What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

99% Invisible: "Duplitecture"  The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores.  And then there are entire knock-off cities.

Your Call: What are you reading this summer?

Jul 17, 2014

Deep Summer Reading on Philosophy Talk

Jun 5, 2014

What philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues would you like to read up on over the summer? John and Ken discuss one of this year's most talked-about books, Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, with political scientist Shannon Stimson. They also get summer reading suggestions from author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, whose new book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, and Yale University philosopher Jason Stanley, author of the forthcoming Why Propaganda Matters.

A library reaches outside its stacks

Jan 21, 2014
Friends of the Elmhurst Library


If you head southeast from the Lakeview Library, way down to the 80s blocks of International Boulevard, be sure to take a turn at 88th to visit the Elmhurst branch of the Oakland Library. You'll have to look closely—this library is in a small converted house. Elmhurst operates like any other public library: books to check out, computers to use, and a children's program. But it's got a problem: most kids can’t get to it very easily. The Elmhurst branch is trying to fix that. 


Your Call's best books of 2012

Dec 19, 2012

See the full list of recommendations from our bookworld specialists, and from other listeners!

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about how e-books are changing the economy of publishing and creating an uncertain future for writers, readers, libraries, and booksellers.   Apple and some major publishers are the target of an antitrust suit that could ironically boost Amazon’s already dominant position.  Meanwhile, librarians struggle to provide access to e-books and independent bookstores are scrambling to get into the e-book business themselves.  What’s next, and what’s best for book-lovers?  It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin, and you.


On the next Your Call, we’ll mark the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book by talking about classic kids books, and the remarkable children’s literature being written right now.  Why are the bonds we make with those special children’s books so powerful?  And when stories like The Lorax head to the big screen – or the iPad -- how does the magic of a grown-up reading to a kid change? 


Carla Kozak, children’s librarian at San Francisco Public Library. 

On the today's Your Call, we’ll ask Green Apple Books, Kevin Hunsanger, and Booksmith’s, Christin Evans, to share  their recommendations for the best books of the year.  Do you have friends or family you’d love to give a book to if only you had a recommendation?  What’s your book gift idea and what are you reading?  It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner of Green Apple Books

Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith