Podcasts

Welcome! Here’s where you’ll find fascinating discussions with biographers from around the country and the world.

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Podcast Episode #58 – David Michaelis

In this week’s episode, we interview three-time biographer David Michaelis, author of Eleanor, a new single-volume biography of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt released by Simon and Schuster in October 2020. Michaelis was interviewed in his home in Westchester County, New York, on February 11, 2021, via Zoom, by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli. Read More »

Podcast Episode #58 – Leslie Brody

In this week’s episode, we interview Leslie Brody, author of Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, published in December, 2020 by Seal Press. Brody was interviewed in her home in southern California via Zoom on December 23, 2020, by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli. Read More »

Podcast Episode #57 – Philip Clark

We’re back…and we wish nothing but the best for you in 2021! In this week’s episode, we interview Philip Clark, author of Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, a biography of jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck. Clark was interviewed by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli via Zoom on December 10th, 2020. Read More »

Podcast Episode #56 – David Levering Lewis

This week we feature an archived presentation from the City University of New York’s Leon Levy Center for Biography. In October 2013, distinguished historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Levering Lewis delivered the sixth annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture. Levering Lewis is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of W.E.B. DuBois and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More »

Podcast Episode #55 – Silvana Paternostro

This week we feature an archived interview from the City University of New York’s Leon Levy Center for Biography. Author Silvana Paternostro was interviewed by editor Cristobal Pena about her book, Solitude & Company: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Told with Help From His Friends, Family, Fans, Arguers, Pranksters, Drunks and a Few Respectable Souls. Published by Seven Stories Press in 2019, Paternostro’s biography explores the life and relationships of Garcia Marquez, author… Read More »

Podcast Episode #54 – Jonathan Alter

This week we feature an interview with veteran journalist Jonathan Alter. Alter’s fourth presidential biography, His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2020. It’s the first full-length biography of the oldest living president in American history. Alter is a long-time contributor and political analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and recently he was interviewed by fellow biographer David Greenberg via Zoom.… Read More »

Podcast Episode #53 – David Nasaw

This week we feature an archived “live” presentation from the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. On September 25, 2019, historian David Nasaw, an award-winning author of biographies about Joseph P. Kennedy, William Randolph Hearst, and Andrew Carnegie, delivered the Levy Center’s 12th Annual Lecture. Nasaw’s engaging presentation was titled My Three Moguls. Read More »

Podcast Episode #52 – Jeffrey C. Stewart and David Levering Lewis

This week we feature an archival interview from the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jeffrey C. Stewart and David Levering Lewis discussed Stewart’s biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, published by Oxford University Press in December 2017. This interview was recorded on September 21, 2018.  Read More »

Podcast Episode #51 – Hermione Lee

This week we feature an archival interview from the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. Hermione Lee, distinguished British biographer, former president of Oxford University’s Wolfson College, and winner of the 2020 BIO Award, was interviewed by fellow award-winning author Gary Giddins. Lee’s books include biographies of writers Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Virginia Woolf. This interview was recorded in front of a Levy Center audience on… Read More »

Podcast Episode #50 – David Blight

This week we feature an archival interview from the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. Distinguished author and Yale University professor David Blight was interviewed by author and CUNY history professor James Oakes. Blight’s Pultizer Prize-winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2018. This interview was recorded in front of a Levy Center audience on April 15, 2019. Read More »