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Books and podcasts, as recommended by ASDA’s Editorial Board

It’s safe to say that members of ASDA’s Editorial Board love a good book or podcast in their spare time. If you need a suggestion for a new book or podcast, keep scrolling for some recommendations.

Isabel Pennings, Contributing Editor

Book: “Teeth” by Mary Otto
This book describes the debate about mid-level practitioners and provides a unique journalistic view into the history of dentistry. This is a great read for anyone who is interested in the issue of increasing access to care.

Callista Schulenberg, Electronic Editor

Book: “Serve to be Great” by Matt Tenney 
This is a book about servant leadership and discusses how to build greatness by loving, serving and caring. I read this book in one sitting, and it completely changed the way I think about how I will lead in dentistry.

Mari Liestman, Contributing Editor

Book: “Lilac Girls: A Novel” by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by a true story, this historical fiction follows three women across the world over a period of 20 years. The author weaves together the stories of a New Yorker, a Polish teenager and a Nazi doctor as they experience life, love and loss during World War II and the Holocaust. It’s beautifully written, thought-provoking and has become one of my favorite books!

Jessica Rudman, Contributing Editor

​Podcast: Wrongful Convictions
Last year I was driving to interviews and externships a lot and needed a way to pass the time. This podcast was my go-to. Each episode outlines a story of a person who was wrongfully convicted. The episode includes an interview and often dives into the problems with today’s legal system, which allow these types of cases to be so common. Often, the person has been released by the time of the interview, but in some cases, the person is still in prison. The podcast can be dark at times because there are two victims in every case — the person who the crime was committed against and the person who was wrongfully convicted. 

Casey Rhines, Contributing Editor

Podcast: The Dangerous Dentist
After my first restorative procedure of fourth year, my faculty came to me and said I needed to gain some confidence. I almost cried. I went home angry from the criticism but aware that he was right. The first episode of this podcast is centered around increasing your confidence in dentistry, delivered by two funny best friends from dental school. Listen to why you shouldn’t mow your own lawn (episode No. 4) for a relatable discussion about time and money management. 

Podcast: Dr. Death
If you haven’t already listened to this podcast, you are missing out. A neurosurgeon set on the path to success spirals out of control and takes it out on patients and friends. Find out how the first medical doctor was tried for malpractice in a criminal case. This podcast delivers a satisfying combination of science and drama. 

Shilpa Kudva, Electronic Editor

Book: “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore
This is a wonderful book about two men who grew up in the same neighborhood, both named Wes Moore. One of them became a successful author; the other ended up in prison. It’s a fascinating read, and I realized the impact the little decisions we make have on the rest of our lives.

Want to know what some of ASDA’s Board of Trustees are reading and listening to? Get more recommendations in the September 2019 issue of Contour.

Shilpa Kudva

Shilpa Kudva, Texas A&M '21, attended Southern Methodist University for her undergraduate studies. She currently serves as legislative liaison for her ASDA chapter and as an ASDA electronic editor. In her free time, she loves to play her flute, read fiction novels and cycle.

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