The Avid Reader Show - Episode 639: Dr. Mark Vonnegut - The Heart of Caring: A Life In Pediatrics
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Episode 639: Dr. Mark Vonnegut - The Heart of Caring: A Life In Pediatrics

Reflections from a life lived in medicine. Pediatrician Mark Vonnegut has spent forty years treating children for coughs, fevers, ear infections, and sometimes more serious complaints. In that time he has seen the American medical system change in ways he couldn't have imagined as a medical student--some of them good, others not so good. But what hasn't changed is his commitment to his young patients, whose stories fill the pages of this book. There's Anna Maria, a little girl with an incurable case of bone cancer; Adeline, who has a syndrome so rare none of Vonnegut's fellow doctors have seen it before; Marlowe, whose life-threatening anemia is cured by his just-born baby brother. Whether recounting the cases that have stuck with him or detailing larger changes in medicine--the privatization of health care, innovations in cancer treatment, the rise of anti-vaxxers and HMOs--Vonnegut is a personable guide through what is often seen as an impersonal system, and his stories sparkle with humanity, candor, and wry wisdom. ("In pediatrics, and most medical care," he says, "if the doctor can just shut up and listen long enough, the patient will give him the diagnosis. Unfortunately, there's not a procedure code or template for how to shut up.") Vonnegut doesn't pull any punches in his criticisms of the medical-industrial complex, but The Heart of Caring isn't a diatribe. It's the story of a life lived in medicine, with all the heartbreak, hope, and everyday heroism that entails. Buy the book: https://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com/book/9781644211052

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The Avid Reader Show - Episode 616: Frank Wilczek - Fundamentals: Ten Keys To Reality
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21/4 2021 • 66 MIN

Episode 616: Frank Wilczek - Fundamentals: Ten Keys To Reality

The Avid Reader Show
One of our greatest scientists reveals ten profound insights that remind and explain to each of us how we experience...
Episode 616: Frank Wilczek - Fundamentals: Ten Keys To Reality
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 615: David Arnold - The Electric Kingdom
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15/4 2021 • 46 MIN

Episode 615: David Arnold - The Electric Kingdom

The Avid Reader Show
When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the...
Episode 615: David Arnold - The Electric Kingdom
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 614: Nicole Perlroth - This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends
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14/4 2021 • 45 MIN

Episode 614: Nicole Perlroth - This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends

The Avid Reader Show
Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. One of...
Episode 614: Nicole Perlroth - This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 613: D. Eric Maikranz - The Reincarnationist Papers
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9/4 2021 • 45 MIN

Episode 613: D. Eric Maikranz - The Reincarnationist Papers

The Avid Reader Show
Discovered as three notebooks in an antique store in Rome at the turn of the millennium, The Reincarnationist Papers offers...
Episode 613: D. Eric Maikranz - The Reincarnationist Papers
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 612: Walter Isaacson - The Code Breaker
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5/4 2021 • 40 MIN

Episode 612: Walter Isaacson - The Code Breaker

The Avid Reader Show
When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a...
Episode 612: Walter Isaacson - The Code Breaker
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 611: Michael Spitzer - The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth
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1/4 2021 • 54 MIN

Episode 611: Michael Spitzer - The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth

The Avid Reader Show
Today music fills our lives. How we have created, performed and listened to this music throughout history has defined what...
Episode 611: Michael Spitzer - The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 611: Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth
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1/4 2021 • 36 MIN

Episode 611: Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth

The Avid Reader Show
Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident,...
Episode 611: Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 610: 1Q1A with Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth
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1/4 2021 • 2 MIN

Episode 610: 1Q1A with Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth

The Avid Reader Show
Sam asks Rose about when they first discovered T.S. Eliot in this episode of 1Q1A. If you enjoy this bit...
Episode 610: 1Q1A with Rose Szabo - What Big Teeth
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 609: Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon
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30/3 2021 • 60 MIN

Episode 609: Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon

The Avid Reader Show
Today our guest is Steven Hall, author of The Raw Sharks Texts a seminal and amazing book that was released...
Episode 609: Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 608: 1Q1A Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon
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30/3 2021 • 0 MIN

Episode 608: 1Q1A Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon

The Avid Reader Show
Sam asks Steven if he still reads the back of cereal boxes. Listen to what Steven has to say. Check...
Episode 608: 1Q1A Steven Hall - Maxwell's Demon
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 607: Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son
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10/3 2021 • 52 MIN

Episode 607: Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son

The Avid Reader Show
He walks the stars embedded in the virtual dome of night and, when he tires of a world, throws a...
Episode 607: Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 606: 1Q1A Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son
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10/3 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 606: 1Q1A Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son

The Avid Reader Show
He walks the stars embedded in the virtual dome of night and, when he tires of a world, throws a...
Episode 606: 1Q1A Nick Mamatas - The Planetbreaker's Son
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 605: Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing
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5/3 2021 • 53 MIN

Episode 605: Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing

The Avid Reader Show
Out of Nowhere Into Nothing is a collection of sublime meditations on the unbelievable, the coincidental, and the apparitional; the...
Episode 605: Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 604: 1Q1A Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing
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5/3 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 604: 1Q1A Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing

The Avid Reader Show
Out of Nowhere Into Nothing is a collection of sublime meditations on the unbelievable, the coincidental, and the apparitional; the...
Episode 604: 1Q1A Caryl Pagel - Out Of Nowhere Into Nothing
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 603: Cosmogony: Stories - Lucy Ives
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5/3 2021 • 72 MIN

Episode 603: Cosmogony: Stories - Lucy Ives

The Avid Reader Show
itunes pic [https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/5c/b9/36/info18232/3000x3000_15390767.jpg] An energetic, witty collection of stories where the supernatural meets the anomalies of everyday life--deception, infidelity, lost cats, cute...
Episode 603: Cosmogony: Stories - Lucy Ives
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 602: 1Q1A Lucy Ives - Cosmogony: Stories
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5/3 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 602: 1Q1A Lucy Ives - Cosmogony: Stories

The Avid Reader Show
itunes pic [https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/5c/b9/36/info18232/3000x3000_15390748.jpg] An energetic, witty collection of stories where the supernatural meets the anomalies of everyday life--deception, infidelity, lost cats, cute...
Episode 602: 1Q1A Lucy Ives - Cosmogony: Stories
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 601: Flowers of Darkness - Tatiana de Rosnay
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25/2 2021 • 55 MIN

Episode 601: Flowers of Darkness - Tatiana de Rosnay

The Avid Reader Show
From the internationally bestselling author of Sarah's Key comes Tatiana de Rosnay's Flowers of Darkness, a riveting and emotionally intense...
Episode 601: Flowers of Darkness - Tatiana de Rosnay
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 600: Land of Big Numbers - Te-Ping Chen
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24/2 2021 • 41 MIN

Episode 600: Land of Big Numbers - Te-Ping Chen

The Avid Reader Show
Land of Big numbers is ten short stories and as you know I love short stories. The characters are from China...
Episode 600: Land of Big Numbers - Te-Ping Chen
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 599: 1Q1A Te-Ping Chen - Land of Big Numbers
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24/2 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 599: 1Q1A Te-Ping Chen - Land of Big Numbers

The Avid Reader Show
Land of Big numbers is ten short stories and as you know I love short stories. The characters are from China...
Episode 599: 1Q1A Te-Ping Chen - Land of Big Numbers
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 598: My Year Abroad. Chang-Rae Lee
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24/2 2021 • 47 MIN

Episode 598: My Year Abroad. Chang-Rae Lee

The Avid Reader Show
Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly...
Episode 598: My Year Abroad. Chang-Rae Lee
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 597: 1Q1A. My Year Abroad Chang-Rae Lee
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24/2 2021 • 0 MIN

Episode 597: 1Q1A. My Year Abroad Chang-Rae Lee

The Avid Reader Show
Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly...
Episode 597: 1Q1A. My Year Abroad Chang-Rae Lee
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 596: The Midnight Library. Matt Haig
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24/2 2021 • 16 MIN

Episode 596: The Midnight Library. Matt Haig

The Avid Reader Show
itunes pic [https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/5c/b9/36/info18232/3000x3000_15371625.jpg] Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books,...
Episode 596: The Midnight Library. Matt Haig
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 595: Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan
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24/2 2021 • 46 MIN

Episode 595: Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan

The Avid Reader Show
Luckenbooth, her third novel, about an Edinburgh tenement and the curse that haunts it, infecting the lives of all who...
Episode 595: Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 594: 1Q1A Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan
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24/2 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 594: 1Q1A Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan

The Avid Reader Show
Luckenbooth, Jenni's third novel, about an Edinburgh tenement and the curse that haunts it, infects the lives of all who...
Episode 594: 1Q1A Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 593: Hurdy Gurdy. Christopher Wilson
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24/2 2021 • 50 MIN

Episode 593: Hurdy Gurdy. Christopher Wilson

The Avid Reader Show
It is the year of our Lord 1349 and it is the season of the Plague. Novice friar Brother Diggory, now...
Episode 593: Hurdy Gurdy. Christopher Wilson
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 592: 1Q1A. Hurdy Gurdy Christopher Wilson
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24/2 2021 • 0 MIN

Episode 592: 1Q1A. Hurdy Gurdy Christopher Wilson

The Avid Reader Show
It is the year of our Lord 1349 and it is the season of the Plague. Novice friar Brother Diggory, now...
Episode 592: 1Q1A. Hurdy Gurdy Christopher Wilson
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 591: The Love Proof Madeleine Henry
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5/2 2021 • 41 MIN

Episode 591: The Love Proof Madeleine Henry

The Avid Reader Show
Sophie Jones is a physics prodigy on track to unlock the secrets of the universe. But when she meets Jake...
Episode 591: The Love Proof Madeleine Henry
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 590: 1Q1A The Love Proof Madeleine Henry
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5/2 2021 • 0 MIN

Episode 590: 1Q1A The Love Proof Madeleine Henry

The Avid Reader Show
Sophie Jones is a physics prodigy on track to unlock the secrets of the universe. But when she meets Jake...
Episode 590: 1Q1A The Love Proof Madeleine Henry
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 589: Math Without Numbers
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27/1 2021 • 60 MIN

Episode 589: Math Without Numbers

The Avid Reader Show
The only numbers in this book are the page numbers. Math Without Numbers is a vivid, conversational, and wholly original guide...
Episode 589: Math Without Numbers
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 588: 1Q1A Math Without Numbers. Milo Beckman
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27/1 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 588: 1Q1A Math Without Numbers. Milo Beckman

The Avid Reader Show
The only numbers in this book are the page numbers. Math Without Numbers is a vivid, conversational, and wholly original guide...
Episode 588: 1Q1A Math Without Numbers. Milo Beckman
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 587: The Ancient Hours Michael Bible
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26/1 2021 • 59 MIN

Episode 587: The Ancient Hours Michael Bible

The Avid Reader Show
Harmony, North Carolina is a typical town—full of saints and sinners you can’t tell apart... Its history echoes with lynchings...
Episode 587: The Ancient Hours Michael Bible
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 586: Metazoa Peter Godfrey-Smith
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12/1 2021 • 48 MIN

Episode 586: Metazoa Peter Godfrey-Smith

The Avid Reader Show
Dip below the ocean’s surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign...
Episode 586: Metazoa Peter Godfrey-Smith
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 585: In The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard
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4/1 2021 • 53 MIN

Episode 585: In The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Avid Reader Show
In the Land of the Cyclops is Karl Ove Knausgaard's first collection of essays to be published in English. In...
Episode 585: In The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 584: 1Q1A. The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard
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4/1 2021 • 1 MIN

Episode 584: 1Q1A. The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Avid Reader Show
In the Land of the Cyclops is Karl Ove Knausgaard's first collection of essays to be published in English. In...
Episode 584: 1Q1A. The Land Of The Cyclops. Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 583: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe
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31/12 2020 • 69 MIN

Episode 583: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe

The Avid Reader Show
Humankind has always had the urge to memorialise, to make physical testaments to the past. There’s just one problem: when...
Episode 583: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 582: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe
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31/12 2020 • 1 MIN

Episode 582: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe

The Avid Reader Show
Humankind has always had the urge to memorialise, to make physical testaments to the past. There’s just one problem: when...
Episode 582: Prisoners Of History Keith Lowe
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 581: Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley
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31/12 2020 • 34 MIN

Episode 581: Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley

The Avid Reader Show
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives...
Episode 581: Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 580: 1Q1A Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley
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31/12 2020 • 1 MIN

Episode 580: 1Q1A Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley

The Avid Reader Show
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives...
Episode 580: 1Q1A Perestroika in Paris Jane Smiley
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 579: Interior Chinatown Charles Yu
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31/12 2020 • 47 MIN

Episode 579: Interior Chinatown Charles Yu

The Avid Reader Show
Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets...
Episode 579: Interior Chinatown Charles Yu
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 579: 1Q1A Interior Chinatown Charles Yu
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31/12 2020 • 1 MIN

Episode 579: 1Q1A Interior Chinatown Charles Yu

The Avid Reader Show
Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets...
Episode 579: 1Q1A Interior Chinatown Charles Yu
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 578: Wild Thing Philip Norman
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31/12 2020 • 41 MIN

Episode 578: Wild Thing Philip Norman

The Avid Reader Show
A shattering new biography of rock music’s most outrageous―and tragic―genius. Over fifty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) is celebrated...
Episode 578: Wild Thing Philip Norman
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 577: 1Q1A Wild Thing Philip Norman
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31/12 2020 • 1 MIN

Episode 577: 1Q1A Wild Thing Philip Norman

The Avid Reader Show
A shattering new biography of rock music’s most outrageous―and tragic―genius. Over fifty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) is celebrated...
Episode 577: 1Q1A Wild Thing Philip Norman
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 576: Nights When Nothing Happened Simon Han
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8/12 2020 • 45 MIN

Episode 576: Nights When Nothing Happened Simon Han

The Avid Reader Show
From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and...
Episode 576: Nights When Nothing Happened Simon Han
The Avid Reader Show - Episode 575: 1Q1A. Nights When Nothing Happened. Simon Han
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8/12 2020 • 1 MIN

Episode 575: 1Q1A. Nights When Nothing Happened. Simon Han

The Avid Reader Show
From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and...
Episode 575: 1Q1A. Nights When Nothing Happened. Simon Han
The Avid Reader Show - The Orchard David Hopen
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19/11 2020 • 65 MIN

The Orchard David Hopen

The Avid Reader Show
Ari Eden’s life has always been governed by strict rules. In ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, his days are dedicated to intense study...
The Orchard David Hopen