What to Book: “In that late summer of 1854, as the toshers and the mud-larks and the bone collectors made their rounds, London was headed toward another, even more terrifying, battle between microbe and man. By the time it was over, it would prove as deadly as any in the city’s history.” In addition to providing a little perspective on what we’re currently dealing with, Steven Johnson’s book on an epidemic in London is remarkably informative and entertaining. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.

+ What to Pod: Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel is a podcast that’s definitely worth adding to your playlist. And there’s no better place to start than with Jessi’s recent interview with Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson. “Robbi and Matthew ditched the corporate grind and moved into a barn where they made art. They didn’t chase success, but it found them. Now, they’re planning to travel the country with their four kids – in a school bus.” Robbi and Matthew are two of the most interesting and inspiring people I know (even though their youngest kid sometimes gives me the business). Enjoy.

+ What to Watch: Netflix’s much-discussed series Love is Blind takes many of the most ridiculous features of past dating shows and rolls them all into one particularly ridiculous feat of matchmaking nonsense. In other words, I highly recommend it.