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What we’re reading: Books, articles, and podcasts we love

June 24, 2019 by PATH

A bookshelf in the library at PATH’s Seattle office. Photo: PATH.

A bookshelf in the library at PATH’s Seattle office. Photo: PATH.

Some are new, some are time-tested, all have been shared in PATH offices around the globe. These are a few of our staff’s favorite reads and listens!

This is a living list of staff favorites from team members around the world. We will update it over time, and we welcome your suggestions. What should our staff be reading? Tell us about it on Twitter @PATHtweets.


Binyavanga Wainaina Obituary
A eulogy of the celebrated Kenyan writer and LGBTQ+ activist. Wainaina’s loss has been felt in communities around the world, but his sharp commentary and literary legacy live on. Read it onThe Guardian

An Urgent Mystery: Who's Attacking Ebola Responders in Congo—and Why?
A glimpse at the complexities of working within a country amid conflict and a public health crisis.This is a not-so-gentle reminder that health work does not—and cannot—exist in a vacuum, divorced from politics and history. Read it on NPR

Nothing Protects Black Women from Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth
How racism is fueling health inequity in the United States. Health inequities are often framed in terms of economics—low-income countries vs. high-income countries—but the same outrageous disparities exist along lines of color, gender, and culture. Read it on ProPublica


The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation discusses her work, her family, and why she thinks lifting up women will lift up entire communities. A guidepost for anyone working to achieve gender equity within their own community or beyond it. Learn more

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
The Nobel Prize laureate and activist explores the world’s refugee crisis through the eyes of young women and girls. These tales of resilience and trauma provide important context foranyone developing people-centered solutions. Learn more

Lean Impact by Ann Mei Chang
A simple, direct, and practical guide on how to fail fast and accelerate impact. The guidelines and examples in this book, which highlight the power of customer insight and rapid iteration, put this book directly in our wheelhouse. A must read for any innovator! Learn more

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
A novel for anyone with an interest in medicine and political revolution. Yes, we read fiction too! This tear-jerker may not be set in reality, but it contains useful and entertaining insight from an Ethiopian-born expert in medicine and ethics. Learn more


This Podcast Will Kill You by Erin Welsh and Erin Allman Updyke
Entertaining lessons on the science and history of infectious diseases. Our staff is raving about this! The “Erins” make biology accessible while providing important historical context that’s still relevant in health work today. Start listening

These recommendations do not constitute endorsement of opinion or fact by PATH.