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  1. Ryan Morgello wrote us an excellent email the other day:"I love hearing about books on the air because often times the author is being interviewed and there are always valuable insights to be gained from listening in! My issue is, because of the nature of podcasts, I often listen to them the go. I’m usually driving, sometimes on my bike to school ( Just graduated!) or walking my dog, and when I hear an interesting book on the show I often don’t have the chance to pull over and include it in my notes as a “book to check out later”, and by the time I get home or to my destination I’ve already forgotten about it!"This is one of those great listener emails where I do a hard face palm and think, "Why haven't I done that yet?"So here's a constantly updating list of books, music and posts you might find interesting, brought to you by Ryan Morgello and everyone else in the Make Me Smart community who's written to ask about something they heard on air. Our first Make Me Smart book club selection "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan HaidtWe're going to take some more time to read this book because it is LONG. We'll do the book club episode in mid-June. If you don't want to buy the book, check your local library, as well as its digital collection.Want to contribute to the show?Send us an email or an audio file with:  A question about something you'd like to understand better Your answer to our Make Me Smart question, "What's something you thought you knew, but later found out you were wrong about?" Tell us about your field of expertise Or just send us pictures of avocado toast, cold waffles or anything you're eating for breakfast Other books we've mentioned on the show"Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest" by Zeynep Tufekci"Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate to" by Annabelle Gurwitch"The Guide to the Federal Budget" by Stan "The Budget Guy" Collender"Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick (second place in our book group voting)"Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker" by Stephen GallowayJoel Reidenberg has written a whole lot about online privacy and privacy policies. If you want to do a deep dive, here's his bibliography. Some of his writing is in French!"Moral Politics: How Liberals & Conservatives Think" by George Lakoff"Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House" by Alyssa Mastromonaco"Change Agent" by Daniel Suarez"Benefits of Immigration Outweigh the Costs" by Pia Orrenius via the George W. Bush Institute"The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads" by Tim Wu"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael RosenOther fun stuff from the podcastSinger-songwriter Marian Call's latest album "Standing StoneS""Playlist for an Organ Donor," a story slam by Dr. Mohammed Zeeshan NayeemuddinFavorite posts by our team"Let's talk about avocado toast" blog post by Molly Wood"This is your brain on Trump" The full transcript of our conversation with George Lakoff"What we talk about when we talk about 'jagoffs'" by Tony Wagner"What's that song I heard on the podcast?" by Jennie Josephson 
  2. Reema tries to settle a debt she’s been avoiding. And what happens when one person in a relationship has way more money? We’re rerunning a few of our favorite episodes over the holiday season, and we’ll be back with new episodes in 2020. To stay on top of when we’re coming back, subscribe to our emails at
  3. Americans face more than $1.3 trillion in student debt, with less and less assurance the job market’s going to provide salaries to cover it. For all the students home for the holiday break (and their parents) we’re revisiting and interview we did last January with Maura Reynolds, a senior editor at Politico. She’s reported extensively on the school-skills-jobs pipeline. Plus, part two of our annual predictions episode: Last year Kai said “Nothing will change”. Was he right? We talk about it and look ahead to 2020. Finally, our end-of-year fundraiser ends today. Don’t wait: Become a Marketplace investor right now at

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