These podcasts are recorded live in Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium as part of the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library speaker series presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. ALOUD podcasts are updated on a weekly basis. Initial funding for ALOUD podcasts was made possible by Arent Fox LLP.


world voices festival text
Reza Aslan, Franklin Leonard, Jean Guerrero
May 13, 2023
Current Events
David Ambroz
David Ambroz, Jessica Strand
May 11, 2023
Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed, Liz Tigelaar
April 20, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel, Charles Yu
April 4, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
author and poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in a red dress
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Kenneth Nguyen, Quyen Ngo, Dr. Jason R. Nguyen
March 20, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
Colin Campbell in fron of his library
Colin Campbell, Rabbi Sharon Brous
March 16, 2023
Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín, Rachel Kushner
March 9, 2023
Kristina Wong on the cover of her new book
Kristina Wong, Jessica Arana, Māhealani Flournoy, Laura Karlin
February 6, 2023
Arts & Entertainment
george saunders
George Saunders, Nick Offerman
November 7, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
Somthing in Common logo
Robert D. Putnam, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy
October 30, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin and visual artist River Garza in the Central Library Rotunda
Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, River Garza
October 16, 2022
Cody Keenan
Cody Keenan, Jon Favreau
October 11, 2022
Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, and Dave Harris
Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, Dave Harris, J. Holtham
September 20, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta, Albert Berger
June 23, 2022
Sloane Crosley with her arms crossed against a bright blue wall
Sloane Crosley, Judy Greer
June 16, 2022
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature
Sarah Schulman
Sarah Schulman, David Román
May 3, 2022
History/Bio, Social Sci/Politics
Jennifer Egan arms crossed in a black dress
Jennifer Egan, Danzy Senna
April 26, 2022
woman in red in a bonnet cleaning a big dark floor in an empty room
Bruce Miller, Lorraine Ali
April 13, 2022
Arts & Entertainment
Evoke LA book cover
Tyree Boyd-Pates, Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Natalia Molina, Josh Kun
March 22, 2022
California/The West, History/Bio
Alex Segura
Alex Segura, Steph Cha
March 17, 2022