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Actually, everyone should be read Classic Feynman, because it contains both autobiographical books on Feynman as well as bonus material.
The section on magnets starts at 3:55, but there's a great explanation of the difficulty of "why" questions at the beginning.
P.S. I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, if anyone hasn't read it yet. There's also a larger hardcover compilation containing that work and a few others called Classic Feynman (this is the edition I have). He was an amazing person, and there are all sorts of spectacular stories about his time on the Manhattan Project, about investigating the Challenger disaster, and about selecting textbooks out for the California school curriculum (this section may make you rage).
I have a book that mixes the two and it came with an audio cd of a lecture of his (http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393061329/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1317593099&amp;sr=8-11).
In a forward by Freeman Dyson he says that one really needs to read the books in Dr. Feynman's voice in order to get the most out of it, and urges the reader to listen to the cd first.
I completely agree that his voice, his way of explaining things, and his sheer excitement at seemingly mundane (perhaps overlooked) details are so unique and interesting that it really adds another dimension to his words.
I know you already mentioned Huxley, but I have to first say Brave New World. Just because, man, nothing else could have really opened my eyes to a relative morality at such a young age. "Let's just purposefully grow people. Then let's have them embrace their sexuality at a really young age. Oh, and there are these other 'savages' that practice many of the old ways. We don't talk about them much. Oh, and all the old religion got mashed up when we put all the people together, so they sort of worship this Christ type mother earth type thing. It's cool. They're fine."
Then there's The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect (click for online free version published by the author.)
Where do I start with this book? First, I would say it's both sexually and violently graphic. That's not the point, though. The point is: What happens when we actually do have a god that can, and will, give us whatever we want? Whatever we want, that is, except death. Everyone is immortal and everyone can invent their own world to live in. What happens? Really really good stuff. A short book, but just blew my mind.
Finally, I'm finding it hard to decide between Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character, The Information, and Freakonomics. Each of these really expanded the way I think of things and how I look at the world around me. I'd recommend any one of them, it just depends on what you're interested in.
Classic Feynman is a collection of his books, broken down and organized somewhat chronologically.
Another vote for audiobooks, here. Find a story you can lose yourself in, and hour after hour will pass without you getting restless.
If you haven't heard them, I can't recommend highly enough Los Alamos from Below which is the companion disc to Classic Feynman by Richard Feynman, and Eric the Pilot by Henry Rollins. Both are single hour performances, but great storytelling.
As for longer listens, I never tire of having Stephen Fry relate the adventures of the Hogwarts crew to me, and I recently listened to Hannibal Rising read by Thomas Harris. I'm not sure I'd have been into it if I'd just sat down to read, but it was a pretty good production. Good Omens read by Stephen Briggs was awesome, too.