The NYPL Podcast
Since 2005, the New York Public Library has run a regular series of live events, in which notables of all stripes - artists and writers and musicians, but also scientists and academics - are interviewed in front of an audience. When we first listened to the event recordings, they were on iTunes U (still a thing, guys) and we were immediately hooked, in no small part due to the impossibly erudite LIVE director Paul Holdengraber, whose accent is the most excellent we've ever heard, and whose questions are probing and bold, no matter the guest. Out of that old iTunes U collection has grown the current-day New York Public Library podcast, which supplements interviews from the Live from the NYPL season with audio from other library events. These extra interviews are great, especially for the bookish among you, but our heart will always be with Holdengraber and the live shows, which pull the biggest names and the best stories. Episodes on iTunes run to early 2014, but we recommend you go deep; happily, everything back to 2007 is still available via that old iTunes U account. Trust a library to curate their material so generously.
Gateway episodes: Patti Smith (29 Apr 2010) / Christopher Hitchens (4 Jun 2010) / Edmund de Waal (3 Oct 2011) / Jay-Z on Hustling and Forgiveness (27 Feb 2015)