The New York Public Library Podcast
Frank Bruni on College Admissions Mania

The author and popular op-ed columnist for the New York Times joins us to discuss his latest book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.” Talking to NYPL’s own Jessica Strand, Bruni reflects on modern anxieties, higher education, and what truly defines success.

Direct download: 58_Bruni.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

T.C. Boyle on Finding Stories and Themes

Bestselling and prolific author T.C. Boyle comes to NYPL to discuss his twenty-fifth book, “The Harder They Come.” In this witty conversation with the Library’s Jessica Strand, Boyle talks about irony, black humor, and America’s obsession with image and materialism.

 

Direct download: 57_Boyle_-_42215_1.04_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou

Joined by NYPL’s Jessica Strand, Tavis Smiley talks about his latest book, “My Journey with Maya,” which details his friendship with the late Maya Angelou. In this moving conversation, Tavis Smiley discusses the value of debate, his connection with the past, and how Angelou’s friendship transformed him into the man he is today.

Direct download: 56_Smiley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Azar Nafisi on the Freedom to Read

The bestselling author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” a portrayal of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effects on one university professor and her students, Azar Nafisi comes to NYPL to celebrate the success of her most recent book, “The Republic of Imagination.” Nafisi joins NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber for a conversation on the importance of literature, freedom, and originality in today’s global society.

Direct download: 55_Nafisi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

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