The New York Public Library Podcast
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin

This week, we’ll be hearing from a panel of writers and innovators on the often talked about, but rarely understood, Bitcoin. New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper, whose book “Digital Gold” tells the story of this trail-blazing virtual currency, will be joined on stage by Gavin Andresen, the programmer who has been leading the Bitcoin project since 2010, and Fred Wilson, one of the biggest venture capitalists backing the project. In a conversation moderated by New York Times columnist and CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin, this group of powerful thinkers discusses virtual currency and the future of money in the digital age.

Direct download: 64_Bitcoin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Damien Echols on Hope & Death Row

This week, we’re excited to welcome Damien Echols, whose bestselling memoir “Life After Death” describes how he was falsely convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on death row. He’s joined by performer and activist Henry Rollins for a conversation about prison life, holding onto memories, and how to stay hopeful in the worst of times.

Direct download: 63_Echols.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Matthew Weiner on the End of "Mad Men"

In his first public discussion of the show from beginning to end, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner sits down with writer A.M. Homes to talk about the show’s themes, the fates of its characters, and the enigmatic final episode.

Direct download: 62_Weiner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

He's written a memoir Not My Father's Son. He's Eli Gold on The Good Wife. He's been Nightcrawler in X-2: Men United and Hamlet and Mr. Elton in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. He's Alan Cumming, and we're so pleased to share his recent appearance at Books at Noon in this week's episode of the New York Public Library podcast.

Direct download: 61_Cumming_-_51815_1.53_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Internationally renowned fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg comes to NYPL for a conversation with Rhonda Garelick, award-winning scholar and author of “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History.” Together, von Furstenberg and Garelick discuss success, women taking the lead, and what it means to be a fashion icon.

Direct download: 60_Von_Furstenberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

In this inspiring conversation with NYPL President Tony Marx, Sotomayor talks about her early life in the Bronx, the importance of education, and her rise to becoming one of the most powerful women in America today.

 

Direct download: 59_Sotomayor_-_64_32000.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

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