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The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
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NPR: Calvino’s Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America
Together for the first time, a new translation of the revered, contemporary Italian author’s short stories describing the beginning of the universe and other natural phenomena builds creative tales around well-known scientific facts.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Morning Edition: Jacqueline Woodson On Being A ‘Brown Girl’ Who Dared To Dream
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright
Fresh Air: 13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 presents a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israel and Egypt to sign a peace treaty — the first treaty in the modern Middle East, and one which endures to this day.
Leonard Maltin’s 2014 Movie Guide: The Modern Era
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Marketplace: Things Have Changed Since Leonard Maltin Started Reviewing
Airtalk: Leonard Maltin Talks Cinema and His Final ‘Movie Guide’
Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese; the timeless comedy of the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton; animated classics from Walt Disney and Pixar; the finest foreign films ever made. This 2014 edition covers the modern era, from 1965 to the present, while including all the great older films you can’t afford to missand those you canfrom box-office smashes to cult classics to forgotten gems to forgettable bombs, listed alphabetically, and complete with all the essential information you could ask for.
Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
The Afternoon Shift: How We Talk to Climate Change Deniers
All Things Considered: When Climate Change Kills
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
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.”
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: More Famous People Play Not My Job
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Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Al Gore Plays Not My Job
A few of the most memorable celebrity guests who played Not My Job. You will hear Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, play a game called, “I can feel it coming in the air tonight,” in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Ponychildren’s show in a game called “Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this.” Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with “cursy,” so she is invited to play a game called “May Thunder Blast Your Head!” about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Eryka Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos, and Jeff Garlin. Over 2 1/2 hours on 2 CDs.
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Crossword Puzzles and News Trivia
Wait Wait, let me figure the answer out! You’ve played along on the radio, now test yourself without the help of the panel. The new book is filled with puzzles and trivia directly from the show, along with a forward from Peter Sagal.
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.
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.”
Smokey & Friends by Smokey Robinson
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Smokey Robinson
Weekend Edition: Smokey Robinson Sings a Few Hits, With a Few Friends
All Songs Considered: Guest DJ Smokey Robinson
Hawaii Public Radio: Smokey Robinson
Legendary Motown icon and Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter, Smokey Robinson is set to release his highly anticipated duets album, Smokey & Friends. The ablum is produced by Smokey’s friend and American Idol star Randy Jackson, Robinson will be joined by an all-star roster of acclaimed artists including Elton John, James Taylor, John Legend, CeeLo Green, among others. Smokey & Friends will feature Robinson alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists who will sing the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
Partners by Barbra Streisand
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Barbara Streisand (link coming 9/17)
CBC Music: First Play: Barbra Streisand, Partners
All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Barbra Streisand And John Legend Together
WGBH: Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn
"Partners" is Barbra Streisand’s new album, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists. This is the legendary artist’s first duets album in more than a decade, and debuts new studio recordings of Streisand classics and others songs.
"Partners" is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics. Among the songs included are "New York State Of Mind," with Billy Joel, "Come Rain Or Come Shine," with John Mayer, "Love Me Tender," with Elvis Presley, "The Way We Were," with Lionel Richie, "What Kind Of Fool," with John Legend, "People," with Stevie Wonder, "I Can Still See Your Face," with Andrea Bocelli, "Evergreen," with Babyface, and Ms. Streisand’s first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on "How Deep Is The Ocean."
Ms. Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list. She has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including nine #1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished #1 album in five consecutive decades. Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author and songwriter. In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970 as star of the decade, and two Cable Ace awards the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award. Ms. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko
Weekend Edition: Chasing A Dream, Speeding Down ‘The Emerald Mile’
On Point: The Grand Canyon: Threatened By Development?
KPCW Book Review: July Book Review: The Emerald Mile
IN THE WINTER OF 1983, the largest El Niño event on record—a chain of “superstorms” that swept in from the Pacific Ocean—battered the entire West. That spring, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam, a 710-foot-high wall of concrete that sat at the head of the most iconic landscape feature in America, the Grand Canyon. As the water clawed toward the parapet of the dam, worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a worst-case scenario: one of the most dramatic dam failures in history.
In the midst of this crisis, beneath the light of a full moon, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden boat, a dory named the Emerald Mile, into the Colorado just below the dam’s base and rocketed toward the dark chasm downstream, where the torrents of water released by the dam engineers had created a rock-walled maelstrom so powerful it shifted giant boulders and created bizarre hydraulic features never previously seen. The river was already choked with the wreckage of commercial rafting trips: injured passengers clung to the remnants of three-ton motorboats that had been turned upside down and torn to pieces. The chaos had claimed its first fatality, further launches were forbidden, and rangers were conducting the largest helicopter evacuation in the history of Grand Canyon National Park.
An insurgent river run under such conditions seemed to border on the suicidal, but Kenton Grua, the captain of that dory, was on an unusual mission: a gesture of defiance unlike anything the river world had ever seen. His aim was to use the flood as a hydraulic slingshot that would hurl him and two companions through 277 miles of some of the most ferocious white water in North America and, if everything went as planned, catapult the Emerald Mile into legend as the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God—through the heart of the Grand Canyon.
Grua himself was already something of a mythic figure, a fearless boatman obsessed with the mysteries of the canyon. His quest embraced not only the trials of the speed run itself but also the larger story of his predecessors: the men who had first discovered the canyon and pioneered its exploration, as well as those who waged a landmark battle to prevent it from being hog-tied by a series of massive hydroelectric dams—a conflict that continues to this day.
A writer who has worked as a river guide himself and is intimately familiar with the canyon’s many secrets, Kevin Fedarko is the ideal narrator for this American epic. The saga of the Emerald Mile is a thrilling adventure, as well as a magisterial portrait of the hidden kingdom of white water at the bottom of the greatest river canyon on earth. This book announces Fedarko as a major writing talent and at last sets forth the full story of an American legend—the legend of the Emerald Mile.
Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
NPR First Listen: Leonard Cohen, ‘Popular Problems’
Popular Problems is Leonard Cohen’s thrilling new studio album, where he takes us down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.” His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very the depths of the heart. The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.
Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album, and will be released just two days after his 80th birthday. In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans. Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.
Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades. His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006’s ‘Book of Longing’, a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.
Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” Cohen’s songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars. Tribute albums have been released in Cohen’s honor in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, Swedish, Czech Republic, South Africa and the United States. In 2008 Cohen’s “Hallelujah” became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart - Cohen’s own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard’s songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.
Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize the highest literary award in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country’s highest civilian honors - Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).
Nabuma Rubberband by Little Dragon
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Little Dragon
KEXP: Album Review: Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
NPR: Little Dragon In Concert
KEXP: Little Dragon In-Studio Performance
Swedish Electro-quartet, Little Dragon, releases their fourth full-length album, Nabuma Rubberband, on Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records. The album consists of 12 tracks, with the singles ‘Klapp Klapp’ and ‘Let Go,’ combining disco, soul, funk, post-punk, electro, and more.