Radiolab Suggested Readings


  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot‘The
  2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks‘The
  3. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell‘Outliers:
  4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell‘Blink:
  5. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell‘The
  6. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks‘Musicophilia:
  7. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It
    Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
    by Steven Johnson‘The
  8. A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky‘A
  9. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl‘Man's
  10. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter‘Gödel,
  11. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky‘Why
  12. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V.S. Ramachandran‘Phantoms
  13. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach‘Gulp:
  14. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman‘Sum:
  15. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson‘The
  16. An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks‘An
  17. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the
    History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    by Sam Kean‘The
  18. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice’s Adventures in
    Wonderland, #2)
    by Lewis Carroll‘Through
  19. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for
    the Ultimate Theory
    by Brian Greene‘The
  20. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks‘Uncle
  21. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson‘Death
  22. The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson‘The
  23. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts‘And
  24. Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson‘Emergence:
  25. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks‘Hallucinations’
  26. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks‘Awakenings’
  27. The Odyssey by Homer‘The
  28. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell‘What
  29. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer‘How
  30. Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer‘Proust
  31. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson‘The
  32. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer‘Parasite
  33. Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals by Robert M. Sapolsky‘Monkeyluv:
  34. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow‘The
  35. Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik‘Rabid:
  36. Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the
    by Carl Sagan‘Billions
  37. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and
    Terror of Science
    by Richard Holmes‘The
  38. The Trouble with Testosterone and Other Essays on the Biology of the Human
    by Robert M. Sapolsky‘The
  39. Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson‘Everything
  40. The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of
    by Oren Harman‘The
  41. Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven Johnson‘Mind
  42. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin‘A
  43. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer‘Imagine:
  44. Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s
    Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
    by Frank Brady‘Endgame:
  45. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor‘My
  46. The Watchman’s Rattle: A New Way to Understand Complexity, Collapse, and
    by Rebecca D. Costa‘The
  47. Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology,
    Chemistry, and Engineering
    by Steven H. Strogatz‘Nonlinear
  48. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz‘The
  49. We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider‘We
  50. The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life
    While Corresponding about Math
    by Steven H. Strogatz‘The
  51. The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward a New Understanding of Animals by Charles Siebert‘The
  52. The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks‘The
  53. Ear and Brain: How We Make Sense of Sounds [With CD] by Diana Deutsch‘Ear
  54. Stress, The Aging Brain, And The Mechanisms Of Neuron Death by Robert M. Sapolsky‘Stress,
  55. The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth
    of America
    by Steven Johnson‘The
  56. The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian‘The
  57. Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by Richard E. Cytowic‘Wednesday
  58. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene‘The
  59. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz‘Inside
  60. Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur‘Napoleon's
  61. The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as
    Written by Our Genetic Code
    by Sam Kean‘The
  62. The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life by Joseph E. LeDoux‘The
  63. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki‘The
  64. Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing
    World of Math
    by Alex Bellos‘Here's
  65. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher‘Through
  66. Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen‘Green
  67. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain‘Autobiography
  68. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett‘Darwin's
  69. On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas by Jonnie Hughes‘On
  70. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle‘Alone
  71. The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century by D. Graham Burnett‘The
  72. Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne‘Why
  73. Isaac Newton by James Gleick‘Isaac
  74. Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health by Judith Walzer Leavitt‘Typhoid
  75. Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven H. Strogatz‘Sync:
  76. Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick‘Astonishing
  77. The Red Notebook: True Stories by Paul Auster‘The
  78. Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication
    and Emotional Life
    by Paul Ekman‘Emotions
  79. Defying Gravity: Land Divers, Roller Coasters, Gravity Bums, and the Human
    Obsession with Falling
    by Garrett Soden‘Defying
  80. NPR Funniest Driveway Moments: Radio Stories That Won’t Let You Go by National Public Radio‘NPR
  81. Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology by Paul Broks‘Into
  82. Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray‘Elements:
  83. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer‘Science
  84. A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers by V.S. Ramachandran‘A
  85. The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of
    the Modern World
    by Edward Dolnick‘The
  86. The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe‘The
  87. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman‘Incognito:
  88. Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro‘Contested
  89. Generation: The Seventeenth-Century Scientists Who Unraveled the Secrets of
    Sex, Life, and Growth
    by Matthew Cobb‘Generation:
  90. The Sorrow’s Garden by Anthony Carinhas‘The
  91. Objectivity by Lorraine Daston‘Objectivity’
  92. Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr‘Blood:
  93. Personality Disorders: A Practical Guide by Carol W. Berman‘Personality
  94. Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition by Tim Birkhead‘Promiscuity:
  95. The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves,
    Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
    by Scott Carney‘The
  96. Lying Awake by Mark Salzman‘Lying
  97. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild‘To
  98. The Bristlecone Book: A Natural History of the World’s Oldest Trees by Ronald M. Lanner‘The
  99. The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach by Christof Koch‘The
  100. Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence by Richard W. Wrangham‘Demonic
  101. Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms
    and Cultures
    by Chris McManus‘Right
  102. Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner‘Long
  103. In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets,
    Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language
    by Arika Okrent‘In
  104. Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris‘Coming
  105. Underground by David Macaulay‘Underground’
  106. Fu-go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America by Ross Coen‘Fu-go:
  107. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux‘The
  108. The Psychology of Music by Dickison‘The
  109. The Intelligent Ear: The Science Of Auditory Perception by Diana Deutsch‘The
  110. A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist,
    or How Every Culture Keeps Time Just a Little Bit Differently
    by Robert V. Levine‘A
  111. The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher‘The
  112. Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who
    Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare
    by Daniel Charles‘Master
  113. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino‘Cosmicomics’
  114. Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and
    by Steven Johnson‘Interface
  115. I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter‘I
  116. Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the
    Quest for the Thinking Computer
    by Robert Epstein‘Parsing
  117. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay‘Color:
  118. The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003 by V.S. Ramachandran‘The
  119. Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System by Diane GalushaLiquid Assets
  120. The Man with the Phantom Twin: Adventures in Neuroscience of the Human Brain by V.S. Ramachandran‘The
  121. Queen of the Mist: The Forgotten Heroine of Niagara by Joan Murray‘Queen
  122. Encyclopedia of the Human Brain, Four-Volume Set by V.S. Ramachandran‘Encyclopedia
  123. A Man Without Words by Susan Schaller‘A
  124. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist’s Chronicle of His Daughter’s
    Developing Mind
    by Charles Fernyhough‘A
  125. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang‘The
  126. A Mind for Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism by Alston Chase‘A
  127. A Garden Of Bristlecones: Tales Of Change In The Great Basin by Michael P. Cohen‘A
  128. Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele‘Whistling
  129. Polar Obsession by Paul Nicklen‘Polar
  130. The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons by Gary Greenberg‘The
  131. The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? by Jan Zalasiewicz‘The
  132. Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life by Carl Zimmer‘Microcosm:
  133. Falling for Science: Objects in Mind by Sherry Turkle‘Falling
  134. Y: The Descent of Men by Steve Jones‘Y:
  135. Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World by Michael Chorost‘Rebuilt:
  136. Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border by Leo Rangell‘Music
  137. Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture by Aaron A. Fox‘Real
  138. How and Why We Age by Leonard Hayflick‘How
  139. New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City by Andrei Codrescu‘New
  140. Forever Today: A True Story of Lost Memory and Never-Ending Love by Deborah Wearing‘Forever
  141. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven H. Strogatz‘The
  142. The Medici Giraffe by Marina Belozerskaya‘The
  143. The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love,
    and the Meaning of Life
    by Alison Gopnik‘The
  144. Narrative, Pain And Suffering (Progress in Pain Research and Management,
    Volume 34)
    by David B. Morris‘Narrative,
  145. The Placebo Effect: An Interdisciplinary Exploration by Anne Harrington‘The
  146. Pride and a Daily Marathon by Jonathan Cole‘Pride
  147. My Family Album: Thirty Years of Primate Photography by Frans de Waal‘My
  148. A Sideways Look at Time by Jay Griffiths‘A
  149. River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit‘River
  150. The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of
    by Kenneth Libbrecht‘The
  151. Ants at Work: How an Insect Society is Organized by Deborah M. Gordon‘Ants
  152. The Face in the Mirror: The Search for the Origins of Consciousness by Julian Paul Keenan‘The
  153. The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling
    the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
    by Trevor Corson‘The
  154. The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain
    Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering
    by Melanie Thernstrom‘The
  155. Hat Talk by Debbie HendersonHats
  156. The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill by David M. Buss‘The
  157. Five Germanys I Have Known by Fritz Stern‘Five
  158. A Short History of the American Stomach by Frederick Kaufman‘A
  159. The Man Who Couldn’t Eat by Jon Reiner‘The
  160. A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris‘A
  161. Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley‘Honeybee
  162. The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley by Duncan C. Blanchard‘The
  163. Snowflakes in Photographs by Wilson A. Bentley‘Snowflakes
  164. Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes by Ken Libbrecht‘Ken
  165. A Preacher’s Poems by Mike Young‘A
  166. Unmasking the Face: A Guide to Recognizing Emotions from Facial Clues by Paul Ekman‘Unmasking
  167. Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind by Nikolas Rose‘Neuro:
  168. Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia S. Churchland‘Touching
  169. Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food by Frederick Kaufman‘Bet
  170. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein‘The
  171. The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block‘The
  172. The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block‘The
  173. Ancient Denvers: Scenes from the Past 300 Million Years of the Colorado
    Front Range
    by Kirk R. Johnson‘Ancient
  174. The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley‘The
  175. Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs : The Definitive Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda‘Encyclopedia
  176. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson‘Space
  177. In the Dust of This Planet (Horror of Philosophy, #1) by Eugene Thacker‘In
  178. The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That
    Transformed the World
    by Ken Alder‘The
  179. A Left-Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All
    Things Southpaw
    by David Wolman‘A


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