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The world's top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.
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The Life of Mike Nichols

The Life of Mike Nichols

2019-12-0601:00:46

Ash Carter and Sam Kashner discuss their new oral history of the director, and Alexandra Jacobs talks about her biography of Elaine Stritch.
10 Best Books of 2019

10 Best Books of 2019

2019-11-2601:14:077

On a special episode of the podcast, taped live, editors from The New York Times Book Review discuss this year’s outstanding fiction and nonfiction. Read more details about the books discussed on this episode here.
Charles Moore discusses the final volume of his biography of Margaret Thatcher, and Adrienne Brodeur talks about her memoir, “Wild Game.”
Nicholas Buccola talks about “The Fire Is Upon Us,” and Saeed Jones discusses “How We Fight for Our Lives.”
Among the Trolls

Among the Trolls

2019-11-0801:04:44

Andrew Marantz talks about “Antisocial,” and Gail Collins discusses “No Stopping Us Now.”
The Life of Thomas Edison

The Life of Thomas Edison

2019-11-0100:55:385

David Oshinsky talks about Edmund Morris’s “Edison,” and Tina Jordan discusses new memoirs by Demi Moore, Julie Andrews and Carly Simon.
The actor talks about "Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse," and Leigh Bardugo discusses "Ninth House."
Williams talks about his new memoir, “Self-Portrait in Black and White,” and Stephen Kinzer discusses “Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.”
Dana Thomas discusses “Fashionopolis,” and Steven Greenhouse talks about “Beaten Down, Worked Up.”
Garth Risk Hallberg talks about Lerner's "The Topeka School," and Bari Weiss discusses "How to Fight Anti-Semitism."
Power talks about her new memoir, "The Education of an Idealist," and Craig Johnson discusses his Longmire mysteries.
Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly discuss their new book, and Tim Winton talks about his most recent novel, “The Shepherd’s Hut.”
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk about their new book, “She Said,” and Ian Urbina discusses “The Outlaw Ocean.”
Trump, TV and America

Trump, TV and America

2019-09-0601:01:067

James Poniewozik discusses “Audience of One,” and Bina Venkataraman talks about “The Optimist’s Telescope.”
Christopher Ketcham talks about “This Land,” and Gretchen McCulloch discusses “Because Internet.”
Anthony Kronman talks about “The Assault on American Excellence,” and Christopher Benfey discusses “If,” his new book about Rudyard Kipling.
Tolentino talks about “Trick Mirror,” and John Taliaferro discusses “Grinnell,” his biography of a pioneering conservationist.
Toni Morrison's Legacy

Toni Morrison's Legacy

2019-08-0901:08:542

Wesley Morris, Parul Sehgal and Dwight Garner talk about Morrison’s career, and Sarah M. Broom talks about her debut memoir, “The Yellow House.” 
Carl Hulse talks about “Confirmation Bias,” and De’Shawn Charles Winslow discusses “In West Mills.”
Ted Chiang talks about “Exhalation,” and Helen Phillips discusses “The Need.”
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Comments (17)

David Squires

This episode on the manufacturing of generic drugs. It was eye opening. I take quite a few prescribed genetic drugs. I am part of a Medicare Part D insurance and they are my only affordable option.

Jun 29th
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John Buckner

I love Jill Lepore. Read "These Truths" word by word, thinking about what she was saying, and learned so much. Just ordered "This America" and can't wait to start. BUT, for interviews, I wish she would smoke some weed or have a drink or both, because she talks like an auctioneer. Please take a breath and slow down! Still, if I only catch every third word, she's awesomely insightful and always keeps me thinking and questioning. Gotta love Prof. Lepore!

Jun 24th
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John Buckner

Great interviews. I haven't read DFW, and I'll start with the 'Lobster essay. Bazelon's focus on prosecutorial power is very revealing. Definitely on my to-read list.

Apr 15th
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Faranak Javaheri

we don't care!!!!

Apr 14th
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Bill Boyle

sort of, kind of, sort of....

Feb 27th
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Esa Esa

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Jan 20th
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Esa Esa

Huh nothing to n dim f8b????

Jan 20th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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Rosaline Oh

absolutely love this podcast, but noticed that the first episode in this feed doesn't seem like the firstfirst episode of the podcast. where is the rest of the archive?

Jan 17th
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Michele Garrigan

Without exaggeration, this is my favourite podcast across all genres. No matter what mood I'm in, I'll always be interested in the latest week's episode. Smart, insightful, and a great source of reading inspiration.

Jan 8th
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Al Yeasin

great time with NYTimes

Jan 6th
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Esa Esa

great they div sub the u4h ti gh9 yhvry 1230987654312$@

Jan 5th
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Eric Wheelis

great podcast. adds a lot to my week. but is the Times and its editors so puritanical, humorless and squeamish that they can't discuss the eptimology of the word FANNY?

Mar 17th
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Jitendra Khadia

wow so believe book of story

Dec 25th
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iTunes User

Pamela Paul seems BUMMED OUT. Maybe she's just finding her way as the new head honcho, but she conveys zero enthusiasm for this podcasting gig, and her indifference has sucked the life out of what used to be a lively, quick-thinking show. I mean, as much as Sam Tanenhaus may have occasionally given off a creepy-uncle vibe, at least there was some bounce in his voice, some energy and direction in his interviews. He embraced his role as the peppy, cheesy master of ceremonies. Is Pamela Paul too cool to do something similar? Anyway, I've been a long-time listener, and will continue to be a podcast subscriber, but I hope someone in the control room tells Paul to force herself to smile as she speaks (an old radio broadcaster's trick, I think) and gives her a few Brooke Gladstone tapes.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Although I love books, I don't have much time to read these days. The NYT Book Review podcast allows me to keep up-to-date with newly published books through interviews of a book's author or reviewer. Worth far more than the 20 minutes it takes to listen to it. I've been able to identify several great books to send as gifts by listening to the Review Podcast over the last couple of months. This is my favorite of the 10-12 podcasts I listen to weekly.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I love this podcast! I cannot get enough of it! The reviews provide context and background to really help the listener understand what the book is about and its larger literary and societal significance.

Aug 30th
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