Rebecca Priestley

Season 6, Episode 21


While out in New Zealand Robin and Josie chatted to one of NZ’s most celebrated science writers, Dr Rebecca Priestley. They chat about Rebecca’s own work and her time in Antarctica as well as work through the big stack of books Rebecca brought in. From collections of essays and poetry, to the writings of Atul Gawande, Helen Macdonald and lots more.

Please note that the small temporary studio we were put in to record this episode only had one mic to share between the three speakers, and Josie had a bad cold, so the audio quality isn’t the best, sorry about that.

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Reading List

Rebecca recommends:

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

The Faber Book of Science by John Carey

The Awa Book of New Zealand Science edited by Rebecca Priestley

Dispatches from Continent Seven by Rebecca Priestley

Gathering Evidence by Caoillin Hughes

Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA by Rebecca Priestley

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Complications by Atul Gawande

Better by Atul Gawande

Can You Tolerate This by Ashleigh Young

Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler

How to Watch a Bird by Steve Braunias

Multiple Exposures by Catherine Caufield

Confessing a Murder by Nick Drayson

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The work of Paul Cleave

Robin recommends:

Mad on Radium by Rebecca Priestley

Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs From Outer Space by Janna Levin

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin

The Language of the Genes by Steve Jones

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman

The work of Kurt Vonnegut

Luminous Moments by Paul Callaghan

Bird, Kansas by Tony Parker

Lighthouse by Tony Parker

The work of Oliver Sacks

Love’s Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom

The work of Iain Rankin

Josie recommends:

Sex, Botany and Empire by Patricia Fara

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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