Editor’s Note: As Californians continue to stay at home during the Coronavirus crisis, CapRadio Reads has had to postpone some of its live author interviews. Like the rest of the world, we're unsure when those events will return, but in the meantime, we know that books can provide an escape or comfort in trying times. Join Host Donna Apidone as she talks with authors and others about the books that keep us going.
NPR’s StoryCorps series has a motto: “Listening is an act of love.” As we head into a new phase, reuniting with loved ones, it’s time to listen. These three books exemplify the power of a well-asked question.
Studs Terkel’s “Working” has been a part of my life since college. I didn’t know why the professor selected the book, but I immediately fell in love with the style of the anonymous interviewer. As a journalist, Terkel knew how to reach people and convince them to tell their stories. He also knew that only the answers count, which is why his questions are not included in this series of interviews about people and their jobs.
Krista Tippett is known for her thoughtful conversations. Her shows, “Speaking of Faith” and “On Being,” have attracted public radio listeners since 2003. For Tippett, the context is as crucial as the questions. Her book “Einstein’s God” is a perfect example, exploring how science and religion are not mutually exclusive.
“The Zen of Listening” is Rebecca Z. Shafir’s lesson in compassion. It is natural to some, a learned skill for others. As Shafir points out, listening is the mindful gift we give to each other.
What are some of the books you turn to for enlightenment? Let me know: Donna.Apidone@capradio.org
- “Working,” Studs Terkel
- “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” Studs Terkel
- “Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit,” Krista Tippett
- “The Zen of Listening,” Rebecca Z. Shafir