Summer Playlist 2024: Resources for Inspiration and Exploration

As we approach the summer season, we're excited to share a curated playlist of thought-provoking books, podcasts, videos, shows, and movies. This selection is designed to stimulate your curiosity, nurture your creativity, and provide intellectual sustenance as you unwind and recharge.


America Fantastica by Tim O'Brien

A futuristic novel with a wild ride through an America you might already recognize.

Co-Intelligence by Ethan Mollick

A clear and practical guide on how to integrate AI into our daily lives.

Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke

Through neuroscience and human stories, explore the urgent need to temper our relentless pursuit of digital dopamine highs and find solace amidst the buzz of modern life.

Horace's Compromise by Ted Sizer

A familiar walk through high schools fraught with the compromises teachers make everyday and the resulting experience of students.

Lobizona by Romina Garber

A perfect young-adult summer read about a teenager discovering her identity in a world of witches and werewolves.

Master of Change by Brad Stulberg

Redefine your understanding of change as a continual cycle of order, disorder, and reorder, developing a mindset of rugged flexibility.

Rest Is Resistance by Tricia Hersey

A guide and manifesto advocating for rest as a form of resistance against grind culture, rooted in Black liberation and womanism.

The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt

A Social Psychologist, NYU professor and prolific writer, discusses the effects of the rise of social media and mobile devices on adolescent mental health.

The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

A delightful reminder to unplug and pay attention, blending art, birdwatching, and journaling.

The Every by Dave Eggers

A laugh-out-loud dystopian novel set in the near future.

The Friction Project by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

Learn how smart leaders make the right things easier and the wrong things harder.

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

A fascinating study in the how and why of Russia's slide from the optimistic days of perestroika to the present day.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

An engaging, quirky, and unique beach read for educators.

The Shortest History of Israel and Palestine by Michael Scott-Baumann

A brief, reasonably comprehensive, and eminently accessible book to help make sense of the ongoing conflict.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" and two countries.


10 Percent Happier - Dua Lipa On: Radical Optimism, Falling On Stage, And "Writing Yourself Into A Good Idea"

Hear about creativity and sanity with one of the world’s biggest pop stars.

10 Percent Happier - The Science of Self-Compassion with Serena Chen

Learn about the connection between self-compassion and authenticity.

Apple Music's 100 Best Albums

Assembled with the help of artists and experts, it’s a modern love letter to the records that have shaped the world we live and listen in today.

Class Disrupted - How America’s Oldest Nonprofit Aims to Drive the Future of Education

Carnegie Foundation’s Timothy Knowles discusses efforts to boost social & economic mobility in higher ed and the undoing of the ‘pesky’ Carnegie Unit.

Dare to Lead - Immunity to Change

Gain inspiration from author and researcher Lisa Kahey on how change happens and why it's hard for adults.

Hidden Brain

Explore the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions at the heart of our complex and changing world.

Relationship Centered Learning Podcast

Get tools from Kevin Curtis to make a difference and impact the education system.

Stay Tuned with Preet - Roe's Gone. What's Next? with Jeannie Suk Gersen

A legal perspective on women's reproductive rights post Dobbs.

The Future of Education - Providing a Human-Centered, Self-Actualizing Education to Every Student

Hear from cognitive scientist Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman on placing students at the center of their learning.

Wiser Than Me

Julia Louis-Dreyfus interviews wise women, sharing insight, humor, and inspiration for living well at every age.


American Symphony (Netflix)

Musician Jon Batiste composes a symphony as his wife, writer Suleika Jaouad, undergoes cancer treatment.

Colin Hay - Waiting for my real life to begin (YouTube)

A heartwarming film about the ups and downs of music industry fame.

In Good Company - Sal Kahn, CEO of Khan Academy (YouTube)

Sal Khan, CEO & Founder of Khan Academy, discusses personalized education, AI, and the drive to learn.

Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones (Netflix)

Join Dan Buettner as he explores the science and lifestyles behind longevity.

The Shitthropocene: Welcome to the Age of Cheap Crap (YouTube)

A satirical anthropological view of humanity's consumption habits and its potential destruction.

Treeline - The Secret Life of Trees (YouTube)

A beautiful film exploring an ancient story written in the rings of trees.

You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experience (Netflix)

Watch identical twins change their diets and lifestyles in a unique scientific experiment.

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