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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!

Epilogue: A Memoir by Will Boast
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All Things Considered: An ‘Epilogue’ That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory
The author offers an account of how, after his father, the last remaining member of his immediate family, died, he discovered while settling the estate in Wisconsin that the man he thought he knew actually had had a secret family in England prior to the one he brought to America, a revelation that prompted the author to seek out this new-found family. 

Epilogue: A Memoir by Will Boast

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All Things Considered: An ‘Epilogue’ That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

The author offers an account of how, after his father, the last remaining member of his immediate family, died, he discovered while settling the estate in Wisconsin that the man he thought he knew actually had had a secret family in England prior to the one he brought to America, a revelation that prompted the author to seek out this new-found family. 

Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy
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All Things Considered: 'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey
The Brian Lehrer Show: Gail Sheehy’s Passages
The Diane Rehm Show: Gail Sheehy: “Daring: My Passages”
Relating the story of her unconventional life, the author of the self-help classic “Passages” recounts her challenges and victories as a groundbreaking female journalist in the 1960s, reflects on ambition, and shares her own major life passages.

Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy

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All Things Considered: 'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

The Brian Lehrer Show: Gail Sheehy’s Passages

The Diane Rehm Show: Gail Sheehy: “Daring: My Passages”

Relating the story of her unconventional life, the author of the self-help classic “Passages” recounts her challenges and victories as a groundbreaking female journalist in the 1960s, reflects on ambition, and shares her own major life passages.

Velocities: New and Selected Poems: 1966-1992 by Stephen Dobyns
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All Things Considered: For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather
A collection of poetry draws from the poet’s eight published volumes and includes several new poems.

Velocities: New and Selected Poems: 1966-1992 by Stephen Dobyns

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All Things Considered: For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

A collection of poetry draws from the poet’s eight published volumes and includes several new poems.

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny by Christopher Miller
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All Things Considered: 'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.
American Cornball is Christopher Miller’s irresistibly funny illustrated survey of popular humor—the topics that used to make us laugh, from hiccups and henpecked-husbands to outhouses and old maids—and what it tells us about our country yesterday and today.
Miller revisits nearly 200 comic staples that have been passed down through our culture for generations, many originating from the vaudeville age. He explores the (often unseemly) contexts from which they arose, why they were funny in their time, and why they eventually lost their appeal. The result is a kind of taxonomy of humor during America’s golden age that provides a deeper, more profound look at the prejudices, preoccupations, and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white, highborn and lowbrow.
As he touches on issues of racism and sexism, cultural stereotypes and violence, Miller reveals how dramatically our moral sensibilities have shifted, most notably in the last few decades. Complete with more than 100 period illustrations, American Cornball is a richly entertaining survey of our shifting comic universe.

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny by Christopher Miller

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All Things Considered: 'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

American Cornball is Christopher Miller’s irresistibly funny illustrated survey of popular humor—the topics that used to make us laugh, from hiccups and henpecked-husbands to outhouses and old maids—and what it tells us about our country yesterday and today.

Miller revisits nearly 200 comic staples that have been passed down through our culture for generations, many originating from the vaudeville age. He explores the (often unseemly) contexts from which they arose, why they were funny in their time, and why they eventually lost their appeal. The result is a kind of taxonomy of humor during America’s golden age that provides a deeper, more profound look at the prejudices, preoccupations, and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white, highborn and lowbrow.

As he touches on issues of racism and sexism, cultural stereotypes and violence, Miller reveals how dramatically our moral sensibilities have shifted, most notably in the last few decades. Complete with more than 100 period illustrations, American Cornball is a richly entertaining survey of our shifting comic universe.

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir by Brian Turner
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All Things Considered: A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In ‘My Life As A Foreign Country’
NPR: 'My Life' Asks: How Do You Leave A War Behind?
An Iraq War veteran searches for meaning and parallels with family members who served in different wars, including his grandfather in World War I and his uncle in Vietnam.

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir by Brian Turner

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All Things Considered: A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In ‘My Life As A Foreign Country’

NPR: 'My Life' Asks: How Do You Leave A War Behind?

An Iraq War veteran searches for meaning and parallels with family members who served in different wars, including his grandfather in World War I and his uncle in Vietnam.

The Chopin Variations by Chad Lawson
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All Things Considered: A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument
Steinway artist, Chad Lawson, decided Chopin needed a new introduction. Along with violinist, Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto), and cellist, Rubin Kodheli (Kanye West, Norah Jones), Lawson has arranged ten Chopin works into a modern day interpretation. It’s a risk editing the “poet of the piano” but one that Chopin would be proud of.

The Chopin Variations by Chad Lawson

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All Things Considered: A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Steinway artist, Chad Lawson, decided Chopin needed a new introduction. Along with violinist, Judy Kang (Lady Gaga, Ryuichi Sakamoto), and cellist, Rubin Kodheli (Kanye West, Norah Jones), Lawson has arranged ten Chopin works into a modern day interpretation. It’s a risk editing the “poet of the piano” but one that Chopin would be proud of.

The Company She Keeps by Georgia Durante
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All Things Considered: Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stuntwoman: From The Underworld To Hollywood
A beautiful model describes her connection to the Mafia, which began during her childhood in Rochester, New York, and the years of abuse and fear as the bride of mobster Joe Lamendola before she was able to escape from the darkness.

The Company She Keeps by Georgia Durante

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All Things Considered: Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stuntwoman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

A beautiful model describes her connection to the Mafia, which began during her childhood in Rochester, New York, and the years of abuse and fear as the bride of mobster Joe Lamendola before she was able to escape from the darkness.

The Zone of Interest: A Novel by Martin Amis
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All Things Considered: Martin Amis’ ‘Zone Of Interest’ Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel
A searing portrait of life and unexpected love in a concentration camp explores the depths and contradictions of the human soul as well as the capacity of individuals who are tested to acknowledge their true selves. By the author of Time’s Arrow.

The Zone of Interest: A Novel by Martin Amis

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All Things Considered: Martin Amis’ ‘Zone Of Interest’ Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

A searing portrait of life and unexpected love in a concentration camp explores the depths and contradictions of the human soul as well as the capacity of individuals who are tested to acknowledge their true selves. By the author of Time’s Arrow.

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
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The Afternoon Shift: How We Talk to Climate Change Deniers
All Things Considered: When Climate Change Kills
The Leonard Lopate Show: If We Know Climate Change Is Real, Why Don’t More of Us Act to Stop It?
Don’t Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall

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The Afternoon Shift: How We Talk to Climate Change Deniers

All Things Considered: When Climate Change Kills

The Leonard Lopate Show: If We Know Climate Change Is Real, Why Don’t More of Us Act to Stop It?

Don’t Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.

Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America by Franklin Foer
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All Things Considered: 100 Years Ago, ‘New Republic’ Helped Define Modern Liberalism
The Brian Lehrer Show: How The New Republic Has Mattered
Franklin Foer has edited an anthology of articles from the century-old magazine that he edits - the New Republic, an influential magazine of politics and culture. The collection of articles was put together, he writes, in the spirit of the magazine it anthologizes. It is an argument about what matters. The book of New Republic essays from the past hundred years is called “Insurrections of the Mind.” 

Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America by Franklin Foer

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All Things Considered: 100 Years Ago, ‘New Republic’ Helped Define Modern Liberalism

The Brian Lehrer Show: How The New Republic Has Mattered

Franklin Foer has edited an anthology of articles from the century-old magazine that he edits - the New Republic, an influential magazine of politics and culture. The collection of articles was put together, he writes, in the spirit of the magazine it anthologizes. It is an argument about what matters. The book of New Republic essays from the past hundred years is called “Insurrections of the Mind.” 

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Film by Ken Burns
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All Things Considered: Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts Explores an American Famiy’s Demons
The Diane Rehm Show: Ken Burns
Fresh Air: 3 Roosevelts Come Alive  in PBS Documentary
TPT: Meet The Roosevelts
MPR News Presents: Ken Burns Live at the National Press Club
This seven-part, fourteen hour film begins on September 14, 2014 and covers the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. During the course of the Roosevelt Century, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his niece Eleanor would marry his fifth cousin Franklin, who would become the 32nd President.
Ken Burns chronicles how these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also defined the role the United States played on the modern world stage.
Among the topics covered are the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. The series will also tell touching family stories about love, betrayal, loyalty, and personal courage.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Film by Ken Burns

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As Heard on Public Radio:

All Things Considered: Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts Explores an American Famiy’s Demons

The Diane Rehm Show: Ken Burns

Fresh Air: 3 Roosevelts Come Alive  in PBS Documentary

TPT: Meet The Roosevelts

MPR News Presents: Ken Burns Live at the National Press Club

This seven-part, fourteen hour film begins on September 14, 2014 and covers the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. During the course of the Roosevelt Century, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his niece Eleanor would marry his fifth cousin Franklin, who would become the 32nd President.

Ken Burns chronicles how these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also defined the role the United States played on the modern world stage.

Among the topics covered are the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. The series will also tell touching family stories about love, betrayal, loyalty, and personal courage.

Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale
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All Things Considered: Eric Clapton & JJ Cale - Notes on a Freindship
Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale s influence on Clapton and many of today s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”

Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale

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All Things Considered: Eric Clapton & JJ Cale - Notes on a Freindship

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale s influence on Clapton and many of today s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”

The Fault in Our Stars
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Morning Edition: From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range
Morning Edition: John Green’s ‘Stars’ Shines Bright On The Silver Screen
Here & Now: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Resonates For Esther Earl’s Parents
Here & Now: The Girl Who Inspired ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ And A Network Of Friends
Fresh Air: Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn’t Hard To Find Fault In ‘Our Stars’
Movie Maven: 'The Fault in Our Stars'
The Takeaway: Movie Date: ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’
Airtalk: FilmWeek: The Fault in Our Stars
NPR: Bringing A Book Phenomenon To The Screen, With Sadly Ordinary Results
All Things Considered: 'Nerdfighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines
NPR’s Shots: Cancer When You’re Young Isn’t Always ‘The Fault In Our Stars’
Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Morning Edition: From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range

Morning Edition: John Green’s ‘Stars’ Shines Bright On The Silver Screen

Here & Now: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Resonates For Esther Earl’s Parents

Here & Now: The Girl Who Inspired ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ And A Network Of Friends

Fresh Air: Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn’t Hard To Find Fault In ‘Our Stars’

Movie Maven: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

The Takeaway: Movie Date: ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’

Airtalk: FilmWeek: The Fault in Our Stars

NPR: Bringing A Book Phenomenon To The Screen, With Sadly Ordinary Results

All Things Considered: 'Nerdfighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines

NPR’s Shots: Cancer When You’re Young Isn’t Always ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Godzilla
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Fresh Air: 'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen
Fresh Air: Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why ‘Godzilla’ Endures
All Things Considered: What’s In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla’s Iconic Sound
All Things Considered: Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?
Fresh Air: The Making Of ‘Godzilla,’ Japan’s Favorite ‘Mon-Star’
Monkey See: Silence And ‘Godzilla’
On Point: The Return Of Godzilla
The Daily Circuit: Screen Time meets ‘Godzilla’
Take Two: 'Godzilla' 2014: How VFX pioneer Jim Rygiel remade Japan's most famous monster
WQXR’s Movies on the Radio: Godzilla’s Music
KPBS: Rants and Raves: Godzilla
The Takeaway: Movie Date: Godzilla
NPR: 'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past
Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Godzilla’ And Things That Got Better
Morning Edition: U.S. Airmen Ready For ‘Godzilla’ Attack, If Needed
Snap Judgment: Godzilla Week
In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Godzilla

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Fresh Air: 'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Fresh Air: Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why ‘Godzilla’ Endures

All Things Considered: What’s In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla’s Iconic Sound

All Things Considered: Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

Fresh Air: The Making Of ‘Godzilla,’ Japan’s Favorite ‘Mon-Star’

Monkey See: Silence And ‘Godzilla’

On Point: The Return Of Godzilla

The Daily Circuit: Screen Time meets ‘Godzilla’

Take Two: 'Godzilla' 2014: How VFX pioneer Jim Rygiel remade Japan's most famous monster

WQXR’s Movies on the Radio: Godzilla’s Music

KPBS: Rants and Raves: Godzilla

The Takeaway: Movie Date: Godzilla

NPR: 'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past

Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Godzilla’ And Things That Got Better

Morning Edition: U.S. Airmen Ready For ‘Godzilla’ Attack, If Needed

Snap Judgment: Godzilla Week

In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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