The Wall Street Journal says, “If we are going to have a national conversation about race in the United States, a book like [James Forman Jr.'s] Locking Up Our Own ought to set the tone."
The Yale Law School professor, former public defender, and charter school founder brings his experience to the complex minefield topic of race and incarceration in his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.
James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and the role it plays today. They also discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, and James’ father, the civil rights leader James Forman Sr.
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our conversation with James Forman Jr.
Business Insider recently asked a group of Harvard Professors which included Nobel laureates, scientists, economists, and Pulitzer Prize winners to share the single book they think students should read in 2018.
Roxanne tells us, "I love lists because it reminds me of what I should pay attention to."
Harvard Recommended Books:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Internationalists by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun
She flipped the notion of parenting on end with her last book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Now she takes her latest shot and claims the way we act is destroying the world.
Her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations offers a bold new remedy for reversing foreign policy failures and overcoming our own destructive political tribalism at home.
R J. Julia was lucky enough to host the Yale Law School professor and as Roxanne puts it, “she is never one to shy from provocative points of view”.
Books in this episode:
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s “deeply personal” memoir, Becoming drops this Fall!
Roxanne also discusses country music legend Dolly Parton’s non-profit, Imagination Library which just celebrated a huge milestone!
Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Amy Chua where she discusses her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.
Our guest Yascha Mounk’s new book, "The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It" is “a provocative must read,” according to Roxanne. Roxanne and Yascha will explore how we got to where we are and what we can do about it.
Yascha, the Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute, lectures at Harvard and write The Good Fight column at Slate as well as hosts a podcast by the same name.
This is an important show you won’t want to miss.
From fairy princesses to books about family relationships, immigration and more, Harper's Bazaar has something for everyone's March Reading Madness!
Julia Samuel’s first book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, And Surviving is organized by the type of loss; losing a parent, losing a child, and confronting your own death.
Is the way which someone grieves different by the loss or is it more defined by who they are?
Samuel is a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families. She recently joined Roxanne at RJ Julia to talk about grief as a process that's unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed.
Roxanne says, “I think the point that permeates throughout the book is the need to confront pain as part of the grieving process.”
Roxanne recently sat down with author and friend Amy Bloom to talk about her new book White Houses, inspired by one of the most intimate relationships in history between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Listen to Amy read an excerpt from her latest bio-fiction in this week's episode.
Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Julia Samuel where she discusses her latest book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving.
Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump!
Jacob’s latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: "You don't know me, but I'm your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history.
The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million.
We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books & Books in Miami who shares what is on their front table and the books the changed her life.
Books in this episode:
“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
Paris is Burning by Lucas Hilderbrand
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William Macaskill