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Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean
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The Two Way: Arizona Execution of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours
The Arizona case described in The Two Way from NPR where it took over 2 hours to execute an Arizona man may just spark another National debate about the Death Penalty.
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Confronting both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative of love, Dead Man Walking is an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty, a book that is both enlightening and devastating.
Rambling Boy by Charlie Haden
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All Things Considered: Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass
Fresh Air: 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
Listeners familiar with the Charlie Haden’s celebrated career may not know of the legendary jazz bassist’s early years in country music performing with his family. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy brings the artist’s personal history full circle and presents a new generation of the Haden Family - a legendary Midwest music institution in the 1930s and 1940s, now reborn in the 21st century. Rambling Boy includes songs made famous by the Stanley Brothers, the Carter Family, and Hank Williams alongside fabled traditional tunes and some striking original compositions. The performing cast includes Haden, his wife and co-producer Ruth Cameron, all four of his children (the triplets Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden, their brother Josh Haden), and his son-in-law Jack Black— each of whom has his or her own career in music. In addition, Rambling Boy features guest appearances by some of the most illustrious names in contemporary Americana and popular music: Roseanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs & the Whites, and Dan Tyminski and also includes such illustrious musicians as Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and more.
All of My Life 2-CD Set by Billy Eckstine
All Things Considered: Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers
Billy Eckstine was one of the greatest Male pop stars to emerge from the 1940s and was a star of the concert stage, radio, television, recordings, films and night clubs. The distinguished orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter and Pete Rugolo are featured. Plus all four selections from his Duke Ellington EP and his sessions with the great George Shearing. Many tracks are debuting on CD along with the major hits “I Apologise”, “My Foolish Heart”, “Jealousy” and “Prisoner Of Love”. What’s more, this set also comprises numerous show tunes such as “Younger Than Springtime”, “So Far” and “Gigi”.
Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
NPR’s Microphone Check: Pete Rock: ‘Real Could Be Another Word For Original’
Pete Rock loves horns the way other DJs and producers love drums. It’s this obsession with funky horn breaks that sets Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth apart from regular hip-hop bassheads. With its crucial James Brown breaks layered between trumpet and sax loops, coupled with the laid-back vocals of Smooth and Rock, Mecca and the Soul Brother—their first full-length—struts back and forth on that line between rap and soul. Rock’s production style is peerless, funky on “If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right” and sexy on “Lots of Lovin’.” Smooth’s liquid freestyle delivery (notably on “Straighten It Out” and “They Reminisce Over You”) has been echoed in other skilled MCs (see Common’s work). And with their combined skills, Mecca stands up without ever really dating itself.
Far from Finished by Bill Cosby
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KQED Forum: Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy
Morning Edition: Bill Cosby - Still Himself after All These Years
Bill Cosby is Far From Finished. In his first comedy special in thirty years, he leaves the audience asking once again, “How did he get inside our house?” Whether he’s talking about friendship, first love, marriage or raising children, the result is people laughing so hard their faces hurt, their sides are splitting and they can’t breathe. This extended concert event is a must see for your whole family.
Bill Cosby Collection - Rediscover the comic genius of Bill Cosby who earned the 12th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (Garrison Keillor is another recipient) with this collection that explores childhood and much more: Why Is There Air? recorded live, It’s True, It’s True and his first release, Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow. After listening, you will wonder why Bill Cosby has won only 9 Grammy Awards.
Travels With Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
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The Daily Circuit: Roaming and Reading: A cross-country trip with a moody labrador
A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching cross-country RV trip into the heart of America’s relationship with dogs.
“I don’t think my dog likes me very much,” New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey. Over the next four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his canine companion attempt to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world.
On the way, Denizet-Lewis—known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life—meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog’s poop.
Travels With Casey is a delightfully idiosyncratic blend of memoir and travelogue coupled with an exploration of a dog-loving America. What does our relationship to our dogs tell us about ourselves and our values? Denizet-Lewis explores those questions—and his own canine-related curiosities and insecurities—during his unforgettable road trip through our dog-loving nation.
The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen
Fresh Air: How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A ‘Fantastic Laboratory’
Describes the true story of how the eccentric Polish scientist tasked by the Nazis to create a typhus vaccine hid the intelligentsia from the Gestapo by hiring them to work in his laboratory.
The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Vint Dvm Virga
Fresh Air: Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained
A distinguished veterinarian and animal behaviorist outlines a series of case studies with domestic and exotic animals that demonstrate how perceiving the world from the perspectives of animals can enrich human appreciation for life, improve relationships and reorder personal values.
Angels Make Their Hope Here by Breena Clarke
All Things Considered: Book Review: ‘Angels Make Their Hope Here
Russell’s Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family.
Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan’s homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer—so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she—expect her to become his helpmeet?. Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots—until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell’s Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City’s mean streets.
With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels River, Cross My Heart and Stand the Storm, Breena Clarke weaves a richly dramatic story of interracial harmony in the Civil War era—and of one woman’s triumph in the crucible of history.
Standing Tall: My Journey by Spencer West
Tell Me More: Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages
Spencer West is many things. Accomplished speaker. University graduate. Natural prankster. Former cheerleader. And a young man without legs—something that has never held him back. Spencer was born without the use of his legs. When he was five, doctors decided to amputate below his pelvis to better help him get around. It didn’t bother him; he was Superman and nothing would ever get in his way. Or so he thought. Navigating through life on his hands, Spencer has always lived with purpose. But he wanted more out of life than just a paycheque and material possessions. He wanted to make an impact but wasn’t always sure how. That was until he had the epiphany: He was different for a reason. Infused with humour and humility, Spencer has never lost the hope or courage he needed to tackle personal obstacles—bullying, isolation, failure, or pride. His secret? Always standing tall.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
NPR: Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances
This highly anticipated standalone graphic novel by the creator of the best-selling Scott Pilgrim series follows the experience of a young restaurant owner who is given a magical second chance to correct past mistakes.
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Here & Now: The Reset with Russia Worked
on Point: Hilary Clinton
Airtalk: Hilary Clinton on Gaza, ‘Hard Choices’ and being Called a 20th Century Candidate
Fresh Air: The Hilary Clinton Interview
Morning Edition: Clinton Sought ‘Tougher Deal,’ But Won’t Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap
Morning Edition: Clinton Uses ‘Hard Choices’ Book Tour to Steer Message About Benghazi
Newscut from MPR News: Terry Gross v. Hillary Clinton
NPR’s It’s All Politics: Hard Sell For ‘Hard Choices’ Says Hillary’s Running In 2016
The Daily Circuit: Clinton’s coming, so let’s talk politics
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Sharon Van Etten
The Current: Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studio
KCRW: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Nothing Will Change’ (Live)
World Cafe: Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe
WFUV: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Taking Chances’ (Live)
NPR’s All Songs TV: Sharon Van Etten, ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’
All Songs Considered: New Mix: Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, More
Sharon Van Etten writes from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability, creating a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Are We There is a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.
Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Q with Jiam Ghomeshi: Tom Petty in Studio for the Full Hour
NPR First Listen: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record, ” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Bad Self Portrait by Lake Street Dive
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Mountain Stage: Lake Street Dive
A Prairie Home Companion: Lake Street Dive
Fresh Air: 'Portraits' of Heartache
World Cafe: Lake Street Dive
OPB: Sessions with Lake Street Dive
WXPN: Bad Self Portraits
Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, formed when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Mike Calabrese(drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The band name is a nod to Lake Street in Minneapolis, Olson’s hometown. Describing their music as “a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie pop,” the group has recorded six albums, including their most recent Bad Self Portraits.