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May 17, 2022
The Sea According to Rachel Carson
Her first three books were odes to the world’s bodies of water and their creative power over all life forms.
March 2, 2022
The Riddle of Zoomer Politics
Pollster John Della Volpe claims he’s cracked the puzzle on this generation’s ideology. But is there really straightforward answer to what makes Gen Z tick?
February 15, 2022
The Stories of Baseball Legends
Legendary sportswriter Peter Golenbock joins the show to talk about his new book,
Whispers of the Gods.
November 22, 2021
Life in West Virginia’s “Quiet Zone”
A recent book by journalist Stephen Kurczy examines what happens in a vast swath of the country where wireless signal is limited and carefully regulated.
October 21, 2021
In Our Orbit: Dave Zirin’s “The Kaepernick Effect”
’s sports editor has a new book out on the politics of “taking a knee.”
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September 28, 2021
What I Learned From the Women in Detroit
In Anita Hill’s new book, she recalls a pivotal moment in her work speaking about women's empowerment at a shelter in Detroit.
September 23, 2021
Is There a Better Way to Tell the Story of Nonhuman Life?
challenges us to examine how human language has made it harder to care for the natural world.
Rachel Vorona Cote
September 1, 2021
How Do You Tell the Story of a Fire?
A conversation with reporter Lizzie Johnson about the aftermath of wildfires and the human cost of neglected infrastructure.
June 29, 2021
How Did Education in the United States Become So Unequal?
A new history of Boston’s schools reminds us how the brittle vision of whom and what education serves has long been defined by managers and employers instead of the educators who do the work and the students who are supposed to benefit from it.
June 17, 2021
The Promise and Hubris of Silicon Valley’s Vision of How We Eat
A conversation with Larissa Zimberoff about the emergence of food start-ups, lab-made solutions, and the future of the American diet.