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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak
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The Daily Circuit: ‘One More Thing’ is Kerri’s Book Pick of the Week
NPR: Exclusive First Read (And Listen!): B.J. Novak’s ‘One More Thing’
NPR Book Review: 'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny
A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.
The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World by Trevor Cox
All Things Considered: Sounds Intriguing: The World’s Most Interesting Noises
Fresh Air: One Man’s Quest to Find the ‘Sonic Wonders of the World’
A professor of acoustic engineering provides a tour of the world’s most amazing sound phenomena, including creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird.
Sherlock: Season 3
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PBS: Sherlock: Season 3 Preview
Fresh Air: The Man Who ReVitalized Sherlock & Dr. Who
Morning Edition: Benedict Cumberbatch
The question on everyone_es lips is finally answered as the hugely popular Sherlock returns in three brand new action-packed adventures. With the demise of Moriarty, Sherlock finds himself locked in another mind battle with the powerful Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is holding the secrets of the world at his fingertips. Once again, the game is on for Sherlock and John in _\The Empty Hearse,. _\The Sign of Three. and finally, _\His Last Vow..
Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles by Suzanne Vega
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World Cafe: Suzanne Vega
Tiny Desk Concert: Suzanne Vega
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”
Bad Self Portrait by Lake Street Dive
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A Prairie Home Companion: Lake Street Dive
Fresh Air: 'Portraits' of Heartache
World Cafe: Lake Street Dive
OPB: Sessions with Lake Street Dive
WXPN: Bad Self Portraits
Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, formed when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Mike Calabrese(drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The band name is a nod to Lake Street in Minneapolis, Olson’s hometown. Describing their music as “a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie pop,” the group has recorded six albums, including their most recent Bad Self Portraits.
Shirley Temple Little Darling Collection - 18 DVDs
Morning Edition: Shirley Temple Black dies at 85
The Diane Rehm Show: Shirley Temple Black Interview
BBC: Shirley Temple Black
The most popular film star of the 1930s! With her mega-watt personality and disarming smile, a talented youngster named Shirley Temple danced, acted and sang her way into the hearts of cinema lovers worldwide, creating film history as she did! Never before has there been a more comprehensive 18 DVD collection of Shirley’s beloved classics than this set, which contains eighteen uniquely charming films.
The Shirley Temple Storybook - 6 DVDs - From the personal library of Shirley Temple, this special six-disc DVD compilation features eleven never-before-released one-hour episodes from her memorable 1961 TV series, The Shirley Temple Show. The storybook collection contains timeless children s tales from the world s most enduring authors and features legendary stars like Martin Landau, Agnes Moorehead and Jonathan Winters. This six disc compilation features the following episodes:House of Seven Gables, The Terrible Clockman, Land of Oz, The Reluctant Dragon,Madeline, The Princess and the Goblins, Pippi Longstocking, Kim, The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, and Babes in Toyland.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
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Weekend Edition: Anna Quindlen Spins a Tale of Middle Aged Reinvention
NPR Book Review: Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.
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Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
The Diane Rehm Show: Jennifer Clement - Prayers for the Stolen
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight. While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.
The UnAmericans: Stories by Molly Antopol
All Things Considered: Like Individual Novels, These Stories Appeal, Satisfy and Delight
KQED: Writer Molly Antopol Uncovers Family History
This collection of stories traces the experiences of protagonists from a range of cultures, including a blacklisted Hollywood actor who struggles to connect with his son and a dissenting gallery worker who begins smuggling and curating underground art.
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Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers) by Daniel Jones
The Diane Rehm Show: Daniel Jones - Love Illuminated
Here and Now: Learning About Love from ‘Modern Love’
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: NYT Columnist Daniel Jones on Modern Love
For nearly ten years Daniel Jones has edited the popular “Modern Love” column in the New York Times. Over the decade, he has read 50,000 stories about relationships lost, found and transformed. Along the way, he has learned quite a bit about the human heart. He shares his insights in a new book called “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers).
The News from Lake Wobegon
A Prairie Home Companion: Guys on Ice
The original collection of Lake Wobegon stories still resonates as the best in most fans eyes (or ears). This collection is a must-have for fans of A Prairie Home Companion. The stories represent the best monologues from the early eighties (remember that Garrison did not deliver a full monologue but an update until then). This collection features 4 CDs which are themed or grouped by the season of the year. Each contains several classic stories such as the raucous story about siblings who get in a fight with rotten tomatoes in “Tomato Butt,” how the town struggles to gather everyone together on the 4th of July to create a “Living Flag,” to the wild duck hunting story featuring the “Giant Decoys” which never work, which lead to the citizens of Lake Wobegon gathering in the parking lot in “The Christmas Story Re-told,” to the classic audio bit of the day featuring a humorous take on something we in Minnesota know all to well – ice fishing in “Guys on Ice” which you can listen to below. All in all, over 4 hours of stories which will have you laughing so hard you may just drive off the road (or in some cases, put you to sleep – as creating a storytime at bedtime for children is another popular use for the CDs). Either way, enjoy and be safe!
Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong
NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013’s Great Reads
The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying and filled with heroes, villains and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine’s art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots and more. Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there.
"Infographics, which utilize eye-popping design to convey data with cleverness and clarity, are, let’s admit, a fairly nerdy pursuit already. Tim Leong takes the whole thing several steps further, creating flat-out beautiful charts and diagrams to quantify and calibrate the chaotic world of superhero culture with wit and ruthless efficiency. ("A Venn Diagram of Superhero Comic Tropes," for example, reveals the five heroes and one villain who exist at the nexus of Cape, Tragically Dead Parents, and Underwear on the Outside.) Hugely fun, and impeccably done."
— recommended by Glen Weldon, author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose
NPR: Exclusive First Read: ‘Young Money’ By Kevin Roose
A business columnist at New York magazine and author of The Unlikely Disciple explores the secret lives of college graduates working on Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Classical Music Grammy Award Winners
Deceptive Cadence: New Music Shines at Classical Music Grammy Awards
Public Radio Market salutes the Grammy Award winners for Classical Music. Here are the winners. Congratulations!
Sibelius: Symphonies No. 1 & 4 by The Minnesota Orchestra (Best Orchestral Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
The Tempest by Ades (Best Opera Recording) Buy DVD | iTunes
Roomful of Teeth (Best Chamber Music Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
Hindemith (Best Classical Compendium) Buy CD | iTunes
Part: Adam’s Lament (Best Choral Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
Corigliano: Conjurer (Best Instrumental Solo) Buy CD | iTunes
Winter Morning Walks (Winner 3 Grammy Awards incl Best Classical Vocal Solo) Buy CD | iTunes
My Funny Valentine Buy CD | MP3 | iTunes
Four & More Buy CD | MP3 | iTunes
Weekend Edition: How a Stressful Night for Miles Davis Inspired Two Classic Albums
The Current: Miles Davis
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before. And the recording of the evening would turn into not one, but two live albums: the ballad-basedMy Funny Valentine and the more frenetic Four & More.
Journalist and critic Colin Fleming considers this show one of three or four greatest concerts ever given. The irony, he says, is that the experience was miserable for the musicians, who’d had an argument just before showtime.
"Miles Davis is 37 at this point; his drummer, virtuoso drummer Tony Williams, is 18; Herbie Hancock, the pianist, is 23,” Fleming tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “Davis says, ‘We’re doing this for free.’ And he’s rich — drives, like, a Ferrari. Everyone else is like, ‘No, we’re not doing it for free.’ They have a big row, they go on, and basically they play this kind of speed-metal, punk, thrash-jazz, with Davis acting almost as conductor.
"They knew the setting and the moment was unique; they thought they were absolutely rubbish, though. It wasn’t until they heard the tapes later that it was like, ‘Oh, my. Wow. We absolutely nailed it.’"