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G I R L by Pharrell Williams
TED Radio Hour: Is There A Secret To Happiness?
Fresh Air: Pharrell Williams Just Exhilaratingly Happy
Morning Edition: Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds
All Things Considered: Pharrell Williams Blurs Lines With Daylong Music Video
NPR’s The Record: A Rational Conversation: Ambition Returns To The Music Video
NPR’s Monkey See: Pharrell Williams And The Power Hat
Music Review: Hats Off To Pharrell’s New Album
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.”
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He’s also created a new way of looking at established stars like SnoopDogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuittonand Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams’ vision continues to push pop culture forward.
G I R L is Pharrell’s highly anticipated new album, and features the hit single, “Happy”, an international phenomenon and radio smash. “Happy” was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). It is nominated for an OSCAR this year for Best Original Song, and Pharrell will perform “Happy” on the OSCARs on March 2nd, on ABC.
"Happy" has sold more than 2.3 million tracks worldwide, and has topped the chart in more than 175 countries. Currently in the US, the song generates over 120 million weekly audience impressions across 6 radio formats - Top 40, Rhythm, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. "Happy" has also just been certified Platinum.
In addItion to the excitement of Pharrell’s new album, he just took home four Grammy Awards, including including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk s Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
Morning Edition: 'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'
NPR’s Monkey See: What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend
Morning Edition: More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By ‘The Hunger Games’
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
Morning Phase by Beck
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Morning Edition: Beck’s Long Balancing Act
All Things Considered: Beck Discusses “Morning Phase”
First Listen: Morning Phase by Beck
The Take Two: New Music Tuesday with Beck & Silversun Pickups
The Current: Album Review - Morning Phase by Beck
Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck’s peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck’s most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism.
The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
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Fresh Air: Rosanne Cash: Seeking A ‘Thread’ Through Southern History
Song Travels: Roseanne Cash & John Leventhal
Morning Edition: Rosanne Cash’s Mythic Southern Road Trip
World Cafe: Rosanne Cash On World Cafe
The Takeaway: Rosanne Cash
Soundcheck: Roseanne Cash following the ‘River’
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Roseanne Cash
Dinner Party Download: Eavesdropping with Roseanne Cash
The Leanard Lopate Show: Roseanne Cash ‘The River & The Thread’
First Listen: The River & The Thread
Following the critical and sales triumph of 2009’s The List, Rosanne returns with The River & The Thread, which represents the culmination of an amazing career. The album, created with her longtime collaborator John Leventhal, richly evokes the Southern landscape and examines the indelible impressions it has made on our own collective culture and on Cash herself. An amazing feat of musical storytelling, The River & The Thread is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South - swampy Delta Blues, Gospel, Appalachian Folk, Country and Rock, to name a few - this is a completely contemporary collection.
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus
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PRX; Healthy Living
A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes “healthy” foods? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus will help you develop new patterns of personal health care using inexpensive and widely accessible tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science. Now go live life!
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..
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.
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!
A Prairie Home Companion Anniversary Album: The First 5 Years
A Prairie Home Companion: The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna
Last week, we kicked off our 40 Anniversary Spotlight series by featuring the most recent release from the show, Lake Wobegon Family Reunion. When analyzing classic recordings to spotlight in honor of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the radio show, I decided that our second featured CD should be the very first release.
I still have my brown LP of this recording! (Which I found several years after the first show in a used record store.) The LP has become a treasure that I revisit often.
This recording captures the essence of the early years of the show, which were more folky with a heavy bluegrass influence. The CD opens with “Hello Love,” the original theme song which was written by Hank Snow. Classic songs such as “Turn the Radio On” and “I’ll Keep On Loving You” are included with words from our early sponsors such as Jack’s Auto Body, Fearmonger’s, and of coarse, the ever tasty Powdermilk Biscuits.
Fan favorites, such as the hilarious spoof “The Cat Came Back,” and Garrison Keillor’s epic love poem “The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna” round out this collection. All in all, the collection features over 90 minutes of highlights from the first five seasons of A Prairie Home Companion. For our classic audio sample, I present “The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna” which was written by Garrison Keillor (also known as the poet laureate of Lake Wobegon, Margaret Haskins Durber).
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel
Robert Edsel and Bret Witter trace the lesser-known effort by an Allied division to find and secure European art that had been looted by the Nazis. They outline the dramatic story of how the men risked their lives and raced against time with limited supplies and scraps of information, sometimes obtained from colorful sources.
The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd
All Things Considered: In an Age of Slavery, Two Women Fight For their ‘Wings’
The Leanard Lopate Show: Sue Monk Kidd’s new book
The Afternoon Shift: The Invention of Wings
Radio Times: Sue Monk Kidd
NPR: Book Review - The Invention of Wings
NPR: Read an Excerpt
“A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free…will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to find her power and her voice…Sue Monk Kidd has written a conversation changer. It is impossible to read this book and not come away thinking differently about our status as women and about all the unsung heroines who played a role in getting us to where we are.”—Oprah Winfrey, O The Oprah Magazine
Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
Foreverly by Billie Jo Armstrong and Norah Jones
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Morning Edition: ‘Foreverly’ Yours
The Current: Album Review - Foreverly
Review by David Safar, host of The Current
Sound Opinion: Foreverly Review
WXPN: Billie Jo + Norah - Foreverly
The unlikely pairing of Green Day’s front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer songwriter Norah Jones resulted in a tribute to the timeless voices of the duo who shaped the sound of country and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, Billie Joe and Norah recreate the album’s original 12 songs.
On Foreverly, the duo captured the signature melodies, harmonies and rhythms from the early work of the Everly Brothers. Compare the Everly Brothers’ “Long Time Gone” with Billie Joe and Norah’s version of the song. They capture that perfect blend of the early sounds of country mixed with rockabilly. The timing and nuances of the duet performance mimic the essence of the Everly Brothers’ chemistry.
All Things Considered: How Breakthrough ‘Captain Phillips’ Actor Connected To the Role
Fresh Air: Tom Hanks is ‘Captain Phillips’ in High Seas Hostage Drama
MPR News: Hollywood Turns to Minneapolis for ‘Captain Phillips’ Casting
Cube Critics: Somoli Actors Shine in ‘Captain Phillips’
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award (R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.
Is There Anybody Out There? by A Great Big World
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Watch: Say Something feat Christina Aguilera
"Say Something" is the breakout track from A Great Big World and has made quite an impact climbing the charts. The band, which features New York-based singer-songwriting duo Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, has received critical acclaim from both the press and music community for the undeniably emotional song. They are also known for the viral hit "This Is the New Year," which solidified them as an indie pop presence with staggering YouTube views and numerous syncs on film and television. The duo crafted a six-song EP funded entirely on Kickstarter by fans which got them signed to Black Magnetic/Epic Records and are known for their positive, piano-driven pop songs and heartwarming lyrics. The group’s debut full-length album "Is There Anybody Out There?" will feature both the original and Christina Aguilera version of "Say Something."
The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News and Divided a Country by Gabriel Sherman
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Marketplace: Fox News and Roger Ailes ‘Reversed the Economics of TV News
Fresh Air: Book Chronicles the Building of Roger Ailes’ Fox News Empire
Morning Edition: Biography Argues Roger Ailes Uses Fox News to Divide the Nation
As one surveys the American corporate landscape, there are few CEOs out there as successful, influential, or powerful as Roger Ailes, the founder and president of Fox News.
He started in daytime television with Mike Douglas, back in the 1960s, got into politics with then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and since starting Fox News in 1996, has built it into a multi-billion dollar business and a huge political force.