S4 E48: Ibram X. Kendi, Maggie Paxson, and Gretchen Rubin
S4 E48: Ibram X. Kendi, Maggie Paxson, and Gretchen Rubin

In this episode, meet Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist; Maggie Paxson, author of The Plateau; and Gretchen Rubin, author of Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. These authors have researched their subjects deeply, unearthing history and examining the stories of others. They’ve each found themselves personally moved by the power of history and how it is at work in all of our lives. Hear more about how recording these audiobooks affected them, and what “little” audiobook one of these authors returns to again and again.

Listen to clips from their audiobooks:

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential audiobook for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

In a remote pocket of Nazi-held France, ordinary people risked their lives to rescue many hundreds of strangers, mostly Jewish children. Was this a fluke of history, or something more? Anthropologist Maggie Paxson, certainties shaken by years of studying strife, explores this phenomenon: What are the traits that make a group choose selflessness?

Like no other portrait of its famous subject, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill is a dazzling display of facts more improbable than fiction, and an investigation of the contradictions and complexities that haunt biography. Gretchen Rubin gives listeners the kind of rounded view usually gained only by reading dozens of conventional biographies.

Find more of your favorite author/narrators on our This Is the Author page, and subscribe to the podcast!