Elisabeth Rosenthal diagnoses the sickness at the heart of the U.S. health care system.
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.
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.
A detailed history of the eruptions of Vesuvius.
Wigmaker Thomas Paine Kydd is is pressed into Nelson's navy during the Napoleanic wars and painfully (and literally) taught the ropes.
The Lone Reader talks about Social Insecurity, by James W. Russell.
Author and football fan Steve Almond questions his own homage to America's secular religion: Football.
Music: Ignition, by Collision Process
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. The Lone Reader looks at Mill Town, Norman H. Clark's magisterial history of early Everett and of the Everett Massacre. Time: 0:02:36 Size: 2.38 Mb Music: "Powerhouse," by Raymond Scott. Courtesy of Internet Archive. Sound effects, from Freesound: Bench Saw Crosscutting, by Benboncan Metal Saw, by qubodup War, gunfight, shooting, etc., by ylearkisto