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The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

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    • 4.3, 85 Ratings

The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

    B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain | The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years

    B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain | The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years

    In conversation wth Elizabeth Mosier

    A longtime faculty member at Drexel University, the Family Institute, and Widener University, B. Janet Hibbs is a renowned expert on family issues and partner relationships. A professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Anthony Rostain is one of America's leading authorities on ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, and the learning disorders related to these conditions. He also treats patients at CHOP, where he is co-director of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Service. The Stressed Years of Their Lives is a guidebook for parents and college-age teens seeking a better understanding of mental health and the methods by which students can thrive.

    Elizabeth Mosier is the author, most recently, of Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home. Her thirty-year career in higher education includes teaching creative writing, directing a pre-college program, and directing admissions communications at Bryn Mawr College.   
    (recorded 6/25/2020)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Roddy Doyle | Love

    Roddy Doyle | Love

    In conversation with Liz Moore, best selling author of Long Bright River

    Lauded for his ''marvelous'' and ''bloody brilliant'' (Toronto Star) works of fiction, prolific novelist, dramatist, children's author, and screenwriter Roddy Doyle's work is rooted in the vibrant colloquialisms and tight relationships of the Irish working class. His novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Man Booker Prize, and his Barrytown series-comprised of The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van, and The Guts-were critical darlings and adapted into successful movies. In Love, Doyle tells an elegiac tale of two old drinking buddies who revisit the Dublin pubs and poignant pains of their youth.
    (recorded 6/24/2020)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ezekiel J. Emanuel | Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel | Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel is Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. An oncologist and author of nine books on medical ethics and healthcare, he previously served as a special adviser for health policy in the Obama administration. He is also the author of Reinventing American Health Care and a memoir about his illustrious brothers. Emanuel's new book profiles 11 disparate countries' healthcare systems and shows how the U.S.-despite spending far more than any other nation-doesn't come close to having the best.
    (recorded 6/23/2020)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Chris Wallace | Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World

    Chris Wallace | Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World

    The popular anchor of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace has reported on nearly every watershed national and international political event. During his 50-year career in journalism, he has earned three Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Peabody Award. Wallace has interviewed seven presidents, was the first Fox News journalist to moderate a general election presidential debate, and in 2018 conducted a notably difficult interview with Vladimir Putin. In Countdown 1945, he looks at the meetings and machinations leading to the August 6, 1945, atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.
    (recorded 6/22/2020)

    • 57 min
    Inga Saffron | Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made Itself New Again

    Inga Saffron | Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made Itself New Again

    Architectural critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 20 years, Inga Saffron won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her sagacious critiques of urbanism, planning, and Philly's hyper-rapid transformation after a half-century slump. An Inquirer writer since 1985, she worked as the paper's suburban reporter and Eastern European correspondent, was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2012, and in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum. Becoming Philadelphia is a collection of Saffron's most insightful newspaper columns.
    (recorded 6/17/2020)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Stacey Abrams | Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

    Stacey Abrams | Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

    In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition

    Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as minority leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state's history. Over the course of her career, she has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. Dedicated to civic engagement, her most recent endeavors include: launching Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system, Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South.

    Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and were raised in Georgia.
    (recorded 6/16/2020)

    • 1 hr 7 min

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Thank you Free Library of Philadelphia for hosting so many amazing authors and for sharing the events on this podcast for those of us who can't be there in person. This is a wonderful series. The authors you feature are diverse as are their writings - politics, biography, novels, poetry... It's a great way to discover new authors and a wonderful way to hear again from those who are more well known.

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Great talks both current and past

Free Library of Philadelphia author events began in the early 1990s. A few years ago, the older talks were added to the list of podcasts. All the talks are listed under the author/speaker in the library’s online catalog. These include talks by Susan Sontag, Chinua Achebe and Tony Morrison to name a few. This library is a major educational and cultural resource. Materials and on-line content are available free to anyone living, working or attending school in Pennsylvania and, for a small fee, people living outside the state as well.

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