October+November Current Events
News Brief: Audiobooks From the Headlines

Heard a news story that piqued your interest recently? Already blasted through the newest investigative podcast? Dig deeper into your latest newsworthy fascination with these expertly written audiobooks taken straight from the headlines.

In September 2018, the F.B.I. was given only a week to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. But even as Kavanaugh was sworn in to his lifetime position, many questions remained unanswered, leaving millions of Americans unsettled. The Education of Brett Kavanaugh paints a picture of the prep-school and Ivy-League worlds that formed our newest Supreme Court Justice, read by the authors.

With her trademark black humor author and narrator Rachel Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. Blowout is a call to contain the beast of the industry: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”

Months before their October 2017 article published, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had been having discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees and other sources, learning of disturbing allegations, some of which had been covered up by legal settlements. Nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story. Within days, a Pandora’s Box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened, and women who had suffered in silence began coming forward. With detail and insight, Kantor and Twohey take us into the very heart of this social shift, and describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up and changed us all.

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral. Now author and narrator Chanel Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.

Author: Tom Mueller
Read By: Mark Deakins

In Crisis of Conscience, Tom Mueller traces the rise of whistleblowing through a series of riveting cases drawn from the worlds of healthcare and other businesses, Wall Street, and Washington. Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than two hundred whistleblowers and the trailblazing lawyers who arm them for battle, Mueller anatomizes what inspires some to speak out while the rest of us become complicit in our silence. Whistleblowers, we come to see, are the models we must emulate if our democracy is to survive.

In this timely and important book, trusted and admired author and narrator Karen Armstrong examines the meaning of scripture. At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, The Lost Art of Scripture shines fresh light on the world’s major religions to help us build bridges between faiths and rediscover a creative and spiritual engagement with holy texts.

From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the desperate hunt to identify and track an elite team of Russian agents known as Sandworm. They represent a persistent, highly skilled force, who launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike. A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability.

Confined in a cell four meters long, imprisoned on absurd, Kafkaesque charges, novelist Ahmet Altan is one of many writers persecuted by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s oppressive regime. In this extraordinary memoir, written from his prison cell, Altan reflects upon his sentence, on a life whittled down to a courtyard covered by bars, and on the hope and solace a writer’s mind can provide, even in the darkest places.

Click here for our “Dig Deeper into the Headlines” collection.