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The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year

Margaret Renkl

Award-winning bestselling author and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times

Mary Laura Philpott

Bestselling author of "I Miss You When I Blink" and "Bomb Shelter"

Nov 14 2023

Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

Stephanie Land

New York Times bestselling author

Molly Smith Metzler

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter

Nov 13 2023

The Career Arts: Making the Most of College, Credentials, and Connections

Ben Wildavsky

Host of the "Higher Ed Spotlight" podcast and visiting scholar at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development

Sara Allan

Incoming president of the Valhalla Foundation and former Director in the U.S. Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nov 9 2023

Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP

Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association and the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Eva Telzer, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill and co-director of the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development

Claudia Welke, MD

Child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Compass Health Center and Compass Virtual

Nov 8 2023

Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World

Devorah Heitner, Ph.D.

Educator, consultant, and author of Growing Up in Public and Screenwise

Heidi Stevens

Chicago-based writer and Director of External Affairs for the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health

Nov 6 2023

Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream

David Leonhardt

Pulitzer Prize-winning senior writer for The New York Times

Matthew Desmond, Ph.D.

Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

Nov 2 2023

Women in Science Now: Stories and Strategies for Achieving Equity

Lisa M.P. Munoz

Science writer, author, and founder and president of SciComm Services

Vanessa Bohns, Ph.D.

Social psychologist, author, professor, and chair of organizational behavior at Cornell University's ILR School

Nov 1 2023

Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America

Heather Cox Richardson, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Boston College

Claire Bond Potter, Ph.D.

Professor of History Emeritus at The New School for Social Research in New York City

Oct 30 2023

Basics with Babish: Recipes for Screwing Up, Trying Again, and Hitting It Out of the Park

Andrew Rea

YouTube star of "Binging with Babish" and "Babish Culinary Universe" and New York Times bestselling cookbook author

Sawyer Jacobs

Andrew Rea’s lifelong friend and business partner

Oct 26 2023