Comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country. You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him? Comedian and born-and-bred townie Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis one by one.
"A Great 'Read'"
All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
"'The Vegetarian,' a Surreal South Korean Novel" is from the Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by Alexandra Alter and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Casting a Black Hermione Granger Underscores a Key Harry Potter Theme" is from the Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by James Poniewozik and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
"Addicted to Distraction" is from the Health section of The New York Times. It was written by Tony Schwartz and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
"An eight hour rant"
"Why You Should Side with Apple, Not the FBI, in the San Bernardino iPhone Case" is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Bruce Schneier and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The May/June 2016 Issue of Foreign Affairs.
The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities and an ever-expanding choice of products and jobs. This is a boon to us as consumers, but it's wreaking havoc in the rest of our lives. Using examples from everyday life, Reich delineates what success is coming to mean in our time and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives.
First, hear about fish-shaped reptiles that thrived in the oceans while dinosaurs ruled the land. Then, learn about the evolutionary history of whales, the mammals that conquered the seas. The most famous of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex, gets a fresh look as scientists re-examine fossil evidence for clues as to the tyrannosaur¿s actual behavior. Also, learn about some ancient Australian marsupials that were as ferocious as they were bizarre. Then, "Which Came First, the Feather or the Bird?", and more.
Peter Jukes, an award-winning TV crime writer, starts at the beginning: October 2013 and the Old Bailey is gearing up for an eight-month courtroom clash. It's a showdown that will pit tabloid newspaper executives in Rupert Murdoch's News International against the British state. The journalists are accused of phone hacking, corrupting public officials, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. After years of cover up involving News International, the Metropolitan Police, and the government, the judge tells the jury, "British justice is on trial."
Newly available evidence shows that the CIA engaged in pervasive political meddling and paramilitary action in Congo during the 1960s - and that the local CIA station chief directly influenced the events that led to the death of Patrice Lumumba, the country's first democratically elected prime minister.
People infected with HIV benefit from starting a drug regimen early, an international study finds.
Every age preceding ours sanctioned acts that we find morally stupefying. So it is reasonable to assume that there are at least some things we are presently doing - possibly while flush with moral virtue - that our descendants will regard with exhalations of "What were they thinking?" Anyone interested in our age should wonder what these modern blind spots might be - those things akin to slavery or the Victorians' shoving children up chimneys.
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
Self-control is not just a puritanical virtue. It is a key psychological trait that breeds success at work and play - and in overcoming life's hardships.
"European Union Struggling with How to Keep Britain in the Fold" is from the World section of The New York Times. It was written by Stephen Castle and James Kanter and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Bilinguals' Superior Social Skills" is from the March 12, 2016, Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Katherine Kinzler and narrated by Fleet Cooper.