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WLRN Public Radio

The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour with Judy Blume

Blume’s young adult novel “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself,” follows a young girl who moves from New Jersey to Miami Beach in the 1940s. WLRN’s Alicia Zuckerman had a dream experience with one of her favorite writers, Judy Blume, as she joined Blume for a walk through Sally J. Freedman’s neighborhood on Miami Beach.

The iconic author spent two years of her childhood in Miami Beach — two extremely important years — and now she lives in Key West.
November 21, 2014: original Sally J. Tour with photos of Judy as a child.

Also available is November 17, 2020: expanded audio of original 2014 Sally J. Tour – scroll down to the third segment for the Sally J Tour where there’s a separate play button.  


Books & Books and the Florida JCC Partnership

Author Jodi Picoult examines the choices that alter the course of our lives and ponders the first known map of the afterlife. She’s joined in conversation by author Judy Blume.
September 23, 2020


CBC Radio Canada

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret at 50: Author Judy Blume on the taboo busting teen book.

Because it tackles puberty and teen sexuality, the book is also one of the most challenged and banned.
July 30, 2020


New York Times

Sugar Calling’s Cheryl Strayed talks with Judy about raising teens, losing religion and writing it all down.

Recorded during COVID-19, Judy notes: “This terrible thing is happening but the World goes on.”
April 29, 2020


In The Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event is a gripping novel with all the hallmarks of Judy’s unparalleled storytelling. Released in 2015, there are numerous interviews with Judy (print, audio and video) — visit InTheUnlikelyEvent.net.


BBC/Radio 4

Host Sarah Cuddon asks “What Is It About Judy Blume?” Sarah leads a lively discussion featuring women who grew up reading Judy Blume, along with Judy herself, and the lasting impact Judy had on their lives. (Note: Currently only 2 minute video clip is available.)
April 1, 2013


Forum: Judy Blume and Lawrence Blume

Host Dave Iverson discusses adaptation of Judy’s book Tiger Eyes into a movie with her son Lawrence Blume.
July 20, 2012


A Conversation with Judy Blume

What makes a children’s book a classic and how is literature for young people changing today? We’ll spend this hour with one of the greats of children’s literature, Judy Blume,view with Judy about her timeless connection to young minds and hearts.
April 19, 2012


Judy Blume: Often Banned, But Widely Beloved

Talk of the Nation: A discussion of how Judy channels the anxieties, dreams and secret thoughts of young readers.
November 28, 2011


Booktalk Nation

Booktalk Nation is a new series of phone-in author interviews presented by the Authors Guild. Judy answers questions about her life and work from Justin Case author Rachel Vail.
December 13, 2011


Booklist Webcast – Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week

This webinar features a stellar panel of experts, including Judy, discussing book rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges. By ALA Publishing.
September 28, 2010


Library of Congress

Matt Raymond from the Library of Congress chats with Judy. It’s a 25 minute Podcast interview conducted in advance of Judy’s participation in the 2009 National Book Festival on The Mall in Washington, D.C.
September 15, 2009