Booktalk: New Yorker staffer John Colapinto’s This is the Voice

New Yorker staff writer John Colapinto is the author of five books and numerous science-linked articles. This is the Voice begins with a story about how he blew out his own voice singing in a band.

Along the way, he shows us why the voice is the most efficient, effective means of communication ever devised. Even babies hear their mother’s voices in the womb. Our voices can be calibrated to reach one other person or thousands. One of his many research stops is up the Amazon to meet the Piraha, a reclusive tribe whose speaking sounds like singing.

And in our interview, he compares the political voices of Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden.

Follow Colapinto on twitter: @JohnColapinto

Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for more than 25 years.