Books: I love the American private detective genre (an underappreciated and American art firm); Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft; A Christmas Carol.
Music: Anything that sounds good, because if it sounds good, it is good.
Food: Anything wholesome, minimally processed, spicy, and fresh. You won't find junk or processed food in my cupboards or fridge. I eat oats for breakfast and live for Earl Grey tea.
On the nerdy side, as a former reporter and erstwhile public health nerd, I admire stubborn ass-kickers like Dr. Hanna-Attisha, the doctor in Flint who made a difference. (http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/12/seven_things_to_know_about_fli_1.html).