Deep Dive Into the News Cycle: Current Events for September 2020

The news cycle is never-ending, and as we dive headlong into election season it seems like the breaking stories we’re supposed to be keeping up with have increased tenfold. Take a pause on your Twitter doomscrolling and pop your headphones in for a deep dive into the headlines…without the eye strain. Consider this batch of listens your audio current events crash course.

Author: Chris Murphy
Read By: Chris Murphy

Is America destined to be a violent nation? This sweeping history by U.S. senator Chris Murphy explores the origins of our violent impulses, the roots of our obsession with firearms, and the mythologies that prevent us from confronting our national crisis.

For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice: James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work.

“A fascinating look at political power.”—The New York Times

Conditional Citizens
Author: Laila Lalami
Read By: Laila Lalami

What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship.

“Propulsive, fascinating… Lalami treats this complex, incendiary topic with nuanced considerationand blistering insight.”—Booklist [starred review]

Author: Joel Bakan
Read By: Kevin R. Free

From the author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power comes this deeply informed and unflinching look at the way corporations have slyly rebranded themselves as socially conscious entities while CEO compensation soars, income inequality is at all-time highs, and democracy sits in a precarious situation.

Big Dirty Money
Author: Jennifer Taub
Read By: Eliza Foss

There is an elite crime spree happening in America, and the privileged perps are getting away with it. Selling loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk can lead to a choke-hold arrest, and death, if you are not among the top 1%. But if you’re rich and commit a transgression, you’re likely to get off scot-free. Big Dirty Money details the scandalously common and concrete ways that ordinary Americans suffer when the well-heeled use white collar crime to gain and sustain wealth, social status, and political influence.

In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn’t who we are. Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.

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Read By: Maggi-Meg Reed

The trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words. Her most essential writings on gender equality and women’s rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights, now available in a short, accessible volume as part of the new Penguin Liberty series.

“Brettschneider reminds us that the right to dissent is essential to freedom. Ginsburg’s clear and frequently evocative language in her court opinions makes full use of this right.”—Booklist

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Read By: Desmond Manny

A short, accessible collection of key historic writings about presidential impeachment, as part of a new Penguin Classics series on liberty and constitutional rights.

A landmark insider’s tour of how social media affects our decision-making and shapes our world in ways both useful and dangerous, with critical ideas on how to protect ourselves in the 2020 election and beyond.

With unparalleled reporting, a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter continues to break news about the most important political story of our lives as he chronicles the clash between a president and the officials of his own government who tried to stop him.

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller On Tyranny comes an impassioned condemnation of America’s coronavirus response and an urgent call to rethink health and freedom.

With the spread of COVID-19, the world has never felt less safe. And with so much advice out there, it’s hard to know whether you’re taking the right precautions to stay safe. Professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr. cuts through the noise with to-the-point explanations, checklists, and best practices in this brief yet authoritative guide to protecting yourself from infectious diseases.

Where Law Ends

In the first and only inside account of the Mueller investigation, one of the special counsel’s most trusted prosecutors breaks his silence on the team’s history-making search for the truth, their painstaking deliberations and costly mistakes, and Trump’s unprecedented efforts to stifle their report.

An urgent call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity—from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.

“…An engrossing legal drama complete with wrenching reversals and redemptions, this account richly humanizes defendants while incisively analyzing deep flaws in America’s justice system.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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