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.


Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch, Alex Caputo-Pearl
February 9, 2020
Social Sci/Politics
Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer, Sean Carroll
February 6, 2020
Color headshot of Andrea Bernstein
Andrea Bernstein, Kristen Muller
January 30, 2020
Current Events, History/Bio, Social Sci/Politics
Color photo of Dr. Achuta Kadambi
Achuta Kadambi, Nellie Bowles
November 21, 2019
Science/Nature, Technology
Black and white headshot of author Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ryan Coogler
October 17, 2019
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature
Headshot of Dr. April Pyle
April Pyle, Karen Kaplan
October 10, 2019
Science/Nature, Technology
Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan, Lera Boroditsky
May 14, 2019
Science/Nature, Social Sci/Politics
Anand Giridharadas
Anand Giridharadas
May 6, 2019
Social Sci/Politics
Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk, Ann Friedman
April 9, 2019
Ottessa Moshfegh
Ottessa Moshfegh, Amanda Stern
March 12, 2019
Federico Motka
Joel Simon, Sewell Chan, Federico Motka
January 31, 2019
Current Events, Social Sci/Politics
Jean Guerrero
Reyna Grande, Jean Guerrero, Octavio Solis
November 13, 2018
Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario
November 1, 2018
Arts & Entertainment
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Njideka Akunyili Crosby
October 25, 2018
Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean
October 16, 2018
Edouard Louis in a blue sweater
Edouard Louis
October 10, 2018
Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange
September 20, 2018
Nelson Mandela artwork. Image source: Inspiration Now, Marco Cianfanelli
Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, Sahm Venter, Ashaki Jackson, Michael Datcher, Amanda Gorman, DJ Nnamdi Moweta, and more
July 24, 2018
Kareem Abdul Jabar and Bruce Lee in Karate poses
W. Kamau Bell, Jeff Chang, Shannon Lee
July 17, 2018
Arts & Entertainment
vintage illustration of berries and leaves
Terese Marie Mailhot, Roxane Gay
June 28, 2018
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists with bowed heads while receiving the gold and bronze medals
Howard Bryant, John Carlos, Dr. Todd Boyd
June 19, 2018
Current Events