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Read: Bruce H. Kramer, Cathy Wurzer's We Know How This Ends ... David Brooks's The Road to Character ... Kevin Fong's Extreme Medicine ... Cokie Roberts's Capital Dames ... Dan Buettner's The Blue Zones Solution ... Meghan Daum's Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed ... Listen: The Replacements ... Laura Marling ... Dwight Yoakam ... The Mountain Goats ... Watch: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies ... Big Eyes ... Broad City ... Jackie Robinson Day and more.


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We Know How This Ends: Living while Dying
By Bruce H. Kramer, Cathy Wurzer

Cathy Wurzer’s MPR News series of reports about Bruce Kramer, the former St. Thomas dean who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, offered radio listeners a candid and thoughtful look at life and how it ends.

After scores of interviews and more than three dozen radio stories for MPR News, Kramer and Wurzer released a book of his reflections on disease, vocation, faith, relationships, and coming to terms with death. It’s called We Know How This Ends and it was published just days before Kramer passed away last month.

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Bruce Kramer: Living with ALS

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The Road to Character
By David Brooks

The New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal evaluates America's transition to a culture that values self-promotion over humility, explaining the importance of an engaged inner life in personal fulfillment.

"I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it." — David Brooks

All Things Considered:
Take It From David Brooks: Career Success "Doesn't Make You Happy"

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Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
By Kevin Fong, M.D.

An anesthesiologist and NASA adviser explores how pioneering doctors and scientists have built on findings about the body’s response to extreme environments and physical challenges to develop such medical innovations as open-heart surgery, skin grafts, and trauma care.

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Practicing Extreme Medicine, From Deep Sea to Outer Space

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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
By Cokie Roberts

In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.

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Meet the Capital Dames, Civil War Washington's secret power brokers

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The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People
By Dan Buettner

Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.

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Eating to break 100: Longevity diet tips from the Blue Zones

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids
By Meghan Daum

In this provocative and controversial collection of essays, curated by writer Meghan Daum, thirteen acclaimed female writers explain why they have chosen to eschew motherhood. Contributors include Lionel Shriver, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Christensen, Elliott Holt, Geoff Dyer, and Tim Kreider, among others, who will give a unique perspective on the overwhelming cultural pressure of parenthood.

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Childless by choice: Meghan Daum on the decision not to have children

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The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990
By The Replacements

This box covers the lifetime of the band (1981-1990) and features all seven albums as well as the Stink EP. The audio uses the 2008 remasters.

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Listen: The 6 greatest Replacements hometown shows, 1980-1991

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Short Movie
By Laura Marling

"Marling is outgrowing her Joni Mitchell influences for a sound that is more contemporary and less traditional than on her previous works. While she sheds her reputation as the soft-spoken, neo-folk artist, Short Movie combines Marling's talent as a guitar player and lyricist for a collection of songs that is tragically honest and sonically striking." — David Safar, Music Director, The Current

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Laura Marling Parties Like It’s 1969

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Second Hand Heart
By Dwight Yoakam

Second Hand Heart was self-produced by Yoakam, and reflects where he’s been, but even more so, where he’s going: "'In Another World' guided the rest of the album," says Yoakam. "It became its statement — about surviving and hope."

Take Two:
Dwight Yoakam and his Second Hand Heart

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Beat the Champ
By The Mountain Goats

"Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I'm grown." — John Darnielle

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Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event on PBS presented by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made. This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence. The series also features the current status of cancer knowledge and treatment — the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.

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PBS documentary series tackles the past, present, and future of cancer

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Big Eyes

From the Academy Award winning team that brought you Ed Woods, Big Eyes focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter’s contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

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The Eye-Opening Saga of Walter and Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

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Broad City: Season 1

The critically acclaimed Web series Broad City moves to Comedy Central as a half-hour scripted series. It’s created by and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as 20-something best friends who are trying to navigate life in New York, despite that their adventures always seem to lead down unexpected and bizarre paths. They have very little money, but they are survivors who aren’t afraid to throw themselves into sticky situations, no matter how messy the end results may be. Jacobson and Glazer both honed their comedy chops at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. UCB co-founder Amy Poehler is an executive producer on the series and joins Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Hurst, Jason Mantzoukas and Amy Sedaris, among others, as guest stars.

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Jackie Robinson Day
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Tonight, every player in Major League Baseball will wear the same number on his jersey: 42, which was Jackie Robinson's number when, in 1947, he became the first black player in the majors, playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Today, the number 42 has been retired from every team in Major League Baseball, which celebrates April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day. To honor his achievements, we present a few terrific public radio features about the civil rights pioneer.

Tell Me More: Jackie Robinson: This I Believe

At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion, when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else. This is organized major league baseball, and I am standing here with all the others; and everything that takes place includes me.

About a year later, I went to Atlanta, Georgia, to play in an exhibition game. On the field, for the first time in Atlanta, there were Negroes and whites. Other Negroes, besides me. And I thought: What I have always believed has come to be.

Morning Edition: Frank Robinson on Jackie Robinson's Legacy

"Everyone of color who's come through baseball or [was] connected with baseball should be very conscious of what Jackie Robinson did and what he had to endure and what he put up with ...," says Frank Robinson, no relation. "And without him doing it the way he did it and the respect he collected over those years, it would have been very difficult for others to follow."

Weekend Edition: A Test of Courage: Jackie Robinson's Rookie Year

Before he'd even swung a bat in Brooklyn, the media was comparing Robinson to Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver and Joe Louis. By integrating baseball, Robinson had the weight of a nation on his shoulders, and he knew it.



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Director Brian Helgeland has made a movie to tell a chapter from history through the eyes of those who turned that page. The film is 42, and it stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, who warns Robinson of what's ahead: "Your enemy will be out in force, and you cannot meet him on his own low ground."

All Things Considered:
42 Gets the Story of Jackie Robinson Right

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Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball
By Scott Simon

I'm Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition, Saturday. And my black history hero is Jackie Robinson. I even wrote a book about him.

He was an athlete who earned a place, not only in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but history. He's the only athlete who truly deserves to be hailed by that overworked word: hero.

It's hard for us to appreciate today what courage it took Jackie Robinson just to walk onto a major league baseball diamond in 1947 under a storm of insults and threats. And so 15 years later, when civil rights marchers walked across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama, under a hail of teargas and police batons, they had the image of Jackie Robinson to put steel in their hearts — a proud man walking unbent and unflinchingly into adversity.

Morning Edition:
Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball

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I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography
By Jackie Robinson

One of baseball's greatest legends tells his straightforward story about what it took to break into the white world of professional sports. Tremendous talent and a momentous opportunity brought him to the historic position of being the first black man to play in the major leagues.

WNYC Archive:
Jackie Robinson Interview

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Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait
By Rachel Robinson

In the spring of 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down baseball’s decades-old color barrier and changing the face of the game forever. In this intimate portrait, Robinson’s widow, Rachel, tells her husband’s story— and that of her life with him —from her unique perspective, complemented by 301 black-and-white photographs from her own collection. Now back in print with a new jacket, this classic book is a moving tribute to a remarkable man seen through the eyes of an equally remarkable woman.

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Rachel Robinson: Reflections of a Trailblazer

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Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

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Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson

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Garrison Keillor has called them the hardest working band in show business!

Hop, Skip, Jump

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Well, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band has come together to record a new CD of originals by Richard Kriehn called Hop, Skip, Jump and the full album can be streamed until the end of the month exclusively on the A Prairie Home Companion website.

Richard Kriehn
When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he’d won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony.

The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. Keyboard player, composer and improviser in any style, he also writes all the script themes and underscores. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me. Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band and Sammy Davis Jr., with whom he toured for several years. He was first call for dozens of touring Broadway shows, including the first presentation of The Lion King. Gary teaches at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.

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