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Rapp Strategies Rundown – June 2018

What we’re reading, listening to and thinking about this month.

Todd R.: I'm starting Katy Tur's book Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History on the 2016 campaign, and the challenges of covering a presidential election while Donald Trump was re-writing the rules of campaigning. Preet Bharara's podcast "Stay Tuned" is in the middle of a four-part series about how the federal criminal justice system works from the inside. Great stuff. I've put my iPhone on "shuffle" this week - had a back-to-back of Arcade Fire’s “Modern Man,” Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Thankfully, no one can hear me sing in my car.

Todd S.: June seems like the perfect month to revisit a favorite book – Fantasyland by Sam Walker. The story is about Walker’s attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition with no experience playing fantasy baseball. This, he writes, is "like trying to learn the cello by joining the London Philharmonic." It’s a fun, sharply written book with quirky characters and great insights into America’s pastime and how it’s evolved. Walker is currently the WSJ’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that oversees the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects.

Rita: My summer reading list has to include best-selling titles that no longer have long waitlists at the library. On the summer stack: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Sarah: One of my favorite follows on Twitter is @FiveThirtyEight – they deliver data-driven stories in an easily digestible format. I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction novel and just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Up next is At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen.

Aaron: I am currently reading Paul Strathern’s novel The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance. A very readable history of the Medici family and their influence on the renaissance.

Anna: I enjoy the advice and insight of contributors to Fairygodboss, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women professionals. I am also reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, a stunning and atmospheric summer novel. And my day always begins with Blois Olson's Morning Take, a tip sheet of top Minnesota news stories.

Andrea: I was recently introduced to “tiny desk,” an NPR video series of intimate music performances by artists in all genres. It’s an awesome and creative introduction to new music.

Rapp Strategies Rundown - May 2018

What we’re reading, listening to and thinking about this month.

Todd R.: I just finished John Sandford’s latest [novel], “Twisted Prey.” An interesting twist to a new Lucas Davenport case. I spent the weekend on “Bobby Kennedy for President” on Netflix, a four-part series that offers a look at a time when we were even more politically divided than we are today.  Cheryl Reeve on the Talk North Podcast network is great, but it's 80 degrees out – time to listen to Beauty and the Beat by the Go-Gos

Todd S.: Don’t miss “WriteLane” with Lane DeGregory, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer/reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. You get terrific insights and pointers on how to write better by one of the best. The conversation is inviting and easy to follow. And Lane offers tremendous insight on how journalists write challenging stories.

Rita: The New York Times Morning Briefing provides a bulleted look at what you need to know to start your day. It’s enough information to skim through and feel like you know what’s going on, but not enough to bog you down. Of course, there are links to full reports if you need to know more. In addition to the news of the day, you also get a smattering of lifestyle tidbits.

Sarah: The Skimm – my favorite blogger turned me on to this morning newsletter years ago. Current events with the perfect amount of sass and pop culture. I start every morning with NPR’s “Up First” podcast. It gives me the need-to-know headlines first thing as I get ready for work.

Aaron: WNYC Studios “Note to Self” is my go-to podcast that explores how technology affects culture, the way we work and the way we live our lives.

Andrea: Recently, I’ve been reading “Damn Good Advice” by George Lois – an encouraging book for creatives/people who think outside the box. I’m a weekly listener to Latino USA, where I get to hear stories of my people and important issues that are affecting us.