Podcasts (these go first, because they really are my primary media
influence): Backstory, RadioLab, Judge John Hodgman, Planet Money,
Savage Lovecast, 99% Invisible, Alt. Latino, TED Talks Audio,
Commonwealth Club, Seminars About Longterm Thinking
TV: Inside Amy Schumer, Mad Men, Louie, 30 Rock, The Wire, Daria,
Broad City, The Comeback, Orange is the New Black, and Garfunkel
and Oates. I also like watching John Oliver yell about stuff.
Movies: The Sessions, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Freeway, Let
the Right One In, Safety Last!, Jackie Brown, Amelie, Nurse Betty,
Ghost World, Raising Arizona, WALL-E, I'm Through With White Girls,
Singin' in the Rain, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Pee Wee's Big
Adventure, The Incredibles, Drop Dead Gorgeous, O Brother Where Are
Thou, Dear White People, A Serious Man, The Apartment, Slums of
Beverly Hills, Night of the Hunter, The Act of Killing (though it
seems inappropriate to list that here...)
Books: Intuition (Allegra Goodman) remains the fiction book that I
feel I understand inside and out. Inga Muscio influenced me
tremendously as a teenager and I will always love that, as did Dark
Alliance by Gary Webb. Economix
. The Influencing Machine.
Parasite Rex (Carl Zimmer), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
(Rebecca Skloot), Cruddy (Lynda Barry), Guns, Germs and Steel
(Jared Diamond), Teaching With Love and Logic (Fay/Funk), El
Eternauta (Hector Oesterfeld)
. Eric Schlosser is a great and
accessible investigative journalist and I can't wait to read his
book about the criminal justice system. Simon Rich makes me giggle.
Ta-Nehisi Coates makes me feel.
Also, I read a LOT of graphic novels/comic books, since I think
they are a great way to get students to learn history/fall in love
with stories. The new Ms. Marvel? Awesome.
Music: I like nice melodies and good voices, but I also like horns
Joe Cuba, Trombone Shorty, Devotchka, Odetta, Harry Nilsson, Kanye
West, CocoRosie, The Blow, Ana Tijoux, The Mamas and the Papas,
Leningrad, Of Montreal, The Coasters, Gogol Bordello, Os Mutantes,
The Magnetic Fields, The Very Best, Violent Femmes, Jean Grae,
James Brown, Lou Reed, Love is All, Zee Avi, Rodrigo Y Gabriela,
Jens Lekman, Nellie McKay, Amanda Palmer