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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No ONe Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
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Morning Edition: Overwhelmed
Fresh Air: For Working Moms, Keys to Balance May Lie in Elusive Leisure Time
Overwhelmed is a book about time pressure and modern life. It is a deeply reported and researched, honest and often hilarious journey from feeling that, as one character in the book said, time is like a “rabid lunatic” running naked and screaming as your life flies past you, to understanding the historical and cultural roots of the overwhelm, how worrying about all there is to do and the pressure of feeling like we’re never have enough time to do it all, or do it well, is “contaminating” our experience of time, how time pressure and stress is resculpting our brains and shaping our workplaces, our relationships and squeezing the space that the Greeks said was the point of living a Good Life: that elusive moment of peace called leisure.
The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business by Christopher Leanard
The Splendid Table: Christopher Leanard on Tyson Chicken
Morning Edition: Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?
Airtalk: Investigative Journalist Christopher Leanard Looks Into America’s Meat Racket
Radiowest: The Meat Racket
The Leanard Lopate Show: The Stranglehold of Industrial Farming
In a new book about the takeover of the American meat industry by a few large companies, investigative journalist and New America Foundation fellow Christopher Leonard hones in on Tyson Foods.
Tyson is the biggest of the U.S.’s meat giants, bringing in $28 billion in annual sales and $780 million in profits. The company’s model of vertical integration and farmer control helped it take over the chicken and hog industries and now threatens the cattle business, even as independent farmers hold onto their independence.
How has the “chickenization” of American farming changed the industry? Are Tyson’s cost-cutting methods helpful to consumers, or harmful to the meat business? What does the future hold for meat?
Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
A Prairie Home Companion: Tomato Butt
The News from Lake Wobegon stories seem to resonate universally with everyone. Lake Wobegon is inhabited by people you know (they just have different names), and Garrison’s stories always have a thread of truth to them — they are stories from his family or friends, or true stories told to him that then run through his head and were transformed into something that is simultaneously funny, humorous, touching and sad. They are simply brilliant. Garrison is the modern-day Mark Twain!
One of the main queries we have repeatedly received over the years is the desire to have the Lake Wobegon monologue stories in written form. As you can tell by our website, we do a pretty good job of releasing the stories — whether by podcast, digital download or compact disc — but Garrison has often related to me that the written word is quite different than the spoken word, and thus a straight transcript-style book would not work. Each story would have to be re-worked slightly from the version he told on-air. He has gone back and done that in two books and today, I present Leaving Home. Many favorites from the show are included — the story of the ministers holding a barbeque on the Agnus Dei Pontoon, the ‘57 septic tank coming up Main Street while the homecoming day parade is happening, the usher convention in Hawaii, the news from the State Fair, the truck stop and many more. Many people have shared with me that they often prefer to hear Garrison read the stories because they are so accustomed to listening to his voice on the radio, but I will let you be the judge! This book is very entertaining and one that The New York Times said was “clean, down-to-earth, exquisitely good hearted, highly ludicrous.”
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry
Here & Now: Catching Up with Dave Barry
The Leanard Lopate Show: Dave Barry
Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me: Dave Barry Plays Not My Job
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World by Zachary Karabell
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Marketplace: 25 for 25: Leave the big numbers to Janet Yellen
The Daily Circuit: What GDP, unemployment rate and inflation really tell us about the economy
All Things Considered: The Invention Of ‘The Economy’
WICN’s Public Eye: ZACHARY KARABELL
WAMC Northeast Public Radio: "The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell
How did we come by the “leading indicators” we place such stock in? We allocate trillions of dollars and make public policy and personal decisions based upon them, but what do they really tell us?
“The leading indicators” shape our lives intimately, but few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule the world. GDP, inflation, unemployment, trade, and a host of averages determine whether we feel optimistic or pessimistic about the country’s future and our own. They dictate whether businesses hire and invest, or fire and hunker down, whether governments spend trillions or try to reduce debt, whether individuals marry, buy a car, get a mortgage, or look for a job.
Zachary Karabell tackles the history and the limitations of each of our leading indicators. The solution is not to invent new indicators, but to become less dependent on a few simple figures and tap into the data revolution. We have unparalleled power to find the information we need, but only if we let go of the outdated indicators that lead and mislead us.
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López
Moyers & Company: Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race
Moyers & Company: Dog Whistle Politics: What if Only White People Voted?
KUOW: ‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López
KUOW: How Politicians Use Racial Coding To Win Elections
Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show: Law Professor: Racism Present But Hidden In Partisan Politics
MPR News: How to listen for racism on the campaign trail
In Dog Whistle Politics, Ian Haney Lopez offers a sweeping account of how politicians and plutocrats deploy veiled racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich yet threaten their own interests. Dog whistle appeals generate middle-class enthusiasm for political candidates who promise to crack down on crime, curb undocumented immigration, and protect the heartland against Islamic infiltration, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations regulatory control over industry and financial markets, and aggressively curtail social services. White voters, convinced by powerful interests that minorities are their true enemies, fail to see the connection between the political agendas they support and the surging wealth inequality that takes an increasing toll on their lives. The tactic continues at full force, with the Republican Party using racial provocations to drum up enthusiasm for weakening unions and public pensions, defunding public schools, and opposing health care reform.
Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Haney Lopez links as never before the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the decline of the middle class and the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters. Dog Whistle Politics will generate a lively and much-needed debate about how racial politics has destabilized the American middle class — white and nonwhite members alike.
The Secret Lives of Sports Fans by Eric Simons
New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth: The Secret Lives Of Sports Fans
Radiolab: Skin in the Game
KUOW Seattle Public Radio: Obsessed With The Seahawks? Science Can Explain Why
Sports fandom is either an aspect of a person’s fundamental identity, or completely incomprehensible to those who aren’t fans at all. What is happening in our brains and bodies when we feel strong emotion while watching a game? How do sports fans resemble political junkies, and why do we form such a strong attachment to a sports team? Journalist Eric Simons presents in-depth research in an accessible and brilliant way, sure to interest readers of Jonah Lehrer and Malcolm Gladwell.
Through reading the literature and attending neuroscience conferences, talking to fans, psychologists, and scientists, and working through his issues as part of a collaboration with the NPR science program RadioLab, Eric Simons hoped to find an answer that would explain why the attractive force of this relationship with treasured sports teams is so great that we can’t leave it.
The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility by Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj
Wisconsin Public Radio: The Joy Cardin Show: Outrage in the Media
PBS NewsHour: Wrath of the talking heads: How the ‘Outrage Industry’ affects politics
WBUR: The Outrage Industry’ Examines Polarizing Political Commentary
The Outrage Industry provides a thorough, revealing look behind the scenes of today’s angry rhetoric and the networks and systems that make it tick. The book is admirably empirical, thorough, and nuanced, and it should be required reading for those trying to understand our political landscape, how we got here, and the role of media in building and reproducing political identities.
A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka
Morning Edition: 'A' Is For Anxiety, 'G' Is For Guilt: The ABCs Of Breast Cancer
This guide to life during and after breast cancer shares advice on how to plan a life after diagnosis. It covers topics ranging from intimacy and hair loss to working and managing the profound emotions that accompany the disease and its treatments.
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future by Keith Ellison
Tell Me More: Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith
Filled with anecdotes, statistics, and social commentary, the first Muslim elected to Congress presents a thought-provoking look at America and what needs to change to accommodate different races and beliefs.
The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again) by P. J. O’Rourke
NPR’s Three Books: Over The Hump: Three Books To Help You Through A Midlife Crisis
The best-selling author of Parliament of Whores turns the lens on himself and fellow baby boomers to celebrate the bad trips, questionable politics and outrageous styles of his generation while analyzing how the boom shaped the America of today.
The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle
The Daily Circuit: Megan McArdle on why it’s good to fail
For readers of Drive, Outliers, and Daring Greatly, a counterintuitive, paradigm-shifting new take on what makes people and companies succeed
Most new products fail. So do most small businesses. And most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? If you want to succeed in business and in life, Megan McArdle argues in this hugely thought-provoking book, you have to learn how to harness the power of failure.
McArdle has been one of our most popular business bloggers for more than a decade, covering the rise and fall of some the world’s top companies and challenging us to think differently about how we live, learn, and work. Drawing on cutting-edge research in science, psychology, economics, and business, and taking insights from turnaround experts, emergency room doctors, venture capitalists, child psychologists, bankruptcy judges, and mountaineers, McArdle argues that America is unique in its willingness to let people and companies fail, but also in its determination to let them pick up after the fall. Failure is how people and businesses learn. So how do you reinvent yourself when you are down?
Dynamic and punchy, McArdle teaches us how to recognize mistakes early to channel setbacks into future success. The Up Side of Down marks the emergence of an author with her thumb on the pulse whose book just might change the way you lead your life.
I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck
The Diane Rehm Show: "I Forgot to Remember"
In 1988 Su Meck was twenty-two and married with two children when a ceiling fan in her kitchen fell and struck her on the head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household.Adrift in a world about which she understood almost nothing, Su became an adept mimic, gradually creating routines and rituals that sheltered her and her family, however narrowly, from the near-daily threat of disaster—or so she thought. Though Su would eventually relearn to tie her shoes, cook a meal, and read and write, nearly twenty years would pass before a series of personally devastating events shattered the “normal” life she had worked so hard to build, and she realized that she would have to grow up all over again.
The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
Marketplace: Meet Sylvia Day - The Steamy Baroness of Book Deals
Romance novels are big business these days.
That may seem like the ‘duh’ statement of the year, but finding out how big the romance novel industry really is still surprises you. Romance novelist Sylvia Day started writing just a decade ago, and she’s now is a #1 best-selling author in 21 countries.
Her most popular work is the book series “Crossfire,” which helped her land three seven-figure and two eight-figure book deals with different publishers in a three-month span last year.
Oh, and Lionsgate also bought the rights to turn “Crossfire” into a TV series.
Private L.A. by James Patterson
Morning Edition: Author James Patterson to Give $1 Million Dollars to Bookstores
Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.
Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast—and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.