Today on Boston Public Radio we're on tape, bringing you some of our favorite conversations from recent months.

Sebastian Junger spoke about his latest book, “Freedom,” which looks at the meaning of freedom in its many iterations. Junger is a journalist, author and filmmaker.

Sy Montgomery returned for our monthly edition of “Afternoon Zoo.” She talked about her sympathy for the humpback whale who nearly swallowed a lobster fisherman off of Cape Cod, stand-up fathers of the animal kingdom, and the dogs who are learning to talk to their owners. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and a BPR contributor. Her latest book is “The Hummingbird’s Gift: Wonder, Beauty and Renewal on Wings.”

Michelle Singletary discussed her latest book, “What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide.” Singletary is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, whose award-winning column “The Color of Money” provides insight into the world of personal finance.

Michael Moss previewed his new book and explained how some drug addiction experts are shifting their attention to food addiction. Moss is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author. His latest book is “Hooked: Food, Free Will And How The Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions.”

Dr. Marcia Chatelain discussed the historic role McDonald’s plays in the Black community and the origins of Black capitalism. Dr. Chatelain is a professor of history in African American studies at Georgetown University. She’s the author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” which won a Pulitzer Prize this year for history.

Elizabeth Hinton shared her research into the cycle of police and mob violence facing Black Americans, and how Black communities’ responses to brutality have been characterized throughout history. Hinton is an associate professor of history in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale. She’s also a professor of law at Yale Law School. Her latest book is “America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s.”

Daniel Lieberman talked about his new book on the evolution of human beings and our aversion to exercise, called "Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved To Do Is Healthy And Rewarding.” Lieberman is a professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.