Currents: Listens & Reads

It’s been a minute since I’ve updated my listens and reads list for sharing. Someone asked me for a recommendation this week and I thought it was about time to share.


The Power of Giving Away Power by Matthew Barzun. This summer read (listen) was a really thoughtful look at expanding the lens of leadership and releasing control. I fight my need to control regularly and this helped remind me of the need to give away to gain.

The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg. Quite possibly the best book I read in 2021. Considering the six primary functions/foci to create an internal groundedness. I keep revisiting the wisdom in this book and used Brad’s model to think about how I am building/dismantling habits in the year ahead.

How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith. An amazing summer 2021 listen as Dr. Smith led my ears on his in-depth look at racism in America through the lens of historical bastions of racist beginnings. A must-listen for anyone who seeks to get proximate to history and to the continued battle against racism in America.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. In anticipation of a series release based on this book, I finally read Station Eleven and in one sitting immersed myself into the post-apocalyptic pandemic world. It was luxurious in its words and character development. (And the series, while departing and creating new storylines, is spectacular.)

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday (and podcast). I was introduced to Ryan Holiday through The Growth Equation podcast and have found myself doing a deep dive into Stoicism and its impacts on life/work. This daily reading offers insight from the Stoics and a lesson to consider in moving towards a reflective life.

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. This was a beautiful and compelling reminder that we are good enough, just as we are made.


The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams. I listened to the audio version of this book and was so grateful to hear Dr. Goodall’s voice, its richness and pace adding to the nuance of these stories of hope. In a frenetic and painful world, this is a balm.

MLK Tapes from iHeartPodcasts and Tenderfoot TV. This short series podcast digs into the investigations to the real/backstory behind the assassination of Dr. King. A really interesting listen.

Up First from NPR. I’ve grown weary of the loud commentary of the morning show I’ve watched for years. I like that Up First gives me the Morning Edition synopsis as I get ready to start the day.

The Daily Stoic podcast by Ryan Holiday. Similar to the daily book, I particularly like the weekly deep dives that Ryan takes with another student of the Stoics. His interview with General Stanley McChrystal was particularly nerdtastic.

What’s on your list these days?

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