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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.
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

Summer Reading Author: Judy Blume

AmazonBlogs - Omnivoracious: Join Siera Wilson in a podcast interview with Judy about her timeless connection to young minds and hearts.

July 19, 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

Book Talk 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


Sean Rocks of RTÉ, a Public Service Broadcaster and a non-profit organization owned by the Irish people, talks with Judy about her writing and about her work with the National Coalition Against Censorship.

February 25, 2010

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

Talk Radio Europe

Hannah Murray of Talk Radio Europe speaks with Judy about Summer Sisters, which was just published in Europe, and her writing development.

May 28, 2009

Judy Blume's Love, Writing About Kids Ages 9-12

Morning Edition: Renee Montague talks with Judy Blume about how as a twenty-something year old woman with two young children she started to write and how her own childhood inspired her fiction writing.

December 25, 2008

"Words at Large"

Judy talks with CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi about her responsibilities to her fans and the mysteries of the writing process. She also discusses Going, Going, Gone! with The Pain and the Great One. It's the third book in a series of four about eight-year-old Abigail, "The Great One," and her six-year-old brother Jake, "The Pain."

August 14, 2008; January 2, 2009 - Broadcast as one of 2008's Top Best Picks

BBC/Radio 4 Woman's Hour

Jane Garvery, host of Woman's Hour, discusses with Judy the popularity of her books, her own experiences of puberty and what it's like to be one of the most censored writers in America.
June 30, 2008

Talking Volumes (Minnesota Public Radio)

Conversation with host Kerri Miller recorded before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater. Judy talks about her new series of four books "The Pain&The Great One," aimed at ages 5 to 7.
June 16, 2008

Studio 360

Kurt Anderson, of Studio 360, interviews Zarife Öztürk who works at a publishing house in Istanbul. A few years ago Öztürk made it her mission to translate Judy Blume's children's books into Turkish. Öztürk fell in love with Blume's books when she was 10 years old, and about to attend school in America for the first time.
April 11, 2008

KUOW/Puget Sound Public Radio

Judy is asked about censorship, about tackling risky topics, about communication and story telling and about educating children. Did you learn the nitty-gritty about growing up from Judy Blume? She joins KUOW in its studio.
September 14, 2007

Judy on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!

With host Peter Sagal. Judy Blume plays a game called, “Judy Blume! Come on Down!” answering questions about The Price is Right from a new book about the show.
September 1, 2007

Judy Blume interviewed on The Connection (NPR)

Judy Blume is interviewed about her straight up stories about masturbation and menstruation which are often banned from school libraries by parents who think that she goes too far.
September 22, 2004 (hour-long interview)

Judy Blume interviewed on All Things Considered

NPR's Michelle Norris talks with Judy Blume, author of books for children and adults. She has been named this year's winner of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters.

September 15, 2004

Judy Blume on Censorship

Liane Hansen of NPR Weekend Edition speaks with Judy Blume about a new collection of short stories titled "Places I Never Meant To Be." Included in this discussion is whether parents, in choosing what their own children may read, have the right to ask for certain titles to be banned from schools and public libraries.

September 26, 1999

"Meet the Writers"

Interviewed by Steve Bertrand for Judy reflects upon why she never stops writing, despite the challenges and pressures to top herself. "I have so many more stories to tell," she explains.

"Wired for Books"

Don Swaim interviews Judy about the wisdom found within the pages of children's stories that can benefit both adults and children alike. Growing up Judy wanted to read books that showed feelings and problems. She discusses wanting to write about characters she could identify with. (1984) Two years later, Judy returns to discuss the KIDS Fund, a grant program founded in 1981 that supports children and adolescent programs dealing with a multitude of topics. (1986)

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