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A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek
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A Prairie Home Companion: Nickel Creek
NPR First Listen: Nickel Creek, ‘A Dotted Line’
Mountain Stage: Nickel Creek On Mountain Stage
Folk Alley: Sara And Sean Watkins: Folk In The Family
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with the album A Dotted Line, followed by a tour of the US in support of the Eric Valentine-produced album, which includes the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass and Newport Folk Festivals.
As Nickel Creek’s 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile’s apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft. ” There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek’s previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.
"We were excited every day to be there," Sara Watkins says. "Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it’s really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other’s really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. " Sean Watkins continues: "It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. "
"There’s a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we’re doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, " concurs Thile. "We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism. "
Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone
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Here & Now: Biz Stone on ‘Things a Little Birdie Told Me’
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Plays Not My Job
Marketplace: Biz Stone Takes it One Tweet at a Time
Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career.THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD MEFrom GQ's “Nerd of the Year” to one of Time'smost influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter-the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
Fresh Air: On a ‘Rigged’ Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference
Marketplace: Michael Lewis Examines High-Frequency Trading
Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.
Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever.
Carry Me Back by Old Crow Medicine Show
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A Prairie Home Companion: Old Crow Medicine Show
Weekend Edition: Old Crow Medicine Show - Something Borrowed
With a little luck and a whole lot of talent, Old Crow Medicine Show went from playing their slash-and-burn brand of old-time music on the streets of Boone, North Carolina, to bringing down the house at the Grand Ole Opry. Now based in Nashville, Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy, and Ketch Secor are wowing audiences coast to coast.
How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems by Nick Lantz
NPR Poetry: Dark, Remarkable Poems Show ‘How To Dance’ Amid Economic Despair
How to Dance as the Roof Caves In examines America as it faces a recession of collective mood and collective wealth. In a central sequence, the “housing bubble” reaches its bursting point when, with hilarious and biting outcomes, real estate developers hire a married couple and other down-and-out “extras” to stage a fake community to lure prospective investors. In these marvelous poems, Nick Lantz describes the changing American landscape with great imagination and sharp wit.
Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto by Matt Kibbe
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Weekend Edition: A Libertarian With Roots In Rock Music
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hostile Takeover and President of FreedomWorks—”the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington” (New York Times)—comes this passionate defense of libertarianism, the first manifesto of the libertarian movement.
Libertarianism is one of the hottest political movements in contemporary America, animating both the right and left with its emphasis on personal liberty. Espoused everywhere from young activists on college campuses to the up-and-coming stars of the right wing like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, libertarian ideology is gripping frustrated conservatives and political contrarians across the nation. In addition, figures on the right, including Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party, have all rallied around the libertarian mantra and raised its profile in the national consciousness.
Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff is a rational yet deeply felt argument supporting the individual against the oppression of the collective. Time and time again, Matt Kibbe points out, the political and corporate establishment in Washington consolidates its power by infringing upon basic American freedoms—destroying the principles that made the United States unique in history. He also offers a clear vision and action plan for the fight to be free.
3rd by The Baseball Project
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KEXP: The Baseball Project: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Home Run
Weekend Edition: The Baseball Project: Double Play
NPR: Baseball Project: When Perfection Slips Away
All Things Considered: The Baseball Project: For Love Of The Game
2014 album from the super group. The Baseball Project, the critically acclaimed alt-rock supergroup featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), deliver another batch of songs inspired by the great American past-time. This collection continues their tradition of inspired rock songs that provide passionately funny and sarcastically reverent commentary on the sport of baseball. And those who aren’t fans of the sport can still enjoy the music, while brushing up on their knowledge.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) by Elton John
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This 40th anniversary super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, a CD of all-new cover versions by contemporary artists personally chosen by Elton with additional tracks and B-sides, the full LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ‘73 concert on two CDs, and a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN SAY GOODBYE TO NORMA JEAN AND OTHER THINGS. In addition to the discs, the box also contains a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Key & Peele: Seasons One & Two
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Fresh Air: For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’
All Things Considered: Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama
Morning Edition: For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes
All Things Considered: Why Chaucer Said ‘Ax’ Instead Of ‘Ask,’ And Why Some Still Do
Wits: Keegan-Michael Key
Wits: More from Largo with Keegan-Michael Key
KEY & PEELE SEASONS 1 & 2 give viewers no choice but to laugh again at their hilarious way of examining life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. From gangsters sharing a passion for TWILIGHT, to Ice-T as a naughty puppy, or racist super heroes, KEY & PEELE showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
All Things Considered: The ‘Anchorman’ Legend Continues, And It’s Everywhere
Fresh Air: A ‘Kind Of A Big Deal’ Gets Even Bigger In ‘Anchorman 2’
NPR: Ron Burgundy, Still A Legend In His Own Tiny Mind
Classical MPR: Interview: “Anchorman 2” composers John Nau and Andrew Feltenstein
With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
The Punk Singer
NPR: Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic
Day to Day: Kathleen Hanna: A Riot Grrrl’s New Act
All Things Considered: Bikini Kill Rises Again, No Less Relevant
NPR’s The Record: Revolution Girl Style, 20 Years Later
Fresh Air: Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman of the Band, Le Tigre
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. In so doing she became both one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons and a cultural lightning rod. While her critics wished she would just shut up, her fans hoped she never would. So when in 2005 Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna and those who were part of the scene, including music legends Joan Jett and Adam Horowitz, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
The Hard Way On Purpose; Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt by David Giffels
Morning Edition: For Writer, ‘The Hard Way’ Meant Staying in Akron Ohio
I have spent my whole life watching people leave - those words were written by David Giffels of Akron, Ohio, his hometown. Akron was once a hub for tire-manufacturing giants. It was proudly known as the Rubber Capital of the World. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs, until those jobs migrated to places with cheaper labor.
That began in the late 1970s, when David Giffels was a teenager. In the years since then, he’s been thinking and writing about the effects of that loss; first, as a columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal, now in “The Hard Way On Purpose: Essays And Dispatchers From The Rust Belt.”
David Giffels begins his book with the story of an exhibit in 1982, at the Akron Art Museum. It showed images taken by a renowned photographer
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes - A Test Kitchen Handbook
Fresh Air: 'Test Kitchen' Have Your Gluten Free Cake, And Love Eating It Too
On Point: The Gluten Free Boom
Gluten-free food has become so popular, it even made it into the recent Seth Rogen film comedy “This is the End.” Jack Bishop and Julia Collin-Davison know what gluten is, and they have figured out how to make delicious food without it, including the most challenging gluten-free foods like breads, cakes and cookies. They are editors of the new “How Can It Be Gluten-Free” cookbook and are contributors to America’s Test Kitchen TV and radio. America’s Test Kitchen is a 2,500-square-foot kitchen that is home to Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines, as well as radio and TV shows.
Bishop and Davison are going to tell us how they reinvented recipes and used new techniques to bake, cook and fry without wheat. They also conducted taste tests of packaged gluten-free breads and pasta
Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask by Dalton Conley
Freakonomics: What is ‘Parentology’
Weekend Edition: ‘Parentology:’ Bribes, Behavior and the Science of Raising Children
Raising kids is hard. It just is. And there’s a whole industry out there trying to help parents figure out how to do it. All kinds of books on the very basics - sleeping, eating and talking - to those that deal with more complicated stuff, like how to teach self-esteem and resiliency. Add another one to your aspirational reading list. It’s called “Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask.”
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter
Weekend Edition: Jimmy Carter Issues ‘A Call To Action’ Against Subjugation of Women
The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.