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Weekly Staff Picks

September 24, 2015

Morning Edition and Music Host Donna Apidone is catching up on old issues of Smithsonian Magazine.

 Station Manager Carl Watanabe is reading How music got free : the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy, by Stephen Witt.

Classical Announcer Cale Wiggins is enjoying The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano.

Jen Picard, Insight Producer, reports in with So Much a Part of You, by Polly Dugan.

James Morrison, who also produces Insight, just finished Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee.

Mark Jones often has two titles going at the same time: Exit A, by Anthony Swofford, and Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People, by P.J. O’Rourke.

Bob Moffitt is reading about Great Baseball Writing.

Melody Stone is reading Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh, and Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins.

Alan Ray is reflecting upon The Complete Works of Calvin and Hobbes

And, just to be sure we don’t take ourselves too seriously, Music Announcer Victor Forman is reading Irritable Bowels and the People Who Give You Them by Terry Sweeney (former SNL performer; he played Nancy Reagan in drag!).


September 11, 2015

Jennifer Halm, Director of Member Services, is reading We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Jen Picard, Senior Producer of "Insight" is working on Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

Mark Jones (whose title should be Audio Dude Extraordinaire) is reading two books -- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, and A Damned Serious Business: My Life In Comedy by Rex Harrison. 

Amy Quinton, Environment Reporter, is reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.


August 21, 2015

President and General Manager Rick Eytcheson is reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.

Rich Ibarra, from our Stockton Bureau, is working on Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler and Lash-Up by Larry Bond.


July 31, 2015

Rich Ibarra, who covers news in and around Stockton, is reading three books -- Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler, The Target by David Baldacci and Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

Environment Reporter Amy Quinton just finished Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers.

Donna Apidone is still working on the 600+-page Poland by James Michener.

And a bunch of other folks on the team are on vacation.


July 22, 2015

Donna Apidone, who hosts Morning Edition and midday Classical, is reading Michener’s Poland.

Theater critic Jeff Hudson likes Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. (We had him on Insight last week, he was also on Science Friday as well...)

Patti Stoltz, Sr. Member Services Coordinator, is reading Flatland by Edwin Abbott.

Classical music host Luke Reinhart is enjoying Going Places by Paul A and Peter H Reynolds. “All right, it’s a children’s book, and I’ll be reading it to Liam [age two]. It’s really good.”

Underwriting Specialist Lisa Cooper is sold on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

Mark Jones, guru of all things related to recording, is reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. (Donna talked with him on Morning Edition when the book was published.)

All Things Considered Host Devin Yamanaka lightens up with Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

What are you reading?


July 10, 2015

Rick Eytcheson, CapRadio’s head honcho, is working on Doc by Mary Doria Russell, the story of Doc Holiday and how he ended up at the OK Corral with Wyatt Earp.

Recording Expert Mark Jones is reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams.

Rich Ibarra, from our Stockton office, reports in with Gray Mountain by John Grisham and Target by David Baldacci.

Documentary Diva Catherine Stifter is reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Catherine says it is a “dark (and lighter) look at the end of the world as we know it.” 

Insight host Beth Ruyak is taking a musical journey with Cal Tjader:The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz by Duncan Reid. While we’re on Insight, Producer Jen Picard is reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie, and Producer James Morrison has launched Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

Devin Yamanaka, who hosts All Things Considered, is learning The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Thief by Myles J. Connor, Jr. with Jenny Siler.

What are you reading?


June 19, 2015

Insight Producer James Morrison always cooks up something yummy. He is reading Pok Pok, a Thai Cookbook by Andy Ricker.

Dr. Keith Watenpaugh (UC Davis) was on Insight this week. Host Beth Ruyak is reading his book, Bread From Stones.

Goddess of marketing and Public Relations Constance Crawford reports in on In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. "I love the way he digs into history and illuminates it with personal stories. Dead Wake was haunting," she says.

Recording genius and producer Mark Jones is rediscovering some books on his shelf, including a trio by James Patterson: I, Alex Cross, Cross Country, and Double Cross.

Jennifer Halm, Director of Member Services, reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

Tara Brennan, Underwriting Specialist, found Elephant Company: The Inspiring Store of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in WW II, by Vicki Constantine Croke. Tara says, "This book jumped out at me as only a good book does.  I’m not a WW II buff, but I am a huge elephant lover, and this story captured my attention from the first few pages."

CapRadio Reads Moderator Vicki Lorini has been on a roll with art-based novels. She is currently reading Rape of Europa, the story of the theft, destruction and survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich.

Susan Damberger is working on The Science of Self Realization: A Guide to Spiritual Practice in the Kriya Yoga Tradition by Roy Eugene Davis.


June 12, 2015

Amanda Audrain is reading One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, by Asne Seierstad. Amanda says it is "a very interesting and well written journalistic/social commentary and very interesting story of a family."

Bob Moffitt is reading A Fly Went By, Dazzle the Dinosaur, Sports Illustrated and Lemony Snicket in the Mortmain Mountains. There may be small children involved.

Jennifer Halm is working on Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth.

Catherine Stifter brings happiness to work while reading Real Happiness at Work by Sharon Salzberg.


Mark Jones has two offerings this week: Black Order by James Rollins, and All Time Great Bloopers, collected by Kermit Schafer.

Patti Stoltz is reading, "The user’s manual to my phone. Really."

Beth Ruyak reports in with John C Hampsey's memoir, Kaufman's Hill.


June 8, 2015

Jen Picard, who produces Insight, is reading The Darkest Park of the Forest by Holly Black.

Vicki Lorini, moderator of CapRadio Reads, says, “I am re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Her controversial book Go Set A Watchman is coming in July, and CapRadio Reads will read it in August.”

“Me too,” says Lisa Cooper, Underwriting Specialist. “To Kill A Mockingbird! One of my all time favorites - seems I can't re-read it enough. Can't wait for the new book. Very exciting.”

Stephen Peithman of Connections, is reading The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, by Christopher Booker.

“I just, just finished our June Book Club pick, The Goldfinch.  Still absorbing it...” says Jenny O'Mara, Affiliate Relations Manager and occasional CapRadio Reads moderator.

Catherine Stifter, Senior Editor for Innovation, is always reading something interesting. Right now, she is working on Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario.

Kent Teeters, morning host on CapRadio’s Music Station is reading on Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

Joe Barr, Chief Content Officer, has two books to read -- Dead Wake by Eric Larson and Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull.  

Tashino Brito is also working on two books -- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and Serena by Ron Rash.

Nick Brunner is enjoying Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut. 

Mark Jones, sound engineer extraordinaire, just finished Hail, Hail, Euphoria! by Roy Blount Jr. and The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory.

Patti Stoltz, Sr. Member Services Coordinator, just picked up the latest edition of Saveur magazine.