/07/2015
    37:02
  185. 193.
    Werner Herzog on Greece & Wrestlemania06/30/2015
    1:40:51
  186. 194.
    Dan Savage on Monogamy06/23/2015
    1:36:43
  187. 195.
    Suzanne Farrell on George Balanchine06/16/2015
    1:28:59
  188. 196.
    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin06/09/2015
    1:10:56
  189. 197.
    Damien Echols on Hope & Death Row06/02/2015
    1:22:42
  190. 198.
    Matthew Weiner on the End of "Mad Men"05/26/2015
    1:26:14
  191. 199.
    Alan Cumming on NYC & Acting05/19/2015
    35:02
  192. 200.
    Diane von Furstenberg on Confident Women05/12/2015
    1:14:14

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