It is estimated that there are 775 million people around the world who can’t read. Former Microsoft senior executive John Wood tell his story of starting a worldwide literacy effort in his book Creating Room to Read and he speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray to share this amazing story. Room to Read is now operating programs all over Asia and Africa.
Back in the 1890’s, Pearl Bryan was brutally murdered in one of the more grisly, yet fascinating, crimes in Kentucky history. That story is now recounted by author James McDonald in his book The Perils of Pearl Bryan, and he’s on the phone Lee Hay to discuss this story.
Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, has recently published a fascinating look at the world around us with the help of additional sets of eyes. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes recounts 11 walks, mostly through her New York neighborhood, accompanied by a different expert: geologist, urban sociologist, sound designer, child, and others. She details what they see and what they hear, and how that’s different than what she sees and hears. She’s on the phone with Thane Maynard to talk about this fascinating experiment and ultimately what she learns from it. She also mentions a study of human-dog play that is accepting videos through Sunday night.