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The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd
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All Things Considered: In an Age of Slavery, Two Women Fight For their ‘Wings’
MPR News Presents: Sue Monk Kidd
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.
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by jennifer Senior
Fresh Air: Are We Having Fun Yet?
The Daily Circuit: Parenting Today ‘All Joy and No Fun’
All Things Considered: A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage to be ‘All Kids and No Fun’
Kojo Nomandi Show: Jennifer Senior
Drawing on a vast array of sources in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and anthropology, journalist Jennifer Senior challenges our culture’s most basic beliefs about parenthood, while revealing the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives.
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.’"
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All Things Considered: 'Philomena' and the Power of a Quiet Film Score
Accompanying the films remarkable story of Philomenas extraordinary search for her long lost son, is composer Alexandre Desplats emotionally riveting score which evokes the compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Desplats wide usage of instruments gives the film its emotional resonance with both enchantment and a beautifully touching heart.Alexandre Desplats score runs a wide spectrum of poignant and dramatic tones, perfectly complimenting the films touching story of a quest filled with laughter and joy that is often underpinned by sadness. The original motion score for Philomena marks the latest collaboration between Desplat and director Stephen Frears, with Desplat having previously created the score for Frears 2006 Academy-nominated film The Queen.
Code Name: Johnny Walker by Johnny Walker and Jim DeFelice
All Things Considered: With Fearlessness and a ‘Code Name,’ Iraqi Helped Navy Seals
The Iraqi translator “Johnny Walker,” who risked his life working with the Navy SEALs to save countless American lives, reveals how his job made him and his family targets, forcing them to flee to California.
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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 by Marcuss Luttrell
Morning Edition: A Former Navy Seal Questions Rules of War
Weekend Edition: The ‘Lone Survivor’ Tells the Story of a Tragic Navy Mission
WQCS: Full Interview with Marcus Lattrell
The Takeaway: The Challenges of Depicting War on Film
The leader, and only survivor, of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leader chronicles the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into the training of this elite group of warriors.
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).
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
PBS: One Last Thing
All Things Considered: Malcolm Gladwell Looks at Technology Innovations
Few men have changed our everyday world of work, leisure, and human communication in the way that Apple founder, Steve Jobs, has done. This documentary looks not only at how his talent, his style and his imagination have shaped all of our lives, but also at the influences that shaped and moulded the man himself.
Want to stay married? Simply watch five movies with your spouse. A just-published study by UCLA and University of Rochester looked at three ways to help couples stay together. Intensive therapy sessions to help manage conflicts worked. So does compassion and acceptance training. But what also works just as well, is way quicker, and could actually be fun is watching five movies in one month about relationships. Movies and a little discussion cut the divorce or separation rate from 24 to 11 percent after three years.
You can try this at home by following the instructions here.
Here is the American Film Institute’s picks for the top 10 Love Stories of all-time to get your conversation started: (click on the title to purchase or for more information)
Gone with the Wind
West Side Story
An Affair to Remember
The Way We Were
It’s a Wonderful Life
Philip Seymour Hoffman Filmography
All Things Considered: On Philip Seymour Hoffman, And His Many Appearances
Fresh Air: Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An ‘Exhausting’ And ‘Satisfying’ Art
NPR’s Monkey See: Philip Seymour Hoffman And The Blessings Of Friction
All Things Considered: Philip Seymour Hoffman: An ‘Uncanny’ Actor Of Stage And Screen
The Two-Way: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46
Morning Edition: Police Investigate Death Of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
"It is already a cliche, born in the past 18 hours, for a writer to puzzle over the task of remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday. It is indeed hard to figure out what to say about an artist quite so universally admired, and quite so kindly spoken of with such consistency.
"Trying to get your arms around the legacy of this particular actor is challenging indeed: He won an Oscar playing Truman Capote; he is beloved by many for his turn as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous; he elevated big-budget movies like The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible III; and he acted in an imposing stack of movies for great directors — he was in The Master and Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love and Boogie Nights for Paul Thomas Anderson, in State and Main for David Mamet, in 25th Hour for Spike Lee, in Synecdoche, New York for Charlie Kaufman. He was in The Big Lebowski and Doubt. He was in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Twister. He was in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
"I apologize for the fact that I have just left out many people’s favorite Hoffman performances in film, not to mention the entirety of his life in theater. It cannot be helped. There are — it is tired already but entirely true to say — too many to allow a good summary. His career never peaked; it just rang out over and over, and the pain of it for selfish admirers is that the peak might still have been coming. We lost at least 30 years of work yesterday; and 30 years before yesterday, he hadn’t even been onscreen yet. He was then seven years away from his screen debut, playing an accused rapist on Law & Order. (Samuel L. Jackson played the defense lawyer.) More than half, in all likelihood, that’s what we lost. And it’s so sad." — Linda Holmes, NPR’s Monkey See
The Speed of Things by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
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KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. present their sophomore album, The Speed Of Things, via Warner Bros. Records. The follow-up to 2011 s It’s A Corporate World was self-produced and largely inspired by today’s current internet-obsessed world. The new LP features 13 songs, including two we’re already familiar with -“If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” and “Hiding”- thanks to the band’s Patterns EP released in early 2013.
Dallas Buyers Club
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All Things Considered: Matthew McConaughey, Fiercely Committed To This ‘Club’
Fresh Air: Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again
Fresh Air: Jared Leto Was ‘Seduced’ By Role Of Rayon In ‘Buyers Club’
MPR Cube Critics: 'Dallas Buyers Club'
2014 Oscar Nominee: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Matthew McConaughey); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jared Leto); Best Film Editing; Best Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Original Screenplay
Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this uplifting and powerful film inspired by true events. Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After finding an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Dallas Buyers Club is “deeply moving. A livewire of a movie!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
Middlemarch by George Eliot
On Point: Life, Wisdom and ‘Middlemarch’
The Diane Rehm Show: A Reader’s Review - ‘Middlemarch’
All Things Considered: A New Look at George Eliot That’s Suprisingly Approachable
George Eliot was a woman. A Victorian. A rebel. Her great book, a novel, was “Middlemarch.” 1874. It went deep, deep into the lives of provincial English men and women. Their marriages. Their dreams and ambitions. Their failings and delusions and small triumphs. It’s a Victorian-era book of wisdom on life and love. A century later, Rebecca Mead made “Middlemarch” a kind of personal Bible for life. A guidebook on how to live. How to see and empathize with others.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel by Nancy Horan
The Diane Rehm Show: Nancy Horan’s ‘Wide and Starry Sky’
NPR: Read an Excerpt
Nancy Horan’s novels shed light on those often ignored by history: the lives of famous men. In her latest work, Horan recounts the improbable love affair between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Osbourne. On their own, these two characters fascinate and entertain. Together, they demonstrate a deep and complicated love challenged by convention, geography and illness.