Michael Silverblatt has been talking about books on the airwaves since 1989. On this weekly podcast, he interviews fiction and poetry writers (recently: Edward St. Aubyn, Lydia Millet) in his trademark thoughtful and intellectual manner.

The “By the Book” podcasts pokes fun at self-help books. (Panoply)

Become your boldest self, create a zero-waste home — wait, what? Each week, comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her friend Kristen Meinzer abide by the rules of a different self-help book, then dish on whether it worked.

On his podcast, LeVar Burton reads a short fiction story each week. (Stitcher)

Burton, the “Star Trek” and “Reading Rainbow” alumnus, reads a short fiction story each week in his familiar baritone.

Three impassioned readers talk and argue about books. One of the trio of hosts is the actor Rider Strong, formerly of the sitcom “Boy Meets World.” On recent episodes, the group has debated “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding, and the poetry collection “Digest” by Gregory Pardlo.

The New York Public Library’s podcast takes listeners inside the stacks (New York Public Library)

The New York Public Library’s podcast takes listeners inside the stacks. On the weekly show, hosts Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius engage in a wide-ranging — and often lighthearted — conversation about books, pop culture and the librarian life.

On their twice-monthly podcast, Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett help women reclaim their half of the bookshelf. They interview authors and review books by and about women, such as Peng Shepherd’s “The Book of M” and Terese Marie Mailhot’s “Heart Berries.”

Each week, Sarah Wendell dissects a romance novel and interviews authors and publishing professionals. Expect debates on genre terms such as “chick lit” and “women’s fiction” and how writers are challenging the status quo via storytelling.

Popular blogger Anne Bogel — a.k.a. Modern Mrs. Darcy — asks guests to name three books they love, one they don’t and what they’re reading now, then delivers tailored recommendations.


Angela Haupt is a writer and editor based in the District.