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Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones by Sammy Kershaw
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All Things Considered: 50 Great Voices - George Jones
Grammy-nominated, Multi-Platinum selling artist with more than 30 charted singles and multiple number one hits, Sammy Kershaw is releasing a much-anticipated 14-song collection of tunes made famous by his long-time, dear friend, George Jones. The CD, titled Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones, contains some of George’s biggest hits, like “White Lightning,” “Why Baby Why,” “The Grand Tour,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and many others, including Sammy’s very own song written by himself for George, “The Route That I Took.”
Sammy has sold in excess of 5 million albums and continues to perform sold-out shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. Every George Jones, Sammy Kershaw and true Country music fan will enjoy this collection of George Jones hits, sung by the artist that has been most compared to his idol, mentor and dear friend
50 Years of Hits by George Jones - his low-priced 50-track set takes you on a chronological “grand tour” of 50 hit-filled years from one of country’s greatest voices, Mr. George Jones. From early hits “Why Baby Why” and “The Race is On” to latter day favorites such as hit duet with Garth Brooks on “Beer Run” and the old age anthem “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”, one will be amazed by the range of Mr. Jones voice. A must have album for any fan!
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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 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.
Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
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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.
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.
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 by Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras
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All Things Considered: How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game
Recorded live on stage on the eve of one of the world’s greatest sporting events, The 3 Tenors In Concert 1994 re-united four of classical music’s premier and most popular talents. The legendary tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, together with conductor Zubin Mehta, celebrated the finale to soccer’s 1994 World Cup with a concert described as “probably the biggest single musical event in history.”
Brought together for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, The 3 Tenors and Mehta joined forces again, this time in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on July 16th 1994 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus, to perform a selection of operatic arias and international favorites specially orchestrated by composer/arranger Lalo Schifrin. The result is an outstanding album, reflecting a unique event, featuring three legendary performers who share a united passion for opera and football.
The concert culminated in Pavorotti’s famed performance of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” which is now engrained in soccer culture worldwide.
Wild Animals by Trampled By Turtles
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First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, ‘Wild Animals’
The Current: Album Review by Bill DeVille
NPR: All Songs TV with Trampled by Turtles
On Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles seventh studio album, themes of impermanence run deep, both lyrically and sonically. The quintet s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution pushing the band further into the grey area between genres that defies pigeonholing.
From their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit, they have reached new heights with each album. Wild Animals is the sound of a band at the peak of their potential, strengthened from a decade together, winning some and losing some, but growing none-the-less. The album captures the intense nature that goes with being alive, melding the universal and the personal.
Hustle by David Tomas Martinez
All Things Considered: David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page
A collection of poems details the Latino author’s youth in San Diego, a time marked by car thefts, sex and shootings.
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn, Petra Couvée
All Things Considered: A Writer Who Defied The System In ‘The Zhivago Affair’
Draws on unique access to classified CIA files to document the role of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago in promoting American Cold War agendas in the 1950s, revealing how the CIA helped publish the Soviet-banned book in Russian to an enthusiastic black-market audience. 35,000 first printing.
Warburg in Rome by James Carroll
All Things Considered: 'Warburg' Struggles For Love And Justice In Wartime Rome
David Warburg, the new director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war’s end and is determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews. However, he becomes disillusioned when he discovers the Vatican ratline, an escape route maintained by church offices for Nazi war criminals.
Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man by Ja Rule
All Things Considered: Ja Rule: ‘I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man’
Actor, songwriter and rap artist Ja Rule recalls his troubled youth and his years spent in federal prison — all of which he believes helped him become a better man, father and husband.
Pushin’ Against a Stone by Valerie June
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World Cafe: Valerie June
The Current: Valerie June in Studio
All Things Considered: Valerie June on Learning to Love Perfectly imperfect Voices
Fresh Air: Valerie June Wants to be on your Mind
Fresh, young voices are exactly what the music world needs to find to prosper. And in Valerie June, the bluegrass world has found yet another strong artist to continue the stretch of winners from this genre… the alt indie folk scene is vibrant and this young lady is a perfect addition. Let’s hope airplay, record sales and more albums follow as I would love to hear what she has to say!
The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Daily Circuit: 'The Signature of All Things' is Kerri's book pick
The Leanard Lopate Show: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Signature of All Things
Here and Now: 'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Dives into 19th Century Science
TED Radio Hour: Elizabeth Gilbert
NPR: Elizabeth Gilbert Puts a Novel Spin on Love in “All” Things Botanical
A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
Brutal Youth: A Novel by Anthony Breznican
All Things Considered: 'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive Bullying
Enrolled in a crumbling educational depository for stridently Catholic working-class families, freshman Peter Davidek witnesses a retaliatory attack by a brutalized upperclassman before befriending two fellow freshmen to survive the school’s bully-favoring culture.
A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
All Things Considered: With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His ‘Way Home’
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. Brierley describes how he was accidentally separated from his family in the mid-1980s, his survival on the streets of Calcutta, his adoption by an Australian family and his headline-making search.