Ryan Morgello wrote us an excellent email the other day:
"I love hearing about books on the air because often times the author is being interviewed and there are always valuable insights to be gained from listening in! My issue is, because of the nature of podcasts, I often listen to them the go. I’m usually driving, sometimes on my bike to school ( Just graduated!) or walking my dog, and when I hear an interesting book on the show I often don’t have the chance to pull over and include it in my notes as a “book to check out later”, and by the time I get home or to my destination I’ve already forgotten about it!"
This is one of those great listener emails where I do a hard face palm and think, "Why haven't I done that yet?"
So here's a constantly updating list of books, music and posts you might find interesting, brought to you by Ryan Morgello and everyone else in the Make Me Smart community who's written to ask about something they heard on air.
Our first Make Me Smart book club selection
"The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt
We're going to take some more time to read this book because it is LONG. We'll do the book club episode in mid-June. If you don't want to buy the book, check your local library, as well as its digital collection.
Want to contribute to the show?
Send us an email or an audio file with:
- A question about something you'd like to understand better
- Your answer to our Make Me Smart question, "What's something you thought you knew, but later found out you were wrong about?"
- Tell us about your field of expertise
- Or just send us pictures of avocado toast, cold waffles or anything you're eating for breakfast
Other books we've mentioned on the show
"Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick (second place in our book group voting)
"Benefits of Immigration Outweigh the Costs" by Pia Orrenius via the George W. Bush Institute
"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen
Other fun stuff from the podcast
"Playlist for an Organ Donor," a story slam by Dr. Mohammed Zeeshan Nayeemuddin
Favorite posts by our team
"Let's talk about avocado toast" blog post by Molly Wood
"This is your brain on Trump" The full transcript of our conversation with George Lakoff
"What we talk about when we talk about 'jagoffs'" by Tony Wagner
"What's that song I heard on the podcast?" by Jennie Josephson