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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

By Alan Alda
Hosted by Caltech Theatre Arts Director Brian Brophy

The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read what’s probably going on in the minds of others.

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Paper: Paging Through History

By Mark Kurlansky
Hosted by Caltech Archivist Peter Sachs Collopy

From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, Paper is a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.

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Kindred

By Octavia Butler
Hosted by Melanie Masterton Sherazi

Butler is a Pasadena native, the first African-American science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Kindred tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. You can find the book on Amazon, or read the recent graphic novel adaptation to participate.

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The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

By David Quammen
Hosted by Caltech graduate student Suzy Beeler

Science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. 

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