Publications and Podcasts


The American Scholar

Since 1932, Phi Beta Kappa has published The American Scholar, its award-winning quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture. The Scholar publishes writing that is elegant and clear, however challenging the subject, with a serious general audience in mind. The Scholar staff also produces The American Scholar website with new content each day, digital versions of the print magazine, and a bimonthly e-newsletter.


The Key Reporter

The Key Reporter is the national quarterly publication for Phi Beta Kappa members (circulation of over 600,000). Each issue features a column, “From the Secretary,” and news about members and national office programs, including the National Arts & Sciences Initiative, Visiting Scholar Program, and Society awards. 


Key Conversations Podcast

Our podcast, Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa, features in-depth conversations between Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars. With a new episode released every six weeks, each podcast invites listeners to take a seat at the table to learn more about the featured Scholar's background, research, and how they have taken their respective paths to where they are now, and where they are headed. 


Smarty Pants Podcast

Tune in to The American Scholar's podcast Smarty Pants. Every week you can catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. 


Read Me a Poem Podcast

Tune in each week to Read Me a Poem from The American Scholar to hear a poem read aloud, beautifully, by Amanda Holmes, author and book club facilitator. Selections span the centuries and have included poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, and more.