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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
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NPR: Why We Fight: The Psychology Of Political Differences
The Daily Circuit: Book pick: Jonathan Haidt’s ‘The Righteous Mind’
The Leonard Lopate Show: Jonathan Haidt on The Righteous Mind
NHPR’s The Exchange: The Righteous Mind
Jonathan Haidt investigates the morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind the cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

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NPR: Why We Fight: The Psychology Of Political Differences

The Daily Circuit: Book pick: Jonathan Haidt’s ‘The Righteous Mind’

The Leonard Lopate Show: Jonathan Haidt on The Righteous Mind

NHPR’s The Exchange: The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt investigates the morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind the cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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NPR First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, ‘Hypnotic Eye’
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.”

Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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NPR First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, ‘Hypnotic Eye’

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.”

Beck Song Reader
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All Things Considered: Beck Explains ‘Song Reader,’ An Album Fans Perform Themselves
The Current Presents: Local musicians perform Beck’s Song Reader
Studio 360: BECK’S SONG READER: OPEN TO INTERPRETATION
WFUV: Beck Eyes A Starry Song Reader Collection
This 20-track collection features exclusively recorded versions of Beck songs from the Song Reader release, with Beck and music supervisor Randall Poster producing the album.
'Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined…' says Beck. 'It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living breathing soul of the piece. These interpretations have made the book something new - something better.'
The 20 songs on Song Reader include versions by Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Sparks, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, Fun. and Jack Black. There is also a tune by Tweedy, the new band formed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.

Beck Song Reader

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All Things Considered: Beck Explains ‘Song Reader,’ An Album Fans Perform Themselves

The Current Presents: Local musicians perform Beck’s Song Reader

Studio 360: BECK’S SONG READER: OPEN TO INTERPRETATION

WFUV: Beck Eyes A Starry Song Reader Collection

This 20-track collection features exclusively recorded versions of Beck songs from the Song Reader release, with Beck and music supervisor Randall Poster producing the album.

'Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined…' says Beck. 'It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living breathing soul of the piece. These interpretations have made the book something new - something better.'

The 20 songs on Song Reader include versions by Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Sparks, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, Fun. and Jack Black. There is also a tune by Tweedy, the new band formed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
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Weekend Edition: What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.
Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century’s greatest spy story.
Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.
But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow—and not just Elliott’s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton’s and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.
Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

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Weekend Edition: What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century’s greatest spy story.

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.

But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow—and not just Elliott’s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton’s and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.

Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri
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NPR: A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery
While investigating a rash string of burglaries being committed by a gang whose leader sends him menacing letters, inspector Salvo Montalbano falls for one of the victims, only to face greater challenges when a member of the gang is found dead.

Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri

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NPR: A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

While investigating a rash string of burglaries being committed by a gang whose leader sends him menacing letters, inspector Salvo Montalbano falls for one of the victims, only to face greater challenges when a member of the gang is found dead.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown
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All Things Considered: Lessons In ‘Essentialism’: Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less
The co-author of Multipliers outlines a systematic framework for enabling greater productivity without overworking, sharing strategies on how to eliminate unnecessary tasks while streamlining essential employee functions.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown

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All Things Considered: Lessons In ‘Essentialism’: Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

The co-author of Multipliers outlines a systematic framework for enabling greater productivity without overworking, sharing strategies on how to eliminate unnecessary tasks while streamlining essential employee functions.

Back Channel: A Novel by Stephen L. Carter
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Weekend Edition: 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk … but they’re careful not to tell her that.
Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, Back Channel, is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.
On the island of Curaçao, a visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American acquaintance.
In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.
And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern Europe to babysit a madman.
As the clock ticks toward World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past.

Back Channel: A Novel by Stephen L. Carter

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Weekend Edition: 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk … but they’re careful not to tell her that.

Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, Back Channel, is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.

On the island of Curaçao, a visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American acquaintance.

In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.

And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern Europe to babysit a madman.

As the clock ticks toward World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past.

Tigerman: A Novel by Nick Harkaway
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All Things Considered: 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You
Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help.

Tigerman: A Novel by Nick Harkaway

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All Things Considered: 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You

Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help.

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
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Fresh Air: 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story
Follows a family of Russian immigrants who move to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and discover that the lines between the old world and the new are very blurred and the things they thought they had left behind are readily available in America.

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

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Fresh Air: 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Follows a family of Russian immigrants who move to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and discover that the lines between the old world and the new are very blurred and the things they thought they had left behind are readily available in America.

Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua
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All Things Considered: Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity
A U.S. release of an award-winning novel by the creator of the Israeli sitcom, Arab Labor, follows the experiences of a highly respected Jerusalem attorney who embarks on a jealous search upon finding a love letter in his wife’s handwriting.

Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua

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All Things Considered: Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

A U.S. release of an award-winning novel by the creator of the Israeli sitcom, Arab Labor, follows the experiences of a highly respected Jerusalem attorney who embarks on a jealous search upon finding a love letter in his wife’s handwriting.

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk
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All Things Considered: When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?
Shenk surveys the inner workings of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—and describes how their creative techniques can be adapted and used in everyday life.

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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All Things Considered: When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Shenk surveys the inner workings of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—and describes how their creative techniques can be adapted and used in everyday life.

Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique
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All Things Considered: 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands
Chronicles the families of three siblings who survived a shipwreck off the Virgin Islands in 1916 and raised three generations on the islands, adapting to the unique language, rhythm, and magic of island life over sixty years.

Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique

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All Things Considered: 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Chronicles the families of three siblings who survived a shipwreck off the Virgin Islands in 1916 and raised three generations on the islands, adapting to the unique language, rhythm, and magic of island life over sixty years.

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.

Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean

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As Heard on Public Radio:

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.

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
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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”.

All of My Life 2-CD Set by Billy Eckstine

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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”.

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