What to Read, Watch, & Listen to - Summer 2016

Now that summer is in full swing, hopefully our Intercross readers have found some time to relax and pick up a book that's been waiting to be read or wind down with a good show or podcast. If not, and you're looking for a little inspiration, find out what some of our colleagues here at the ICRC in Washington are diving into and a round-up of other lists around the web.

**not recommended to try at work** - ICRC DC's Mackenzie Chernushin

**not recommended to try at work** - ICRC DC's Mackenzie Chernushin

Recommendations from our ICRC DC colleagues:

Anna Nelson, Head of Communications & Public Affairs
I am currently obsessed with the West Wing Weekly podcast. It's an episode-by-episode discussion of the iconic TV show hosted by the very funny Joshua Malina, who joined the WW cast in the fourth season, and Hrishi Hirway, a musician, composer, political news junkie, and diehard fan of the series, which debuted in 1999. I watched the show on DVD while living overseas and I'm loving every minute of reliving each episode now that I'm a Washingtonian. Josh and Hrishi's delightful and insightful commentary makes walking to work on Wednesdays a pure joy. The guests are great and fans of the laws of war might be particularly interested in rehashing Episode 3 of Season One, called "A Proportional Response."  

Chris Daniell, Detention Doctor
I was enchanted by the mix of architecture, art, and music in Simon Mawer's 'The Glass Room' which focused on a remarkable single house in middle Europe, and the people who lived there, from the 30's, through World War II, to a nadir hosting a dance studio and a rehabilitation center in the communist era, and finally restored as a heritage site - made me want to go and visit M'sto.

Mila Lozano, Protection Assistant
I've been reading spiritual books focused on Catholicism. On my list for this summer are the biographies of Dorothy Day, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Mother Angelica by Raymon Arroyo. 

Allison Brinkerhoff, IHL Legal Intern
I am just starting to read “Sex and World Peace,” a book that argues that the security of women is necessary for the security of a state and a factor regarding the frequency of conflict and war. The book does a nice job of laying the foundation of international relations for those without a strong understanding of the topic and then jumps into showing how gender-based violence effects the security of a nation. So far it has been an interesting read. I’m also reading “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling which is refreshingly light and funny. 

Mackenzie Chernushin, Assistant to the Armed Forces Delegates & the Legal Advisors
I am halfway through "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts. "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."  Lin, an escaped convict, paints a vivid picture as he navigates his new found life in Bombay. Highly recommend! 

Recommendations from elsewhere on the web:

  • On NPR's book review section, you can listen to what their contributors have to say - the most recent addition being "Underground Airlines." In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."
  • Wired has assembled this list of upcoming summer releases with one goal in mind: picking worthwhile-looking books that also promise to be wildly entertaining. They say you’ll find at least two excursions into cults, penetrating essays on race, the misadventures of chaotic monkeys, and much more.
  • Bill Gates says his recommended reading list has a good dose of books with science and math at their core. But there was no science or math to his selection process. "The following five books are simply ones that I loved, made me think in new ways, and kept me up reading long past when I should have gone to sleep."
  • The Washington Post shares "37 Books We've Loved So Far in 2016" from thrillers to literary fiction, memoir, science and politics. They've also given advice on how to get into summer reading shape.

PS We know it probably goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) the opinions and recommended links here do not necessarily reflect the official opinions or position of the ICRC.