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How we Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
on Being: Sherwin B Nuland
Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain human life moment to moment. He reflects on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology.
Ethics for the New Millennium by Dalai Lama
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on Being: Pursuing Happiness wtih the Dalai Lama
MPR News Presents: 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum with the Dalai Lama
In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. The number of people who spend their lives engaged in violence and dishonesty is tiny compared to the vast majority who would wish others only well. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness. Ethics for the New Millenniumpresents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious beliefs. Though he himself a practicing Buddhist, the Dalai Lama’s teachings and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us—Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist—to a happier, more fulfilling life.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s newest book, The Wisdom of Compassion, is now available from Riverhead Books.
Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
A Prairie Home Companion: Tomato Butt
The News from Lake Wobegon stories seem to resonate universally with everyone. Lake Wobegon is inhabited by people you know (they just have different names), and Garrison’s stories always have a thread of truth to them — they are stories from his family or friends, or true stories told to him that then run through his head and were transformed into something that is simultaneously funny, humorous, touching and sad. They are simply brilliant. Garrison is the modern-day Mark Twain!
One of the main queries we have repeatedly received over the years is the desire to have the Lake Wobegon monologue stories in written form. As you can tell by our website, we do a pretty good job of releasing the stories — whether by podcast, digital download or compact disc — but Garrison has often related to me that the written word is quite different than the spoken word, and thus a straight transcript-style book would not work. Each story would have to be re-worked slightly from the version he told on-air. He has gone back and done that in two books and today, I present Leaving Home. Many favorites from the show are included — the story of the ministers holding a barbeque on the Agnus Dei Pontoon, the ‘57 septic tank coming up Main Street while the homecoming day parade is happening, the usher convention in Hawaii, the news from the State Fair, the truck stop and many more. Many people have shared with me that they often prefer to hear Garrison read the stories because they are so accustomed to listening to his voice on the radio, but I will let you be the judge! This book is very entertaining and one that The New York Times said was “clean, down-to-earth, exquisitely good hearted, highly ludicrous.”
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry
Here & Now: Catching Up with Dave Barry
The Leanard Lopate Show: Dave Barry
Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me: Dave Barry Plays Not My Job
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
G I R L by Pharrell Williams
TED Radio Hour: Is There A Secret To Happiness?
Fresh Air: Pharrell Williams Just Exhilaratingly Happy
Morning Edition: Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds
All Things Considered: Pharrell Williams Blurs Lines With Daylong Music Video
NPR’s The Record: A Rational Conversation: Ambition Returns To The Music Video
NPR’s Monkey See: Pharrell Williams And The Power Hat
Music Review: Hats Off To Pharrell’s New Album
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.”
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He’s also created a new way of looking at established stars like SnoopDogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuittonand Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams’ vision continues to push pop culture forward.
G I R L is Pharrell’s highly anticipated new album, and features the hit single, “Happy”, an international phenomenon and radio smash. “Happy” was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). It is nominated for an OSCAR this year for Best Original Song, and Pharrell will perform “Happy” on the OSCARs on March 2nd, on ABC.
"Happy" has sold more than 2.3 million tracks worldwide, and has topped the chart in more than 175 countries. Currently in the US, the song generates over 120 million weekly audience impressions across 6 radio formats - Top 40, Rhythm, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. "Happy" has also just been certified Platinum.
In addItion to the excitement of Pharrell’s new album, he just took home four Grammy Awards, including including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk s Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
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A Prairie Home Companion: ”Barton Hollow” & “From This Valley”
World Cafe: The Civil Wars
Best of 2011 New Adventures In Folk: The Best Of 2011
Joy Williams and John Paul White met on a blind date. Not a blind date set up by well-meaning, coupled-up friends, but a blind date for songwriters gathering together to share ideas with their peers. Their connection, they both admit, is something neither had experienced before.
Williams and White come from different musical traditions: the pop-music world and the traditional Americana world. But those differences helped create the sound they have today — a unique, infectious blend of delicious harmonic dissonance and heart-rending lyrics.
In the title track of The Civil Wars’ debut, “Barton Hallow,” those harmonies sound effortless, especially when combined with the driving guitar and touch of tambourine that underscore the narrator’s desire for forgiveness. But that earnest desire is also mixed with a guilty longing to be free, unfettered by responsibility. It’s a compelling contradiction, and the duo clearly takes a lot of pleasure in fully exploring it.
Spirityouall by Bobby McFerrin
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All Things Considered: Bobby McFerrin - Spirituals AS Sung Prayers
Song Travels: Bobby McFerrin
on Being: Catching Song with Bobby McFerrin
World Cafe: Bobby McFerrin on World Cafe
Bobby McFerrin brings it all back home with his new album, spirityouall, re-imagining Americana with beloved spirituals and original songs. Bobby invites us along on his everyday search for grace, wisdom and freedom, embracing bluegrass and the baroque, heartfelt lyrics and wordless melodies, joy and sorrow. He throws some unexpected new ingredients into the melting pot and invites us to sing together through life’s trials and triumphs. Across genres, across boundaries, across generations, spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.
A Prairie Home Collection: Bobby McFerrin brought the house down during a broadcast in 1986 where he performed his version of The Wizard of Oz.
Heart Murmurs by Jeremy Messersmith
The Current: Friday Five feat ‘Ghost’ by Jeremy Messersmith
The Current: Review - Heart Murmurs
World Cafe: Jeremy Messersmith
Here & Now: Song of the Week - Tourniquet by Jeremy Messersmith
Soundcheck: Infectious and Aching Pop Standards
First Listen: Heart Murmurs
014 release, the fifth album from the Minneapolis-based Indie singer/songwriter. Heart Murmurs is the follow-up to his 2012 album paper Moon. Features the single ‘Tourniquet’.
St. Vincent by St. Vincent
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All Songs Considered: Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album
All Things Considered: St. Vincent’s Eerie Musical Alchemy
First Listen: St. Vincent, ‘St. Vincent’
Morning Becomes Eclectic: St. Vincent
On Point: Digital Princess St. Vincent On Her Self Titled Fourth Album
The word “eccentric” pops up often in descriptions of Annie Clark and the music she performs as St. Vincent. It’s a word attached to trailblazers of many kinds. Often though not always, there’s a degree of respect wrapped up in the idea of eccentricity — and intrigue, certainly — but there’s also a gentle admonishment, a “we both know you’re breaking the rules” eyebrow-raising inherent in that descriptor. A more apt word for St. Vincent, written into every inch of her self-titled fourth album, is fearless.
Clark credits David Byrne, her collaborator on 2012’s Love This Giant, with teaching her fearlessness. While it’s true that she started work on this record 36 hours after returning home from a tour with Byrne, and while that project (particularly its irrepressible horn section) is writ large upon this one, Clark doesn’t give herself enough credit. She’s been making unapologetically individual music since her 2007 debut Marry Me, and she continues to rewrite the boundaries of contemporary indie rock with each of her projects. That, too, is where eccentricity as a concept fails to capture Clark’s quiddity. It’s not strangeness that dominates her music, but a sense of exploration, experimentation and artistic discovery, executed with impeccable production instincts. Every defiant growl, jaded vocal fry and distorted guitar lick on St. Vincent flirts with the avant garde, yet uses an accessible, if inventive, musical vocabulary to do so.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
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Weekend Edition: 'Star'-Crossed Teens with Cancer Fall in Love
NPR: Love in the Time of Cancer
The Roundtable: The Fault in our Stars
Here & Now: The Girl Who Inspired ‘Fault’ And a Network of Friends
WBEZ: John Green Talks The Fault in our Stars
Hazel and Augustus have what they call a cute meet in the movies, but improbable, ludicrous, and fateful, too. Hazel is 16, and has thyroid cancer, with what they call a satellite in the lungs that keeps filling her with sour stuff that makes her feel like she’s drowning. Augustus, or Gus, is a little older, lithe and handsome. He’s lost a quarter of a leg to cancer but tells people, I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up. They meet in a support group for young cancer patients that’s held in a church basement; two smart, funny, doomed young people in Indianapolis who find support groups a pompous bore, but they’re sure are glad to find each other.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is the title of John Green’s new book for young adults.
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by jennifer Senior
Fresh Air: Are We Having Fun Yet?
The Daily Circuit: Parenting Today ‘All Joy and No Fun’
All Things Considered: A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage to be ‘All Kids and No Fun’
Kojo Nomandi Show: Jennifer Senior
Drawing on a vast array of sources in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, journalist Jennifer Senior challenges our culture’s most basic beliefs about parenthood, while revealing the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Fresh Air: Karen Russell’s ‘Vampires’ Deserve the Raves
The Daily Circuit: Kerri’s Book Pick of the Week - “Vampires in the Lemon Grove’
Weekend Edition: Life, Love and Underneath in the ‘Lemon Grove’
NPR: Vampires Isn’t Sparkly, It’s Magnificent
Here & Now: Karen Russell Recieves the MacArthur Genius Grant
RadioTimes: Karen Russell Finds Vampires in the ‘Lemon Grove’
The Leanard Lopate Show: Vampires in the Lemon Grove
“One of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade … Vampires in the Lemon Grove is flawless and magnificent, and there’s absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell.” —Michael Schaub, NPR
From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak
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The Daily Circuit: ‘One More Thing’ is Kerri’s Book Pick of the Week
NPR: Exclusive First Read (And Listen!): B.J. Novak’s ‘One More Thing’
NPR Book Review: 'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny
A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.
Fresh Air: Patsy Cline - A Country Carreer Cut Short
Patsy Cline’s career really only lasted three years and the complete recorded output from that career lasts two hours and 10 minutes but her importance is out of proportion to those numbers.
She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in 1932 to parents living in the hills of West Virginia, and was performing as a teenager under the name Ginnie Hensley. In 1953, she married Gerald Cline, a construction worker. A year later, she signed a contract with 4 Star Records, which was mostly a vehicle for recording songs from its owner’s publishing house. 4 Star put out 18 songs of the 51 she cut for them, and only one charted.
Patsy Cline’s life story was portrayed on film by Jessica Lange. It is a brilliant turn by an actress at the top of her game portraying the legendary singer. Meryl Streep is on record stating that the performance is "beyond wonderful" and that she "couldn’t imagine doing it as well or even coming close to what Jessica did because she was so amazing in it.
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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
The Daily Circuit: 'Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald' is Kerri's book pick
Weekend Edition: Z Tells the Fitzgerald’s Story from Zelda’s Point of View
Morning Edition: For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C.
Morning Edition: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.