Episode 627: Mary Roach - Fuzz:  When Nature Breaks The Law

Episode 627: Mary Roach - Fuzz: When Nature ...

Episode 628: Erica Buist - This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy and Spilled Rum at the World’s Death Festivals

What if we responded to death... by throwing a party?By the time Erica Buist's father-in-law Chris was discovered, upstairs in his bed, his book resting on his chest, he had been dead for over a week. She searched for answers (the artery-clogging cheeses in his fridge?) and tried ...  Show more

Episode 626: Nick McDonell - The Council of Animals

From national bestselling author Nick McDonell, The Council of Animals is a captivating fable for humans of all ages—dreamers and cynics alike—who believe (if nothing else) in the power of timeless storytelling.“‘Now,’ continued the cat, ‘there is nothing more difficult than chan ...  Show more

Episode 625: Ned Palmer - A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles

The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller. For history nerds and food lovers, the curious and the hungry, an entertaining journey stretching across the British Isles. Packed with the story of British cheese from an expert storyteller and master cheesemonger.Ned Palmer runs the Cheese Ta ...  Show more

Episode 624: Rose Eveleth - Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (and Not So Possible) Tomorrows

Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (And Not So Possible) Tomorrows takes readers on a journey from speculative fiction to speculative “fact.” Producer and host of the podcast Flash Forward, Rose Eveleth poses provocative questions about our future, which are brought ...  Show more

Episode 623: Emeran Mayer - The Gut-Immune Connection

From one of today’s leading experts on the emerging science of the microbiome comes a ground-breaking book that offers, for the first time, evidence that the gut-microbiome plays a pivotal role in the health crises of the twenty-first century.In his acclaimed book, The Mind-Gut C ...  Show more

Episode 622: Joshua Henkin - Morningside Heights

Thirty years later, something is wrong with Spence. The Great Man can’t concentrate; he falls asleep reading The New York Review of Books. With their daughter, Sarah, away at medical school, Pru must struggle on her own to care for him. One day, feeling especially isolated, Pru m ...  Show more

Episode 621: Melissa Scholes Young - The Hive

The Fehler sisters wanted to be more than bug girls but growing up in a fourth- generation family pest control business in rural Missouri, their path was fixed. The family talked about Fehler Family Exterminating at every meal, even when their mom said to separate the business fr ...  Show more

Episode 621: Rebecca Schwarzlose - Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—And How They Guide You

Your brain is a collection of maps: detailed representations, scrawled across your brain’s surfaces, of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Although scientists began discovering these maps over a century ago, we are only now beginning to unlock the ...  Show more

Episode 620: Brandy Schillace - Mr Humble & Dr. Butcher

In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the Iron Curtain competed to ...  Show more

Episode 620: Lee Durkee - The Last Taxi Driver

Hailed by George Saunders as “a true original—a wise and wildly talented writer,” Lee Durkee takes readers on a high-stakes cab ride through an unforgettable shift. Meet Lou—a lapsed novelist, struggling Buddhist, and UFO fan—who drives for a ramshackle taxi company that operates ...  Show more

Episode 619: Kate Lebo - The Book Of Difficult Fruit

A is for aronia, berry member of the apple family, clothes-stainer, superfruit with reputed healing power. D is for durian, endowed with a dramatic rind and a shifting odor—peaches, old garlic. M is for medlar, name-checked by Shakespeare for its crude shape, beloved by gardeners ...  Show more

Episode 619: Sarah Ruden - The Gospels: A New Translation

For millennia, the first four books of the New Testament have not only supported the central tenets of Christianity but have also proved to be formative texts for the modern Western world. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ— ...  Show more

Episode 618: Andy Weir - Project Hail Mary

Soon to be a movie!Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to c ...  Show more

Episode 618: 1Q1A with Andy Weir - Project Hail Mary

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.All he k ...  Show more

Episode 617: Katherine Heiny - Early Morning Riser

wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional familyJane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan’s old gi ...  Show more

Episode 617: Stephen Leigh - Amid The Crowd Of Stars

Wherever we go, we carry with us our own souls, morals and seeds of creation or destruction. This book, especially in our time, gives the meaning of choice as we head down either of these roads.Amid the Crowd of Stars is a grand scale science fiction novel examining the ethical i ...  Show more

Episode 616: Frank Wilczek - Fundamentals: Ten Keys To Reality

One of our greatest scientists reveals ten profound insights that remind and explain to each of us how we experience this physical universe we find ourselves in.In Fundamentals, Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek provides a window into the very nature of reality, or at least the realit ...  Show more

Episode 615: David Arnold - The Electric Kingdom

When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico's father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the e ...  Show more

Episode 614: Nicole Perlroth - This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends

Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero day has the power to silently spy on your iPhone, dismantle the safety controls at a chemical plant, alter an election, an ...  Show more