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On Books is a podcast about books. Think of it as a two-person book club — or a series of thirty-minute audiobooks. Each week on the show Chris Castiglione brings you a new book. Highlights include: Mating in Captivity, Sapiens, Sex at Dawn, Letters to a Young Poet, Educated, How Not to Die, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Zero Waste Home, The Artist's Way, Conscious Capitalism, Blink, as well as exclusive interviews with Neil Strauss, Haruki Murakami, Kevin Kelly, Peter Singer and more.

On Books Chris Castiglione | Co-Founder of One Month. Faculty at Columbia University

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    • 4.3 • 36 Ratings

On Books is a podcast about books. Think of it as a two-person book club — or a series of thirty-minute audiobooks. Each week on the show Chris Castiglione brings you a new book. Highlights include: Mating in Captivity, Sapiens, Sex at Dawn, Letters to a Young Poet, Educated, How Not to Die, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Zero Waste Home, The Artist's Way, Conscious Capitalism, Blink, as well as exclusive interviews with Neil Strauss, Haruki Murakami, Kevin Kelly, Peter Singer and more.

    The Social Good Book Series: The Long Now Interview with Zander Rose (Part 4)

    The Social Good Book Series: The Long Now Interview with Zander Rose (Part 4)

    In this episode I talk with Zander Rose (Director of the Long Now Foundation) on long-term thinking, and building something that lasts longer than ourselves. This is the fourth episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you like. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com

    • 23 min
    Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lordo Rinzler

    Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lordo Rinzler

    Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering—and there are likely few times we suffer more intensely than when we break up with a romantic partner. It feels like you may never recover sometimes. But Lodro Rinzler has wonderfully good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha are the ultimate antidote for emotional pain. And you don’t need to be a Buddhist for them to apply to you. In this short and compact first-aid kit for a broken heart, he walks you through the cause and cure of suffering, with much practical advice for self-care as you work to survive a breakup. The wisdom he presents applies to any kind of emotional suffering.

     

    • 24 min
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
    In this episode Chris brings you his top highlights from Sapiens. 
    Learn more at www.on-books.com
     

    • 35 min
    Buy the Change You Want to See

    Buy the Change You Want to See

    Buy the Change You Want to See is a new book that just came out, by Jane Mosbacher Morris. It's promoting the idea to “Vote with your dollar,” a concept that I love, and to the best of my extent, try to live by everyday.
    Vote with your dollar is more or less the idea that you, as the consumer, you have the power to change the world by influencing it with your buying decisions. If you use your money to support Patagonia or Whole Foods (they will benefit and survive longer). On the other hand, if you refuse to give money to companies that clash with your values (in my case, let’s say McDonalds and Taco Bell) hopefully over time the power of these companies will diminish.
    The book Buy the Change You Want to See came on my radar because I saw Jane give a talk about the book, and thought, the mission of this book is exactly the types of books we try to support on the On Books Podcast: People thinking about the future, and passionate about improving the planet.
    More notes and the transcript are available at www.book-podcast.com
    If you like the On Books Podcast — can you please leave a rating on iTunes?
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    • 42 min
    Educated by Tara Westover

    Educated by Tara Westover

    Educated is the memoir about a girl who went from being homeschooled in rural Idaho, to receive her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Along the way she confronts poverty, ignorance, violence, and a host of other challenges. It's the remarkable, true story of Westover's journey to find an education. Educated was on the top of Bill Gate's Book list of 2018, as well as Barak Obama, Oprah, and the New York Times. And now it's on the top of my list! This week I chat with Allison Goldberg (Blogologues) in this very special 2-person bookclub episode of the On Books podcast.
    For more information and to see the links please visit: www.on-books.com
    This episode is sponsored by One Month where you can Learn to Code in 30 days. Learn HTML, JavaScript, Python and more. 

    • 27 min
    How Not To Die

    How Not To Die

    In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.
     
    Learn more at www.on-books.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Travelbella ,

Just in time...

Just bought you book that was reviewed “ Heartbreck”. Excellent timing. Namaste

Wowed5 ,

Sapiens

Although the book may not have a gender bias, the reviewer does. He states that for “Most people” going to work is a big portion of your time, in answer to tHe question “ what thing do you wake up every day looking to accomplish?”
He goes on to say that “most people” going to work is in order to make money, right?
This leaves out the large number of care givers to children (the sick, the elderly) which is largely unpaid or underpaid, and often performed by women.
I don’t need to listen to such bias on a podcast.

SimplyJ343 ,

Awesome!

Great podcast series that covers a diverse selection of books! Very enjoyable and interesting episodes.

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