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Brain Pickings, at, is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn't know you were interested in - until you are. Emeline Mann Sanchez reads her special selections.

Current Brain Pickings Articles
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Sep 17, 2021Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger: Continued on past its usefulness, anger feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process. By Maria PopovaReader: Emeline Mann Sanchez00:17:42
Sep 10, 2021The Stoic Antidote to Frustration. Marcus Aurelius on how to keep your mental composure and emotional equanimity when people let you downReader: Emeline Mann Sanchez00:16:30
Sep 3, 2021Tangerine Meditation: Thich Nhat Hanh's Simple, Profound Mindfulness Practice to Magnify Your Capacity for Joy. By Maria PopovaReader: Emeline Mann Sanchez00:07:52
May 23, 2020Maria Popova writes about a new English translation of 'Yes to Life', a lesser known work by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.Reader: Maggie Norsworthy00:18:19
May 18, 2020Natures Beauty as a Lifeline to Regaining Sanity, plus Sophie Scholl on Suffering, Strength, and the Deepest Wellspring of Courage.Reader: Maggie Norsworthy00:15:33
May 5, 2020Kierkegaard on the Spiritual & Sensual Power of Music, the Essence of Genius, & the Key to a Timeless Work of Art. By Maria PopovaReader: Maggie Norsworthy00:14:35
Jul, 2015The Science of Affection. Discussion of the role of affection, nurturing, and love have in forming our lives in a book about Harry Harlow.Reader: Larry Oliver00:23:56
Feb, 2015The Missing Piece and the Big O, a book by children's author, Shel Silverstein.Reader: Larry Oliver00:10:10
Feb 23, 2015The author takes a look at cynicism, hope and good stuff and the need to know. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:11:46
Feb 15, 2015An interesting look at one of Russell"s iconic works on his thoughts about immortality and religion--it is quite insightful! By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:17:08
Jan 11, 2015Reviews of five of the worlds greatest writers discussing 5 must have thoughts and attitudes for the new year. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:24:19
Nov 23, 2014The Spirit of Sauntering: Thoreau on the Art of Walking and the Perils of a Sedentary Lifestyle. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:12:33
Nov 7, 2014The Hummingbird Effect. How Galileo invented time and gave rise to the modern tyranny of the clock. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:37:12
Oct 18, 2014The Mystery of Personal Identity what makes you and your childhood self the same person. CLS Lewis on True Friendship. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:15:36
Aug 10, 2014Rebecca Solnit on how we can find ourselves, getting lost, let go of the past-not forget it. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:13:06
Jul 20, 2014C.S. Lewis on suffering and what it means to have free will in a universe of fixed laws. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:16:44
Jul 13, 2014Buddhist Economics: What does it really mean to create wealth for people-for humanity-as opposed governments and corporations? By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:15:15
Jun 22, 2014'The Psychology of Your Future Self...' and 'How our cult of creativity,... is becoming a source of anguish...' Both by Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:18:03
Jun 14, 2014Why We Long For Permanence in Life. Also, A Children's Book For Grown-Ups: V is For Vulnerable. Both by Maria Popova.Reader: Larry Oliver00:34:13
May 18, 2014The Definitive Manifesto for Handling Haters; The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our minds. Both by Anne Lamott.Reader: Larry Oliver00:24:03
May 11, 2014By E.B. White: A beautiful letter to a man who lost his faith in humanity, & A poignant, playful obituary for his dog. By Maria PopovaReader: Larry Oliver00:12:34

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