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Longbourn by Jo Baker
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The Daily Circuit: 'Longbourn' is Kerri's book pick
The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen’s classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers’ hearts around the world for generations.
El Pintor by Interpol
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NPR First Listen: Interpol, ‘El Pintor’
El Pintor is Interpol’s fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It’s a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on El Pintor and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.
A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren
Soundcheck: Big Star’s Alex Chilton Revisited; Elizabeth & The Catapult Plays In Studio; How ‘Teenage’ Was Invented
Alex Chilton’s story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops (The Letter”) and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star (the ultimate American pop band”Time), Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton’s legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010.
In the career-spanning and revelatory A Man Called Destruction, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided overand influencedfour decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.
Like It Never Happened by Elizabeth & The Catapult
Soundcheck: Elizabeth And The Catapult: Sophisticated And Whimsical Chamber Pop
After the success of Elizabeth & the Catapult’s critically acclaimed 2010 album The Other Side Of Zero, Elizabeth Ziman went underground. Seeking a new perspective, she learned guitar and starting busking in the subways of Brooklyn. She also played drums for her friend Kishi Bashi, partnered up with her friend Paul Brill to write music for film (Knuckleball, Sexy Baby, The Other Shore), taught classical piano and wrote the songs that eventually became her new album, Like It Never Happened.
Ziman had originally intended to work with songwriter Richard Swift on Happened, but after Swift joined the Shins they put the project on hold, and she reunited with her old friends and bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, who played in the Catapult before forming their group Lucius.
Born With the Caul by Cian Nugent & The Cosmos
WNYC’s Spinning on Air: The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent
Cian Nugent is a guitar player from Dublin, Ireland whose music combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional music, 1960s & ’70s singer-songwriters, psychedelic rock, jazz ambitions and 20th century composition. Born With The Caul is his first full length with 4 piece-band The Cosmos and follows his critically acclaimed 2011 solo effort Doubles. Like that album, Caul is comprised of a few expansive, developed pieces (three, to be exact).
Portlandia: Season 4
The Dinner Party Download: How ‘Portlandia’ Plays in Peoria (and the Odd Way Fred’s Underwear Gets There)
The Dinner Party Download: Portland Does it Better: Etiquette with Fred and Carrie
All Tech Considered: 'Rent It Out': Portlandia Spoofs The Sharing Economy
This Is NPR: Portlandia Public Radio Tailgate
Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein (lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney) and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The show was created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it.
TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Jello Biafra, Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, k.d. lang, Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan, Silas Weir Mitchell, Michael Nesmith, Mark Proksch, Maya Rudolph, columnist Dan Savage, Nick Swardson, jazz duo Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Olivia Wilde are some of the guest stars on the fourth season of the comedy.
NPR’s Monkey See: Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of ‘Bob’s Burgers’
The animated comedy Bob’s Burgers returns for a third season. The series follows the ups and downs of Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who run’s Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but his family falls short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make ever “Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening” a success.
If you’re searching for a rare comedy that’s well done, look no further…BOB’S BURGERS is serving up a second season of top-grade fun! This time around, struggling restaurateur Bob Belcher and his family crash the food truck circuit, get burned by a bad review, find trouble in a taffy factory and dive into synchronized swimming. Enjoy the laughs - but save room for dessert! Shown in 16:9 full frame format using the highest quality source material available.
Smart laughs and irreverent fun are always on the menu at Bob’s Burgers. Bob Belcher’s family-run restaurant would be a big success if not for one thing - his family! Oldest daughter, Tina, can’t control her raging hormones. Middle son, Gene, promotes the restaurant by wearing a burger costume, but forgets to take it off to pee. And little Louise tells her class that Bob’s burgers are made from human flesh! This quirky comedy will leave you hungry for more.
In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery by Chris McCabe
Morning Edition: Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature
Opened in 1837 and inspired by the Pere Lachaise in Paris, West Norwood became known as the Millionaire’s Cemetery. But within its opulent grounds there are twelve buried names whose currency is language: these are the dead poets of West Norwood. In the first instalment of a project to map the Magnificent Seven, Chris McCabe takes us off the main track of London writing and asks why the works of Hopkins, Tennyson and Browning are still read above those buried in this suburban enclave of South London. Join McCabe on the hunt for a great lost poet, as he walks the winding Gothic paths of the Cemetery and makes an unexpected discovery underground in the catacombs. The stories of those loved and dismissed by Charles Dickens are carefully uncovered; those who influenced Lewis Carroll and Winston Churchill; and those whose burial in the common ground has not been enough to silence them. A startling and original work of literary detection, In the Catacombs is written across a range of forms - prose, Gothic fiction, criticism and poetry - and places West Norwood Cemetery and its dead poets back into the foreground of the London psyche.
To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu by George Takei
The Dinner Party Download: A New Documentary Tackles George Takei’s Biography
Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship EnterpriseTM and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek®—the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.
From the program’s birth in the changing world of the 1960s and death at the hands of the network, to its rebirth in the hearts and minds of loyal fans, the Star Trek story has blazed its own path into our recent cultural history, leading to a series of blockbuster feature films and three new versions of Star Trek for television.
The Star Trek story is one of boundless hope and crushing disappointment, wrenching rivalries and incredible achievements. It is also the story of how, after nearly thirty years, the cast of characters from a unique but poorly rated television show have come to be known to millions of Americans and people around the world as family.
For George Takei, the Star Trek adventure is intertwined with his personal odyssey through adversity in which four-year-old George and his family were forced by the United States government into internment camps during World War II.
Star Trek means much more to George Takei than an extraordinary career that has spanned thirty years. For an American whose ideals faced such a severe test, Star Trek represents a shining embodiment of the American Dream—the promise of an optimistic future in which people from all over the world contribute to a common destiny.
Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth by Otis Gibbs
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The Dinner Party Download: Otis Gibbs’ Childhood Introduction to Music
The Dinner Party Download: “Precocious Puzzlement” – Otis Gibbs
While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee Lewis records and didn’t take anything from anyone. The only job he ever enjoyed was driving a tow truck, but he couldn’t support the family on just 85 cents an hour. He was convinced he d finally hit the jackpot when he got a job throwing 100 pound bags of starch into boxcars for $1.85 an hour. 30 years later he retired with a worn out back, a bad shoulder and a cheap certificate in a cardboard frame. He once told me they were his, Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth. — Otis Gibbs
Detroit’s Delectable Past: Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie and Drugstore Whiskey by Bill Loomis
The Splendid Table: In turn-of-the-century Detroit, frog legs were eaten by the ton
Join local food aficionado Bill Loomis on a look back at the appetites, tastes, kitchens, parties, holidays and everyday meals that defined eating in Detroit, from the earliest days as a French village to the start of the twentieth century. Whether it’s at a frontier farmers’ market, a Victorian twelve-course children’s birthday party replete with tongue sandwiches or a five-cent-lunch diner, food is a main ingredient in a community’s identity and history. While showcasing favorite fare of the day, this book also explores historic foodways—how locals fished the Detroit River, banished flies from kitchens without screens and harvested frog legs with miniscule shotguns. Wedding feasts, pioneer grub, cooking classes and the thriftless ’20s are all on the menu, too.
Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets by Bill Loomis
The infamous images of Detroit’s crumbling buildings, abandoned homes and weed-choked parks are known worldwide. Seldom shown are the city’s thriving food ways, quietly rebuilding neighborhoods block by block with urban farms, locally made fare, new restaurants and an innovative, homegrown spirit that is attracting entrepreneurs and culinary enthusiasts from across the nation. Old neighborhoods are coming back to life with the smell of simmering soup, the crunch of new pickles and the aroma of all-day barbeque. Magnificent Art Deco clubs and speakeasies painstakingly restored to their former beauty are busy serving great local food. Author Bill Loomis goes behind the graffiti and ruins to explore how the passion for eating well is proving essential to Detroit’s comeback.
Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe
The Splendid Table: In Norway, there is more than one way to preserve a fish
It began as a little blog highlighting the recipes and crafts of the Norwegian-born food and prop stylist Paul Lowe. Six years later, Sweet Paul is an online magazine followed by millions and a print quarterly sold nationwide in specialty stores. Praised by the New York Times as “ a trove of seasonal delights,” it is turning heads with its easy, elegant food and style-setting aesthetic.
Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, with color palettes to match, Sweet Paul Eat and Make includes breakfast dishes like Morning Biscuits with Cheddar, Dill, and Pumpkin Seeds and brunches like Smoked Salmon Hash with Scallions, Dill, and Eggs. For lunch, there’s a super-quick Risotto with Asparagus, and for dinner, Maple-Roasted Chicken and a stunning Norwegian specialty, World’s Best Cake. Rustically chic craft projects—paper flowers made out of coffee filters, a vegetable-dyed tablecloth, and a trivet from wooden clothespins—will captivate even those who are all thumbs.
Remodelista by Julie Carlson
The Splendid Table: 5 easy ways to update your kitchen
Remodelista.com is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers. Unlike sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environments. High and low mix seamlessly here, and getting the look need not be expensive (think Design Within Reach meets Ikea). Remodelista decodes the secrets to achieving this aesthetic, with in-depth tours and lessons from 12 enviable homes; a recipe-like breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; dozens of do-it-yourself projects; “The Remodelista 100,” a guide to the best everyday household objects; and an in-depth look at the ins and outs of the remodeling process. In a world of design confusion, Remodelista takes the guesswork out of the process.
The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation by Dave Revsine
Only a Game: ‘The Opening Kickoff’ Reveals Parallels Between Football’s Early Years And Today
It’s America’s most popular sport, played by thousands, watched by millions, and generating billions in revenues every year. It’s also America’s most controversial sport, haunted by the specter of life-threatening injuries and plagued by scandal, even among its most venerable personalities and institutions. At the college level, we often tie football’s tales of corruption and greed to its current popularity and revenue potential, and we have vague notions of a halcyon time—before the new College Football Playoff, power conferences, and huge TV contracts. Perhaps we conjure images of young Ivy Leaguers playing a gentleman’s game, exemplifying the collegial in collegiate. What we don’t imagine is a game described in 1905 as “a social obsession—this boy-killing, man-mutilating, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport.”
In The Opening Kickoff, Dave Revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of American football between 1890 and 1915. In just a quarter century football spread across the nation, captivating people from coast to coast. It was a time that saw the game’s meteoric rise, fueled by overflow crowds, breathless newspaper coverage, and newfound superstars—including one of the most thrilling and mysterious the sport has ever seen. But it was also a period racked by controversy in academics, recruiting, and physical brutality that, in combination, threatened football’s very existence. A vivid storyteller, Revsine brings it all to life in this captivating narrative.