The New York Public Library Podcast
Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery

Writer, artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, came to the Library this spring to discuss her life and work. In this conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, Anderson talks about art, inspiration, and trusting the physical.

Direct download: 122_Anderson_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We’re celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s birthday with an event from the archives. Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott gives us a new appreciation of Hemingway as a great and influential Caribbean writer, discussing Hemingway's influence on his writing, and paying tribute to him with readings of his own poems.

Direct download: 121_Walcott_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

John Lithgow & James Shapiro on Guy Fawkes & Falling for Shakespeare

This week, we’re thrilled to welcome acclaimed author and Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro in a talk with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor John Lithgow. In a conversation that covers drama, language, and the relationship between history and art, the two discuss Shapiro’s latest book, “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606”—which examines how tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year: "King Lear," "Macbeth," and "Antony & Cleopatra."

Direct download: 120_Shapiro_and_Lithgow_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

The World in Words Presents: From Ainu to Zaza

This week, we’re bringing you a very special episode produced in partnership with Public Radio International. Along with a panel of speakers including NYPL’s Denise Hibay, the World in Words’ hosts Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki examine the state of endangered languages around the world: Why do languages become endangered, and how have some speakers worked to ensure a future for their native tongues? In this special live podcast taping, we explore what’s happening to endangered languages from Ainu to Zaza.

Direct download: 119_Ainu_to_Zaza_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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