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Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
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As Heard on Public Radio:
on Being:  The Fabric of our Identity
on Point: Richard Rodriguez on Modern Spiritual Identity
Bill Moyers: On Faith & Reason with Richard Rodriguez
NPR: Excerpt from ‘Hunger of Memory’
After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

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As Heard on Public Radio:

on Being:  The Fabric of our Identity

on Point: Richard Rodriguez on Modern Spiritual Identity

Bill Moyers: On Faith & Reason with Richard Rodriguez

NPR: Excerpt from ‘Hunger of Memory’

After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.

Key & Peele: Season Three
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The Daily Circuit: Op-ed pick: Why no one should be off-limits from jokes
Fresh Air: For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’
All Things Considered: Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama
Morning Edition: For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes
All Things Considered: Why Chaucer Said ‘Ax’ Instead Of ‘Ask,’ And Why Some Still Do
Wits: Keegan-Michael Key
Wits: More from Largo with Keegan-Michael Key
The Takeaway: Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama’s Endorsement
WBEZ: The Keegan-Michael Key Interview
PB & J. Milk and Cookies. Serial Killers & Showers. Some things just go together – like sketch masters Key & Peele. They and their characters are back on DVD – bringing their honest, unvarnished and always brilliantly funny take on pop culture, race and society. From returning faves (substitute teacher!) to fresh material (paintboobs!), this is one perfect pair. Key and Peele Season Three is one not to be missed!

Key & Peele: Season Three

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The Daily Circuit: Op-ed pick: Why no one should be off-limits from jokes

Fresh Air: For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’

All Things Considered: Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama

Morning Edition: For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes

All Things Considered: Why Chaucer Said ‘Ax’ Instead Of ‘Ask,’ And Why Some Still Do

Wits: Keegan-Michael Key

Wits: More from Largo with Keegan-Michael Key

The Takeaway: Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama’s Endorsement

WBEZ: The Keegan-Michael Key Interview

PB & J. Milk and Cookies. Serial Killers & Showers. Some things just go together – like sketch masters Key & Peele. They and their characters are back on DVD – bringing their honest, unvarnished and always brilliantly funny take on pop culture, race and society. From returning faves (substitute teacher!) to fresh material (paintboobs!), this is one perfect pair. Key and Peele Season Three is one not to be missed!

We Are the Best!
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NPR: Punk Is Alive And Living In Three Swedish Girls
WE ARE THE BEST! is a story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as a third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters, WE ARE THE BEST! paints a joyous and sharply observant portrait of the rebellious spirit of youth and growing up different.

We Are the Best!

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NPR: Punk Is Alive And Living In Three Swedish Girls

WE ARE THE BEST! is a story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as a third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters, WE ARE THE BEST! paints a joyous and sharply observant portrait of the rebellious spirit of youth and growing up different.

Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams
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NPR First Listen: Lucinda Williams, ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone’
KCRW: Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
The new album from Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. Produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Lucinda Williams, Recorded and Mixed by Dave Bianco, Mastered by Joe Gastwirt.
The new album is her most ambitious release to date. Twenty + songs were recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone finds Lucinda tapping into her southern roots for this double album.
The songs are amplified by a range of musical talents that include Greg Leisz, Tony Joe White, Pete Thomas, Gia Ciambotti, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan.

Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams

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NPR First Listen: Lucinda Williams, ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone’

KCRW: Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

The new album from Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. Produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Lucinda Williams, Recorded and Mixed by Dave Bianco, Mastered by Joe Gastwirt.

The new album is her most ambitious release to date. Twenty + songs were recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone finds Lucinda tapping into her southern roots for this double album.

The songs are amplified by a range of musical talents that include Greg Leisz, Tony Joe White, Pete Thomas, Gia Ciambotti, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan.

Exotic Table: Flavors, Inspiration, and Recipes from Around the World—to Your Kitchen by Aliya LeeKong
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Good Food: Exotic Table
Good Food: Recipe: Moroccan Chicken Pie
Extraordinary global creations from the chef of Michelin-starred Junoon!
Aliya LeeKong, one of New York City’s top culinary innovators, has traveled the world to fulfill her passion to translate global flavors into accessible, delicious meals for you to cook at home. In this book, she transports you to faraway lands with more than 100 recipes inspired by both familiar and traditional Western recipes and the cultures she’s visited during her culinary journeys. You will also learn the fascinating stories behind many of these globally inspired dishes and her simple techniques for mouthwatering recipes like:
Harissa and cheese-stuffed fried olives
Israeli couscous salad with lemon, fennel, and basil
Kenyan coconut-coriander chicken
Honey-braised lamb shanks with butternut squash and apples
Mexican chocolate loaf cake
Whether you’re a culinary adventurer or a weeknight cook looking to spice up you repertoire, Exotic Table will take you on an unforgettable tour around the world—without leaving your kitchen.

Exotic Table: Flavors, Inspiration, and Recipes from Around the World—to Your Kitchen by Aliya LeeKong

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Good Food: Exotic Table

Good Food: Recipe: Moroccan Chicken Pie

Extraordinary global creations from the chef of Michelin-starred Junoon!

Aliya LeeKong, one of New York City’s top culinary innovators, has traveled the world to fulfill her passion to translate global flavors into accessible, delicious meals for you to cook at home. In this book, she transports you to faraway lands with more than 100 recipes inspired by both familiar and traditional Western recipes and the cultures she’s visited during her culinary journeys. You will also learn the fascinating stories behind many of these globally inspired dishes and her simple techniques for mouthwatering recipes like:

  • Harissa and cheese-stuffed fried olives
  • Israeli couscous salad with lemon, fennel, and basil
  • Kenyan coconut-coriander chicken
  • Honey-braised lamb shanks with butternut squash and apples
  • Mexican chocolate loaf cake

Whether you’re a culinary adventurer or a weeknight cook looking to spice up you repertoire, Exotic Table will take you on an unforgettable tour around the world—without leaving your kitchen.

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden by Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell
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Good Food: Potato Onion Hand Pies
Good Food: Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Potato Hand Pies
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook will show off the delicious and decadent recipes that the Beekman Boys have collected from across the generations of their family, from Brent’s grandmother’s Fourth of July Fruitcake to Josh’s mother’s Hot Chocolate Dumplings. Each recipe will be accompanied by a personal memory from the authors or a story about how that recipe came to be. With eco-conscious and vintage-oriented food production gaining traction as a major culinary trend, this beautiful package will reel in readers, whether they’re nostalgic for some classic Americana in their kitchen or just hankering for the perfect Blackberry Betty recipe.

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden by Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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Good Food: Potato Onion Hand Pies

Good Food: Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Potato Hand Pies

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook will show off the delicious and decadent recipes that the Beekman Boys have collected from across the generations of their family, from Brent’s grandmother’s Fourth of July Fruitcake to Josh’s mother’s Hot Chocolate Dumplings. Each recipe will be accompanied by a personal memory from the authors or a story about how that recipe came to be. With eco-conscious and vintage-oriented food production gaining traction as a major culinary trend, this beautiful package will reel in readers, whether they’re nostalgic for some classic Americana in their kitchen or just hankering for the perfect Blackberry Betty recipe.

A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything by Maximus Thaler, Dayna Safferstein
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NPR: Your Guide To Dining From The Dump
Long before supermarkets taught us what we should buy to eat, we simply looked around and ate what looked good. A Curious Harvest marks a return to this kind of thinking. Focusing on ingredients, from the common to the curious, rather than finished dishes Maximus Thaler of The Gleaner’s Kitchen offers a choose-your-own primer for preparing tasty, nutritious meals without dogma or shopping lists. Inside each ingredient is beautifully and reverently illustrated by Dayna Safferstein. On each page is information about storing and preparing, when to roast and when to juice, and what goes well with what. What you won’t find are complicated recipes requiring expensive trips to the supermarket. The result is nothing short of radical.

A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything by Maximus Thaler, Dayna Safferstein

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NPR: Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

Long before supermarkets taught us what we should buy to eat, we simply looked around and ate what looked good. A Curious Harvest marks a return to this kind of thinking. Focusing on ingredients, from the common to the curious, rather than finished dishes Maximus Thaler of The Gleaner’s Kitchen offers a choose-your-own primer for preparing tasty, nutritious meals without dogma or shopping lists. Inside each ingredient is beautifully and reverently illustrated by Dayna Safferstein. On each page is information about storing and preparing, when to roast and when to juice, and what goes well with what. What you won’t find are complicated recipes requiring expensive trips to the supermarket. The result is nothing short of radical.

Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
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The Leonard Lopate Show: How the Global Economy Affects Your Daily Life
In his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works—in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks. 
Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses, and why there is no one way to explain economic behavior. Instead, by ignoring the received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial world, Chang gives us the tools we need to understand our increasingly global and interconnected world often driven by economics. From the future of the Euro, inequality in China, or the condition of the American manufacturing industry here in the United States—Economics: The User’s Guide is a concise and expertly crafted guide to economic fundamentals that offers a clear and accurate picture of the global economy and how and why it affects our daily lives.

Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

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The Leonard Lopate Show: How the Global Economy Affects Your Daily Life

In his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works—in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks. 

Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses, and why there is no one way to explain economic behavior. Instead, by ignoring the received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial world, Chang gives us the tools we need to understand our increasingly global and interconnected world often driven by economics. From the future of the Euro, inequality in China, or the condition of the American manufacturing industry here in the United States—Economics: The User’s Guide is a concise and expertly crafted guide to economic fundamentals that offers a clear and accurate picture of the global economy and how and why it affects our daily lives.

The Painter: A Novel by Peter Heller
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The Leonard Lopate Show: In Peter Heller’s New Novel, an Artist Flees Santa Fe for a Secluded Life
Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Matters at the Tattered: Novelist Peter Heller on darkness and light
Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past. 
Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.
A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.

The Painter: A Novel by Peter Heller

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The Leonard Lopate Show: In Peter Heller’s New Novel, an Artist Flees Santa Fe for a Secluded Life

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Matters at the Tattered: Novelist Peter Heller on darkness and light

Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past. 

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.

A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream by Eric Liu
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Morning Edition: Author Explores Irony And Identity In ‘A Chinaman’s Chance’
The Leonard Lopate Show: Chinese Americans and the American Dream
Airtalk: Former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu on redefining Chinese-American identity
The author examines the role of today’s Chinese Americans, describing his family’s search for identity in the traditions of both countries and reconciling the sometimes opposing views on success, virtue, power and purpose in life.

A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream by Eric Liu

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Morning Edition: Author Explores Irony And Identity In ‘A Chinaman’s Chance’

The Leonard Lopate Show: Chinese Americans and the American Dream

Airtalk: Former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu on redefining Chinese-American identity

The author examines the role of today’s Chinese Americans, describing his family’s search for identity in the traditions of both countries and reconciling the sometimes opposing views on success, virtue, power and purpose in life.

Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks
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The Leonard Lopate Show: Lucinda Franks on Life, Love, and her Marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau
"Words by the millions have been printed about you, but none have revealed your real life, your secret life—–which is that you belong to me."
In this beautifully rendered literary memoir, Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, one of the great men of our time. After Lucinda interviewed Bob for The New York Times in 1973, the two took a while to understand that they had fallen in love. Franks was a self-styled radical who marched with protesters and chained herself to fences. Morgenthau was a famous lawyer, a symbol of the establishment, who could have helped put her in jail. She was twenty-six. He was fifty-three. Now, thirty-six years into a marriage that was never supposed to happen, one between two people as deeply in love as they are different, they are living proof that opposites can forge an unbreakable life bond.
In Timeless, Franks offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau’s most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.
A compelling memoir that calls to mind Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, with piercing insights into how a relationship grows and develops over a lifetime, Timeless grants us an enlightening window into one of New York’s most famous yet defiant and iconoclastic couples, and the trials and successes of their union.

Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Lucinda Franks on Life, Love, and her Marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau

"Words by the millions have been printed about you, but none have revealed your real life, your secret life—–which is that you belong to me."

In this beautifully rendered literary memoir, Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, one of the great men of our time. After Lucinda interviewed Bob for The New York Times in 1973, the two took a while to understand that they had fallen in love. Franks was a self-styled radical who marched with protesters and chained herself to fences. Morgenthau was a famous lawyer, a symbol of the establishment, who could have helped put her in jail. She was twenty-six. He was fifty-three. Now, thirty-six years into a marriage that was never supposed to happen, one between two people as deeply in love as they are different, they are living proof that opposites can forge an unbreakable life bond.

In Timeless, Franks offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau’s most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.

A compelling memoir that calls to mind Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, with piercing insights into how a relationship grows and develops over a lifetime, Timeless grants us an enlightening window into one of New York’s most famous yet defiant and iconoclastic couples, and the trials and successes of their union.

Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop by Brian Smith, Jackie Cuscuna, Lauren Kaelin
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The Leonard Lopate Show: The Not-So-Secret Recipes Behind ‘Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream’
The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “Barclays Gridlock”
The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “I Want To Marry This!”
The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “The Munchies”
Ample Hills Creamery is an ice-cream destination that attracts thousands of customers each day from near and far to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Lines wind around the block, spurred on by the chance to try one of their unforget­table flavors, and these and countless others will be dreamed up in kitchens across the country with the help of Ample Hills Creamery. Featuring recipes for the most sought-after flavors—including Salted Crack Caramel, Ooey Gooey, and the Munchies—the book is organized by mood. Are you feeling nostalgic? Try a scoop of Black Cow Float. Or maybe you need a drink? Daddy’s Sundae, made with bourbon, will set you right. For kids and kids-at-heart, stories, activities, and hand-drawn characters appear throughout each chapter, offering games, helpful tips, and inspiration for creating new flavors. With mouthwatering photography and charming illustrations, Ample Hills Creamery is a definitive, cow-filled guide to making exceptionally delicious ice cream at home.

Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop by Brian Smith, Jackie Cuscuna, Lauren Kaelin

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The Leonard Lopate Show: The Not-So-Secret Recipes Behind ‘Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream’

The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “Barclays Gridlock”

The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “I Want To Marry This!”

The Leonard Lopate Show: Recipe: Ample Hills Creamery’s “The Munchies”

Ample Hills Creamery is an ice-cream destination that attracts thousands of customers each day from near and far to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Lines wind around the block, spurred on by the chance to try one of their unforget­table flavors, and these and countless others will be dreamed up in kitchens across the country with the help of Ample Hills Creamery. Featuring recipes for the most sought-after flavors—including Salted Crack Caramel, Ooey Gooey, and the Munchies—the book is organized by mood. Are you feeling nostalgic? Try a scoop of Black Cow Float. Or maybe you need a drink? Daddy’s Sundae, made with bourbon, will set you right. For kids and kids-at-heart, stories, activities, and hand-drawn characters appear throughout each chapter, offering games, helpful tips, and inspiration for creating new flavors. With mouthwatering photography and charming illustrations, Ample Hills Creamery is a definitive, cow-filled guide to making exceptionally delicious ice cream at home.

What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It by Adam Tanner
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The Leonard Lopate Show: Data Mining and the End of Privacy as We Know It
The greatest threat to privacy today is not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers, and other firms are voraciously gathering data with little oversight from anyone.
In Las Vegas, no company knows the value of data better than Caesars Entertainment. Many thousands of enthusiastic clients pour through the ever-open doors of their casinos. The secret to the company’s success lies in their one unrivaled asset: they know their clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers. They know exactly what games they like to play, what foods they enjoy for breakfast, when they prefer to visit, who their favorite hostess might be, and exactly how to keep them coming back for more.
Caesars’ dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they have grown to become the world’s largest casino operator, and have inspired companies of all kinds to ramp up their own data mining in the hopes of boosting their targeted marketing efforts. Some do this themselves. Some rely on data brokers. Others clearly enter a moral gray zone that should make American consumers deeply uncomfortable.
We live in an age when our personal information is harvested and aggregated whether we like it or not. And it is growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner’s timely warning resounds: Yes, there are many benefits to the free flow of all this data, but there is a dark, unregulated, and destructive netherworld as well.

What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It by Adam Tanner

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Data Mining and the End of Privacy as We Know It

The greatest threat to privacy today is not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers, and other firms are voraciously gathering data with little oversight from anyone.

In Las Vegas, no company knows the value of data better than Caesars Entertainment. Many thousands of enthusiastic clients pour through the ever-open doors of their casinos. The secret to the company’s success lies in their one unrivaled asset: they know their clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers. They know exactly what games they like to play, what foods they enjoy for breakfast, when they prefer to visit, who their favorite hostess might be, and exactly how to keep them coming back for more.

Caesars’ dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they have grown to become the world’s largest casino operator, and have inspired companies of all kinds to ramp up their own data mining in the hopes of boosting their targeted marketing efforts. Some do this themselves. Some rely on data brokers. Others clearly enter a moral gray zone that should make American consumers deeply uncomfortable.

We live in an age when our personal information is harvested and aggregated whether we like it or not. And it is growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner’s timely warning resounds: Yes, there are many benefits to the free flow of all this data, but there is a dark, unregulated, and destructive netherworld as well.

Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today by Philip Galanes
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The Leonard Lopate Show: Splitting the Bill Shouldn’t Cause a Nervous Breakdown
A cornerstone of The New York Times’s Styles section, Philip Galanes confronts today’s most awkward and pressing questions with laugh-out-loud dish and practical wisdom. Not only about the new ways to thank a friend for throwing you a bridal shower, or how to deal with a noisy neighbor, but also how to navigate a new age crowded with Tweets, twits, OMGs, and WTFs, Social Q’s is a knockout book that will guide you swiftly through the treacherous terrain of modern etiquette—and keep you laughing for days.

Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today by Philip Galanes

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Splitting the Bill Shouldn’t Cause a Nervous Breakdown

A cornerstone of The New York Times’s Styles section, Philip Galanes confronts today’s most awkward and pressing questions with laugh-out-loud dish and practical wisdom. Not only about the new ways to thank a friend for throwing you a bridal shower, or how to deal with a noisy neighbor, but also how to navigate a new age crowded with Tweets, twits, OMGs, and WTFs, Social Q’s is a knockout book that will guide you swiftly through the treacherous terrain of modern etiquette—and keep you laughing for days.

F: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann
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The Leonard Lopate Show: Daniel Kehlmann Looks at Family, Fortune, Fraud, and Fate in His New Novel
F is for family. F is for fortune. F is for fraud. F is for fate.
From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult and both wins and loses.
Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto the stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. But the Great Lindemann knows better. He gets Arthur to tell him his deepest secrets and then tells him to make them real. That night, Arthur empties the family bank account, takes his passport, and vanishes. He’s going to become a world-famous author, a master of the mystical. (F is for fake.)
But what of the boys? Martin, painfully shy, grows up to be a Catholic priest without a vocation. (F is for faith, and lack of it.) Eric becomes a financier (F is for fraud), losing touch with reality as he faces ruin, while Ivan, destined for glory as a painter, instead becomes a forger. (F is for forgery, too.) They’ve settled into their life choices, but when the summer of the global financial crisis dawns they’re thrown together again with cataclysmic results.
Wildly funny, heartbreaking, tragic, Daniel Kehlmann’s novel about truth, family, and the terrible power of fortune is a fictional triumph.

F: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Daniel Kehlmann Looks at Family, Fortune, Fraud, and Fate in His New Novel

F is for family. F is for fortune. F is for fraud. F is for fate.

From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult and both wins and loses.

Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto the stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. But the Great Lindemann knows better. He gets Arthur to tell him his deepest secrets and then tells him to make them real. That night, Arthur empties the family bank account, takes his passport, and vanishes. He’s going to become a world-famous author, a master of the mystical. (F is for fake.)

But what of the boys? Martin, painfully shy, grows up to be a Catholic priest without a vocation. (F is for faith, and lack of it.) Eric becomes a financier (F is for fraud), losing touch with reality as he faces ruin, while Ivan, destined for glory as a painter, instead becomes a forger. (F is for forgery, too.) They’ve settled into their life choices, but when the summer of the global financial crisis dawns they’re thrown together again with cataclysmic results.

Wildly funny, heartbreaking, tragic, Daniel Kehlmann’s novel about truth, family, and the terrible power of fortune is a fictional triumph.

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