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Read: Misty Copeland's Life in Motion ... Naomi Jackson's The Star Side of Bird Hill ... Judd Apatow's Sick in the Head ... Caseen Gaines's We Don't Need Roads ... Daniel Silva's The English Spy ... Milan Kundera's The Festival of Insignificance ... Listen: Neil Young, Promise of the Real ... Joy Williams ... Miguel ... Bilal ... Watch: While We're Young ... Teen Beach 2 ... M*A*S*H ... picnic supplies and more.


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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
By Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland has been promoted to top dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre in New York. She is the first African-American female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

Morning Edition:
Misty Copeland on Broadening "Beauty" and Being Black in Ballet

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The Star Side of Bird Hill
By Naomi Jackson

Suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them, sisters Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer of 1989 living with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of Obeah.

NPR:
A Lyrical Coming of Age Tale

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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
By Judd Apatow

The director presents a collection of uproarious and intimate conversations with some of today's most popular comedians, drawing on his teenage radio hosting days.

Marketplace:
Judd Apatow on his band of comedians and radio roots

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We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
By Caseen Gaines

The cultural historian and author of Inside Pee-Wee’s Playhouse traces the story of the filmmaking partnership between Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale that culminated in the Back to the Future franchise.

NPR:
For This Nostalgia Trip, We Don't Need Roads

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The English Spy
By Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon investigates the murder of the former princess of England and enlists the help of Christopher Keller, a British commando turned professional assassin, to track down master bomb maker Eamon Quinn.

Weekend Edition:
Daniel Silva on "Double-Edged Sword" of Writing an Israeli Spy Protagonist

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The Festival of Insignificance
By Milan Kundera

An ode to friendship set in present-day Paris follows the long-running discourse among four companions on sex, desire, history, art, and the meaning of human existence.

NPR:
Like Seinfeld, Festival is About Nothing ... and Everything

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The Monsanto Years
By Neil Young, Promise of the Real

For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).

NPR:
The Monsanto Years Review

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VENUS
By Joy Williams

Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo's bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies.

On VENUS she changes all that. Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she unabashedly re-counts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. She doesn't try to defend or explain, but instead tells a simple straightforward story of events, sparing no one, especially herself.

The Dinner Party Download:
Joy Williams' Spirited Dinner Party Soundtrack

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Wildheart
By Miguel

For an album that is so focused on a single city, Wildheart is musically and sonically polymorphous. Crunchy rock guitars get front-row seats here much more than on the last album but Wildheart is a powerfully atmospheric, post-genre mix of soul, funk, synth pop, reggae, post-punk, grunge and hip-hop.

NPR:
Watch Miguel Perform Wildheart In Concert

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In Another Life
By Bilal

In the pop world, Bilal is everywhere: He’s collaborated with everyone from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake. And in his own music, he’s everywhere at once: leaping between soul, jazz and hip-hop without missing a beat.

His latest album, In Another Life, matches that musical agility in its subject matter. A ripped-from-the-headlines song like “Lunatic,” written in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, feels right at home next to the more fanciful “Satellite,” which takes the view of an alien intelligence returning to Earth after eons. But there’s one real constant uniting the new album’s sound: an old-school production style, right down to recording gear from the 1960s.

Morning Becomes Eclectic:
Bilal

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While We're Young

A funny cross-generational comedy about aging, ambition and success, as well as a moving portrait of a marriage tested by the invading forces of youth. Powered by great performances from Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried.

Take Two:
Naomi Watts on her new film

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Teen Beach 2

Light summer fun featured on The Disney Channel. This is a sequel to Teen Beach, which was a minor cultural phenomenon as it harkened back to the Annette Funnicello beach romps of the past. Like its High School Musical predacessor, it set ratings records for Disney and thus is spawning a sequel. Both movies also feature successful soundtrack companions.

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M*A*S*H: The Complete Series & Movie

Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077's people are Capts. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce and “Trapper John” McIntire, Majs. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan and Frank Burns, and Cpl. Walter “Radar” O'Reilly.

This American Life:
M*A*S*H Notes

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Picnic Supplies
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Low Wood Portable Table with Carrying Bag

This table-on-the-go unrolls to a low profile for beach blanket bingo or casual dining at outdoor concerts or picnics. This perfect portable wood-top table features a roll-top design that stows with all pieces in a single bag. This lightweight but sturdy portable table is perfect for any indoor or outdoor activity such as picnics, trips to the beach, lawn concerts, the park, vacations and camping. This unique, compact and portable design offers the most convenient way to have a full-size table anywhere you want. The short table height doesn't require chairs and its small size won’t add bulk to your picnic site.

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Picnic Time Insulated Cooler Picnic Tote

Perfect for picnics, outdoor concerts or days at the beach, this Picnic Time insulated pack with picnic service for two features a sturdy polyester canvas construction, an integrated wine storage section along with a spacious food-storage section with removable, waterproof liner. The adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy and convenient to carry. Included in this picnic set: two acrylic wine glasses, two 9-inch melamine plates, two sets of eating utensils — all stainless steel with plastic handles — two cotton napkins, one stainless-steel waiter's-style corkscrew and one stainless-steel cheese knife with wooden handle. The tote comes in six color combinations. A wonderful gift idea.

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True Fabrications Picnic Stix Set

These great picnic stix for your wine are stakes that are perfect for picnics, outdoor concerts and more. This set of three wine stakes turns ground seating into the best available at picnics, concerts, trips to parks and the beach. One stake is designed to keep a wine bottle steady while the other matching stakes are made to hold glasses at the ready. No more spilled drinks if your picnic blanket is bumped!

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Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote

Perfect for outdoor concerts, days at the beach, picnics or star gazing, this Picnic Time blanket tote features an attractive outdoor picnic blanket made of cozy polyester fleece with a water-resistant backing. The handy shoulder strap allows for easy transport. This blanket measures 59 by 51 inches when open, then folds back up neatly into a small tote with a zippered pocket in the flap. The blanket tote makes a great gift, and it comes in an array of colors.

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
 

America the Beautiful Tour
 

On July 26th, A Prairie Home Companion will perform in 30 cities in 35 days on a bus tour of America. The America the Beautiful tour will combine all the elements you hear weekly on the show, except it’s not on the clock and tends to run well over the two-hour mark of a LIVE show. Sarah Jarosz will be joining us as our musical guest.


America the Beautiful Tour
 

We certainly hope you consider joining us for a memorable evening of song and story if we are in your area! For ticket information for any date, please visit our site.

Check back often because once the tour starts, a tour journal with staff blogs, photos, postcards and more will keep you busy!

As always, sign up for our Facebook fanpage to keep up with all the news!

Shoot me a message if you have any questions or product suggestions!

Have a great week!
David Edin
dedin@mpr.org
Merchandise Manager