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We read a lot of great books here at Radiolab. Some of them worm their way into our brains and onto the air, some of them help clear our minds on the subway home from work, and a good number do both...latching onto our imaginations and cropping up in conversations wherever we go. These are books we want to share, so each week one of us Radiolabbers will recommend a favorite. And we're keeping a running list of all the books we mention in our episodes here.

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Radiolab Reads: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

Monday, November 21, 2011

This is the the kind of book that makes me long for a headlamp and blanket fort--reading it is too much of an adventure for an armchair, or a park bench. 

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Radiolab Reads: Science Ink

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Carl Zimmer's latest book got its start in a swimming pool. Carl was at a party one summer, when he noticed something new about his longtime friend Bob: a tattoo of what looked like a little strand of DNA on his shoulder.  


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Radiolab Reads: Intern Edition

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rose Eveleth and Kristen Clark, our wonderful summer interns, offer a couple of great non-fiction picks as their last official duty here. Featuring eight kinds of salsa, plus Tetris!

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Radiolab Reads: The Birthday Boys

Monday, August 29, 2011

In 1910, Robert Falcon Scott led an expedition to Antarctica in a race to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole. The trip went down in history as one of the most grueling, terrible journeys imaginable.


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Radiolab Reads: All Over but the Shoutin'

Monday, August 22, 2011

Later this week, Radiolab goes to northeastern Alabama in our new hour-long podcast. For more on that part of our country, and for one of the most honest American memoirs out there, pick up Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin'.

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Radiolab Reads: Innocent When You Dream

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lately the only song I want to hear is "I Don't Want To Grow Up" by Tom Waits.

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Radiolab Reads: Year of the King

Monday, August 08, 2011

In the summer of 1983, Antony Sher got word that he was in line to play one of the most evil characters in literature--Shakespeare's murderous King Richard III. He spent the next year of his life getting ready for the role--turning himself into the "bottled spider," and turning his ambitions, doubts, and inspirations into a stunning account of the inner life of an actor.

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Radiolab Reads: Room Temperature

Monday, July 25, 2011

This whole novel takes place in a few minutes, in a quiet room drenched with late-afternoon sun.  As the narrator of Room Temperature feeds his baby daughter, he lets his mind wander—and you get to wander with him, through tiny revelations about nose-picking and green dresses and childhood crimes and mobiles made of paint chips.

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Radiolab Reads: Friday Night Lights

Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday Night Lights -- This is one that's worth consuming in its original form.

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Radiolab Reads: Cryptonomicon

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cryptonomicon - what a beast! This is a novel that's hard to actually describe but a joy to read.

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Radiolab Reads: A Virtual Bookshelf

Monday, May 09, 2011

We're keeping a running list of all the books we touch on in our hour-long episodes--a virtual bookshelf that you can scan any time you're looking for a little inspiration. It's in reverse chronological order, so titles from our most recent shows are at the top. Happy reading.

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