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Pushkin Industries and Audible to Release Audio Biography “Fauci”

A picture of Dr. Anthony Fauci--who has grey hair and blue eyes and who is wearing a blue button down shirt with a dark tie--is set against a black background. The title of the audiobook, Fauci, appears behind him.

Pushkin Industries, the audio production company co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, and Audible Inc. today announced the upcoming release of Fauci – the audio biography of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the most prominent voices in the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Written and narrated by New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter, Fauci combines Specter’s unparalleled reporting with exclusive new interviews and archival audio footage of Dr. Fauci, his wife Christine Grady, R.N., Ph.D., and key colleagues and peers. Listeners will hear Dr. Fauci speak firsthand about the harassment and death threats he has received as a result of his leadership, and about the stress of simultaneously combating the Covid-19 pandemic and an information war waged by his boss, the President of the United States. Fauci will premiere exclusively on Audible in the new Audible Plus catalog on October 5th, 2020.

New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter has covered Dr. Fauci – and global public health – for more than three decades. In Fauci, Specter traces the doctor’s life from his childhood as a basketball-loving kid in Brooklyn, through his leadership during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to today, when the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the future of viral research are shaping humanity. With its chorus of voices, archival recordings, and original score, Fauci brings the immediacy and energy of the best documentary podcasts to the audiobook format. Fauci runs approximately three hours in length.

Fauci will be available within the Audible Plus catalog. Recently made available, Audible Plus is a new all-you-can-listen service, providing access to an array of Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts that span genres, lengths and formats, and it can be streamed instantly or downloaded for offline listening. Audible Plus allows members greater selection through unlimited access to a robust catalog. Audible Premium Plus members will have access to the constantly expanding Audible Plus catalog in addition to one credit per month which can be used for any piece of content outside the Plus catalog, regardless of price or length. Each credit is usable for any title in the entire Audible library. In addition to the Audible app, the Audible Plus catalog is also available across Alexa-enabled devices and Amazon Fire tablets.


Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. He is also Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Since joining The New Yorker he has written about agricultural biotechnology, the global AIDS epidemic, avian influenza, and new ways to edit DNA, among other stories. Specter worked at The New York Times as a Rome-based foreign correspondent and co-chief of the Moscow Bureau. He was also national science correspondent and then New York Bureau Chief of The Washington Post.


Pushkin Industries is the audio production company co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg. In 2019 Pushkin launched four new shows into the top 10 on the Apple Podcast charts: Against the Rules, hosted by bestselling author and journalist Michael Lewis; Cautionary Tales from Financial Times columnist Tim Harford; The Happiness Lab, hosted by Dr. Laurie Santos; and Solvable. Pushkin is also home to Gladwell’s Revisionist History, and produced the bestselling audiobook version of Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers (Hachette Audio, 2019).