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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.
Supermodel by Foster the People
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Morning Edition: For Foster the People Frontman, Fame and Isolation
The Current: ‘Supermodel” Review by Mac Wilson
Supermodel is the highly anticipated new album from Foster The People featuring first single “Coming of Age.” Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced album is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches. Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. “We didn’t have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days,” Foster recalls, “And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like.”From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth’s Wolf Tone Studios in London.
The Hard Way On Purpose; Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt by David Giffels
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Morning Edition: For Writer, ‘The Hard Way’ Meant Staying in Akron Ohio
I have spent my whole life watching people leave - those words were written by David Giffels of Akron, Ohio, his hometown. Akron was once a hub for tire-manufacturing giants. It was proudly known as the Rubber Capital of the World. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs, until those jobs migrated to places with cheaper labor.
That began in the late 1970s, when David Giffels was a teenager. In the years since then, he’s been thinking and writing about the effects of that loss; first, as a columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal, now in “The Hard Way On Purpose: Essays And Dispatchers From The Rust Belt.”
David Giffels begins his book with the story of an exhibit in 1982, at the Akron Art Museum. It showed images taken by a renowned photographer
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes - A Test Kitchen Handbook
Fresh Air: 'Test Kitchen' Have Your Gluten Free Cake, And Love Eating It Too
On Point: The Gluten Free Boom
Gluten-free food has become so popular, it even made it into the recent Seth Rogen film comedy “This is the End.” Jack Bishop and Julia Collin-Davison know what gluten is, and they have figured out how to make delicious food without it, including the most challenging gluten-free foods like breads, cakes and cookies. They are editors of the new “How Can It Be Gluten-Free” cookbook and are contributors to America’s Test Kitchen TV and radio. America’s Test Kitchen is a 2,500-square-foot kitchen that is home to Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines, as well as radio and TV shows.
Bishop and Davison are going to tell us how they reinvented recipes and used new techniques to bake, cook and fry without wheat. They also conducted taste tests of packaged gluten-free breads and pasta
Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask by Dalton Conley
Freakonomics: What is ‘Parentology’
Weekend Edition: ‘Parentology:’ Bribes, Behavior and the Science of Raising Children
Raising kids is hard. It just is. And there’s a whole industry out there trying to help parents figure out how to do it. All kinds of books on the very basics - sleeping, eating and talking - to those that deal with more complicated stuff, like how to teach self-esteem and resiliency. Add another one to your aspirational reading list. It’s called “Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask.”
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter
Weekend Edition: Jimmy Carter Issues ‘A Call To Action’ Against Subjugation of Women
The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
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.
Slow Me Down by Sara Evans
Fresh Air: Country Power Ballads with a Punch
2014 album from the multi-platinum selling Country singer/songwriter, Slow Me Down was co-produced by Evans and Mark Bright (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood), who Evans last worked with on her Platinum selling album Real Fine Place (2005). Slow Me Down sees Evans collaborating on three tracks: ‘Better Off’ with Country legend Vince Gill; ‘Can’t Stop Loving You,’ a duet with Isaac Slade of The Fray; and a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s ‘Not Over You’ which features the Pop/Rock star singing harmonies. This album is what fans have waited for and newcomers are bound to fall in love with.
Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
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The Current: Hear the Hold Steady’s new single ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’
The Current: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn talks about his days as a college music journalist
The Current: Craig Finn Performs in the UBS Forum
The Current: Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks with host Mary Lucia
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Craig Finn
The Current: Craig Finn says he’s disappointed in the music played at Target Field
The Current: The Hold Steady performs in The Current studio
The Current: The Hold Steady hold court
The Current: Hold Steady perform in studio
The Current: Hold Steady performs in studio
The Current: Slideshow: The Hold Steady at Rock the Garden 2012
The Current: Album Review: Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes
The Current: Album Review: The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
Teeth Dreams is the sixth album from one of America’s most acclaimed rock bands.
This is their first release in four years. Their last, Heaven is Whenever, came out in May 2010.
The songs on Teeth Dreams came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.
Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the Heaven is Whenever tour. Teeth Dreams is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.
The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.
Teeth Dreams was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin,TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.
This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.
This is the first release on the band’s own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.
The title Teeth Dreams refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.
The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.
The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.
THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.
Sisyphus by Sisyphus
The Current: Sufjan Stevens project, Sisyphus, to play Jim Hodges opening at Walker Art Center
All Songs Considered: New Mix: Sisyphus, Avey Tare, Nothing, More
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
The Wolf of Wall Street
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Morning Edition: A ‘Wolf’ On The Loose, And Loving The Carnage
NPR: A Wall Street Predator With An Appetite For Excess
KCRW’s The Treatment: Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street
On Point: Who’s Afraid Of ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’
WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show: Context and A Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street
PRI: Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ tells the story of a corrupted American Dream
Studio 360: Leonardo DiCaprio & Ben Stiller
Take Two: Screenwriter Terence Winter on penning ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Freakonomics: Exploitation-Neutral Consumption
NPR’s The Salt: And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To … Side Dishes
NPR’s Monkey See: Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 3: ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’
Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.
Veep: Season 2
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Fresh Air: Julia Louis-Dreyfus: From ‘Seinfeld’ To ‘Veep’
HBO delivers a new season of the Emmy-winning comedy series created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar nominee for co-writing In the Loop) that takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics. Veep follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy-winning role) as she juggles her busy public schedule, puts out political fires, and defends the president’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the chief executive. Over the course of ten Season 2 episodes, Veep hilariously skewers the nuances of everyday office politics – set against the backdrop of the second highest office in the land.
Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs by Yukari Iwatani Kane
Marketplace: Steve Jobs “Wouldn’t Want Tim Cook To Do Better Than He Did”
The Leanard Lopate Show: Apple After Steve Jobs
Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs’s death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as they try to sustain Jobs’s vision and keep the company moving forward.
Steve Jobs’s death raised one of the most pressing questions in the tech and business worlds: Could Apple stay great without its iconic leader? Many inside the company were eager to prove that Apple could be just as innovative as it had been under Jobs. Others were painfully aware of the immense challenge ahead. As its business has become more complex and global, Apple has come under intense scrutiny, much of it critical. Maintaining market leadership has become crucial as it tries to conquer new frontiers and satisfy the public’s insatiable appetite for “insanely great” products.
Based on over two hundred interviews with current and former executives, business partners, Apple watchers and others, Haunted Empire is an illuminating portrait of Apple today that offers clues to its future. With nuanced insights and colorful details that only a seasoned journalist could glean, Kane goes beyond the myths and headlines. She explores Tim Cook’s leadership and its impact on Jobs’s loyal lieutenants, new product development, and Apple’s relationships with Wall Street, the government, tech rivals, suppliers, the media, and consumers.
Hard-hitting yet fair, Haunted Empire reveals the perils and opportunities an iconic company faces when it loses its visionary leader.
Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten “The Stigmatized” by James Conlon
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NPR: Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums
Sex, violence and physical deformity — now we’re talking opera. Those are all in the gutsy mix that propels Franz Schreker’s opulent Die Gezeichneten (The Stigmatized). A key figure in the wildly blossoming Viennese music scene at the dawn of the 20th century, Schreker remains unjustly neglected today. But not by conductor James Conlon, who’s recorded two albums of Schreker’s orchestral music, and now this opera, drawn from U.S. premiere performances he led in 2010 at the LA Opera. Robert Brubaker handles Schreker’s punishingly high-flying tenor lines deftly, starring as a 16th century Genoese nobleman, a hunchback who attracts a beautiful painter, played with voluptuous restraint by soprano Anja Kampe. Their second act love duet, in which she captures his soul on canvas, is among the most ravishing stretches of operatic music — an intoxicating brew of fading Romanticism, impressionistic colorings and pungent harmonies. Conlon — who has also championed the music of Schreker’s superb contemporary Alexander Zemlinsky — conducts the opera as if he’d written it.
The Sacred Spirit of Russia by Conspirare
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It’s a long way from Texas to Mother Russia but director Craig Hella Johnson and his Austin-based choir Conspirare close the gap considerably with this impressive new album. The Sacred Spirit of Russia envelopes you in the haunting tradition of centuries-old a cappella Orthodox church music, an otherworldly combination of vocal colors and textures, with emotions ranging from solemnity (Alexander Kastalsky’s “Today the Virgin”) to euphoria (Alexander Gretchaninov’s “Glory”). A high point in the album is Vladimir Martynov’s ethereal Beatitudes, where sopranos and altos soar above a drone of humming. A low point, quite literally, is the extraordinary “Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age” by Pavel Tchesnokov. The soul of Russian Orthodox music lies in its bass singers, and Conspirare is blessed with a massive bottom end, anchored by the subterranean sounds of Glenn Miller, the group’s resident basso profondo and soloist in this piece. His lowest notes are as much seismic rumbles as pitches.