By Chris Castiglione
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||CleanEgo Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday||Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our...||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Arbesman on The Half-Life of Facts||Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing....||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Bea Johnson on Zero Waste Home, Rapidfire Q&A, and inventing sustainable business models (Part 2) [The Social Good B||In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. The book is a how-to guide for reducing as much waste as possible from your life. In this episode of On Books, I interview Bea and discuss about how...||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Summary: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (Part 1) [The Social Good Book Series]||In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. The book is a how-to guide for reducing as much waste as possible from your life. In this episode of On Books I share my favorite tips from Bea's...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Reading Haruki Murakami: What does it mean to follow an author’s canon of work?||Haruki Murakami’s books are a blend of modern culture, and fantasy. Arguably, Murakami is Japan’s most famous author, his writing resonates on a frequency that is distinctly “Murakami.” Over the past 30 years, Murakami has written 13 novels...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Singer on doing "The most good you can do", Rapidfire Q&A, and Social Good Startups||Peter Singer is a well known Australian philosopher and author. In 2005 Time magazine named Singer one of the top 100 most influential people of the year. His latest two books The Life You Can Save (2009), and The Most Good You Can Do...||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Summary: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly||In this episode of On Books, I discuss The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly. The Inevitable is driven by the idea that the technological trends of the next 30 years can be...||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Kelly on The Inevitable, 60s Counterculture, and How to Read Better||This week I was lucky enough to interview one of my favorite people of all time: Kevin Kelly. Tim Ferriss refers to Kevin as the real-life “Most Interesting Man In The World." He is one of the co-founders of Wired Magazine,...||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Book Series: The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer||In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Life You Can Save, by Peter Singer. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Books Series: The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer||In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, by Peter Singer. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Book Series: The Long Now Interview with Zander Rose (Part 4)||In this episode I talk with Zander Rose (Director of the Long Now Foundation) on long-term thinking, and building something that lasts longer than ourselves. This is the fourth episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you...||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Books Series: The Long Now (Part 3)||How do you build something that will last 10,000 years? In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. This is the third episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any order you like. Books notes...||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Books Series: The Long Now (Part 2)||How does social change happen over time? What is more powerful nature or commerce? In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. This is the second episode in the series, but feel free to listen to them in any...||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Social Good Books Series: The Long Now (Part 1)||In this episode of On Books, we discuss The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand. Books notes available at:http://www.on-books.com||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeave The World Better Than How You Found It||(we are echoes)||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKurt Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country (Part 2)||In this episode of On Books, we discuss Part 2 of Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter: @onbooksshow (http://www.twitter.com/onbooksshow) Facebook:...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKurt Vonnegut's A Man Without A Country (Part 1)||This episode of On Books brings you a reading from A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut. This is part 1 of a 2 part episode on this book. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter:...||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport||In this episode of On Books, Chris brings you So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter: @onbooksshow (http://www.twitter.com/onbooksshow) Facebook:...||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Tools (50 Essential Strategies) by Roy Peter Clark||In this episode of On Books Chris brings you 50 Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. Books notes available at: http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter: @onbooksshow...||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen do you quit? When do you stick? 5 Lessons from Seth Godin in The Dip||In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione shares lessons learned about quitting from The Dip by Seth Godin. You can find the complete interview, and show notes available @ http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Life-Changing Spring Cleaning Tips from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up||In this episode of On Books, I bring you The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. Visit www.on-books.com for book notes! Subscribe on iTunes! Twitter: @onbooksshow (http://www.twitter.com/onbooksshow) Facebook: /onbooksshow...||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAziz Ansari: On Modern Romance and Increasing Creative Output||In this episode of On Books, I take on Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance. It's a book about online dating, love, psychology and the cultural impacts of texting as a medium. It's going to be a great episode! So get ready, and I'll share with you stories of...||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing up Bebe: Paris vs. New York City, on Raising Children, and Education||In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione chat about Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. Books notes are online @ http://www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter: @onbooksshow...||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSay Hello to On Books!||Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org! Let me know: On a scale of 1 to 10 would you recommend the On Books podcast to a friend? Put the number 1-10 (in the subject), and WHY you gave that number (in the body). Thanks for listening! Subscribe on iTunes!...||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric Fromm on The Art of Loving, Is Love an Art? Is your love Passive or Active?||In this episode of On Books, I'll ask, "Is Love an Art?". You learn about the book: The Art of Loving by Eric Fromm, and much more. Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Website: www.on-books.com Twitter: @onbooksshow...||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Artist's Way, 2 big takeaways, and how to be creative 750 words at a time||In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione brings you his take on The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. You can find his complete notes and thoughts over at http://www..on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On Books: Twitter:...||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Neil Strauss Interview: on The Truth, and alternatives to monogamy||In this episode of On Books, Chris Castiglione chats with Neil Strauss about his latest book The Truth. You can find the complete interview, and show notes available @ www.on-books.com Subscribe on iTunes! And follow On...||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - David Bowie's Top 100 Books||This episode of On Books is dedicated to David Bowie. I'll read a piece from Sara Benincasa called "Thank You, David Bowie, From The Weird Kid", as well as share some highlights from David Bowie's Top 100 Books.||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - On Creating Big Hairy Audacious Life Goals, and the NPR Interview||In this episode of On Books, we’ll chat about creating goals and resolutions. We discuss my recent article on resolutions in the Huffington Post, and the details of the NPR interview. Read the book notes @ www.on-books.com||1/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 – New Year's Resolutions, Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset, How to Reframe Failure||In this episode of On Books, we’ll chat about New Year's Resolutions, and the concept of Growth vs. Fixed mindset from the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. Read the book notes @ www.on-books.com||12/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - John Keegan on the art of connection, dating in New York City and The Power of Now||In this episode of On Books, I chat with John Keegan (NYC Dating Coach) about the art of connection, dating in New York City, and The Power of Now. Find the book notes @ www.on-books.com||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - The Power of Now (Book Highlights! Ego at Burningman! and on "being alone")||In this episode of On Books, we’ll chat about The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Read the book notes @ www.on-books.com||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - How to Learn Anything Fast||The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan||The main idea of Sex at Dawn in less than 20 words: Humans beings were not always monogamous creatures. In this episode of On books we cover three of the main ideas in Sex at Dawn, as well as listen to excerpts from Christopher Ryan's TED Talk Read...||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon||In this episode I chat about Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. I'm joined by One Month's Zach Valenti and Sydney Flint. Check out the book notes @ www.on-books.com||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Thinking Fast and Slow (Part 2) on Happiness||Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-selling 2011 book by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics winner Daniel Kahneman which summarizes research that he conducted over decades, often in collaboration with Amos Tversky. It covers all three phases of his...||11/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (chat with Alex Miles Younger)||Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-selling 2011 book by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics winner Daniel Kahneman which summarizes research that he conducted over decades, often in collaboration with Amos Tversky. It covers all three phases of his...||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch (A Book Chat with Kevin Allison of RISK!)||This week I discuss Catching the Big Fish (by David Lynch) with Kevin Allison (RISK!; MTV's The State, and Reno 911). In our interview we chat about the book, as well as: finding creativity, Transcendental Meditation, self-help books,...||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks||In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks tells 24 short-stories (all true) of some of his patients. The first chapter chronicles the story of one of Sacks' patients with visual agnosia (face-blindness) who literally...||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg||Habit - a decision you made at some point. And then stopped making, but continue acting upon. In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg brings us scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed Charles...||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - The Fault in Our Stars||Why is the book called The Fault in Our Stars? It's based on this quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” - Julius Caesar...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlink by Malcolm Gladwell||In Blink, Gladwell shares stories that celebrate the power of quick decisions, as well as those moments when our instincts betray us. In this episode of On books we cover: Thin-slicing, and "The Right - and Wrong - Way to Ask People What They Want."...||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke||In 1903 Franz Kappus (a 17 years old student) wrote the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (27 years old) asking his advice on becoming a writer. The book is a collection of Rilke’s replies over a series of 10 letters. In the letters...||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - The Three Stages of Startup Growth||In this episode I'll give a summary, some highlights and exceprts from the book Leading at the Speed of Growth by Katherine Catlin||7/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown||What do I cover in this episode of the podcast? The main gist of the book An overview of the four main parts of the book Quotes and stories from the book At the end I’ll do a kind of oral meditation for you, contrasting an...||7/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel||OnBooks with Chris Castiglione||7/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Jim Henson||On Books with Chris Castiglione||6/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Like suggested books from a smart friend
Chris Castig does the work that many readers want but have no time to do. He scours the shelves to find the books that truly add value to one's life.
Chris is a modern Renaissance man, and this is reflected in his wide-ranging yet always engaging book discussions. Check out his archives and you'll notice something...every book he discusses may not be for you, but there's at least one book on there for everybody.
On Books has earned a time slot in my morning commute.
Insightful Meditations on Texts
Creative, funny, and well-researched, Chris Castiglione's podcast is always an enjoyable listen.
His weekly choice of books is stellar and focused on practical takeaways from each texts. I love his treatment of each book, how he dissects the main arguments by the author, and the ramifications on his life. It really makes you reevaluate your assumptions about the world and the values and principles that shape your life.
Highly recommended. Keep up the great work, Chris.
OK, but not enough about the books
I've just completed listening to all available (so far). A few were interesting and valuable -- the rest were not. When the narrator is with his friends, the podcasts are poor. Their good time takes prioriry over content and quality. The narratro sounds to have an immature attachment to alcohol and shockingly poor grammar. Yes, this is negative halo effect (a good podcast), but it forms my opinion.