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Experience our world: as it was, as it is, as it might become with these audiobooks about history, the arts, culture, education, and politics. Don't miss Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, or Fresh Air with Terry Gross: Writers, or Gwen Ifill's The Breakthrough.

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#HashtagActivism

by Moya Bailey, Sarah J. Jackson, & Brooke Foucault Welles; foreword by Genie Lauren; read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

How marginalized groups use Twitter to advance counter-narratives, preempt political spin, and build diverse networks of dissent.
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$2.00 a Day

Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer; read by Allyson Johnson

Edin and Shaefer tell the stories of eight families who live on what is almost unimaginable—an income that falls below the World Bank definition of poverty in the developing world. Their stories need to be heard, especially as we head into an election year that will highlight the questions of income inequality, and our commitment to making prosperity available to all. Learn More
1931

by Tobias Straumann; read by Nigel Patterson

Germany's financial collapse in the summer of 1931 was one of the biggest economic catastrophes of modern history. It led to a global panic, brought down the international monetary system, and turned a worldwide recession into a prolonged depression. In 1931, Tobias Straumann reveals the story of the fatal crisis, demonstrating how a debt trap contributed to the rapid financial and political collapse of a European country, and to the rise of the Nazi Party. Learn More
1939

by Frederick Taylor; read by Chris MacDonnell

A bestselling historian's chronicle of the dramatic months from the Munich Agreement to Hitler's invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II. Learn More
The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

by Jeffrey Lewis; read by Neil Hellegers

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States posits that there was a nuclear attack against the U.S. on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. Learn More
21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes Omnibus Edition

by Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, & Scott A. Cunneen, MD, FACS, FASMBS, & Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro, & Stephanie A. Dunbar, MPH, RD, & Cassandra L. Verdi, MPH, RD, & Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS; read by Norah Tocci

HighBridge Audio presents four titles in the American Diabetes Association's 21 Things series, collected here in an essential, must-listen omnibus edition. Learn More
38 Nooses

by Scot W. Berg; read by Paul Heitsch

Scott W. Berg recounts an overlooked but seminal moment in American history. Learn More
47 Ronin

John Allyn; foreword by Stephen Turnbull; read by David Shih

AudioFile Editors' Pick

For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan. Learn More
51 Imperfect Solutions

by Jeffrey S. Sutton; Read by David Drummond

If there is a central conviction of this book, it's that an underappreciation of state constitutional law has hurt state and federal law and has undermined the appropriate balance between state and federal courts in protecting individual liberty. In trying to correct this imbalance, the book also offers several ideas for reform. Learn More
935 Lies

Charles Lewis; read by Don Lee

The founder of the Center for Public Integrity and bestselling author explores the consequences of powerful governments and corporations gaining ever more control over information. Learn More
The A-Fib Cure

by Dr. T. Jared Bunch, Dr. John D. Day, Matthew D. LaPlante; read by Adam Barr

In clear, accessible, patient-centric language, Drs. Day and Bunch share their revolutionary approach to treating atrial fibrillation, developed through a combined fifty-three years working with a-fib patients. Learn More
The Abolitionist and the Spy

by Ken Lizzio; read by Paul Boehmer

The abolitionist legacies of Orville Brown and his son, Spencer, live on in this historic and daring nineteenth-century account. Learn More
The Abolitionist's Daughter

by Diane C. McPhail; read by Kirsten Potter

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict. Learn More
About Us

by Andrew Solomon - foreword, Peter Catapano - editor; read by Coleen Marlo & Jonathan Todd Ross

Based on the pioneering New York Times series, About Us collects the personal essays and reflections that have transformed the national conversation around disability. Learn More
Abuse of Power

by Fred V. Lucas; read by John McLain

Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump exposes: how Elizabeth Warren tried to set an impeachment trap for Trump even before the inauguration; why the depths of the Biden family's international conflict of interests are worthy of a federal investigation; why Nancy Pelosi caved to The Squad to remain leadership; and more. Learn More
The Accident of Color

by Daniel Brook; read by David Sadzin

A technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white. Learn More
The Accusation

by Edward Berenson; read by Paul Boehmer

A chilling investigation of America's only alleged case of blood libel, and what it reveals about antisemitism in the United States and Europe.
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Adams: An American Dynasty

by Francis Russell; read by Patrick Lawlor

Here is the compelling and impressive story of the Adams dynasty. Learn More
Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

by Sallie Tisdale; read by Gabra Zackman

A straightforward, wise, and humorous narrative field guide for both the dying and those who love them by an author who brings a unique set of qualifications to this delicate subject—she's a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, a palliative care nurse with more than ten years of experience, and a lifelong Buddhist. Learn More
After the End of History

by Francis Fukuyama, Mathilde Fasting; read by David Shih

A series of in-depth interviews between Francis Fukuyama and editor Mathilde Fasting, After the End of History offers a wide-ranging analysis of liberal democracy today. Drawing on Fukuyama's work on identity, biotechnology, and political order, the book provides essential insight into the rise of authoritarianism and the greatest threats faced by democracy in our present world. Learn More
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