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Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Q with Jiam Ghomeshi: Tom Petty in Studio for the Full Hour
NPR First Listen: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record, ” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Yes by Jason Mraz
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: 'Say Yes' to Jason Mraz
The singer songwriter talks about his new album and performs in the Q studio.
East of Melancholy by Tara Kamangar
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Tell Me More: Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In ‘East Of Melancholy’
Classical pianist and composer Tara Kamangar grew up in central California’s agricultural regions. Her father had given up medicine in Iran and become a fig farmer in the United States. You can hear the layers of her heritage for Persia’s rich history which she brings to the concert halls of Los Angeles and New York. In her new album “East Of Melancholy” she guides us along the 1,200 mile border that Iran shares with Russia - a rich history in the area of the Caspian Sea in the caucuses of mountains dating back to at least 4,000 BC. In both countries, music has been a passion and articulation of identities and also sporadically suppressed.
Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker
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Tell Me More: 'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police
In the vein of Erin Brockovich, The Departed, and T. J. English’s Savage City comes Busted, the shocking true story of the biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history, a tale of drugs, power, and abuse involving a rogue narcotics squad, a confidential informant, and two veteran journalists whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked the City of Brotherly Love, and earned a Pulitzer Prize .
In 2003, Benny Martinez became a Confidential Informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department’s narcotics squad, helping arrest nearly 200 drug and gun dealers over seven years. But that success masked a dark and dangerous reality: the cops were as corrupt as the criminals they targeted.
In addition to fabricating busts, the squad systematically looted mom-and-pop stores, terrorizing hardworking immigrant owners. One squad member also sexually assaulted three women during raids. Frightened for his life, Martinez turned to Philadelphia Daily News reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.
Busted chronicles how these two journalists—both middle-class working mothers—formed an unlikely bond with a convicted street dealer to uncover the secrets of ruthless kingpins and dirty cops. Professionals in an industry shrinking from severe financial cutbacks, Ruderman and Laker had few resources—besides their own grit and tenacity—to break a dangerous, complex story that would expose the rotten underbelly of a modern American city and earn them a Pulitzer Prize. A page-turning thriller based on superb reportage, illustrated with eight pages of photos, Busted is modern true crime at its finest.
Go Back Home by Audra McDonald
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Tell Me More: For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music
Nonesuch releases Audra McDonald’s first solo album in seven years Go Back Home. After four seasons spent in Los Angeles playing Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit medical drama Private Practice, the acclaimed singer and actress returned to New York and Broadway last year, winning her record-tying fifth Tony Award for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. With Go Back Home, the Grammy Award-winning soprano, whose voice Stephen Sondheim has hailed as “one of the glories of the American theater,” makes her highly anticipated return to recording, presenting her most personal album to date.
Many of the selections on Go Back Home are by composers with whom McDonald has long been associated (Guettel, LaChiusa, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Sondheim, among others), while some songs, including the Kander and Ebb title track, are by names that are relatively new to her repertoire. In addition, McDonald continues her tradition of championing works by an emerging generation of composers, represented on this recording by Adam Gwon, Heisler and Goldrich, and Will Reynolds (complete track list on next page). The album was produced by Doug Petty, who also produced McDonald’s 2006 release Build a Bridge; musical director Andy Einhorn conducted the ensemble.
Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson
Fresh Air: On ‘Tomlinson Hill,’ Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation
Relates the stories of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Texas slave plantation, and the author’s discovery that his counterpart in the African American family is NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez
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Dinner Party Download: Cristina Herriquez Gets to Know America
The Leanard Lopate Show: The Book of Unknown Americans
The Take Two: A Novel about the Immigration Story
Cristina Henríquez’s powerful novel The Book of Unknown Americans captures readers with the quiet beauty of her characters and their profoundly wrought experiences as immigrants in America. The story takes place in a run-down apartment building in Delaware, home to nine families who arrived in the States from various South and Central American countries, each looking to better the lives of the next generation. In alternating chapters, these men and women share stories of how their adopted country has left its mark on them, for better and worse. The close bond that develops between the Rivera and Toro families drives the novel forward, particularly the relationship between their children Mayor and Maribel, as closely held secrets and feelings of guilt, love, hope and despair are unpacked with warmth and compassion. With her cast of “unknown Americans,” Henriquez has crafted a novel that is inspiring, tragic, brave and above all, unforgettable
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NPR: James Garner Dies
All Things Considered: ‘Rockford Files’ Actor James Garner Dies
KPBS: James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice
Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.
Garner had a long career and remained active as a TV and film actor well into his 70s. His style as a leading man who was quicker with his tongue than his fist was established early as gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s TV Western Maverick.
Garner carried that smooth-talking charisma into the private eye business in the ’70s TV show The Rockford Files, for which he won an Emmy. Among his work on the big screen are roles in The Great Escape, Victor Victoria, Space Cowboys and The Notebook. He was nominated for an Oscar for the 1985 film Murphy’s Romance, which co-starred Sally Field.
Weekend Edition: James Garner Dies at 86
"[James Garner] will be remembered as a guy who made it look very easy. You know, he was once asked by an interviewer how he wanted to be remembered, and he said, with a smile. And I think he’s achieved that."
NPR: Appreciating James Garner: TV’s Best Unhero
“Maverick became a classic role thanks to Garner’s easy charm and quick wit. Some of that came from his down-to-earth approach to acting; claiming that he stole much of his technique from Henry Fonda while working alongside him as a bit player in a 1954 stage production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Garner boiled his creative process down to a few short phrases in a 2005 People magazine interview.
“‘I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,’ he said, referencing another famously down-to-earth acting legend. ‘Be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth.’”
The Rockford Files: Iconic television featuring James Garner in virtually every scene as the bumbling detective Jim Rockford. Episodes are fast paced and fun to watch. The combination of having James Garner in the leading role along with great writing generally led to some amazing guest stars, pre “Love Boat” or “Fantasy Island.”
Maverick: This Western follows professional gambler Bret Maverick across the plains and prairie in search of love and the next big poker game.
Murphy’s Romance: The perfect foil to Sally Field in this wonderful romance. Sally Field plays a divorcee who needs all sorts of help running her horse farm and ultimately ends up in a love triangle featuring her ex husband and the older, wiser pharmacist portrayed by James Garner. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Victor/Victoria: A woman masquerading as a man portraying a woman. .. sounds like the perfect scenario for a farce from Blake Edwards. All goes fine until the woman, portrayed by Julie Andrews, falls in love with King Marchand, a Chicago club owner portrayed by James Garner. Excellent score by Henry Mancini as well as Oscar nominated supporting turns by Robert Preston and Lesley Anne Warren help this musical rank among the finest.
The Notebook: The love story of love stories is anchored by James Garner’s portrayal of Duke, who remains true to his one true love despite her battling dementia as he recounts their courtship every day in hopes of breaking through the fog and capturing one more moment with his wife.
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
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All Things Considered: To Meet a Mockingbird, Memoir Describes Time with Harper Lee
Fresh Air: A Genteel Peek into Harper Lee’s Life
WBEZ: Harper Lee Says New Biography is Unathorized
Kojo Nnandi Show: Marja Miller
Describes the story of a journalist who befriended the notoriously quiet and private author of To Kill a Mockingbird, eventually moving in next door to the writer and her sister and becoming part of their life in Alabama.
Heaven is for Real
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NPR: Is ‘Heaven’ Real, Or Just A Place On Earth?
KPCC’s Airtalk: Heaven Is for Real
KPCC’s Filmweek: Heaven Is for Real
The Takeaway: Movie Date: Heaven is for Real
WNYC: At The Movies, ‘God’s Not Dead’
Based on the New York Times best-selling book, Heaven Is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor, As Good As It Gets, 1997) as Todd Burpo, the real-life father whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know.
The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
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NPR First Listen: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
All Things Considered: Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness
Celebrated California singer songwriter Jenny Lewis presents The Voyager. This is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman s third solo album and first in six years, following 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008’s Acid Tongue.
The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis’ longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice. The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.
Natchez Burning: A Novel by Greg Iles
Morning Edition: Writer Plumbs ‘Nature Of Evil’ In Hometown’s Violent, Civil Rights Past
When his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of their Natchez, Miss., community, is accused of murdering a nurse, Penn Cage makes a shocking discovery that forces him to decide just how far he will go to protect those he loves.
Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
All Things Considered: Writing The Wicked Ways Of The ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’
Weekend Edition: How Bad Can He Be? Only The ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’
A cameraman with no redeeming social virtues endures a comedic downward spiral that takes him to an obscure Pacific island, where, while filming a reality show, he suffers comas, humiliation and wrongful imprisonment.
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
NPR: Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’
After witnessing a murder, a young teen is hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled kids while the killers embark on a methodical quest to reach him.
The Grimm Reader: The Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm
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All Things Considered: Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life
This collection of classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including both famous and lesser-known works such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “The Seven Ravens,” highlights the historical and cultural context of the stories, as well as their contemporary significance. Original.