Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success [Audiobook]

Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success [Audiobook]
Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success [Audiobook] by Sheila Chandra, read by Joan Walker
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 3 mins | 194.11MB

Most of the conventional productivity advice you'll find in the soft business section simply does not work for creative people. Surprisingly, to date there has not been a single book or audiobook that addresses the unique organisational challenges that artists face. This audiobook sets out to change that, and it addresses the myth that truly creative people are messy and that they need mess in order to create.

Sheila Chandra applies her professional insights as a creative and an organizing expert to the lives of other busy creative people in all disciplines - showing them how good organization can liberate their creative magic. She begins with artists' physical spaces, including arranging their workspaces and offices so that they remain tidy effortlessly.

Her career headspace chapters cover creative well-being, including artist support systems; career well-being, including networking and collaborations; self-promotion and how to avoid working for free; making social media pay; personal branding, career planning and goals; how to manage copyright issues and legal paperwork; and legacy management. And all from an artist's point of view.

These foolproof, tried-and-tested systems are mixed with creativity tips and artist well-being advice that only one artist knows to give another. Writing with real affection for the listener, Sheila Chandra takes the creative person by the hand and puts them on the path to success.

New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything: From the Big Bang to Belly-button Fluff [Audiobook]

New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything: From the Big Bang to Belly-button Fluff [Audiobook]
New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything: From the Big Bang to Belly-button Fluff [Audiobook] by Graham Lawton, Stephen Hawking, read by David Thorpe
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 36 mins | 209.05MB

Does Anything Eat Wasps? meets Information Is Beautiful: a journey through life, the universe and everything. From what actually happened in the big bang to the accidental discovery of Post-it notes, science is packed with surprising discoveries.

Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck you up like a noodle (it's called spaghettification), why your keyboard is laid out in QWERTY (it's not to make it easier to type) or whether the invention of the wheel was less important to civilisation than the bag (think about it)? New Scientist does.

And now they want to take you on a whistle-stop journey from the start of our universe (through the history of stars, galaxies, meteorites, the moon and dark energy) to our planet (through oceans and weather to oil) and life (through dinosaurs to emotions and sex) to civilisation (from cities to alcohol and cooking) and knowledge (from alphabets to alchemy), ending up with technology (computers to rocket science). Witty essays explore concepts that zoom from how many people have ever lived to showing you how a left-wing brain differs from a right-wing one.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas [Audiobook]

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas [Audiobook]
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas [Audiobook] by Warren Berger, read by Michael Quinlan
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 59 mins | 215.5MB

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, underappreciated tool - one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning - deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully" - can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?"

Berger's surprising findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning "falls off a cliff" as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning isn't encouraged - and, in fact, is sometimes barely tolerated.

And yet, as Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They've mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking - and finding powerful answers. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them - by starting with a "beautiful question".

Berger explores important questions, such as:

  • Why aren't we nurturing kids' natural ability to question - and what can parents and schools do about that?
  • Since questioning is a starting point for innovation, how might companies and business leaders begin to encourage and exploit it?
  • And most important, how can each of us reignite that questioning spark - and use inquiry as a powerful means to rethink and reinvent our lives?

A More Beautiful Question outlines a practical Why/What If/How system of inquiry that can guide you through the process of innovative questioning - helping you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own "beautiful questions".

Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History [EPUB]

Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History [EPUB]
Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History by Alexis Stenfors
2017 | EPUB + PDF | 0.45/2.87MB

The LIBOR affair has been described as the biggest banking scandal in history, a deception affecting not only banks but also corporations, pension funds and ordinary people. But was this just the tip of the iceberg? Was the scandal the work of a few bad apples or an inevitable result of a financial system rotten to its core?

Labelled “one of the world's most infamous rogue traders” in the wake of a mis-marking scandal, Alexis Stenfors went on to rebuild his life and now guides us through the shadowy world of modern banking, providing an insider’s account of the secret practices—including the manipulation of foreign exchange rates—that have allowed banks to profit from systematic deception. Containing remarkable and often shocking insights derived from Stenfor’s own experiences in the dealing room, as well as his spectacular fall from grace at Merrill Lynch, Barometer of Fear draws back the curtain on a realm that for too long has remained hidden from public view.

Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature [EPUB]

Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature [EPUB]
Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature by Alastair Fowler
2012 | EPUB | 17.1MB

Why do authors use pseudonyms and pen-names, or ingeniously hide names in their work with acrostics and anagrams? How has the range of permissible given names changed and how is this reflected in literature? Why do some characters remain mysteriously nameless?

In this rich and learned book, Alastair Fowler explores the use of names in literature of all periods - primarily English but also Latin, Greek, French, and Italian - casting an unusual and rewarding light on the work of literature itself. He traces the history of names through Homer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Thackeray, Dickens, Joyce, and Nabokov, showing how names often turn out to be the thematic focus. Fowler shows that the associations of names, at first limited, become increasingly salient and sophisticated as literature itself develops.

Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety [EPUB]

Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety [EPUB]
Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety by Anna Williamson, Reetta Newell
2017 | EPUB | 1.73MB

Welcome to the therapist in your pocket. Full of anxiety-busting advice, read this book to learn how to live better and restore your confidence when panic attacks.

Drawing on her own personal experiences with anxiety, therapist Anna Williamson offers easy to follow, expert guidance, alongside clinical psychologist, Dr. Reetta Newell.

Breaking Mad is packed with coping methods and solutions for those everyday moments where you need a helping hand. From recognizing the first warning signs of anxiety, to coping with a panic attack, or social anxiety, Anna and Reetta will be with you every step of the way, offering practical strategies and straightforward guidance whenever and wherever you might need it. Whether at home, on the bus, at college, just before a meeting, or even having a meltdown in the work toilet cubicle, Breaking Mad is here for you. So welcome to the club--it's time to tackle anxiety head on!

The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future [EPUB]

The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future [EPUB]
The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future by Joshua Z Rappoport
2017 | EPUB | 1.24MB

Your body has trillions of cells, and each one has the complexity and dynamism of a city. Your life, your thoughts, your diseases, and your health are all the function of cells.

But what do you really know about what goes on inside you?

The last time most people thought about cells in any detail was probably in high school or a college general biology class. But the field of cell biology has advanced incredibly rapidly in recent decades, and a great deal of what we may have learned in high school and college is no longer accurate or particularly relevant.

The Cell: Inside the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future is a fascinating story of the incredible complexity and dynamism inside the cell and of the fantastic advancements in our understanding of this microscopic world.

Dr. Joshua Z. Rappoport is at the forefront of this field, and he will take you on a journey to discover:

  • A deeper understanding of how cells work and the basic nature of life on earth.
  • Fascinating histories of some of the key discoveries from the seventeenth century to the last decade and provocative thoughts on the current state of academic research.
  • The knowledge required to better understand the new developments that are announced almost weekly in science and health care, such as cancer, cellular therapies, and the potential promise of stem cells.
  • The ability to make better decisions about health and to debunk the misinformation that comes in daily via media.

Using the latest scientific research, The Cell illustrates the diversity of cell biology and what it all means for your everyday life.

Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace [EPUB]

Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace [EPUB]
Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace by Shane Smith, Majorie Leggitt
2016 | EPUB | 4.54MB

The most comprehensive book on greenhouse gardening available today. Today, greenhouses and sunrooms are real living spaces where gardeners spend as much time with a book and a cup of coffee as they do with a watering can and a pair of pruning shears. In this fully revised edition of a best-selling classic, veteran gardener Shane Smith embraces this new "lifestyle" approach to greenhouse gardening. Through lively writing that balances wit with commonsense advice, Smith draws on his more than 20 years' experience to cover everything you need to know to establish a charming and productive greenhouse.

Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game Pro-Edition [EPUB]

Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game Pro-Edition [EPUB]
Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game Pro-Edition by David Sumpter
2017 | EPUB | 4.0MB

Soccer is the most mathematical of sports--riddled with numbers, patterns, and shapes. How to make sense of them? The answer lies in mathematical modeling, a science with applications in a host of biological systems. Soccermatics brings the two together in a fascinating, mind-bending synthesis.

What's the similarity between an ant colony and Total Football, Dutch style? How is the Barcelona midfield linked geometrically? And how can we relate the mechanics of a Mexican Wave to the singing of cicadas in an Australian valley? Welcome to the world of mathematical modeling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of soccer. Soccer is indeed more than a game and this book is packed with game theory. After reading it, you will forever watch the game with new eyes.

The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers [EPUB]

The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers [EPUB]
The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers by TJ Clark
2017 | EPUB | 192.56MB

From T.J. Clark comes this provocative study of the origins of modern art in the painting of Parisian life by Edouard Manet and his followers.

The Paris of the 1860s and 1870s was a brand-new city, recently adorned with boulevards, cafés, parks, Great Exhibitions, and suburban pleasure grounds—the birthplace of the habits of commerce and leisure that we ourselves know as "modern life." A new kind of culture quickly developed in this remade metropolis, sights and spectacles avidly appropriated by a new kind of "consumer": clerks and shopgirls, neither working class nor bourgeois, inventing their own social position in a system profoundly altered by their very existence. Emancipated and rootless, these men and women flocked to the bars and nightclubs of Paris, went boating on the Seine at Argenteuil, strolled the island of La Grande-Jatte—enacting a charade of community that was to be captured and scrutinized by Manet, Degas, and Seurat.

It is Clark's cogently argued (and profusely illustrated) thesis that modern art emerged from these painters' attempts to represent this new city and its inhabitants. Concentrating on three of Manet's greatest works and Seurat's masterpiece, Clark traces the appearance and development of the artists' favorite themes and subjects, and the technical innovations that they employed to depict a way of life which, under its liberated, pleasure-seeking surface, was often awkward and anxious.

Through their paintings, Manet and the Impressionists ask us, and force us to ask ourselves: Is the freedom offered by modernity a myth? Is modern life heroic or monotonous, glittering or tawdry, spectacular or dull? The Painting of Modern Life illuminates for us the ways, both forceful and subtle, in which Manet and his followers raised these questions and doubts, which are as valid for our time as for the age they portrayed.

The Peace That Almost Was [EPUB]

The Peace That Almost Was [EPUB]
The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War by Mark Tooley
2015 | EPUB | 3.64MB

A narrative history of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, the bipartisan, last-ditch effort to prevent the Civil War, an effort that nearly averted the carnage that followed.

In February 1861, most of America’s great statesmen—including a former president, dozens of current and former senators, Supreme Court justices, governors, and congressmen—came together at the historic Willard Hotel in a desperate attempt to stave off Civil War.

Seven southern states had already seceded, and the conferees battled against time to craft a compromise to protect slavery and thus preserve the union and prevent war. Participants included former President John Tyler, General William Sherman’s Catholic step-father, General Winfield Scott, and Lincoln’s future Treasury Secretary, Salmon Chase—and from a room upstairs at the hotel, Lincoln himself. Revelatory and definitive, The Peace That Almost Was demonstrates that slavery was the main issue of the conference—and thus of the war itself—and that no matter the shared faith, family, and friendships of the participants, ultimately no compromise could be reached.

The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach [EPUB]

The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach [EPUB]
The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach by Robin Hahnel
2014 | EPUB | 1.15MB

This revised edition of ABCs is a lively and accessible introduction to modern political economy. Informed by the work of Marx, Veblen, Kalecki, Robinson, Minsky and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel provides the essential tools needed to understand economic issues today. Dispelling myths about financial liberalisation, fiscal austerity, globalisation and free markets, ABCs offers a critical perspective on our present system and outlines clear alternatives for the future.

This second edition applies the analytical tools developed to help readers understand the origins of the financial crisis of 2007, the ensuing 'Great Recession', and why government policies in Europe and North America over the past six years have failed to improve matters for the majority of their citizens. The second edition also helps explain what is causing climate change and what will be required if it is to be resolved effectively and fairly.

My Tiny Flower Garden: Beautiful Blooms in Surprisingly Small Spaces [EPUB]

My Tiny Flower Garden: Beautiful Blooms in Surprisingly Small Spaces [EPUB]
My Tiny Flower Garden: Beautiful Blooms in Surprisingly Small Spaces by Matt Collins
2017 | EPUB | 25.5MB

With colorful cutting patches, sweet-scented city streets and pickup trucks perfect for pollinators, we’ve unearthed 25 amazing unconventional plots. Meet the couple packing pavements with flowers, the landscape architect who has constructed a meadow in the middle of London, and the Detroit florists who created an awe-inspiring installation in an abandoned building (before deconstructing the site and turning the land into a community flower farm).

You’ll pick up all the best tips and tricks as each gardener shares their small-scale expertise, from crafty containers and sequential displays to expert advice on establishing creative community spaces. Plus, practical projects including seed bombs, a pallet planter and a homemade flower press will ensure that every inch of your space is always in bloom. Whether you’re looking for a floral fix or a bee-friendly bed, get inspired, let your imagination grow and enjoy your tiny flower garden.

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees [EPUB]

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees [EPUB]
The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees by Allen J Coombes
2014 | EPUB | 150.53MB

Of all our childhood memories, few are quite as thrilling, or as tactile, as those of climbing trees. Scampering up the rough trunk, spying on the world from the cool green shelter of the canopy, lying on a limb and looking up through the leaves at the summer sun almost made it seem as if we were made for trees, and trees for us.Even in adulthood, trees retain their power, from the refreshing way their waves of green break the monotony of a cityscape to the way their autumn transformations take our breath away.

In this lavishly illustrated volume, the trees that have enriched our lives finally get their full due, through a focus on the humble leaves that serve, in a sense, as their public face. The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world. Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it’s found. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each tree and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait.

The Henry’s Maple, for instance, found in China and named for an Irish doctor who collected leaves there, bears little initial resemblance to the statuesque maples of North America, from its diminutive stature to its unusual trifoliolate leaves. Or the Mediterranean Olive, which has been known to live for more than 1,500 years and whose short, narrow leaves only fall after two or three years, pushed out in stages by the emergence of younger leaves.

From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of deep woods, The Book of Leaves brings the forest to life—and to our living rooms—as never before.

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! [EPUB]

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! [EPUB]
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Laurie Ann Thompson
2017 | EPUB | 21.74MB

Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes!

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

Acclaimed authors Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson have teamed up to create a series of sneaky stories about the natural world designed to amaze, disgust, and occasionally bamboozle you.

Cowboy Skills: Roping, Riding, Hunting, and More [EPUB]

Cowboy Skills: Roping, Riding, Hunting, and More [EPUB]
Cowboy Skills: Roping, Riding, Hunting, and More edited by Stephen Brennan
2016 | EPUB | 14.32MB

Cowboy Skills is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made the cowboy famous worldwide as both an outdoorsmen and rancher. Readers can replicate outdoor living by trying a hand at rounding up cattle, breaking horses to saddle, and living off the land.

Learn key skills like:

  • Handling a stampede
  • Using the proper saddle and tack
  • Proper ways to use a lasso and lariat
  • Classic songs and lingo
  • And much more!

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or a wannabe cowboy, Cowboy Skills is your handbook to not only surviving the Wild West, but flourishing. The style of the cowboy is both famous and infamous, and the skills are ones for the ages. The cowboy has been a successful outdoorsman for ages, and now you can too with the skills, tips, and tricks included in this handy manual.

Knitted Toys: Animals, dolls and teddies for all ages [EPUB]

Knitted Toys: Animals, dolls and teddies for all ages [EPUB]
Knitted Toys: Animals, dolls and teddies for all ages by Sandra Polley
2016 | EPUB | 15.63MB

This new title from knit designer Sandra Polley is filled with wonderful toy patterns suitable for all knitting levels. Knitting small toys can be an addictive and highly satisfying hobby and the homemade teddies, animals and dolls featured in this book have a special charm all of their own. There are 20 patterns for toys of all shapes and sizes, from miniature dolls and cute puppies, to a sweet mouse and a curious meerkat family. Only basic knitting skills and materials are needed and many of the projects can be quickly knitted up from oddments of double knitting and 4-ply yarn. The instructions are easy to follow and there are clear diagrams showing how to create the perfect toy.

Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World [Audiobook]

Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World [Audiobook]
Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World [Audiobook] by Michael Harris, read by Kerry Shale
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 23 mins | 176.2MB

With a foreword by Nicholas Carr, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows.

Today, society embraces sharing like never before. Fueled by our dependence on mobile devices and social media, we have created an ecosystem of obsessive connection. Many of us now lead lives of strangely crowded isolation: We are always linked, but only shallowly so.

The capacity to be alone, properly alone, is one of life's subtlest skills. Real solitude is a powerful resource we can call upon - a crucial ingredient for a rich interior life. It inspires reflection, allows creativity to flourish, and improves our relationships with ourselves and, unexpectedly, with others. Idle hands can, in fact, produce the extraordinary. In living bigger and faster, we have forgotten the joys of silence and undervalued how profoundly it can revolutionize our lives.

This audiobook is about discovering stillness inside the city, inside the crowd, inside our busy lives. With wit and energy, award-winning author Michael Harris weaves captivating true stories with reporting from the world's foremost brain researchers, psychologists, and tech entrepreneurs to guide us toward a state of measured connectivity that balances quiet and companionship. Solitude is a beautiful and convincing statement on the transformative power of being alone.

Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent [Audiobook]

Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent [Audiobook]
Success Is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent [Audiobook] by John Calipari, Michael Sokolove, read by Al Kessel
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 31 mins | 207.0MB

Kentucky's charismatic coach shares the secrets of creating one of the premiere programs in college basketball, revealing how he transforms a group of former high school superstars into selfless, cohesive teams - including a remarkable squad last year that fell just one game short of a perfect season.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is known for his unparalleled ability to recruit the nation's best young players, some of whom will spend just one year with him before going to the NBA, and convincing them to commit to the team without sacrificing their personal goals. It is a promise he makes to them: "Fully invest in the present - and each other - and I guarantee it will serve your future."

Here, for the first time, he distills his team-building methods in ways that apply to CEOs, business owners, coaches, teachers, and leaders of all kinds - lessons for anyone seeking to inspire talented individuals to reach for their best selves and contribute to a greater good.

A basketball team is an intimate workplace in which blend is everything and character matters. As such, it is a window into the nature of successful leadership. Calipari views each new team like a start-up business - one composed of new players, new relationships, and new challenges. Each season is a series of discoveries as he learns how to unleash the extreme talent in each of his players and mold them into championship material as college basketball comes to a crescendo every spring. While he can't control everything, he is responsible for everything - just like a CEO.

An enlightening look at leadership, management, and team building, Success Is the Only Option offers the keys to winning on and off the court.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech [Audiobook]

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech [Audiobook]
Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech [Audiobook] by Heather Cabot, Samantha Walravens, read by Heather Cabot
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 8 mins | 196.21MB

Meet the women who haven't asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it - building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, and rallying the next generation of women in tech.

Geek Girl Rising isn't about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. Instead veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens introduce listeners to the fearless female entrepreneurs and technologists fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that's changing the way we live, work, and connect to each other. Listeners will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They'll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan's ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the "women in tech" conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials, and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she cofounded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.

These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view matters in the age of technology and can rock big returns. At a time when women hold 26 percent of computing jobs in the United States and make up a tiny fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, these stories shine a light on new role models who prove that in the fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius [Audiobook]

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius [Audiobook]
Apollo in the Age of Aquarius [Audiobook] by Neil M Maher, read by L J Ganser
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 10 hrs 32 mins | 290.24MB

The summer of 1969 saw astronauts land on the moon for the first time and hippie hordes descend on Woodstock for a legendary music festival. For Neil M. Maher, the conjunction of these two era-defining events is not entirely coincidental. With its lavishly funded mandate to send a man to the moon, Apollo became a litmus test in the 1960s culture wars. Many people believed it would reinvigorate a country that had lost its way, while for others it represented a colossal waste of resources needed to solve pressing problems at home.

Yet Maher also discovers synergies between the space program and political movements of the era. Photographs of "Whole Earth" as a bright blue marble heightened environmental awareness, while NASA's space technology allowed scientists to track ecological changes globally. The space agency's exclusively male personnel sparked feminist debates about opportunities for women. Activists pressured NASA to apply its technical know-how to ending the Vietnam War and helping African Americans by reducing energy costs in urban housing projects.

Against a backdrop of Saturn V moonshots and Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius brings the cultural politics of the space race back down to planet Earth.

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There [Audiobook]

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There [Audiobook]
Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There [Audiobook] by Rutger Bregman, read by Peter Noble
2017 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 33 mins | 224.62MB

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn't be this way.

Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.

The Economist Audio Edition [July 1, 2017]

The Economist Audio Edition [July 1, 2017]
The Economist Audio Edition [July 1, 2017]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB +AZW3 | 204.84MB

Trump's America: A SPECIAL REPORT ON A DIVIDED COUNTRY

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  • Steppe change in Kazakhstan
  • 3D printing and manufacturing's future
  • Video: The next frontier in fake news
  • US Supreme Court: Rightward, ho!
  • Europe v Google: Not so Froogle
  • Scientific piracy: Websites offering pirated papers are shaking up science