The Lone Reader homes in on naturalist Sy Montgomery's paen to the giant pacific octopus, Soul of an Octopus.
Music: Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 6 in F Major "Pastoral," Skidmore College Orchestra.
The story of Laika, the Moscow mongrel turned cosmonaut, who was the first creature to orbit the earth.
Music: Symphony No. 5 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Lone Reader takes aim at Robert E. Ficken's Washington Territory: the farce and fury, fields and forests, mud and mania as wild Washington passes the veil into statehood.
Music: "Missouri Waltz"
An audio review of Montana Women Homesteaders, edited by Sarah Carter, which tells the tragic story of the women that homesteaded alone in the desert conditions of early twentieth century Eastern Montana.
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.