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October 17, 2014

Our newest voice, Joanne Serrieh, is reading The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Station Manager Carl Watanabe just picked up The Human Age: A World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman. Morning Editor (and Fall anchor) Marianne Russ is working on Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. Host Donna Apidone just started the biography of Genghis Khan, which was recommended by Senior Editor Alan Ray. And Jazz Host Dennis Newhall is reading home loan re-finance docs.


October 10, 2014

Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone is reading Friending the Mirror: Changing How You See Your Reflection by Dawn Shaw.

All Things Considered Host Devin Yamanaka is working on Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs (Editors: John Bowe, Melissa Bowe, Sabin Streeter, Daron Murphy, Rose Kernochan)


October 3, 2014

Jenny O'Mara reports she is reading Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Ruhlman.

Vicki Lorini says, "I am STILL reading the third book in Ken Follett's Century trilogy, Edge of Eternity. It's terrific, but at over 1000 pages is taking its sweet time!"

On Jen Picard's nightstand is So Much a Part of You by Polly Dugan.

Catherine Stifter is reading re-reading Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard. "Just scrumptious," Catherine says. 

Stephen Peithman, host of CapRadio's "Connections," just finished Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground by Michael Alec Rose, "one of the more intriguing books on music I’ve read of late." 

CapRadio's President brings up the rear: Rick Eytheson is reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.


September 19, 2014

Susan Damberger is reading The Spirituality of Imperfection by Kurtz/Ketchum.

Jen Picard has a reason for diving into Allegiant, third book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth: "Sorry. No, I’m not sorry. I love young adult dystopian novels!"

As Catherine Stifter recovers from a leg injury and related surgery, she is often accompanied to the station by her dad, Tony. He is reading Buddha's Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius. As for Catherine, "I just finished a horrible Clive Cussler book that I am ashamed to mention. Never again, even on pain meds!"  

Jennifer Halm is venturing to the shadow side by reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. She says, "My book club is delving into a bit of Gothic/Horror/Psychological drama, etc., in time for Halloween."

Theater critic Jeff Hudson is rereading Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. "I like reading plays because you can read the whole thing in about the same amount of time that it takes to see a production of the play -- two hours and change. You can easily read a play in a single evening, or on a longish airplane flight, etc."


September 12, 2014

Even with a fund drive underway, the CapRadio team is ready for a bookish weekend. CapRadioReads Moderator Vicki Lorini likes Saturday by Ian McEwan, even though it is not a pick for the station’s book club. Jenny O’Mara is working on The Bees by Laline Paull. Cody Drabble likes legal topics; he selected Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Patti Stoltz in Member Services is reading A Time to Kill (“My first John Grisham novel!” she says).  Theater critic Jeff Hudson is working on Wash Her Guilt Away by Mike Wallace. Major Gifts specialist Amber Leonti chose The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. When asked what she’d be reading this weekend, marketing maven Constance Crawford replied, “Ooooh. Margaret Atwood’s The Flood. It’s more like Oryx and Crake and less like Handmaid’s Tale.” And Member Services Director Jennifer Halm picked Homeland, short stories by Barbara Kingsolver.


August 22, 2014

Reporter Bob Moffitt says his tastes are very eclectic this month: Lemony Snicket and the Ersatz Elevator, Robert the Rose Horse and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Can you tell he has small children? From the Member Services Department, Alison Appleyard-Gainer is reading A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford, and Jennifer Halm is reading A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White. From Insight, Jen Picard is working on Tiny Giants by Jason Sinclair Long, and Cody Drabble is reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. From the Newsroom, Marianne Russ checked in with The Goldfinch from Donna Tartt, while Environment Reporter Amy Quinton has two: Continental Drift by Russell Banks AND East of Eden ("I shouldn’t have to tell you who wrote that," she said). Al Gibes, Director of Digital Content, reports he is reading From Black Sox to Three-Peats, A Century of Chicago’s Best Sports Writing, edited by Ron Rapoport. Susan Damberger is enjoying Illuminata from Marianne Williamson. Afternoon Classical Host Cale Wiggins says he is working on Collected Works of Zbigniew Herbert. And from the front office, Rick Eytcheson is focused on The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy.


 August 15, 2014

You know Jen Picard. She produces Insight. She reports Circus Girl & Other Stories, by local author Lois Ann Abraham, is an excellent collection of short stories. Classical host Cale Wiggins workin on The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. For CapRadioReads facilitator Vicki Lorini, it's & Sons by David Gilbert. And from the Member Services Dept, Patti Stoltz is reading Taking Tennessee to Hart by Joe Stockdale.



August 7, 2014

CPR head honcho Rick Eytcheson is reading One Summer...1927 by Bill Bryson. Host Donna Apidone is raving about The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun. Morning classical dude Kent Teeters is working on Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. Catherine Stifter, who produces The View From Here series, is reading Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. For Paul Adams, it's The Way of the Seal by Mark Devine AND Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Mark McKeown. Susan D is on the fourth step of Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Study Guide. Nick Brunner is reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. State Govt Reporter Katie Orr is reading The Boys in the Boat (about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team) by Daniel James Brown.


August 1, 2014

Exec Asst Susan Damberger is reading The Spirituality of Imperfection by Kurtz/Ketcham. Catherine Stifter, producer of The View From Here series, is reading The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett. Jennifer Halm, Director of Member Services, has been flying through The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Cody Drabble (News and Insight) is enjoying Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Robin and his book were featured in our first CapRadio Reads event, and the audio is on this webpage.



July 25, 2014

Rick Eytcheson is working on Money Blood and Revolution by George Cooper. Did you hear Tony LaRussa on NPR this morning? Ben Adler is reading his book, One Last Strike. Alison Appleyard-Gainer (Member Services) has been reading Mission to Paris by Alan Furst. Patti Stoltz (Member Services) is working on Learn Chess by John Nunn. And from the newsroom, Senior Editor Alan Ray found a fish book -- The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket by Trevor Corson.


July 3, 2014

Let's get the party started. Classical Host Kent Teeters has picked With Lawrence in Arabia (1924) by Lowell Thomas. Another Classical host, Luke Reinhart, is ready for Blood Line by James Rollins. Production and Recording Master Mark Jones also likes James Rollins and is reading The Kill Switch. Susan Damberger selected The Kybalion by The Three Initiates. From Underwriting, Tara Brennan is working on Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. In the Development Department, Sarah Hoover is reading Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. And Vicki Lorini, from the CapRadio Reads team, is settled in with the not-yet-released The Children Act by Ian McEwan.


June 27, 2014

This weekend (when not at the record sale), Marketing Maven Constance Crawford will be reading The Circle by Dave Eggars. Catherine Stifter, who produces our documentary series, The View From Here, has selected Aging as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond in audiobook form. Foodie Elaine Corn says she is eating up The Humbling by Philip Roth. Operations Director Evan Matsler has designs on Murder on Bamboo Lane (An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery) by Naomi Hirahara. For Member Services Guru Jennifer Halm, it's The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. CFO Extraordinaire Jun Reina is counting on A Splendid Exchange by William Bernstein to balance his weekend. News & Info Director Joe Barr will read The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever. Director of Development Arla Gibson has Mary Coin by Marisa Silver waiting for her. Insight/News contributor Cody Drabble will be chillin' with Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. From the Underwriting Dept, Lisa Cooper has Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (binge reading before series begins). This just in from the newsroom: Jenny O'Mara is reading Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell.


DEVIN YAMANAKA (Afternoon News Host) IS READING ...

June 25, 2014

Naturally, one of my favorite books came from listening to the radio. Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviewed former FBI agent Robert K. Wittman about his book Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, and I was riveted. Wittman explains the histories of the stolen art and antiquities, giving value to the works beyond the dollars we usually hear about. His recounting of how he personally recovered these works minces no words and is without melodrama. I credit/blame Wittman for my interest in art crime, and I compare all other art-crime books to his as the standard.



November, 2013

Hungry is a different twist on the chef’s memoir.  Author Darlene Barnes recounts her experiences as a fraternity house cook in Washington.  Who knew fraternities employed cooks?  Her story about the frustrations and joys on the job and her efforts to bring local, organic food to the house is a fun read.

August, 2013

I love New Year’s resolutions.  A fresh start toward a “new me” is invigorating.  For an ambitious take on the practice, check out Gretchen Rubin’s books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She describes tasks she undertook each month to improve her home, marriage, relationships and herself.  Good ideas for next year…

May, 2013

If you, too, love coming-of-age tales, consider Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen trilogy. The stories highlight the pressures faced by a teen girl who is a gifted athlete. An appealing innocence runs throughout.  The first in Murdock’s series is a finalist on NPR’s thought-provoking list of top teen novels. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels