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Read: Elaine Sciolino's The Only Street in Paris ... David Mitchell's Slade House ... Mary-Louise Parker's Dear Mr. You ... Roger Angell's This Old Man ... Shea Serrano's The Rap Year Book ... Listen: Jeff Lynne’s ELO ... A Tribe Called Quest ... Watch: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ... The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ... The Stanford Prison Experiment ... special offers and more.


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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs
By Elaine Sciolino

Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of The New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living.

The Leonard Lopate Show:
Remembering the Joys of One Paris Street

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Slade House: A Novel
By David Mitchell

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story — as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

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Soul-Sucking Vampires of David Mitchell's Slade House Started on Twitter

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Dear Mr. You
By Mary-Louise Parker

The award-winning actress tells her life story through the letters she's written to the men in her life, both real and hypothetical, including the grandfather she never knew, a priest from childhood, past boyfriends and the uncle of the baby girl she adopted.

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Dear Mary-Louise Parker, You've Written a Great Book

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This Old Man: All in Pieces
By Roger Angell

The award-winning, nonagenarian New Yorker writer and editor presents a selection of essays, letters, light verse, book reviews and other pieces culled from the 10th decade of his vibrant life, including the acclaimed title work, in which he surveys the limits and discoveries of great and abundant age.

Fresh Air:
A Wry, Nimble Take on Life, Aging and Baseball

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The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
By Shea Serrano

Complete with infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created.

Here & Now:
Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book Is a History of Rap

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Alone in the Universe
By Jeff Lynne’s ELO

As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. Jeff Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades. At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of this new material.

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Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO, Alone in the Universe

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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm: 25th Anniversary Edition
By A Tribe Called Quest

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest have re-released their classic debut album, fully remastered from the original tapes by Grammy-Award winning engineer Bob Power. The package includes exclusive new remixes by Pharrell Williams who has remixed "Bonita Applebum", J.Cole who has remixed "Can I Kick It?" and CeeLo Green who has remixed and contributed a brand new verse to "Footprints."

All Things Considered:
"We Didn't Wanna Be Anybody Else": A Tribe Called Quest Reflects on its Debut

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the final of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduring masterpiece. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. After reaching Erebor and encountering the dragon Smaug, Five Armies assemble for an epic battle that could decide the future of all in Middle-earth. The extended edition film is 20 minutes longer with new and extended scenes not seen in the theatrical release.

Weekend Edition:
Pippin Performs the Final Ballad of The Hobbit

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo (Man of Steel's Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (The Social Network's Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.

Weekend Edition:
'60s Spies Hit the Big Screen, With Guy Ritchie Flair

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

Based on the notorious true story, The Stanford Prison Experiment stars Billy Crudup (Watchmen) as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Featuring an extraordinary cast including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, The Stanford Prison Experiment is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment.

The Frame:
The Stanford Prison Experiment revisits a 1971 psychology trial gone wrong

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio

The Unretirement Podcast


Have you found many of your friends returning to work or postponing/delaying retirement? Are you saving enough? Have you planned financially for how much you will need for expenses such as health care? These questions and so much more will be covered in the new podcast from Chris Farrel called Unretirement.

Unretirement will introduce listeners to people who are redefining the traditional retirement years. They are finding meaning and money by pursuing entrepreneurship, working flexible hours and at part-time jobs. Chris also interviews experts who offer practical advice on how others can take a similar path.

"The word 'unretirement' represents a grassroots movement that is rethinking and reimagining the second half of life," says Farrell. “It means figuring out how we as a society and as individuals can take advantage of more vigorous aging to make the world a better place for us and for future generations.”

Over the inaugural season's eight episodes, listeners will be introduced to people such as a Taiko drummer who left her stable music director job to form her own ensemble, grandparents who moved from California to Washington, D.C. to create a multigenerational household and recently retired Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice (and former professional football player) Alan Page, who is working more deeply with his foundation which mentors students and provides scholarship opportunities.

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“The podcast isn't only targeted at aging boomers. Unretirement is part of a larger conversation about aging and work, purpose and a paycheck,” says Farrell. “Whether you're a twentysomething recent college graduate or a sixtysomething worker, these unretirement stories should inspire you to reimagine work and aging.”

Unretirement will be available every week on Tuesdays. Listeners can download or stream it on iTunes. It can also be found at unretirement.fm.

Listen to the episode: It Takes a Village: Recovering from Job Loss after 50

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