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G I R L by Pharrell Williams
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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
Dinner Party Download: Pharrell
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
Sound Opinions: G I R L review
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”.

G I R L by Pharrell Williams

Buy  Buy CD | iTunes

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

Dinner Party Download: Pharrell

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

Sound Opinions: G I R L review

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”.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
Morning Edition: 'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'
NPR’s Monkey See: What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend
Morning Edition: More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By ‘The Hunger Games’
Dinner Party Download: Sound Decisions Behind ‘Gravity,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Earn Oscar Noms
KCRW Film Reviews: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

Morning Edition: 'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'

NPR’s Monkey See: What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend

Morning Edition: More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By ‘The Hunger Games’

Dinner Party Download: Sound Decisions Behind ‘Gravity,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Earn Oscar Noms

KCRW Film Reviews: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Beyoncé by Beyoncé
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All Things Considered: Beyonce’s New Album Is Entertainment’s October Surprise
Andrea Swensson, Local Current Blogger:
"Late last night, minutes before the clock struck midnight on the East Coast and 11 p.m. here in the Midwest, Beyoncé dropped her fifth studio album and 17 music videos exclusively through iTunes. There was no lead-up to the release—no teaser videos, no press releases warning of its arrival, not even so much as a tweet — and then bam! Beyoncé, a ‘visual album’ overflowing with collaborations with every top name in modern R&B, was bestowed upon the world. And to all a good night.
"Oh, and did I mention this is only Part 1 of her self-titled release?" Read More »
If you use this link to purchase Beyoncé’s new album from iTunes, a portion of your purchase with support public radio.

Beyoncé by Beyoncé

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All Things Considered: Beyonce’s New Album Is Entertainment’s October Surprise

Andrea Swensson, Local Current Blogger:

"Late last night, minutes before the clock struck midnight on the East Coast and 11 p.m. here in the Midwest, Beyoncé dropped her fifth studio album and 17 music videos exclusively through iTunes. There was no lead-up to the release—no teaser videos, no press releases warning of its arrival, not even so much as a tweet — and then bam! Beyoncé, a ‘visual album’ overflowing with collaborations with every top name in modern R&B, was bestowed upon the world. And to all a good night.

"Oh, and did I mention this is only Part 1 of her self-titled release?" Read More »

If you use this link to purchase Beyoncé’s new album from iTunes, a portion of your purchase with support public radio.

Calvin and Hobbes E-Books
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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NPR’s The Two-Way: 'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years
Now available for the first time as an e-book!
The cartoons in this e-book have been specially formatted for optimal viewing. The e-book will only work on color tablets and is not intended for viewing on desktop apps.
Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created, Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor.
Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you.

Calvin and Hobbes E-Books

The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Buy  Buy Book | Kindle

The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Buy  Buy Book | Kindle

NPR’s The Two-Way: 'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years

Now available for the first time as an e-book!

The cartoons in this e-book have been specially formatted for optimal viewing. The e-book will only work on color tablets and is not intended for viewing on desktop apps.

Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created, Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor.

Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you.

The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
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Brand new album from legendary rapper Eminem featuring the hit singles “Berzerk”, “Rap God” and “The Monster” along with “Survival” the official song of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Executive produced by Dr. Dre & Rick Rubin, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” deluxe version includes 2 CDs.

The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem

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Brand new album from legendary rapper Eminem featuring the hit singles “Berzerk”, “Rap God” and “The Monster” along with “Survival” the official song of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Executive produced by Dr. Dre & Rick Rubin, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” deluxe version includes 2 CDs.

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R.R. Martin
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All Things Considered: Peter Dinklage: On ‘Thrones,’ And On His Own Terms
This is NPR: Peter Dinklage Loves NPR
The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO’s Game of Thrones: a collection of wicked one-liners from the incomparable Imp of Casterly Rock, fully illustrated by Jonty Clark!
“My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind … and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
The jealous masses of the Seven Kingdoms may call him Halfman, but none have ever accused Tyrion Lannister of being a halfwit. His golden tongue has saved his skin slightly more often than it has landed him in mortal peril. Now, this special illustrated volume preserves his most essential knowledge for future generations, featuring time-tested guidance on such varied subjects as …
The art of persuasion
“The best lies are seasoned with a bit of truth.”
Fine dining
“A little honest loathing can be refreshing, like a tart wine after too much sweet.”
The fair sex
“The young ones smell much better, but the old ones know more tricks.”
Royal politics
“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”
Common ailments
“A sword through the bowels. A sure cure for constipation.”
At once charming, insightful, and ruthlessly irreverent, The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister is short on pretense and overflowing with finely crafted gems—just like the man himself.

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R.R. Martin

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All Things Considered: Peter Dinklage: On ‘Thrones,’ And On His Own Terms

This is NPR: Peter Dinklage Loves NPR

The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO’s Game of Thrones: a collection of wicked one-liners from the incomparable Imp of Casterly Rock, fully illustrated by Jonty Clark!

“My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind … and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”

The jealous masses of the Seven Kingdoms may call him Halfman, but none have ever accused Tyrion Lannister of being a halfwit. His golden tongue has saved his skin slightly more often than it has landed him in mortal peril. Now, this special illustrated volume preserves his most essential knowledge for future generations, featuring time-tested guidance on such varied subjects as …

The art of persuasion

“The best lies are seasoned with a bit of truth.”

Fine dining

“A little honest loathing can be refreshing, like a tart wine after too much sweet.”

The fair sex

“The young ones smell much better, but the old ones know more tricks.”

Royal politics

“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”

Common ailments

“A sword through the bowels. A sure cure for constipation.”

At once charming, insightful, and ruthlessly irreverent, The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister is short on pretense and overflowing with finely crafted gems—just like the man himself.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
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Marketplace: How Amazon Went from Book Seller to Retail Giant
Fresh Air: One-Stop Shop: Jeff Bezos Wants You To Buy ‘Everything’ On Amazon
KPCC’s AudioVision: Inside Amazon, the world’s largest internet retailer
A technology journalist describes the ambitious man behind the store that sells everything, describing the company’s corporate culture, its pursuit of new markets and ventures and what it’s like to work for an elite tech innovator.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

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Marketplace: How Amazon Went from Book Seller to Retail Giant

Fresh Air: One-Stop Shop: Jeff Bezos Wants You To Buy ‘Everything’ On Amazon

KPCC’s AudioVision: Inside Amazon, the world’s largest internet retailer

A technology journalist describes the ambitious man behind the store that sells everything, describing the company’s corporate culture, its pursuit of new markets and ventures and what it’s like to work for an elite tech innovator.

This Is 40
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Fresh Air: In ‘This Is 40,’ Family Life In All Its Glory
Review: 'This Is 40': Ambling Into Midlife
From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This Is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.

This Is 40

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Fresh Air: In ‘This Is 40,’ Family Life In All Its Glory

Review: 'This Is 40': Ambling Into Midlife

From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This Is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.

Some Nights by fun.
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2013 Grammy Winner: Song of the Year (We Are Young), Best New Artist
NPR Music: fun. In Concert
World Cafe: fun. On World Cafe
NPR Music: Summer’s Over, But fun.’s Just Getting Started
NPR Music: A Summer With Fun.
All Things Considered: How A Band Called “fun.” Found Its Way To No. 1
What does the success of a record like Some Nights mean in 2012? That it’s finally safe for rock bands to smile on stage again? That the sounds and rhythms once associated with hip-hop have so thoroughly metastasized through pop music that no one genre can claim exclusive domain over them? That young people with guitars can get as excited about their parents’ copy of A Night at the Opera as they can about Nevermind or Loveless or “The Blue Album?” Maybe. But even without all the things that make fun. a conversation piece — the Glee cover, the band’s outspokenness on gay rights, that ridiculous bit of punctuation — Some Nights would be remarkable for its sheer optimism. Rarely does an artist with such plaintive lyrics (“I feel so all alone,” “Why am I the one always packing up my stuff?” and “Everyone I love is gonna leave me”) manage to sound so consistently psyched. (Daoud Tyler-Ameen)

Some Nights by fun.

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2013 Grammy Winner: Song of the Year (We Are Young), Best New Artist

NPR Music: fun. In Concert

World Cafe: fun. On World Cafe

NPR Music: Summer’s Over, But fun.’s Just Getting Started

NPR Music: A Summer With Fun.

All Things Considered: How A Band Called “fun.” Found Its Way To No. 1

What does the success of a record like Some Nights mean in 2012? That it’s finally safe for rock bands to smile on stage again? That the sounds and rhythms once associated with hip-hop have so thoroughly metastasized through pop music that no one genre can claim exclusive domain over them? That young people with guitars can get as excited about their parents’ copy of A Night at the Opera as they can about Nevermind or Loveless or “The Blue Album?” Maybe. But even without all the things that make fun. a conversation piece — the Glee cover, the band’s outspokenness on gay rights, that ridiculous bit of punctuation — Some Nights would be remarkable for its sheer optimism. Rarely does an artist with such plaintive lyrics (“I feel so all alone,” “Why am I the one always packing up my stuff?” and “Everyone I love is gonna leave me”) manage to sound so consistently psyched. (Daoud Tyler-Ameen)

Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney
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Fresh Air: McCartney Blows ‘Kisses’ to his Father’s Era
First Listen: Hear Bye Bye Blackbird
2013 Grammy Winner: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
A collection of standards Paul grew up listening to including “My Valentine,” “Only Our Hearts,” “The Glory of Love” and more. The disc was recorded with Diana Krall and her band and features guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney

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Fresh Air: McCartney Blows ‘Kisses’ to his Father’s Era

First Listen: Hear Bye Bye Blackbird

2013 Grammy Winner: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

A collection of standards Paul grew up listening to including “My Valentine,” “Only Our Hearts,” “The Glory of Love” and more. The disc was recorded with Diana Krall and her band and features guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

El Camino by The Black Keys
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2013 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Producer of the Year (Dan Auerbach)
World Cafe: The Black Keys On World Cafe
With the hard-rocking El Camino, The Black Keys’ fourth Nonesuch disc, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse.El Camino boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: The pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, and the unfailingly addictive choruses made for shouting along—preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.
A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest, coolest music around. Upon the release of Brothers last year, Britain’s Uncut magazine called them one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet, and El Camino, confirms that.

El Camino by The Black Keys

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2013 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Producer of the Year (Dan Auerbach)

World Cafe: The Black Keys On World Cafe

With the hard-rocking El Camino, The Black Keys’ fourth Nonesuch disc, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse.El Camino boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: The pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, and the unfailingly addictive choruses made for shouting along—preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.

A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest, coolest music around. Upon the release of Brothers last year, Britain’s Uncut magazine called them one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet, and El Camino, confirms that.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
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The Daily Circuit: Justin Cronin on Vampire Thriller ‘The Twelve’
Weekend Edition: A Novel Reminder that Vampires are Monsters, too
Author Justin Cronin is out with ‘The Twelve ‘- the follow-up to his bestselling vampire thriller, ‘The Passage.’
From the Entertainment Weekly review:

These dracs are a different beast from the pasty-faced blood-draining lovebirds you’re now picturing with some degree of fondness or disgust. They’re vicious and animalistic, armed with limb-ripping teeth and claws and driven by an insatiable thirst. They were born of a military-cultivated virus, which the government injects into 12 (note that number) death-row inmates—turned—test subjects in the first book. Things predictably spiral out of control, and the virus — oops! — destroys modern civilization. But pockets of humanity remain, and Cronin’s novels trace both the onset of the disaster and the efforts of survivors almost 100 years later to fight back…

'The Twelve' doesn't always match 'The Passage's' dexterous storytelling and almost-plausible world creation, but it's still an unnerving and mostly satisfying tale of existential-threat disaster and its harrowing aftermath.

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The Passage - Vampires are popular these days. But author Justin Cronin, whose previous books have been literary novels, tries to go beyond myth and make his vampires as scientifically plausible as possible. 

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

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The Daily Circuit: Justin Cronin on Vampire Thriller ‘The Twelve’

Weekend Edition: A Novel Reminder that Vampires are Monsters, too

Author Justin Cronin is out with ‘The Twelve ‘- the follow-up to his bestselling vampire thriller, ‘The Passage.’

From the Entertainment Weekly review:

These dracs are a different beast from the pasty-faced blood-draining lovebirds you’re now picturing with some degree of fondness or disgust. They’re vicious and animalistic, armed with limb-ripping teeth and claws and driven by an insatiable thirst. They were born of a military-cultivated virus, which the government injects into 12 (note that number) death-row inmates—turned—test subjects in the first book. Things predictably spiral out of control, and the virus — oops! — destroys modern civilization. But pockets of humanity remain, and Cronin’s novels trace both the onset of the disaster and the efforts of survivors almost 100 years later to fight back…

'The Twelve' doesn't always match 'The Passage's' dexterous storytelling and almost-plausible world creation, but it's still an unnerving and mostly satisfying tale of existential-threat disaster and its harrowing aftermath.

Also Available:

The PassageVampires are popular these days. But author Justin Cronin, whose previous books have been literary novels, tries to go beyond myth and make his vampires as scientifically plausible as possible. 

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
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NPR: A Bestselling Book Becomes An HBO Movie About A ‘Dynamic Moment’
Fresh Air: Is ‘Game Change’ Fair To Sarah Palin? You Betcha
All Things Considered: 'Game Change' Authors Say No Need To Name Sources
Fresh Air: Changing The ‘Game,’ But Not For The Better
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Not My Job: ‘Game Change’ Author Mark Halperin
Game Change, the HBO film adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book, dominated the “Miniseries or Movie” awards at the 2012 Emmys, winning awards for best miniseries or movie, lead actress in a miniseries or movie (Julianne Moore) directing in a miniseries or movie (Jay Roach) and writing in a miniseries or movie (Danny Strong). The movie has yet to be released on DVD.
In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his rÉsumÉ, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways?
Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as “Black Jesus.” They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton’s personal life might cripple Hillary’s presidential prospects. They expose the twisted tale of John Edwards’s affair with Rielle Hunter, the truth behind the downfall of Rudy Giuliani, and the doubts of those responsible for vetting Palin about her readiness for the Republican ticket—along with the McCain campaign staff’s worries about her fitness for office. And they reveal how, in an emotional late-night phone call, Obama succeeded in wooing Clinton, despite her staunch resistance, to become his secretary of state.
Pre-order Game Change on DVD and Blu-ray.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

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NPR: A Bestselling Book Becomes An HBO Movie About A ‘Dynamic Moment’

Fresh Air: Is ‘Game Change’ Fair To Sarah Palin? You Betcha

All Things Considered: 'Game Change' Authors Say No Need To Name Sources

Fresh Air: Changing The ‘Game,’ But Not For The Better

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Not My Job: ‘Game Change’ Author Mark Halperin

Game Change, the HBO film adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book, dominated the “Miniseries or Movie” awards at the 2012 Emmys, winning awards for best miniseries or movie, lead actress in a miniseries or movie (Julianne Moore) directing in a miniseries or movie (Jay Roach) and writing in a miniseries or movie (Danny Strong). The movie has yet to be released on DVD.

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his rÉsumÉ, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways?

Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as “Black Jesus.” They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton’s personal life might cripple Hillary’s presidential prospects. They expose the twisted tale of John Edwards’s affair with Rielle Hunter, the truth behind the downfall of Rudy Giuliani, and the doubts of those responsible for vetting Palin about her readiness for the Republican ticket—along with the McCain campaign staff’s worries about her fitness for office. And they reveal how, in an emotional late-night phone call, Obama succeeded in wooing Clinton, despite her staunch resistance, to become his secretary of state.

Pre-order Game Change on DVD and Blu-ray.

Louie: Season Two
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Fresh Air: Louis C.K. On Comedy, Love, Life And Loss
Fresh Air: Louie: TV’s Most Original Comedy Returns
Fresh Air: Comedian Louis C.K. Laughs Through Difficulties
NPR: How Louis C.K. Is Reinventing The Sitcom By Being More Like Donald Duck
Louis C.K. won two Emmys in 2012 (Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Writing, Comedy) for his stand-up special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre and the second season of his critically-beloved television show Louie
Comedian Louis C.K. is back with another season of this critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated hit. Spotlighting C.K.’s signature brand of twisted observational humor, Season Two follows the everyday trials of single dad Louie as he struggles to raise his kids, advance his career, and somehow get some action in the meantime. Facing one bummer after another, Louie takes on inattentive crowds, insane relatives, and a hair-raising U.S.O. tour of Afghanistan. Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock, Louie Season Two comes fully loaded with unrestrained deleted scenes and commentaries by Louis C.K.
More from Louis C.K.:
Louie: Season One: Season one of Louis C.K.’s critically-beloved television series.
Lucky Louie: Louis C.K.’s first attempt at a television sitcom was a commercial failure, but the show’s status as a cult-classic indicates that the comedian’s ideas were ahead of their time.
Stand-up Comedy Specials
Louis C.K. - One Night Stand (2006)
Louis C.K. - Shameless (2007)
Louis C.K. - Chewed Up (2009)
Louis C.K - Hilarious (2011)

Louie: Season Two

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Fresh Air: Louis C.K. On Comedy, Love, Life And Loss

Fresh Air: Louie: TV’s Most Original Comedy Returns

Fresh Air: Comedian Louis C.K. Laughs Through Difficulties

NPR: How Louis C.K. Is Reinventing The Sitcom By Being More Like Donald Duck

Louis C.K. won two Emmys in 2012 (Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Writing, Comedy) for his stand-up special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre and the second season of his critically-beloved television show Louie

Comedian Louis C.K. is back with another season of this critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated hit. Spotlighting C.K.’s signature brand of twisted observational humor, Season Two follows the everyday trials of single dad Louie as he struggles to raise his kids, advance his career, and somehow get some action in the meantime. Facing one bummer after another, Louie takes on inattentive crowds, insane relatives, and a hair-raising U.S.O. tour of Afghanistan. Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock, Louie Season Two comes fully loaded with unrestrained deleted scenes and commentaries by Louis C.K.

More from Louis C.K.:

Louie: Season One: Season one of Louis C.K.’s critically-beloved television series.

Lucky Louie: Louis C.K.’s first attempt at a television sitcom was a commercial failure, but the show’s status as a cult-classic indicates that the comedian’s ideas were ahead of their time.

Stand-up Comedy Specials

No Apology: The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney
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Talk of the Nation: Mitt Romney Offers No Apology
Morning Edition: Romney Makes No Apology for Going After Obama
Weekend Edition Saturday: Mitt Romney Offers Ideas and No Apology
The recent Republican presidential candidate asserts that both his own party and the Obama administration are failing to confront the critical issues that face America —including declining industrial competitiveness, the obligations of Social Security and Medicare, a weakened military and more—and then charts a course for a better future.

No Apology: The Case for American Greatness by Mitt Romney

Buy  Buy Book | Kindle | IndieBound

Talk of the Nation: Mitt Romney Offers No Apology

Morning Edition: Romney Makes No Apology for Going After Obama

Weekend Edition Saturday: Mitt Romney Offers Ideas and No Apology

The recent Republican presidential candidate asserts that both his own party and the Obama administration are failing to confront the critical issues that face America —including declining industrial competitiveness, the obligations of Social Security and Medicare, a weakened military and more—and then charts a course for a better future.

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