The Lone Reader examines Paul Taylor's The Next America, which lays bare the ineluctable calculus of near-future retirements funded by a shrinking workforce.
The Lone Reader draws a bead on Mary Shelley's classic monster novel, seen by many as the first science fiction work.
Music: "Under the Porcelain," by Good Noise Bad Noise vs Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel.
The Lone Reader, Cameron Johnson, ruminates upon iconic film editor Walter Murch's tidy tour-de-force about filmmaking.
The Lone Reader looks at Susan Hitchcock's book about the 200-year cultural reverberations emanating from Mary Shelley's 1818 publication of her groundbreaking novel, Frankenstein.
Cambridge historian Mary Beard takes a fresh look at the origin and decline of the Roman Empire.
Music: "The Lyre of Orpheus" by Jerald Franklin Archer.
Jim Loomis gives a soup to nuts guide to passenger train travel in North America.
Music: Railroad Blues, by the Yerkes Southern Five
The 1980 eruption of Washington State's Mount St. Helens, through a human lens.
Music: Praludium, by Carl Nielsen. Sir James Galway, Carion Quintet, CC-BY-SA 2.0
Percy Wollaston's Homesteading tells the devastating story of Eastern Montana homesteaders of the early 20th century, most of whom lost everything in proving that dry-land farming techniques of the time did not work.
Music: "Pastures of Plenty," by Woody Guthrie. Public Domain. Courtesy of Internet Archive.
The Lone Reader looks at Dayo Olopade's account of how Africans succeed despite oft-broken social, governmental, and economic systems.
Music: Public domain Kenyan tune
Seattle free-lance writer Neiwert looks at the roots of the radical right and its effects on mainstream politics.
Music: "Mars", by Gustav Holst
US Air Force Band, public domain
Sheriff Walt Longmire tracks a murderer whose weapon of choice is an archaic buffalo rifle.
Craig Johnson is 2018's "Everett Reads" author. Everett Reads is an annual celebration of authors, books, and reading.
Music: "Country Cookin'" by Fender Guitar Player.
A sourdough bread starter invades the sterile world of a San Francisco computer programmer and becomes a high-level asset coveted by thieves and parasites. A cutting-edge read.
Music is "Evoked Potentials," by Cage Cabarrett. Used under CC-BY-NC-SA license
Courtesy of Internet Archive
The unimaginable story of legendary Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Northwest regional trauma center and medical facility of last resort.
Music: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK
Elisabeth Rosenthal diagnoses the sickness at the heart of the U.S. health care system.
Music: Piano Concerto No. 20, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Courtesy of Internet Archive.
A tragicomic look at the most unfunny place in the world.
Music: North Korean national anthem.
Two stories here: One of a two-fisted, crack sea captain that bridged the days of sail and steam; and Two, the story of how his lost manuscript was recovered from obscurity.
Cameron Johnson is the Lone Reader.
Music: "Feeling Dark Behind the Mask," by 700P3D
Retired Colonel and military historian Andrew Bacevich chronicles American military missteps on the Middle East since 1979.
Music: "Rage and Regrets", by Rude Corps.
Wherein an immunotoxicologist reframes humanity to include our microbiotic collaborators.
Music: "Black Rainbow" by Pitx.
Celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson ruminates upon the fragility of human existence.
Okihiro portrays Hawaill as a mighty cultural engine affecting the mainland U.S., and possibly as a model for the future.
Music: "St. Louis Blues," by Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio, courtesy of Internet Archive.
Cameron Johnson is the Lone Reader, of Everett Public Library in Everett, WA.
Music: Klincek stojo pod oblokom, by Tomo Sombolac
Yunte Huang's biography of the real-life Charlie Chan, aka Chang Apana, , a wiry, bullwhip-wielding ex-cowboy, the scourge of criminals in Honolulu's Chinatown.