Listen, watch, read: 22 ways to enjoy, escape, and educate
Work-life isn't the only thing that's changed overnight. After-hours habits have too. Our devices, earbuds, and audio apps are getting more of a workout than ever, but once we've reached the end of our playlists, what's next?
After writing and reading about technology all day, here are some of the books, videos, and podcasts keeping us engaged at night. They include an online learning series, historical and science-based media, as well as guilty pleasures. We hope you find something interesting!
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- Starkville (The Athletic, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville): There's no baseball now, sadly, but there are still guys talking about it.
- The History of English (Kevin Stroud): The English language has a long and complicated history—135 episodes into this series, we're barely into the 1400s. Learn a lot of more general linguistics too, like what the Great Vowel Shift was.
- The Great Books (John J. Miller): Classic works within the Western literary canon. Recent episodes: "Antony and Cleopatra" by Shakespeare, "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, and "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller Jr.
- How I Built This with Guy Raz (Guy Raz): A glimpse into the mind of the entrepreneurial spirit and what makes innovators tick.
- Hidden Brain (Shankar Vedantam): A fascinating look into how our brains work—how we make decisions, what motivates people to succeed, and what impulses attract us to one another. Currently, episodes feature topics related to COVID-19, like "An Unfinished Lesson: What the 1918 Flu Tells Us About Human Nature."
- Science Vs (Gimlet): A short, conversational, and expert-informed science explainer.
- The Science of Well-Being: A free online course offered by Yale designed to increase happiness and build more productive habits.
- Killing Eve (Hulu): With two complete seasons ready for binging, this dark-comedy spy thriller will keep you entertained. Plus, the new season comes out later in April.
- The Plot Against America (HBO): Based on the Philip Roth book, this new HBO show is a somewhat timely critique of how nationalism and nostalgia can be dangerous.
- Westworld (HBO): In three seasons and counting, this technology sci-fi series explores AI, machine learning with robots in human form, and human nature.
- Underwater astonishments: A TED Talk by ocean explorer David Gallo with amazing footage showing the transformative nature of sea creatures. It was created in 2007, but it never gets old!
- The Shows Must Go On! Andrew Lloyd Webber shares full-length performances of his smash hits for free every Friday at 7 p.m. BST (available for 48 hours). Best seat in the house!
- The Secret of Kells (Amazon Prime): An animated fantasy inspired by Irish mythology. Directed by Tomm Moore, it's a spell-binding, magical story.
- All 92 Oscar best-picture winners: Ranked from worst to best by movie critics. Here's how to stream every Best Picture winner ever.
- Give People Money: "How Universal Basic Income Could Change the Future—For the Rich, the Poor, and Everyone in Between," by Annie Lowery (2018). A detailed look and strong case for why America should consider universal basic income—and a conversation with new life breathed into it given the effects of COVID-19 on our country's workforce.
- The Nickel Boys (2019): A heartbreaking but critical novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead based on a real-life "reform" school in Florida, which was really just an abusive prison for young boys and men.
- American Spy (2019): A spy thriller by Lauren Wilkinson that follows a woman of color through her journey as an FBI agent. A winter equivalent of a beach read but with less guilt because it also ended up on President Obama's 2019 must-read list.
- Costalegre (2019): This historical fiction novella by Courtney Maum is inspired by the life of Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter Pegeen. The story focuses on Peggy and her daughter as they flee Europe for Mexico during World War II with a number of other prolific, threatened artists.
- Trailblazer (2019): "Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change," by Marc Benioff and Monica Langley, details Salesforce founder and co-CEO Benioff's vision for the future of business and the recipe for success.
- Scatterbrain (2019): How the mind's mistakes make humans creative, innovative, and successful, by Henning Beck. The neuroscientist explores how the mistakes our mind makes can lead to new ideas.
- Tartine Bread (2010): Chad Robertson writes about the science of sourdough in depth, making it possible for anyone to make delicious fresh loaves at home.
- Thinking Fast and Slow (2013): An award-winning book that examines how we think. Can we and should we trust our intuitions? Thought-provoking.
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