Podcast Videos

This celebration of the life and work of Frank Sinatra explores his influence on American music and art. Presented in association with The Grammy Museum and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this talk features a panel of Sinatra experts, former collaborators, and family members.
In this talk, renowned poet Claudia Rankine discusses her lauded book Citizen: An American Lyric, an archival and curatorial project that makes present race in American life and fixes our gaze on the network of concrete and abstract forces threatening black bodies.
In this talk, a panel will discuss the ongoing legal and policy issues relating to national surveillance programs and the potential repercussions on all of our lives.
This conversation focuses on Carmen de Lavallade’s fascinating life and creative legacy. Given Ms. De Lavallade’s years performing at Yale Repertory Theater and teaching at the Yale School of Drama, this is an opportunity to reflect on New Haven’s rich artistic history.
From the NSA’s mining of citizens’ personal data to the police’s use of lethal force in Ferguson, Cleveland, and Staten Island, recent events have called into question U.S. authorities' exercise of power. In this talk, journalist and University of Connecticut history professor Jelani Cobb discusses citizenship in an age of expanded state authority.
It has been twenty years since the Festival began its annual artistic takeover of New Haven. Both here and around the world, the expansion of arts and culture beyond the walls of theaters and traditional institutions has made the city itself “the stage” and often the workplace. Graham Sheffield moderates a panel discussion that addresses the intertwined destinies of cities and their cultures. How have uniquely urban platforms for art changed our cities, our audiences, our very lives? How might they continue to do so in the future?
The 2015 Visionary Leadership Award honors ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO- Singer, songwriter & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Angélique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the Africa’s women beyond the media spotlight.
2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, as we contemplate South Africa’s post-Apartheid hearings and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Has the Truth and Reconciliation process been a catalyst for other communities emerging from violent histories? Where is South Africa on today’s world stage?
Elevator Repair Service created its show Arguendo from a Supreme Court transcript of oral arguments from a First Amendment case. Leading experts in First Amendment law and the Supreme Court discuss and reflect on the issues at hand in the play and beyond.

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For centuries, the role of the bookseller—or librarian, or literary friend—has been akin to that of the country doctor: get to know patients through time and experience, then lovingly place the right prescription in their hands at the right time in their lives. In a world of and crowd-sourcing, has that central role of a personal literary mediator been lost?