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Conversations, debates, readings and more from the writers of The New York Review of Books

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Conversations, debates, readings and more from the writers of The New York Review of Books

    President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation—II

    President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation—II

    In the second part of this exclusive conversation, President Obama and writer Marilynne Robinson discuss literature, politics, competition, American restlessness, teaching, and citizenship. The conversation was recorded on September 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    • 30 min
    President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation

    President Obama and Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation

    In this exclusive conversation, President Obama and author Marilynne Robinson discuss topics ranging from the problems of American democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship to the challenges of Christianity.

    • 31 min
    Civil Rights & Policing

    Civil Rights & Policing

    A panel discussion with Laurie Robinson, co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, critic and novelist Darryl Pinckney, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The panelists reflect on issues of race and bias in law enforcement and whether the recommendations of the White House Task Force, if implemented, can practically address and dismantle sources of conflict, deepening racial divisions, and high rates of incarceration in the US. Recorded on September 20, 2015 at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

    • 33 min
    Literary Journalism: A Discussion

    Literary Journalism: A Discussion

    Ian Buruma, Joseph Lelyveld, Zoë Heller, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Andrew Delbanco discuss the future of literary journalism. This podcast was recorded on April 3, 2013 at the New York Public Library.

    • 11 min
    Michael Chabon on the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

    Michael Chabon on the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

    Michael Chabon reads from his piece about writing his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Chabon spoke on February 5, 2013 at Town Hall in New York City, in a celebration of The New York Review's 50th anniversary.

    • 19 min
    Daniel Mendelsohn on September 11 at the Movies

    Daniel Mendelsohn on September 11 at the Movies

    Daniel Mendelsohn reads from his 2006 piece, “September 11 at the Movies,” a review of United 93 by Paul Greengrass and World Trade Center by Oliver Stone. Mendelsohn spoke on February 5, 2013 at Town Hall in New York City, in a celebration of The New York Review's 50th anniversary.

    • 16 min

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