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Science and Technology


Cataclysms on the Columbia: A Layman's Guide to the Features Produced by the Catastrophic Bretz Floods in the Pacific Northwest CBA 7483

by John Elliot Allen. Narrated by Floyd Hutton.

3 cassettes.

The formation of the Grand Coulee and the landscape of eastern Washington remained a mystery for many years, until J. Harlen Bretz set out to prove that the Columbia River basin was the site of a series of huge floods 15,000 years ago. 1986.


Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony CBA 7301

by Marcia Bartusiak. Narrated by Colm Delaney.

4 cassettes.

Gravity waves are the last prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity yet to be observed directly. Now several gravity-wave observatories approach operations and physicists are gearing up to register these quakes in space-time. 2000.


Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality CBA 7239

by Jared Diamond. Narrated by Debbie Tully.

2 cassettes.

Looks at the evolutional importance of aspects of our sexuality such as recreational sex and the rarity of male lactation, asserting that our sexuality has been as crucial to the development of our species as our large brains and upright posture. 1997.

Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes CBA 7579

by Stephen Harris. Narrated by Eileen Gruhn.

5 cassettes.

This book tells the geologic stories of each of the Cascade and Mono Lake volcanoes including Shasta, Lassen, Hood, Rainier, St. Helens, and Crater Lake. It gives information on how to explore each volcanic peak and describes the specific hazards of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire." 1998.

Natural Wonders: The Flora, Fauna and Formations of Washington CBA 7572

edited by Mark Higgins. Narrated by Laurie Bialik.

2 cassettes. 4 hours. Available for download.

Seattle Times reporters explore the peaks and depths of the Evergreen State's landscapes. From the beauty of Deception Pass to the dangerous grin of the rough-skinned newt, they uncover the secrets of its most astonishing treasures. 2003.


Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight CBA 7269

by William Langewiesche. Narrated by Carter Bentley.

3 cassettes.

Langewiesche details his philosophy of flying as he talks about the view from above in the various aircraft both large and small that he has flown. He gives a physics lesson on how airplanes turn and portrays the political side of flying and the air travel industry. 1998.


Laughter: A Scientific Investigation CBA 7414

by Robert Provine. Narrated by Shelley McIntyre.

4 cassettes.

Neurobiologist Robert Provine takes a wide-ranging look at laughter, including topics such as the sonic analysis of laughter, how laughter has been musically notated in opera scores, a 1962 laughing epidemic that immobilized an entire African community, and the health benefits of laughing. 2000.

Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History CBA 7825

by Peter D. Ward. Narrated by Carter Bentley.

4 cassettes.

The Gorgons were the T.rex of their day until an environmental cataclysm 250 million years ago annihilated them and 90 percent of all plant and animal species on the planet. The author is a professor of geological sciences at the UW and he combines the tale of gorgonopsians with a South African travelogue and musings on mass extinction. Washington State Book Award winner. 2004.

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe CBA 7310

by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee. Narrated by Lynda Emel.

5 cassettes.

Astrobiologists argue that advanced life may be very rare in our universe, perhaps even unique. The authors take us on a search for life that reaches from volcanic hot springs on our ocean floors to one of Jupiter's icy moons. 2000.


The Restless Northwest: A Geological Story CBA 7563

by Hill Williams. Narrated by John Nadeau.

2 cassettes.

A former Seattle Times science writer provides a brief, easy-to-follow overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest. 2002.


Social Sciences



We Know Who We Are: A History of the Blind in Challenging Educational and Socially Constructed Policies: A Study in Policy Archeology CBA 7654

by Ronald J. Ferguson. Narrated by Mary Schlosser.

4 cassettes.

Traces the development of the National Federation of the Blind and explores the impact of social constructions on individuals with disabilities. Discusses social inclusion, discrimination, advocacy, policy, and braille literacy. 2001.

Our Boys Speak: Adolescent Boys Write About Their Inner Lives CBA 7506

by John Nikkah. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

3 cassettes.

Essays, poems, diary entries, and stories by boys aged twelve to eighteen cover topics ranging from sex and dating, sports, religion, depression, violence, video games, family, and just about everything in between. 2000.

Hey Waitress!: The USA from the Other Side of the Tray CBA 7783

by Alison Owings. Narrated by Lynn Rodgers.

6 cassettes.

Lively, personal portraits of waitresses across the U.S., with funny and sometimes shocking stories of their daily shifts. 2002.


Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power CBA 7569

by Alexandra Robbins. Narrated by Peter Szalai.

3 cassettes.

A look at the secret and influential Skull and Bones society at Yale, established in the 19th century. 2002.


Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children CBA 7349

by Michael Thompson. Narrated by Eileen Gruhn.

4 cassettes.

Drawing on new research as well as their own extensive experience in schools, the authors illuminate the crucial and often hidden role that friendship plays in the lives of children from birth through adolescence. 2001.

Color: Latino Voices in the Pacific Northwest CBA 7810

by Lorane West. Narrated by Kathleen Howe.

4 cassettes.

A collection of brief conversations with recent Latino immigrants. Whether about love, work, play, finances, or family, these accounts illuminate cultural differences in attitudes, rights, and values, and pose intriguing questions about our society. 2004.


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