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Library Talks The New York Public Library

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    • 4.4 • 310 Ratings

Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.

    Justice Stephen Breyer: Choosing Pragmatism Over Textualism

    Justice Stephen Breyer: Choosing Pragmatism Over Textualism

    In this episode of Library Talks, Stephen Breyer, retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, delivers the annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture. Breyer’s talk is inspired by his most recent book, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism, which examines some of the most important cases in the nation’s history.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Tom Steyer with David Wallace-Wells: Winning the Climate War

    Tom Steyer with David Wallace-Wells: Winning the Climate War

    In this episode of Library Talks, investor and climate champion Tom Steyer sits down with New York Times columnist David Wallace-Wells to discuss his new book, Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We'll Win the Climate War.

    • 57 min
    Colm Tóibín with Caoilinn Hughes: Long Island

    Colm Tóibín with Caoilinn Hughes: Long Island

    In this episode of Library Talks, Colm Tóibín sits down with Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes to discuss his latest book, Long Island, which takes place twenty years after the events of his bestselling and beloved novel Brooklyn.

    • 56 min
    Emily Wilson: Reading The Iliad

    Emily Wilson: Reading The Iliad

    The groundbreaking translator and professor of classics reads from and discusses her masterful new English version of the greatest literary landmark of antiquity. Actors Ben Shenkman and Morgan Spector will read selections from Wilson's translation.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ruha Benjamin with Rujeko Hockley: Imagination

    Ruha Benjamin with Rujeko Hockley: Imagination

    Social and technology critic Ruha Benjamin examines the power of our imagination to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive.

    • 58 min
    Library Talks - Marilynne Robinson

    Library Talks - Marilynne Robinson

    Legendary novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson discusses her new book, Reading Genesis, with author Ayana Mathis. Often overlooked as a piece of literature, Robinson reconsiders The Book of Genesis and its exploration of themes that resonate throughout the Old and New Testaments.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
310 Ratings

310 Ratings

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Great author interviews

Appreciate all the thoughtful interviews. Great bookish listen.

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I love u come back

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Mkmi ,

Great guest, condescending interviewer

The interview with Rebecca Mead was painful. She was wonderful, but it’s as if he wanted to belittle the author and mock her love for this book.

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