Some things are just inexplicable—bank heists, murder mysteries, and workplaces where everyone is happy, to name a few. Unravel the truth with these readings from a TED speaker, a modern Israeli detective, and a jaded (fictional) reporter. And if these puzzling stories leave you eager for more, find out the latest on the unsolved case of D.B. Cooper with a podcast for history buffs.
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Happiness at Work, by Srikumar Rao
Rao, an Indian-born business professor and TED speaker, describes the mindset and values necessary to be happier and more fulfilled in our careers with this book. In chapters that link real-life case studies with parables, Rao includes practical tips like the “if-when” exercise, which challenges you to think about what you're waiting for in order to be happy. His work is designed to help you find joy—even if you're in that not-quite-dream job!
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“Getting Married in Israel: Why It So Often Involves a Detective,” by Daniel Estrin
An Israeli detective lands in Moscow on a rainy night, searching for a life-changing record in dusty Soviet archives. Sound like the opening pages of a thriller? It’s the real-life work of one man, responsible for helping Israeli couples get married. Want to know why? Read this Atlantic article today.
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“Who is D.B. Cooper?” Stuff You Missed in History Class
This podcast, affiliated with the website HowStuffWorks, explores neat historical events, people, and places. In this recent segment, hosts Sarah and Holly talk about new developments in the case of bank robber and plane hijacker D.B. Cooper. Did Cooper survive his famous nighttime jump from an airplane in 1971? He’s never been found, either dead or alive, and his case—the “NorJack” investigation—has long remained a source of mystery and speculation. Hear the latest clues now.
Fletch, by Gregory McDonald
Investigate a modern classic with McDonald’s first Fletch novel. Famously portrayed by Chevy Chase in the eponymous ’80s film, Fletch is a cynical reporter who finds himself embroiled in a case involving millions and murder. McDonald updates the themes of mid-century detective novels—greed and corruption—with a thoroughly contemporary hero with a gift for sarcasm.