Watch and Listen

Audio Links

These links do not reside here at They will open in a separate window.

Your Mama’s Kitchen: Hosted by Michele Norris

Bestselling children’s book author and literary legend Judy Blume takes us back to her childhood New Jersey kitchen in the ‘40s, where she ate lamb chops and baked potato scrapings as a baby. She also shares a precious memento: her mother’s little yellow recipe box, filled with complicated, mid-century dishes her mother never made. We’ll hear about Judy’s major sweet tooth, which is perfectly captured by the recipe she chose to share with us: her mother’s sweet noodle pudding.
March 13, 2024

The Ankler Podcast: In Conversation with Judy Blume and Kelly Fremon Craig

Watch a Video excerpt of The Ankler: “Judy Blume on Why it Took 50 Years to Make Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?

In Conversation with The Ankler: Page to Screen. Judy and director Kelly Fremon Craig were interviewed by Janice Min at Zibby’s Bookshop in Santa Monica.
Read a full transcript HERE.
October 14, 2023

You and Me Both with Hilary Clinton: Growing Up (with Judy Blume)

In this wide-ranging conversation, Hillary and Judy touch on everything from comic books and sex education to book banning and the responsibility that comes with a mailbox full of letters from young people seeking guidance.
Read a full transcript HERE.
October 3, 2023

Samantha Bee for “Choice Words”

Join Samantha Bee in conversation with Judy: Doting Housewife or Banned Author?
July 6, 2023

Radio New Zealand: Saturday Morning: Judy Blume: ‘I am very happy with my life’

Listen in as Kim Hill, host of Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning and Author Talks, speaks with Judy.
June 24, 2023

Katie Couric Media: Katie and Judy Blume Swap Nostalgic Puberty Stories in This Heartfelt Interview

Read the highlights of Katie and Judy’s discussion as you scroll down to the podcast link at the end of the article.
May 25, 2023

NPR: All Things Considered with Elizabeth Blair

Fifty years ago, author Judy Blume captured the comedy and drama of being a preteen girl. Her novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” has never gone out of print. It’s also never been made into a movie until now.
April 28, 2023

NPR: Fresh Air’s Justin Chang Movie Review

Justin Chang, NPR’s movie reviewer: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret adaptation retains the warmth and wit of Judy Blume’s classic.
April 26, 2023

NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Terry discusses Judy’s career and that Judy’s books have been banned from the beginning, but that didn’t stop Judy from writing.
April 24, 2023

NPR: All Things Considered with Mary Louise Kelly

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Judy Blume and filmmaker Davina Pardo about Judy Blume Forever, a documentary on the life and impact of one of the most celebrated children’s writers.
April 20, 2023

Key West Literary Seminar 2022: A Seminar Named Desire

Shtupping: A Conversation between Jami Attenberg and Judy held during the 39th Annual Key West Literary Seminar.
January 7, 2022

Sydney’s Writers’ Festival

Join Judy (who appeared live via video) as she talks with Sophie Black about her body of work, which exceeds some 90 million in sales, and on her life now happily running a bookstore on an island in Florida.
April 29 – US date (April 30 – Australia date), 2021

Listen to a new message from Judy Blume on the freedom to read and FOREVER…

Just in time for Banned Books Week, Judy Blume stepped into the studio to record the introduction of the first-ever audiobook release of FOREVER…, her beloved bestseller that has often been challenged in schools and libraries. Hear what Judy Blume has to say about her longtime passion for supporting our freedom to read (and listen!) and why “librarians can save lives.”
September 22, 2021

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

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