Smart Reads

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Interview With Ecologist and Author Carl Safina

08/11/15See Comments

Author Carl Safina’s new book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel explores what animals are thinking and feeling as they go about their lives. Advances in...[Read More]


Smart Reads: David Casarett’s ‘Stoned’

07/17/15See Comments

For his in-depth investigation of the science behind medical marijuana, University of Pennsylvania physician David Casarett sampled pot-infused wine, smeared marijuana paste on his legs,...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Cynthia Barnett’s ‘Rain: A Natural and Cultural History’

04/21/15See Comments

Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett’s new book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, examines not only how rain has worked as a driving force of human civilization,...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: Julie Holland’s ‘Moody Bitches’

03/10/15See Comments

Author and psychiatrist Julie Holland’s new book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleeping You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having,...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Catherine Price’s ‘Vitamania’

02/24/15See Comments

Americans love vitamins—we spent about $13.1 billion on vitamin-containing supplements in 2012 alone—but do we really know where they come from? To get the lowdown on...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe’s ‘Island on Fire’

02/03/15See Comments

Think volcanic eruptions, and likely Mount Vesuvius or Mount St. Helens comes to mind. But there’s another eruption in the annals of volcanic history worth knowing about:...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Michael Shermer’s ‘The Moral Arc’

01/27/15See Comments

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Martin Luther King Jr. quoted these words of 19th-century abolitionist Theodore Parker...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: Bill Nye’s ‘Undeniable’

12/17/14See Comments

Evolution has two histories—the story of the Earth and its species, and our discovery and exploration of the concept itself. We recently had the pleasure...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Matt Parker’s ‘Things To Make And Do In The Fourth Dimension’

12/04/14See Comments

If you ever dozed off in trigonometry class, mathematician and comedian Matt Parker won’t hold it against you: Most math education is a dreary trek...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Gary Greenberg’s ‘The Book Of Woe’

11/25/14See Comments

One might expect that the changes to each new edition of that psychiatric Bible, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, are motivated by new...[Read More]