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.


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
Andrea Elliott
Andrea Elliott, Robin J. Hayes
January 19, 2022
Social Sci/Politics
cover of the book, Feed Your People
Naz Deravian, Andrea Nguyen, Bryant Terry, Leslie Jonath
December 2, 2021
Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich, Eric Gansworth
November 16, 2021
Jelani Cobb
Jelani Cobb, Charlayne Hunter-Gault
November 9, 2021
Current Events, History/Bio, Social Sci/Politics
John Freeman's book cover Freeman's Change
Rick Bass, Lana Bastašić, Lina Mounzer, John Freeman
October 28, 2021
Ruth Ozeki in a blue shirt
Ruth Ozeki, Aimee Bender
October 20, 2021
Yusef Salaam with hands clasped leaning against a brick wall
Yusef Salaam, Ekow N. Yankah
October 6, 2021
author Ian Manuel
Ian Manuel, Jessica Strand
September 14, 2021
Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams, Jessica Strand
July 8, 2021
Science/Nature, Social Sci/Politics