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Illmatic XX by Nas
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NPR’s Microphone Check: Nas: ‘I’m Still Charged’ 20 Years After ‘Illmatic’
NPR’s The Record: The Choice Is Yours: 10 Great Rap Release Dates Of The 1990s
NPR’s The Record: When Old School Was New: Nas’ ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’
All Things Considered: Nas On Marvin Gaye’s Marriage, Parenting And Rap Genius
With the release of Illmatic, in 1994 Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today. The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip hop recordings of all time. Illmatic contributed to the revival of the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the top of many “best album” lists. Today, the collection remains one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with Rolling Stone proclaiming, “a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner, tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic… [the album] still stands as one of rap’s crowning achievements.” NPR Music called the collection “[a] masterwork of story-telling, lyricism and beat-making,” while upon the album s release, The Village Voice gave Nas the title of, “one of the most important writers of the 20th century.”
Illmatic XX is a 2 disc, 20th anniversary special edition featuring new artwork, a 24 page booklet with new liner notes by Sacha Jenkins, artist tributes with rare & previously unseen photos. Disc 1, the original debut album, has been remastered from the original source tapes and disc 2 features 10 rare remixes, demos & freestyles from the era.
"With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue’. I’m here today because of Illmatic." - Nas
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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All Things Considered: The Mystery of Mounting Inequality
The Leanard Lopate Show: What Drives Income Inequality?
WGBH: Thomas Piketty on Income Inequality
PBS: Moyers & Company on Income Inequality
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
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All Things Considered: In ‘Paradise,’ Finding Understanding in the Ruins
Weekend Edition: 'In Paradise,' Mattiessen Considers Our Capacity for Cruelty
Fresh Air: Peter Mattiessen on Writing & Zen Buddhism
NPR Reviews: In Paradise
In the winter of 1996, more than a hundred women and men of diverse nationality, background and belief gather at the site of a former concentration camp for an unprecedented purpose: a weeklong retreat during which they will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews to their deaths. Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, has come along, ostensibly to complete research on the death of a survivor, even as he questions what a non-Jew can contribute to the understanding of so monstrous a catastrophe. As the days pass, tensions, both political and personal, surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretense to healing or closure. Finding himself in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer’s role and to embrace a history his family has long suppressed,— and with it, the yearnings and contradictions of being fully alive.
Family Life: A Novel by Akhil sharma
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All Things Considered: After a Disaster in ‘Family Life,’ Relief Never Comes
The Diane Rehm Show: Akhil Sharma ‘Family Life’
"Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent."—David Sedaris
Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.
Carol Burnett Show: Carols Crack-Up
Morning Edition: Carol Burnett, Still Glad For ‘This Time Together’
Fresh Air: Carol Burnett
This Is NPR: Carol Burnett Loves NPR
Laugh until you cry with the most hilarious and memorable episodes of The Carol Burnett Show now on DVD.
Hand-picked by Carol Burnett just for you, these sketches were so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members.
Enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up during “The Dentist” sketch with Tim Conway. And, see Carol try to hold back the laughs when Vicki Lawrence took the stage as Mama.
In addition to the beloved cast members, enjoy top-name guest stars including The Jackson Five, Steve Martin, Betty White, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and many more!
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Here & Now: The Real Philomena
Morning Edition: Dench Makes a Decision in ‘Philomena’ Worth Waiting For
The Leanard Lopate Show: Steve Coogan & Philomena Lee on ‘Philomena’
The Current: Cube Critics on ‘Philomena’ & Others
Airtalk: Steve Coogan on Adapting ‘Philomena’ for the Big Screen
All Things Considered: 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score
NPR’s Monkey See: Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Five: Philomena
All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
All Things Considered: Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
All Things Considered: A Life’s Promise, Tragically Broken
Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
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All Things Considered: In Book’s Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A
The Leanard Lopate Show: Injustice & Inequality
WBUR: Matt Taibbi on Inequality
The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.
Game of Thrones: Season 3
Fresh Air: HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles
All Things Considered: Peter Dinklage: On ‘Thrones,’ And On His Own Terms
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: 'Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Plays Not My Job
All Things Considered: George R.R. Martin, Author And … Movie-Theater Guy?
All Things Considered: Pirates Steal ‘Game Of Thrones’: Why HBO Doesn’t Mind
NPR: Peter Dinklage Loves NPR
Morning Edition: 'Game Of Thrones' Mixtape Drops On Friday
All Things Considered: Path To Television’s Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality
Morning Edition: Three Ways Pie History Is Like HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’
In the third season of the hit HBO drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are barely holding onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King in the North, is facing major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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NPR: Bilbo’s Back, With More Baggage Than Ever
All Things Considered: 'Hobbit 2,' 'Mr. Banks' Are Not Your Parents' Family Films
NPR’s The Two-Way: How Precious: You Can Explore Middle-Earth On Google Chrome
NPR’s The Salt: Elevenses And Then Some: How To Prepare A Feast Fit For A Hobbit
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Smaug Problem And The Holiday Music Blues
The Current: Movie Maven: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
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.
Key & Peele: Seasons One & Two
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 Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
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All Things Considered: All Sides of a Divorce, Told in Fresh, Lively ‘Papers’
Witty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, this debut romantic comedy brilliantly tells the story of one very messy, very high-profile divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it.